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“Place for a magical holiday” 5 of 5 stars
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Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   PO Box 1784, Nungwi, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #3 of 17 hotels in Nungwi
Lexington, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Place for a magical holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

From the moment of arrival to our departure, the staff, from the front office manager to the ladies cleaning the beach, provided us with exemplary service. Chef Samir met with us everyday to review his highly creative and quality menu and to see if he could make it even better for our tastes - it does not get any better than that. The room was spacious with quality amenities. After 10 days tenting it on safari, this was the perfect location to recover and prepare ourselves for reality and the long trip home. The property is spacious and overall is very well maintained.
There were many activities to occupy our time aside from enjoying the beach style area in front of the ocean. Make sure you are on the beach for the serving of fresh fruit in the morning and the biscuits (cookies) in the afternoon. We took a sunset cruise which was a brilliant finish with a very entertaining young crew one evening.
Unike most rides from an airport the trip in Zanzibar is very interesting especially if you have a good driver/guide who is knowledgeable of the people and the island.
This a truly wonderful place, difficult to believe you could not have a good visit.
Richard & Lori E.

Room Tip: If you can afford it take an ocean view room - it adds to the magic of your stay.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Great place to avoid crowds and noises, probably the most relaxing place I stayed in! Great friendly and helpful staff. Food is just perfect, dinner each night was like an adventure. We've done snorkeling and diving with the hotel Dive centre, I used the spa and had a great massage, the local village is a short walk on the beach away and you can get bicycles to explore the area too. The room was spacious and clean and decorated each day with fresh flowers, however there is so much to see and do you will spend hardly any time in the room during the day. Would recommend this place for few days stay if you want to chill out and relax.

Room Tip: Definitely try snorkeling/diving at Mnemba Island Reef, amazing sea life!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

I spent only one night at Ras Nungwi but it was well worth it. Not a place for young single people but perfect for couple and generally speaking people who don't like noise and crowds.
I booked a room with garden view (cheaper) but was given a room with ocean view (nicer) due to the low season. It could be worth it paying the extra. I haven't used too many of the facilities since I stayed only for 24h but the SPA was amazing, poolside dinner very enjoyable and generally speaking staff were extremely nice, helpful and friendly. There is free wifi in the common areas and free access to a computer. Good to see that you don't get charged nonsense money to print your boarding pass for example.
There is quite a lot of entertainment available (table tennis, darts, tennis, pool, tv room) and a outdoor activity centre (diving, etc).
Quality of rooms was amazing. Never seen a bed that wide.
Overall, a perfect romantic break. Cheaper than the Hilton so that you can spend your extra money on extra activities, etc.

Room Tip: You can fall asleep to the sound of the waves if you find an ocean looking view... Room 1 & 2 fo...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

The Ras Nungwi was just the right place after a 13 day Kilimanjaro trek. The spa offered a wonderful and much needed massage and pedicure. The onsite dive shop was excellent and I enjoyed 2 days of diving without having to worry about anything. The room was beautiful and after camping most of my time in Tanzania, it was luxurious with a nice hot shower and air conditioning! The service was excellent and the meals were fresh and scrumptious. The chef went out of his way to make sure, as a vegetarian, I always had an option to the fixed 5 course dinner. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Zanzibar looking for a relaxing, no worries vacation on a beautiful beach with great diving.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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 March 19, 2013

Wonderful place to go after a safari as the sounds of the ocean lull you to sleep. It is worth paying a bit more for he beach front cottages which have amazing views of the pristine white beach and the turquoise ocean. The bathrooms are a bit on the small side but the cottages are very clean and have little porches to have your morning coffee or a sundowner.
The food is exceptional; there is a South African chef who has a wonderful way with the very fresh fish and is very enthusiastic about local ingredients. The staff is friendly and helpful...tropical fruit and cooling towels brought around in the morning and afternoon as you loll on the beach.
This resort has a nice pool, relaxing beach , good dive centre and excursions arranged by the hotel. We lay on the beach for two days and then went to Stone town which is about an hour away. Our driver , arranged by Access 2 Tanzania ( our safari company ), took us on a drive of the villages in the northern part of the island explaining the vegetation, the culture and the political status of Zanzibar. We did a walking tour of hot, steamy but interesting Stone town with a guide and collapsed as the driver picked us up and took us to the friendly chaos of Zanzibar airport.
Do note that if you have a bank card with a chip , there are limited ATMs in Stone town especially when the airport ATMs are out of order. Cash is king in Zanzibar so make sure you have schillings or dollars.

Room Tip: Go for the beach front cottages
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

Helpful staff. Exceptional food. Management bend over backwards to be helpful which can backfire if guests take advantage and break the house rules.

Overall, a good 3 star hotel, with excellent food, convenient for the village (the only hotel in the area that allows non-residents access is Hotel Z).

Rooms are generously proportioned. The pool and beach areas are nice with staff providing free fruit pieces and eucalyptus scented cold towels on a regular basis.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Wunderful place to a wunderful stay, beautiful lodge, friendly staff, very tasty food and stunning sea views. complete Paradise! A very well organized dive center with very friendly and very helpful boys.alle dives very well looked after. Very nice dive sites with coral and lots of fish

Room Tip: Please select a bungalow with Sea view
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  • Stayed February 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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Also Known As:
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel Zanzibar
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:
#2 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#6 Romantic 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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