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Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   PO Box 1784, Nungwi, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 17 hotels in Nungwi
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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“Extremely overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We stayed in a private ocean suite after our safari. If you are looking for a "resort" feel, with little contact with local people, you may find this resort more enjoyable. The hotel grounds were well-kept, but felt synthetic. The ocean suite accommodations themselves may look impressive from the outside, but were very simple overall on the inside. We had some issues with housekeeping (with regard to thoroughness), which were addressed. Essentially, you pay a premium for the location on the beach. We were told by our travel agent we were there on full board, but on the last day we were told there was a "miscommunication" and we "exceeded our food allowance." Due to a language barrier I'm still not quite sure what happened, or what "allowance" we exceeded (since we were only eating our typical three meals per day, and not ordering extravagantly), but we did not feel we left on a good note because of this. The food was less than impressive. If you are a foodie, or have at least been exposed to good food, you will be very disappointed with the restaurant. If you are looking for better, authentic food, it is worth the trip to Zanzibar. The prices of the excursions are excessive. We went to the village so we could escape on several occasions, but there was not much to see. Though I can see how some people may think this resort is impressive, this is not the type of place I would recommend if you are seeking a satisfying, cultural experience during your travels. I wish we had stayed in Zanzibar instead, and I wish our travel agent had understood our tastes better. I've stayed at much more impressive resorts for the price.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Everything is just perfect ! We stayed 3 nights in a wonderful bungalow in front of the sea.
The room was large and very clean ! The staff is very attentive. The food is excellent ! Quality everywhere ! A real 5 stars hotel. We'll come back as soon as we can.

Room Tip: The bungalows in front of the sea are amazing !
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We booked a two week trip through Imagine Africa who arranged all our safaris and accommodation extremely well and efficiently

Rooms were large and we had two double beds together as one ! Bathroom was small and a bit plain. Actual hotel grounds were beuatiful with hammocks and a beach area. Staff were extremely attentive and food choice in the restaurant was good and quality of food was good. There is a diving school.

The downside of the hotel is that you are an hours drive from any attractions and that means costs of excursions are high.

However, we did do the $25 trip to the local village accompanied by the Restaurant manager, Roger, who was excellent. Throughly enjoyed visiting the village, watching Dhow making and the Turtle sanctuary.

Hotel is blisfully quiet and has a very clean infinity pool.

Room Tip: Some rooms don't have a garden or sea view so check when booking.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for a couple of days, and it was honestly too short. Lovely staff, lovely facilities, and a gorgeous beach. It's a few bumpy minutes from the main road, but that's the price you get for a quiet, and gorgeous beach front facility.

I honestly don't have a single complaint, except for maybe no WiFi in the rooms. But for the price, and for what you get, it's a negligible issue.

The rooms and air-conditioned, clean, and big. The bathrooms and quite nice, and there is mosquito netting (not that it was needed). There is tons of privacy.

I'd like to also mention that the massage therapist at the spa may be one of the best experiences I've had. I've had tons of massages, and she was definitely one of the best. And by far the best I had when I was visiting Africa. Highly recommend it.

Another thing, the owner (or GM?), Shaun(spelling?)--what an absolute legend. He really helped set us up with a few tours and things to do before we left Zanzibar. He also told us to go to Mari Mari in Zanzibar for dinner (sunset) and this was probably our favourite meal the entire time there. Gorgeous sunset on the very top of a historic building.

Pretty good food in the restaurant (the breakfasts were outstanding), and the in-house tour operation was good too. The snorkeling adventure at the Atoll was not as good as we hoped, but this had nothing to do with the hotel itself. Lots of games to play (ping-pong, pool table, darts, board games). There is a computer downstairs with internet access that is slow, but still very usable.

Best place we stayed at throughout our whole trip in Africa (1 month). Cheers to Ras Nungwi.

Anyhow 5-stars all the way.

  • Stayed December 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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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Enjoyed the most relaxing, fantastic week here in Oct 2012 - cannot rate Ras Nungwi highly enough from location, staff, food and blissful bungalows to the most amazing sun rises! Spent a week here with a friend and we were treated like royalty - it's the personal touch to the stay that makes all the difference.
We had a bungalow with views of the Indian Ocean and cannot find fault with anything during our stay. The staff are welcoming and so friendly and a relaxing massage after climbing Kilimanjaro was just what the doctor ordered. Food was delicious and plentiful and I think we may have worked our way through the entire cocktail menu too! Free wifi in bar area too.
Out of this world!

Room Tip: The bungalows around the pool, overlooking the Indian Ocean are highly recommended.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

By far the best hotel ive stayed at in Tanzania. The Ras Nungwi is exceptional in all categories from the great staff to the amazing food. I stayed there for 6 days. There were a mix of other travellers from honeymooners, to singles and families. The hotel is located on the end of the beach, great location very little traffic on the beach side, perfect for walks or runs along the beach in the morning or during the day if you can handle the heat. The staff makes sure all your needs are taken care of, I even got a spray bottle of cool water while tanning on the beach side to help cool off. They are great with setting up day activities such as snorkeling, diving, and other water activities. There is plenty of room to lounge by the pool, below on the sand deck or right by the beach. They have wi-fi in the main hotel area but not in the rooms. The bungalows are great, a/c, plenty of space, warm showers and comfy/clean beds. I highly recommend this hotel, you will not be disappointed but you may have trouble leaving after your trip.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

I stayed here last weekend and it was first class throughout. I've stayed at many places along the east coast before and Ras Nungwi really has excellent staff, delicious food, was so comfortable, and for sure has the BEST beach of all.

Room Tip: Superior chalets are lovely
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: PO Box 1784, Nungwi, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#1 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#2 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
#2 Family Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ras Nungwi is a small and luxurious hotel and spa situated on a breathtaking beach on Zanzibar's northern tip. The professional on-site watersports centre offers diving, fishing and other activities. ... more   less 
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