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“Place to kick back... stay as busy as you like....or not!” 4 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
San Francisco, California
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Place to kick back... stay as busy as you like....or not!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Group vacation in Zanzibar, great place, not quite sure if in comparison with other all inclusives its a 5 start but its minimum a 4. The friendly staff most defiinitely get A+ for effort, they went way out of their way to make us feel at home and accomodate our every need.

While personal service (Butler for our 4 room villa) was OUTSTANDING the maintenance of said rooms specially the A/C units was less than desireable. To be 4 stars attention to detail, quality and maintenance of villa's and rooms need to be stepped up.

As for the rest.... the grounds impeccable! The food OUTSTANDING (and I really dont like buffet's). Note if you want to eat out be prepared for long... long rides.

Recommend you kick back with or without your kiddies, plan a sailing trip on the kat "Julia" and just enjoy doing absolutely nothing... or dive, snorkle, swim, run, etc etc etc...

Room Tip: If you can get 5 couples... take the presidential villa. It has its own pool and hopefully its own...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Had a great Holiday at Diamonds la Gemma back in 2010. The Beach and pool area are awesome. Staff service was always friendly and helpful. Food was very good - lots of choices and loads of fresh fish. Our only complaint was the Air Conditioning in the rooms would go off during the night (the island had regular power cuts at night) and then not re-start. So I would wake up sweating and have to turn the A/C back on as it did not have an auto-restart function. This was 3 years ago so maybe they have upgraded the A/C units since then.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

My husband and I share a passion for travelling, and when we got married last year we both agreed that a fantastic honeymoon was required. We had had some pretty incredible beach holidays (Bali, Cuba, Sri Lanka...) and knew our standards would be demanding for a suitably outstanding place to spend our first weeks as newlyweds. Diamonds La Gemma did the trick perfectly.

The room included direct access to a garden and patio with views of the ocean (great at sunset). The hotel had a private beach, and you could also walk miles in each direction along the main beach strip - there were touts as you walked but they were friendly if persistent.

The food was incredible -- we've been to plenty of lovely resorts where the food gets very tiresome but (unfortunately for our waistlines) there was a great selection and ever so delicious. We could have done without the cringeworthy touristy "theme nights" but fortunately they were only once a week. We enjoyed the different bars (pool, especially the one out on the water, up by the restaurant) and the food was amazing (though could have done without the birds who were especially aggressive at breakfast).

The one flaw was the "gym" - a single hut (open to the elements and not air conditioned) which had a couple of pieces of old workout equipment (which didn't actually work). I would have loved an air conditioned gym with even a few pieces of working cardio equipment. The lack of exercise facilities coupled with the amazing food left me with an extra 10 pounds! Admittedly, I may have needed some of that weight after a long pre-wedding exercise regimen, but I could have done without that particular souvenir and missed my daily exercise (though we did enjoy some great walks on the beach).

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

What an amazing holiday destination which was made even better by such a fantastic resort. The people were friendly and accommodating, the food was sublime and never ending, the rooms were just beautiful and every day the beds were made up with fresh flowers and small gifts. The grounds were immaculately clean and stunning, and the views were breathtaking. We were able to have any cocktail imaginable as well as other drinks and food was provided in abundance at all hours. With an exquisite pool and private beach as well as a bar built over the ocean what more could you want. This was the best place I have stayed at to date!!

  • Stayed November 2013, 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 November 19, 2013

Clean and upmarket rooms with great TV viewing (very necessary when South Africa played). Stayed on 3rd floor so had a fabulous view of the sea. All rooms lead out to a garden but are separated by wooden fence structures. Food excellent and a massive choice. The sea does not go out with the tide so one can swim all day which is a huge plus! Great walks along Nungwi Beach and a good place to relax and chill!

Room Tip: Must have a sea view!
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  • Stayed September 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This hotel was a dream. Beautiful white beaches with light blue water. The rooms towards the beach front are lovely. The jetty bar is a must visit where you can spend your entire day watching the waves wash over the beach. This place is a little peace of heaven. The landscaping, the restuarants, the spa are all top notch 5 star quality. The long never ending pool is one of the best I have ever experiences.
The pool bar and restaurant were my favorite. Thank you for your warm hospitality Tanzania.
The area around the resort isn’t the best, but in all honesty you will never step out of the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

We were on our honeymoon during the last couple of days in October and November and had a amazing stay at the resort. The beaches, pool, dining and service standard of the staff was great. They really went out of their way to ensure we have a memorable honeymoon. I would recommend this resort!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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