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“GOOD RESORT WITH MANY GOOD FEATURES” 4 of 5 stars
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Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   North Coast | PO Box 3425, Nungwi, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #7 of 18 Hotels in Nungwi
Certificate of Excellence
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“GOOD RESORT WITH MANY GOOD FEATURES”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed at the resort for 7 days from 01- - 6 Oct after a weeks Safari in the Mara. First impressions of the resort is excellent, we were met at the airport and had a nice drive to the hotel where reception greeted us with a nice coconut drink. The staff gave a full brief on hotel facilities and we were escorted to our lovely clean bedroom. The staff member explained all facilities as we walked to the room. The bedrooms are huge and the bathrooms are excellent with all facilities. There are coffee and tea making facilities in the room, but after the first two nights this ran out and despite asking for a replen at reception we did not get any more supplies until the last day, which was disappointing. We always carry our own so had enough to cater for our needs but one would have hoped after asking reception it would have been sorted.

The pools and beech are very good and very empty. We have never been to a resort where you had so much spare space to enjoy the water. the beech boys are present like other resorts but they were very polite and did not bother you unless you wanted to talk to them. We arranged a lovely trip to an Island for snorkling with one of them for $30.

The food in the Spices restaurant is typical buffet spread but you would never go hungry. Alex supplied a good selection to cover all tastes. The only down side was there was never any ice cream. Theme nights around the complex are also catered for and are well advertised at the dining room entrance each morning. These theme nights also have entertainment on but unfortunately this is not advertised and if you leave dinner early you miss the entertainment.

The food at the coco bar is equally as good and we found eating lunch there made a nice change.

The only thing that spoils the food is the out dated smoking policy. We had to move twice during our meals due to inconsiderate customers smoking during courses on the dining veranda. I can put up with smoke in a bar but smoking during meal sittings should be banned.

The dining room does suffer with a lack of salt and pepper pots etc on the tables. You had to collect cruet sets from other tables if you wanted them. The staff did move it sometimes but only on request. A 5 star-dining facility should have these available on all tables.

The bars serve lovely cocktails and it was always pleasant sipping a cocktail at sunset, the only problem is that there is a shortage of cocktail glasses and cocktails were regulary served in a beer tumbler. This was reluctantly rectified when I complained but but it should never happen. You pride yourself on your cocktails now procure the glasses to show them off

The biggest problem I see in the resort in where the beech staff place towels on set "Special Guest" sunbeds early in the morning. This resulted in no towels being available until a second delivery had arrived. When I asked if I could take one of the towels from an empty bed I was quoted they were for special guests who always like to use that bed. One day 10 beds were reserved for a large family that had gone of on a day trip, this meant that some guests had to find beds away from the beech / pool area. This is like being in Spain in the 1980's. I did comment that I would speak to management and was then immediately issued with two towels.

The staff are very friendly but do tend to forget drink orders in the spice restaurant, in the Coco bar they have pads to write down orders and it never happens there which may be a hint for the spice dining room.

Overall we had a lovely peaceful time in the hotel. It is a nice place to stay and yes there are some negative comments above that could easily be rectified if management walked around and sat / ate where the customers did and not in secluded staff areas. (Mystery Customers come to mind) to see what staff are doing on a day to day basis.

I would recommend the resort and some of the points above are small but I work in the business and carry out inspections on establishments regularly which does give me a slight edge on what to look for and expect.

Room Tip: All rooms are well located and very nice. Take some extra coffee making kit.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kim B, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Dear Rick,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review on Trip Advisor.

We were pleased that you enjoyed your stay overall and very much appreciated your suggestions for improvement.

I'm sorry that we hadn't addressed the smoking policy before you mentioned it, but it has been addressed now and there is no smoking allowed in the restaurants or on the restaurant terraces. We have also addressed the issue of saving beach beds, our team is well aware that this is against our policies and this is no longer happening.

Thank you once again for choosing the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort for your stay in Nungwi, we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back again in the near future.

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
General Manager
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

As usual Zanzibar lived up to its fantastic reputation. The staff, from Anderson to Kim to the waiters and domestic staff were friendly, helpful and excellent all round. The facilities were great, wonderful pools, deck loungers and restaurants. The perfect combination for a wonderfully relaxing holiday. We would definately return.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kim B, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Thank you so much for your lovely review of the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort!

Anderson was delighted with his first mention in Trip Advisor and it's always such a pleasure to be able to thank our whole team for their hard work!

Thank you once again for choosing us for your stay in Nungwi and we look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future.

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
General Manager
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
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Woumen, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Beautiful hotel and a top location. Neat rooms, good food, friendly staff. Negative: too many Italians making them get preferential treatment and further establish themself above the guests!Nevertheless, I would go back again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kim B, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
Dear Laetitia,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your wonderful review on Trip Advisor!

We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and even more pleased that you would return! It was a pleasure to share your comments with the whole team.

I am sorry that you found preferential treatment for the Italian guests. We continually search for ways to ensure that this doesn't happen but will have to work harder at it. We want to ensure that all of our guests have a fantastic time no matter where they have travelled from. I hope that on your return, you'll be able to report that we're doing a better job in this area.

Thank you once again for choosing the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
General Manager
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
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Bois-de-Lessines, Hainaut, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Wonderful, merveillous. We have spent a very unforgettable honey moon. Thanks to the complete "package". See sightning, hotel location, hotel staff, the food was excellent. The only thing that we expected was "more sun". Too many clouds during our stay. Even without a lot of sun, we came back home very brown ;-) the t° was very very warm !

Room Tip: You must choose a room in front of the swimming pools & the indian ocean. I wish you the same p...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kim B, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Thank you so much for your lovely review, we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your honeymoon with us!

I have passed your remarks to the Chef and the staff about the food and service, it's always such a pleasure to be able to share these comments with them.

As for the weather, we're so sorry it didn't cooperate! We keep trying, but so far no matter what kind of "sun dance" we do, once in a while it's cloudy and rainy.... We're glad that you managed to take home a holiday tan to show off in spite of the weather!

Thank you once again for choosing the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort for your stay in Nungwi, we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
General Manager
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Actually we 'only' spent 7 days in this beautiful resort, but we left totally relaxed and refreshed! We couldn't name anything bad about this hotel as the staff is friendly, happy and very helpful, the pools and the deckchair-area are just amazing, the beach is beautiful, the food is excellent and there is a big choice of food, the rooms were clean and every night we had another decoration on our bed... we could go on and on and on...
We can only recommend this hotel to everyone who looks for paradise on earth, quiet time, quality time and being surrounded by happy people!
Asante sana!! It was wonderful!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kim B, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Dear Steph,

Asante Sana for your wonderful review!

I'm not sure which part is better, that you couldn't name anything that was bad in the hotel or that you would recommend it to anyone looking for paradise on earth! Your kind remarks are very much appreciated and will be passed on to the entire team. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us so much!

Thank you once again for choosing the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort for your stay in Nungwi, we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back again in the near future.

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
General Manager
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We arrived at the Royal Zanzibar Hotel 21/8 after a sensatioinal weeks safari. We highly recommend this hotel as it was the perfect place to relax. It is set in a beautiful location and is very peaceful. The only sound was the crows in the trees and guests laughter as they enjoyed the beach volley ball and other activities. We were made to feel very welcome by the friendly, poilite, helpful staff. The room was fantatic and kept spotlessly clean. The Spices restaurant was good and although the food was simple it was enjoyable and the staff service was excellent. The idea of having a beach BBQ twice a week is brilliant, dining under the stars was a real pleasure. While staying at the Royal Zanzibar we went on one excursion to Stone Town and a spice plantation, both were very ineresting and enjoyable. Blue skies and sunshine made our holiday experience complete

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kim B, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 15, 2012
Dear Chris,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort!

It is a pleasure to hear that you had such a terrific time. I have to admit that we love the outdoor dinners almost as much as our guests, it's just so nice to be able to dine under the stars with the waves and the crickets as accompaniments to the band! We're delighted that you enjoyed those evenings so much.

We will also thank our Room Attendants, "spotlessly clean" is our aim and it's so nice to be able to tell them that their work has been acknowledged in this way.

Thank you once again for choosing the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort for your stay in Nungwi. We hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
General Manager
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

In order to escape all the buzz and hectic at home, work and study, and to have quality time with my love, we needed a 'power' holiday (short stay). Since this was our first time to visit Africa, we didn't know what to expect from both the island and the resort. Looking back at our short stay, we can say that the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort (RZBR) delivered all the quality and ambiance for a perfect holiday. One thing we know is that we will go back in the future.

The first thing we noticed was that the reception is open and there are no walls which are blocking your view. To see the sunset form here is a beautiful experience.

The room was large and comfortable. We checked in at night, so after great shower we slept very well. We didn't have any trouble with "hard or soft bed", air-co not working, cold or warm water. Everthing worked just fine. The resort has so much to offer that we didn't turn on the television. To charge your equipment there are European sockets available, which is very convenient.

There is food and drinks available during the whole day. The quality of the food is very good, and kitchen staff puts a lot of effort in the presentation of the food. The resort offers, besides Italian food (since many tourists are from Italy), Zanzibar food as well, such as curry chicken, basmati rice, chapati and so on. To have a very good cocktail, such as Dhawa or Royal Zanzibar, go to mister Baracka at the Coco bar.

Since the majority of the tourists is Italian, and they don't speak English very well, the animation team is focused on them. But I'm sure that everyone is welcome to join them. We could enjoy our self very much.

The resort has a beautiful lounge area with free wifi; you can relax here and check your e-mail.

Personally we think that RZBR is more than a resort for a perfect holiday. Since there are job and market opportunities for the local people, there is a sustainable symbiosis between the resort, local people and market. This can be regarded as a positive chain reaction, which gives the locals a future.

We want to thank the RZBR staff for a perfect and comfortable holiday. Special thanks to the chef executive, Gen. Manager and Manager F&B, mr. Baracka, mr. Hamza, mr.Robert,
mr. Omari and the beach dinner team.

Since this is our experience, we can highly recommend the resort to future travellers.
All we can say about the RZBR: IT'S AMAZING!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kim B, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Dear Vidjai,

Thank you so much for your 'amazing' review of the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort! It was a pleasure hearing your comments during your stay and we very much appreciate your kind words on Trip Advisor.

We will also be happy to pass on your positive remarks to Baracka, Hamza, Robert and Omari, I know they'll be delighted to hear that you enjoyed your vacation so much and I love being able to recognize their contribution.

You'll be pleased to hear that yesterday we received our first order of clove and cinnamon soaps for the guest rooms from a local ladies group that was introduced by the ladies organization that is already supplying the delicious local jams for our breakfast buffet. We will continue to see what items are available here in Zanzibar that offer us opportunities to provide our guests with high quality local products and also offer income opportunities to our neighbors on the island.

Thank you once again for choosing the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort for your stay in Nungwi, we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
General Manager
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
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Additional Information about Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Address: North Coast | PO Box 3425, Nungwi, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Nungwi
#4 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#6 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
#6 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A spectacular view of the Indian Ocean from almost anywhere on the resort makes this all-inclusive property a wonderful choice for those guests looking for a peaceful and relaxing vacation. Fantastic swimming pools, a beautiful beach with clear, turquoise waters and amazing sunsets just add to the ambiance! The rooms are large, approximately 80 square metres for Superior Rooms and 100 square metres for Suites. A spacious bathroom with a double bathtub, separate shower and double sinks provide luxurious comfort. All rooms include a quiet split-unit air conditioner, TV, fridge, coffee and tea making facilities, a safe and a terrace from which to enjoy the view. The warm, friendly staff invite you to enjoy meals in the buffet restaurant with a varied selection of local and international dishes or a traditional pizza oven near the beach offers a quick snack while you relax by the pool. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Royal Zanzibar Beach Hotel Nungwi
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Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort Zanzibar Island/Nungwi

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