We have just returned to the UK after a 7 night stay at the Diamonds Star of the East as part of our honeymoon and we can honestly say that we have never stayed anywhere quite like it before - it was truly magical in every sense of the word!
Upon arrival, we were driven by golf buggie to our villa where we were personally welcomed by Renata (General Manager), Fabien (Food & Beverage Manager) and our butler for the week, Jonathan. We were presented with a glass of champagne and given a tour of the villa! Neither of us will ever forget that special welcome and also our initial reaction to seeing around the villa - a once in a lifetime moment!
The quality of the accommodation is first class - from its sheer size, the quality of finish, the variety of indoor/outdoor 'living' space, not to mention the sunken indoor jacuzzi, rain shower, outdoor shower and outdoor plunge pool/jacuzzi! The daily floral / towel displays on the bed was a special and incredibly impressive touch! We will never look at a 'hotel' room in quite the same way again!
The staff could not do enough for you - from Renata, to Fabien, to Jonathan (our personal butler), to the bar/restaurant staff - they were all warm, welcoming, good fun, professional, courteous and were always keen to ensure you were having the holiday of a lifetime! We could not fault them! The staff played a huge part in making our stay so special!
Whatever you wanted to eat, whenever you wanted to eat it and wherever you wanted to eat it - nothing was a problem! We had breakfast in the Ocean Restaurant and also had breakfast served on our outdoor patio on a couple of occasions - the variety on offer and quality was excellent! We dined in both the Ocean Restaurant (exclusive restaurant to Diamonds of the East) and Seabreeze (part of Gemma d'el Est but beautifully located out on the jetty overlooking the Indian Ocean) - the quality and service was again first class! On our last night, we had a special 'honeymoon' dinner served to us on the private beach - a fitting end to what had been a fantastic stay at the resort!
The beautiful private beach is a short walk / buggie ride from the exclusive grounds of Diamonds of the East and closer to its sister hotel, Gemma d'el Est. Whilst for some this may detract from the remote/exclusive nature of the resort, you can have as much or as little to do with the guests/facilities of Gemma d'el Est as you like. For us, we appreciated having some additional space to explore (the grounds of Gemma d'el Est are stunning) and additional bars to try out but we always ended up back up at Diamonds of the East - the two hotels just don't compare!
The private beach is perfectly located for you to venture out on to the public beach to enjoy a long walk along silky sands to Nungwi. A wonderful way to walk off the wonderful food and abundance of fine wine and cocktails!
All in all, a memorable, once in a lifetime stay at a first class resort!
Thank you to Renata and the rest of the team at Diamonds of the East! We will never forget you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A magnificent private sanctuary of eleven exclusive villas with their own plunge pool and a tastefully furnished terrace, a covered Makuti patio and a large tropical garden to enjoy exclusive privacy and the supreme view over the Indian Ocean and the famous Zanzibar sunset. The villas are named after eleven of the most precious gems in the world to match the modern and contemporary African style architecture. Personal butler service, a private beach and unmatched all-inclusive services accommodate the most discerning traveller with ultimate comfort, privacy and luxury. Literally everything and anything you could dream of is catered for at the very highest level of all-inclusive services including access to all facilities, restaurants and bars of Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est. Diamonds Star of the East is member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Diamonds Star Of The East Zanzibar Island/Nungwi