Having looked at the choices in the area this seems to be the best mid-priced option if you are looking for a reasonable standard of accommodation right on the beach. We stayed at the Nungwi Inn in December. The hotel organised transfers for us from the airport, which went smoothly.
We booked a garden room, just back from the beach for $65 per night (note – many of the garden rooms are set much further back but the resort was fairly empty when we visited so I guess they gave us a front room). The room was nicely furnished with double bed and box mosquito net, ac and fan. The bathroom was a little dated but fine. The room was cleaned every day. There is a safe at reception for your valuables.
Breakfast is included in the price and eaten in the adjoining beach restaurant – it is a lovely place to have your breakfast! The fresh fruit and juice are excellent (best mango we had in Zanzibar). You also get self-service tea and coffee and a choice of eggs (cooked to order). For some reason there are always flies around the restaurant. We ate there a couple of times and had an excellent zanzibari chicken curry and some good pizza. They also sell cold beers and cocktails etc. (putting tables on the sand at sunset).
The beach by the hotel is stunning and is suitable for swimming most of the time (the tide goes out but you can still swim). We did walk down to Kendwa one day (beware the tides – there are only a couple of hours a day when you can get along and back) and noted that the swimming there might be better – with deeper sea available all day.
By the Nungwi Inn there are some sunbeds and a couple of umbrellas which are apparently run as a concession, though the Nungwi Inn collect payment for them. The charge is 10000TSH each for a full day, which we found to be excessive! Surely they should be free for hotel guests, but charged for visitors. We did ask about this, but were told that as the sunbeds were nothing to do with the hotel, they always had to be paid for. There are a few Massai wandering along trying to sell things and a few people offering trips but they did not really bother us (they seemed more interested in the Italians at the All Inclusive hotel along the beach).
The location is great – a short walk along to other bars and restaurants. We had excellent fish steaks at Chollos and the Baraka beach restaurant. At Langi Langi you can have an aromatic fish curry whilst sitting on their platform over the sea. Mangi’s bar next door is nice at night. There are also two supermarkets on the beach, and one by the hotel gate.
The only problem we had here is that the power and water went off frequently. The water often went off around 1000, not coming on again until 1800 ish. Power was often off all day, and for part of the night (fortunately it seemed to be on after sunset for a few hours). This is a common problem in Zanzibar but something to be aware of. Power isn’t a problem (we have torches), but water is essential. We weren’t sure if the services were actually off, or if the management had just decided to turn them off to conserve resources.
Overall Zanzibar is very beautiful and definitely worth visiting. Just bear in mind wherever you go that there are a lot of power cuts and the water often goes off as well. I would stay at the Nungwi Inn again if I were to visit Zanzibar – I just wish they could keep the water on!
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- Also Known As:
- Nungwi Hotel Zanzibar Archipelago
- Nungwi Inn Zanzibar Island