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“A mixed experience - pleasant setting but the food is terrible” 3 of 5 stars
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Tanzanite Beach Resort
North Coast | Zanzibar, Nungwi, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #17 of 17 hotels in Nungwi
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“A mixed experience - pleasant setting but the food is terrible”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

We stayed at Tanzanite for 4 nights in January 2011; the hotel is very nicely situated with a pretty garden down to the water and pleasant bungalow accommodation. The power supply is a bit erratic and the water pressure pretty poor so don't expect a cool room or great shower but you make allowances when visiting far flung places! Our two points of major concern are the following: firstly the lagoon is very unsuitable for bathing as it is full of sea urchins - I would not recommend visiting without neoprene boots or sturdy reef shoes. To reach the reef when the tide is out is a long walk! Secondly, the food here is pretty awful. There are few options available other than the hotel restaurant at night and the menu very quickly becomes tiresome - after only two nights we were dreading a visit to the restaurant. The service is very slow and the choice pretty limited. I must say though that the staff during our stay were on the whole lovely, and especially caring, as my other half had gone down with a nasty case of food poisoning in Stone Town prior to our stay and they provided a very soothing sweet spicy tea which made her feel much better. Think carefully before booking here.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

I still hear the words of the chef in my ear: "sorry, we don't have the fish you ordered anymore but I will bring you another one.." -some hours later, I had food poison and won't go into details, but it was really awful. At the same time, like many times before, the toilet did not flush - again no details..
electricity is also somewhat unreliable, but I guess thats part of the deal
Besides that, you can't swim during low tide (sea is far off the coast), nor during hide tide (too big waves).
Yes, you could use the pool - but although the waterdepth is only about 2m, you can't see to the bottom which tells something about the water quality.
Internet terribly slow as the service. I don't want to say all is bad, its just that you can get so much more for the same price only a few miles to the west, where the beach is at all times swimable, service, food etc are better. Try to organize trips and taxi rides locally - for about half the price..

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

James and his team were really wonderful. They made the impossible possible. The chef at the resort offered great value for money food, with healthy sized portions. Service was great. Accommodation was clean. Overall a really pleasant place.

Getting to the resort was an eyesore with the litter and rubbish from nearby informal settlements strewn about. Perhaps all the resorts in the area should pool resources to improve on the collection and recycling of waste.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

Helpful and friendly staff, clean and comfortable bungalows with plenty of sun beds in spacious well kept gardens, but the hotel/complex is a bit isolated being approx. 25 minutes walk down the beach (tide permitting) to the only two small general food stores in the small village. The food at the Tanzanite was reasonably priced with a small varied choice every day and was quite good. Nothing to do at night except to chat to other guests.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

This resort, or hotel, has several qualities to it, two of which are: it is small, thus the staff is very considerate and it is far from the madding crowd of the Western coast of Zanzibar where hoards of low cost holiday makers fight for a space on the beach or at the restaurant.
Two drawbacks to this place, however: it is quite difficult to swim either at high or low tide. At high tide the waves are strong and a deterrent to any kind of enjoyment of the sea, at low tide you need to walk quite far to go beyond the coral reef (bring some plastic shoes, it helps). The second irksome fact about this place concerns water bottles in the room. The water is not drinkable (like every where else in Zanzibar or Tanzania); you find a bottle of mineral water in your room the first day, then you have to pay for it for the rest of the stay. This is not going to break the budget, but I find this very annoying; a little bit like when hotels make you pay for Wifi... (by the way there is a free Wifi connexion near the front desk...).
The food is really good and the place is not too far from a nice diving centre (Ras Nungwi). All in all a nice place.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2011

The hotel is nice looking, small-sized rooms.

The food was really not good. No African food at all. just a poor attempt to European and American dishes. French fries and schnitzel among other things. their seafood was good and looked nice. the garden is really not fair as it says in the hotel description. However, the area with lounge chairs looks very nice and has a beautiful view. The restaurant is large and has a very nice sea view.

Do not use the hotel laundry service! They broke one of my shirts and refused to replace it. They ironed the mark on the front so that went totally destroyed and made it two sizes larger than it was from the beginning. I cannot use the shirt anymore. The manager's miserable excuse was "it has not happened before and therefore we can not compensate you." The shirt is worth about $ 60. what I was offered was a bottle of wine in the resutaurant, AFTER we checked out so we could not use it anyway. Terrible. I'm extremely disappointed. The hotel owes me $ 60.

The staff at the restaurant is very unpleasant. they scoff at the guests and you feel you must apologize for even beeing there. It takes a very long time to get your food. A pasta dish for lunch, when you are almost alone in the restaurant takes about 40 minutes to get. Pasta with tomato sauce. It takes five minutes to do!

The hotel does not have a generator when the power goes out. The electricity disappeared almost every night. Only a fan in the room, so it gets very hot and difficult to sleep at night when the power goes out.
When you want to take a shower dont expect water from the tap. I stood and waited for thirty minutes in the shower that the water would come back at one point. The water is cold when it arrives and it drips from the tap, no pressure what so ever. I was promised that someone would come and look at it but no one came.

My boyfriend was sick when we stayed at the hotel. Do not know if this came from our stay at a hotel in Stone Town. That hotel was very nice and clean so it is difficult for me to believe. The manager called a doctor who took care of him. he had a bacteria in the stomach and was sick for about two days. The hotel manager was nice and he reduced the hotel bill so we did not have to pay for his half-board those days he did not eat anything.

There is nothing to do outside the hotel. Bring many books you're here.
The tide goes very far out at days so bring swimming shoes, otherwise you have to stay at the beach or get your feet stung by sea urchins.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Tanzanite - the instant we arrived and saw the beach, we regretted that we only booked two nights there before heading to Stonetown. Our room was located in one of the bungalows closest to the beachfront, and it was quite spacious and clean, with a beautiful view of the water. Overall comfortable and well-maintained grounds. The staff were friendly and the restaurant was fine. My biggest complaint is that the strip of beach on which the resort lies is a little difficult to swim with the tide patterns (low tide is very far out, and high tide absorbs the beach entirely - you have it hit it at just the right time). Also, the beach is covered with coral (and often times sea urchins!), so watch your step if you do opt to take a swim during high tide.

My only other "issue" (which is not related to the resort, necessarily, but Nungwi in general), is that although they advertise that the resort is a short walk to the village--and it is--there is really not much to do or see in the village. I was hoping for some cute restaurants, or maybe some craft markets, but there wasn't even that. It was unfortunate that we felt a bit confined to being at the resort, as I generally like to immerse myself in the local culture. But at least the resort was very pleasant and a great place to relax on a hammock and simply enjoy being at the beach.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Tanzanite Beach Hotel Nungwi
Tanzanite Beach Hotel
Tanzanite Beach Resort Zanzibar/Nungwi
Address: North Coast | Zanzibar, Nungwi, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Nungwi
#9 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tanzanite Beach Resort is situated on a beautiful beach in Nungwi, on the northwestern side of paradise island of Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation is in 18 tastefully decorated self-contained double bungalows, all with private balconies and magnificent views over the Indian Ocean. Whether you are looking for a special family vacation, a romantic getaway or business with pleasure, Tanzanite Beach Resort makes sure that your stay is comfortable, fun and relaxation.Karibu! Welcome! ... more   less 
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