We stayed at the Hideaway for 12 nights from the 3rd July for our honeymoon.
From the moment you walk into reception you know you're stay is going to be nothing short of perfect! It's lovely to arrive and be able to see the beautiful sea view from the reception as it really set's off the mood for your stay!
Check in wasn't super fast and our room wasn't quite ready (but we had arrived in the morning so it could be expected) but we weren't exactly in a rush now that we'd arrived and were more than ready to relax! After check in you (and your luggage) are taken to your room in a golf buggy by one the friendly staff. He led us into our room which was a Junior Luxury Suite with a sea view and balcony and showed us around. The room was AMAZING! Very spacious with a huge bathroom, beautifuly decorated with italian marble and tiles, the bedroom had a huge four poster bed with a very pretty white mosquito net draped around it, we had a sofa with a coffee table, a dressing table and a large TV. The balcony went the length of the room and had two sun loungers/chairs and a beautiful view of the sea.
Not only are the rooms beautiful but the gardens are absolutly stunning and if you stay here you really should take the time to walk around and take a closer look at all the flowers and plants, they really have gone to so much effort to make it look so pretty. We also spotted plenty of little lizards and a huge one which hid for the rest of the holiday(!) and even a tree crab as well as butterflies.
One of the best things about this hotel is the food. If you are all inclusive the buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner is outstanding, the choice is huge. I'm sure they bake all the pastries and bread fresh everyday and it is amazing, I have to say I seriously overloaded on carbs during my stay!! The little desserts they have every lunch and dinner are also truely scrumptious (thank god they were only small!!) There is also the option of fresh pizzas and pastas made to order. There are also two restaurants, Canivorous and More and Ishi-teppenyaki which aren't included in the all-inclusive but are good value at $35 per person for 3 courses. We only dined in Carnivorous and More and the food, as with the buffet was outstanding, I had Ostrich steak and my husband had Springbok!
If you are a honeymooner, one of the fabulous perks is a romantic meal on the beach. We were lucky enough to be the only couple who booked that night so we had it all to ourselves, which made it all the more special. Again, the food was fantastic and the setting was very romantic.
The facilities at the hotel are great, there is a beautiful spa area with an outdoor spa pool (which no-one seems to use!!) and it's a lovely quiet escape. There's a sun set bar (the cocktails are great!) This is also where they have the evening entertainment such as African dance, acrobats, Masaii show etc, all were great and not to be missed. They also have a library (great if you finish your book before it's time to go home!) a tour guide and an internet cafe.
The pool at the hotel is lovely, it's an infinity pool so it has great views of the ocean. The only downside with the pool was when we had a large group arrive with their very young children, so it became very noisy but this was when we disappeared to the beach in front of the hotel, which is beautiful and the sea is a lovely warm temperature!
There are various acitivites on offer at the hotel, diving on Pemba island, snorkelling, jet ski hire, kayak hire, windsurfing etc etc.
I would say our highlights from our stay were being able to see the stunning African sunset from our balcony or the sun set bar EVERY night! The food, the romantic meal on the beach, the friendly and helpful staff and the decor and size of the rooms. Also, the stunning gardens! Everything really!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa, part of the Emerald Collection Resorts, is located in Nungwi, on the North West coast of Zanzibar, a sensational island setting. Every evening the resort is charmed by dreamy sunsets, where hues of burnt orange and blushing rose are spectacled as Africa`s sun drops into the Indian Ocean. Wander through 10 hectares of enchanting tropical spice gardens, fondly tendered by softly-spoken Zanzibaris and rabble of soaring butterflies. The sense of space is absolute, inspiring freedom, seclusion and quietude: Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa is a the perfect playground for the tired minds of discerning guests seeking the ultimate relaxation and nourishments for mind, body and soul. ... more less
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