We have just returned from a 5 day stay at the Zanzabari. It was our first visit to Zanzibar, although we have lived in a number of other countries in Africa and have travelled extensively, including in Europe and America
We loved our stay. It gave us a perfect opportunity to simply relax - which is just what we needed. We found the service friendly, the food good and varied, with a choice of courses - we also liked the touch of adding Swahili sayings to the menu board. Breakfast was not as limited as a previous writer has indicated - I had pancakes, and the choice of egg dishes was wide - I enjoyed the Spanish omelletes. The fresh fruit was good and I liked the fact that fruit juices were squeezed freshly daily. Bread is baked on the premises
The views were wonderful and a wide variety of seating areas allowed for privacy and variety - we enjoyed a sundowner in the circular pools, the infinity pool was lovely to swim in, the hammocks and sunbeds are arranged to maximise enjoyment of the surroundings. Fresh towels were provided daily on the loungers around the pool. A nice touch was tea and coffee with cake being served at the poolside each day at 5pm. I particularly enjoyed swimming early in the mornings and late into the evenings, As indicated by a previous writer, the hotel grounds are above beach level, but steps take you down to sea level, from where you can walk along the coral coastline to the aquarium, seeing local fishermen bringing in their catches, finding Nungwe village and watching the numerous dhows and fishing vessels making endless voyages across the ocean. You tend to feel you are experiencing something of the daily life of local people, rather than being in the more sanitised environment of a large hotel
While we were there, some kayaks were delivered and I enjoyed learning the basics of how to handle one in the swimming pool, before taking it out on the ocean. It was a great way of getting an overview of the coastline from a different perspective
I tend to agree with the writer who described this as a boutique hotel. It has all the charm of somewhere individual. There is no sense of mass production. The furniture is manufactured locally from dhow wood and the bar in the dhow in the restaurant area gives a lovely atmosphere. My husband enjoyed playing the local bao game while sitting in the dhow one lunchtime
There is a spa on the hotel beach, overlooking the ocean, where you can get a variety of treatments. I did not have one, but I heard that they were good
Rooms are clean - and the flower arrangements on arrival gave a nice extra touch. As with the rest of the island, electricity is not available throughout the day, but it is on when needed.. And not having lights in the gardens overnight, meant that if you wake up during the night, the views of the stars from the balcony are amazing.
We would definitely return to this hotel. Our transfers were organised efficiently, we had the opportunity to go on trips as needed, we found the food creative, delicious and well presented - and we achieved what we had come for - feeling relaxed and having had a wonderful break. During our time there, the outside world ceased to exist - and we loved that!