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“Perfect ending to our Honeymoon” 5 of 5 stars
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Diamonds La Gemma dell' Est
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Nungwi Road, Nungwi 2019, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in Nungwi
Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Perfect ending to our Honeymoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

After a Safari in Kenya, this hotel was the perfect place to escape to and RELAX. We were impressed the minute we arrived by the gardens, seating area where you met with a very refreshing drink and friendly staff. When we arrived at our room, we were soo impressed by the decoration with the flowers, our beautiful fruit basket and a bottle of champers! We then opened our sliding doors to an incredible view of the sea, gardens and pool. We couldnt get enough of the view, the perfect place to watch the sunrise and sunset :)
The food was very delicious with lots of choice. The staff were all incredibly friendly, we enjoyed learning to speak the language, and our waiter would teach us a new word/sentence each day.
They had a themed night, with the drums and dances, this was fantastic too.

Only thing to watch out for was the crows, they were very sneaky :) My husbad left his book on the sunlounger and when we came back one has started ripping out the pages, we learnt very quickly to hide it under the towel after that. They also might take a sneaky sip on your drink when your not around lol.

This was our little bit of paradise, we cant wait to return.

  • Stayed June 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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  • 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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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Nice gardens, huge territory. Bungalows are actually shared between 4 guests, but spacious rooms are fully separated and secluded private patio with sea view adds to your privacy. But you naver have a chance to enjoy all these, as on beach holidays people usually hang out on the beach Lol
Gardens and beach are well maintained. Water is crystal clear. No one swimming in the sea (all the guests prefer to chill in the pool or nearby). Wi-fi is everywhere except for the room (which is quite motivating in all aspects). Pizzeria is nice and shisha bar as well. Pavillion menu (as everywhere outside a-la carte) gets boring after 2 days.
Have an onsite dive shop.
Very pricey. Otherwise, fantastic.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 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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Limerick, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

My husband and i travelled here on our honeymoon. We had already been on a all inclusive Safari in Kenya so the bar was set quite high. The hotel itself was quite impressive after driving through shanty towns to get there. The greeting area and gardens were really nice, bedrooms were a complete let down. Very old fashioned and just not as luxurious as i expected. The Mosquito net over the bed was very dirty and our rooms werent cleaned / freshened up until the late evening. Our bed nearly broke our backs, the mattress was very bad.The gardens and beach are maintained to a very high standar which was nice. The restaraunt in the Pavillion was very nice but all meals get very monotonous there. Criossants were often rock hard. Being a hotel by the sea i expected to see alot of fish on the menu, prawns and calamari were the only fish on offer in the while 7 days we were there. The pizzeria on the beach was extremely nice and we enjoyed dinners down here the most, it was mainly Italian style. I was very disapointed as the restaraunt that everyone most wanted to go to (the one out on the sea) was not included in the All inclusive deal. We did have one meal there complimentry as we were honeymooners but it was a complete let down. The menu was fantastic but way overly priced, when the waiter realised we were there as "honeymooners comp meal" we were given the most basic dinner. Ourselves and another couple were so disapointed and hungry that we headed off to the Pizzeria afterwards !! At the pizzeria if you wanted to sit on the sand slightly nearer to the ocean you had to opt for the other non inclusive menu which i thought was very bad. I also found that there was absolutely no where to go for a snack or bite to eat bewteen 17.00 - 19.30. This was quite inconvenient. The only entertainment at night was a D.J who played a few karoke songs in the Pavillion. The spa was nice but after going twice i cancelled appts as i found that it was quite cold there and you didnt really get that pampered feeling from it. Staff at this hotel were helpful and friendly.Security was great and we felt very safe. Overall we had a nice time here but i dont think it was worth the money we paid compared to other resorts like this one.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

My partner and I stayed here in February of this year. It was suggested by a friend in the safari business. I have been to Zanzibar before and stayed at some very nice hotels but this one is the tops. Beautiful everything and mother nature provides the Indian Ocean for all day swimming in crystal clear water. It could not have been better.

  • 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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We travelled with two children aged 10 and 12. They had a wonderful holiday, as did we. We were after a relaxing stay at a hotel that catered for kids. There is visual security at all perimeters, which meant that we let the kids have the run of the place while they stayed together. They were treated well by all staff, as were we.

While some warned us that we were going at the leading edge of the monsoon season, the afternoon showers were brief and very welcome! The hotel was not full to capacity, but the resort is spacious in any event in terms of beach space and pool size.

The food was of a high standard and there is more than enough variety available, even if you stick to "in-package" food venues.

A special "thank-you" to the housekeeping staff who decorated our beds each day- the girls loved the artful decoration of petals and flowers that changed every day!

Don't hesitate to choose this venue.

My only (very minor) cautions:
- you are in the far North, so trips to Stonetown take at least an hour over poor roads. We only took one trip, so for us this was not a great problem.
- shower in our room was in-bath. Not great, but functional.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We honeymooned at this resort and had a great time. However the resort desperately needs to be upgraded to be true to it's billing as a 5 star facility. The bedroom was an utter disappointment - crummy fittings, old carpet and furniture and a strained bathroom. The bed was two singles pushed together, two duvets and foam pillows (yes, foam in a 5 star resort!!!) - i was told this is "standard" and i would need to have requested an upgrade (which i immediately did and this was changed quickly). The room is equal to a South African 3 star.

The "all inclusive" food and beverage option lacks real value. We were told that all beverages in the room fridge were included - great when it is water, coke, fanta and a local beer (only)!! They herd everyone into a standard restaurant to manage the food costs; the other restaurant (a pizzeria at the pool) delivers great pizzas but the entire menu has 3 meat items (including the ham on the hawaiian pizza! and the spicy sausage on another pizza), eat all the vegetarian pasta and pizza you want!

Breakfasts are disappointing and lack imagination (standard every day), the juices over watered and the croissants soft. Equal to a South African 3 star.

The rest of the food is well prepared but i would have expected more than the cheap South African wine offered as part of the "all inclusive" package.

The grounds are beautiful and the sea is great.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We spent the last week of our honeymoon in Tanzania at this resort. We were looking for an all-inclusive beachfront resort, which is why we chose this resort. The staff were professional and courteous and we had great conversations with all of them. The grounds were beautiful and well-groomed. Rooms had a spacious back deck and beautiful views of the ocean. The beach and pool was absolutely fabulous. We spent most of our days swimming in the ocean and relaxing on the beach. The food was good too. It wasn't spectacular, but it was very good for an all-inclusive resort.

On the downside, the rooms were not as clean as they could have been. There was pretty awful mould growing on the sliding glass doors of the showers and other mould-like substances in the bathroom. The mosquito netting needed to be cleaned as well. We noticed they are upgrading some rooms and in the days before we left, all the rooms got new flat-screen TVs so maybe this will improve. Another upgrade that is required is an upgrade to the beach chairs. They are very uncomfortable. If you can get two towels per person each day and use one towel as a headrest, this will help to alleviate the discomfort of the chairs. My husband and I like to work out, however the resort has a very small outdoor gym with limited equipment. We made do with that and discovered that we could get a great workout each morning but running the many flights of stairs at the resort! We booked a few trips into Zanzibar from the resort very easily. I would skip the spice tour - there wasn't much to see and the spices for sale were more no less expensive than the price I pay in Canada.

A highlight food-wise is the Friday African night, which includes a huge outdoor buffet including all types of typical Zanzibarian and Tanzanian food. We enjoyed that meal very much.

Overall, this resort is fine - it is a standard, all-inclusive and if you are looking to relax on a beautiful beach, eat and drink as much as you like and swim in the fabulous Indian Ocean, this is the resort for you. If your room is not clean, you should insist on a proper cleaning or move to a newer room. The staff is very friendly - remember to be kind and treat them with respect and you will be treated with respect in turn. Enjoy!

Room Tip: Ask for a newer room and ensure the room (especially bathroom) is properly cleaned.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Nungwi Road, Nungwi 2019, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Diamonds La Gemma dell' Est 5*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set within exotic tropical gardens and water features inviting guests to enjoy the pristine view over the Indian Ocean, Diamonds La Gemma dell' Est is located on the north-western shores of the magical spice island of Zanzibar. This enchanting, luxurious and environmentally friendly resort is famous for its magnificent beach and large wharf built onto the open waters of the Indian Ocean and stretches out towards the sunset. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Diamonds La Gemma Dell` Est Hotel Zanzibar
La Gemma Dell Est Zanzibar
Gemma Del Est
Diamonds La Gemma Dell' Est Zanzibar/Nungwi

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