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“Quiet, peaceful, secluded resort, amazing food = perfect holiday!” 5 of 5 stars
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Green and Blue Ocean Lodge
Kigomani, Matemwe PO Box 4749, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 hotels in Matemwe
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“Quiet, peaceful, secluded resort, amazing food = perfect holiday!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We stayed 5 days at Green and Blue and were very impressed. The hotel is perfect for those looking for a peacful holiday away from tourist crowds. The highlight for us was the food and service of the lovely local staff and we felt so relaxed after our stay.

The hotel is in a fishing village and although going in the sea was not possible because of the amount of seaweed on the beach at the time we went (Nov) and because of the tides, it was wonderful to observe the fishermen community at work. If you are looking for the ideal sandy beach then you might want to consider the more touristy Nungwi in the North. But if you want peace and quiet this is the place. The hotel were very good at arranging day trips for us to Nungwi and snorkling trips nearby.

Overall we highly recommend Green and Blue Lodge, especially for those wishing to experience local culture and life as well as find peace of mind and privacy.

  • Stayed November 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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  • 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
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Berlin, Germany
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I must admit that very nice location with beautiful view of ocean that makes very nice first impression but only this. Unfortunatelly - poor equiped room: no radio, no tv, additional bed - just old and uncomfortable, no wardrobe. As well bathroom disappointed me. In the night the only thing You can do - is go to sleep. No additional entertainment, no possibility to go even for a walk (danger). Very friendly and attentive staff, good restaurant - that's all. Recommended ONLY for person who looks calm, silence, relax. Definitly NOT for families.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Travel B, General Manager at Green and Blue Ocean Lodge, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
FAMILIES STAYING AT GREEN & BLUE

Hello Martha!

We are always happy to get feedback from our guests concerning our service & infrastructure.
Only this helps us to improve – makes sure we not rest and keeps us moving forward. As we are now just celebrating our 1st anniversary, we are still young as a team and always ready to learn.

To answer to your impressions:

Families who wish to spend quality time together away from the distraction of daily life are going to be happy at Green & Blue. If you are looking for animation programs for children – this we do not believe in.

As a small unit children can move freely in the compound. Cooking with the chef, trips to the village with staff, movie night or football with the neighborhood children has made the stay memorable for most families …

We are sorry you were not fully informed & in future we will watch out that our guided tours of the lodge also cover this subject.

OUR FAMILY OFFER

- We have 2 additional single beds in the upstairs lounge area (every room) which can either be arranged as a living room or bedroom.
- There is no TV but free high speed wireless internet in every room
- Free babysitting & special children´s menu Children’s reef shoes, life wests, floats are available – free of charge
- Children enjoy free accommodation up to the age of 8 – free lunch & dinner up to the age of 4

Thank you again for your feedback!
Kind Regards,

Nicole Kanz
General Manager
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Berlin, Germany
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

You discover the weakness of a language at least when you try to describe your feelings after visiting this unbelievable place on earth... But I´ll give it a try anyway...
We arrived during the night. So we had 2 times of a big awakening on the next day... But first of all, the pick up service at the airport worked perfectly. After app. 1 hour ride (the last 10 minutes on a really bumpy road) we arrived at the lodge. After entering the doorstep everything around us and thus also in us changed. I couldn´t believe it. Not only that the pics on their homepage are showing exactly how this lodge looks like. Now I could feel it with all my senses! The beautifulness for my eyes was augmented by the sound of the wind in the palms and trees and not to forget the sound of the shore... The smell of the nature was also overwhelming even it was middle of the night.
We got a warm welcome from Nicole, the GM, who is the real heart of this place. There are these few people who are able to tell your wishes after looking at you for a second even when they don´t know you. She´s of such a kind! And much more important, she´s willing to fullfill them! Immediately! She represents a big piece of the perfectness of this lodge and our perfect holidays. Nicole, thank you again for every day!
But now back to our arrival. The big part is coming. We were led to our bungalow, our place for the next 8 days. After entering it there wasn´t much to prevent me for starting crying immediately. Not only this hugeness of everything! Two stories! A huge bath and most important a huge bed and all of it sweet decorated in a beautiful way... Lit joss sticks and candles spreaded a warm aura... Gosh...
But, as I wrote before, the real big awakening was on the next day where we saw the lodge first time during the daylight... After opening our door to our terrace our heart stopped the first time... This unbelieveable view to this garden with the ocean in the background was tremendous. Like in trance we took a walk to the restaurant for breakfast. The second heartstop followed. Not only the sweet arrangement of the interior, like tables, decorations etc. was overwhelming. No, the real sensation was the view. The view of the beach! Sitting there and watching the beach for hours is like massaging your soul. It´l decelerate immediately!
But now to the breakfast: Honestly I´m running out of superlatives so I´ll just describe it:
You´ll get served by a local crew who is always taking a lot of trouble over your well-being. A bowl made out of coconut filled with fresh fruits like different kind of melons, pineapple, mango, grapes, grapefruit, etc. is the first item which will arrive at your table. Then you will be asked for your selection of your fresh sqeezed juice. They offer you everyday three types of different fresh fruits. My favourites were bungo and custard fruit. But also I never in my life had a mango juice of a quality like here...
Then you get a fresh brewed coffee of your choice and pastries which are also fresh baked. They are accompanied by 6 different spreads, like honey, nutella, butter, sweet cheese and so on.
And last but not least you can choose from a breakfast menu dishes like scrambled eggs, an omelette, porched eggs and so on.
Normally our breakfast lasted at least for two hours and I recommend to everyone to do it right the same. These georgeous stuff combined with this view! No more words neccessary...
And the dinner!... Everyday you have the ability to choose between two starters, one entrée and/or three main courses. And of course there is also a dessert...
The quality of the food and the kitchen and also the service was perfect and on all of our days stable on a very high level!
The bar at the restaurant is equipped with standard high quality international alcoholic beverages and they offer you a big range of interesting wines! Thus the management is from Austria you find also a lot of famous Austrian wines. I recommend to taste all of them!
So, beside the beautifulness of the lodge, what can you do around it?
Go snorkeling or scuba-diving. We did it once. They pick you up right at the beach and for us it was a day we will never forget. Amongst other things we saw dolphins...
And we were Jet Skiing!... What a fun! Cause we did a ride with a guide offshore to a small island instead of doing circles right in front of the beach...
A visit in Stone Town is also strictly recommended!

So, time to come to an end.
Let´s face it, who should come to this place?
Short answer:
Everyone who´s looking for a unbelieveable spot where your senses get tickled and you´ll be led to a pure relaxed soul and body.
Ah! They also have a beautiful spa area! Go there for a massage! You won´t regret it...
Everyone of the staff here has just one goal: Making you feeling happy! And they mean it and they live for it!
Dear all of the Green and Blue Team:
Thank you very much for you efforts to make our holidays unique and unforgettable. You reached your goal!
Our 8 days at your site are starting to make goose bumps everytime I think of it...

  • Stayed October 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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Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Just back from Zanzibar and Green and Blue was one of our highlights...

Brilliant set up: beautiful location, simple but well appointed villas, genuinely friendly attentive staff and a fantastic restaurant.

If you're going to Matemwe this is the place to stay.

(& if you're a scuba diver or just want to snorkel ScubaFish is 30 seconds away up the beach - just ask for Frank!)

Room Tip: I'm guessing they're all good... you can either go up front on the beach or around the pool...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Vienna, Austria
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

During a Safari and Business trip to Kenya and Tanzania, we decided to go to Zanzibar for some time of relaxing and without the hassles of big african cities. So we could not have get a better place to stay that this small village in the north-east of Zanzibar, right in front of the Mnemba Atoll. We had a great time, swimming, snorkeling and having great dinners overlooking the indic ocean. The Mnemba Atoll is a highlight on its own for whole Tanzania. The hotel has a cooperation with the diving station Scubafish, which are just incredibly nice and professional.

Our bungalow was spacious, quiet (as tropical islands goes) and clean. Twice a day, the room was made and beautifully decorated.

We wish we were there now!

Room Tip: Just to words: Beach Front!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed at Green and Blue in October 2012. The Bungalows are of a good standard and the hotel well landscaped and planted, but what let it down for us was the management of the hotel. On our first night, the bar bill was completely wrong. To be fair that could happen to anyone, but what was disappointing was the time it took to sort it out and the fact that the hotel management were so begrudging about it. On the second day, the sink in our bungalow was blocked. We were asked to move to a bungalow next to reception, which we declined for lack of privacy and to avoid repacking all our possessions. We were reassured that a workman would fix it the next morning. A maintenance man arrived for several hours without solving the problem. Our booking was based on bed and breakfast but our itinery included a "honeymoon beach dinner." When we were billed for the dinner we pointed out that it was part of our preapaid booking, but were told that what was included in our itinery was the cost of moving a table from the bar to a raised decked area above the beach (about 15 feet) which would otherwise have been chargeable and that the dinner itself remained to be paid. On the third day of our stay our host declared she thought we were leavingthat day (although we booked for 4 nights). We explained the error first thing in the morning. Our host declared we could stay an "extra" night, but at the end of the day our room had not been cleaned, leaving us to go to reception to sort it out. The afternoon before our departure, we asked for our transfer taxi to be booked for 9.45 the following morning. It was not until 9.30 the following morning that our host ventured to tell us she had not been able to contact our taxi operator, and that she needed alternative contact numbers. We waited another hour and a half. Poor management let down what could be a super hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Travel B, General Manager at Green and Blue Ocean Lodge, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Hello Sam!

Thank you for your feedback which will always be valued!
We loved being your host. We are happy to learn that you liked our property and also saddend by the fact that you thought some of our services were not up to standard like sorting out the bill.

We have a team who endevour to be the best at what they do. Of course we noticed your distress and on several occasions different staff members hoped to find the reason or offered help only to be told “All is well”

We are grateful for any kind of feedback which will push us to improve.
I understand that at one or the other situation – more time should have been invested in the explanation. Obviously, our well-intended solutions were not accepted .

We sad to hear our efforts did not reach their goal & has left you and your wife with an imperfect experience. After being spoiled with good reviews – especially from honeymooners – your criticism hurts us deeply.

Let me assure you that we have taken your words very seriously and will improve our performance for those who follow …

Nicole Kanz
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We just returned from the highlight of our honeymoon. After ten days of travel and Safari in Kenya we decided to spent some days relaxing at a luxurious beach resort. The Green And Blue was the perfect choice: located beautifully on the coast of northeastern Zanzibar it features not only a paradise-like beach and reef ambience, but also a spotless and perfectly run village of cozy and well designed vacation bungalows. From the first moment after arriving in the resort you are positively surprised by the quality of the place and flawless service, which is the signature of the european management team. Also the restaurant deserves special mention. Everything was fresh, delicious and the cooking easily en par with the creations that you get in upscale European restaurants. This was the only time during our long trip that we didn't need to worry about the quality of the food or the cleanliness of the bathroom.
We truly hope we'll be able to visit this wonderful place again!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Green and Blue Ocean Lodge

Address: Kigomani, Matemwe PO Box 4749, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Matemwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 hotels in Matemwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ocean Lodge GREEN AND BLUE in the northeast of the spice island ofZanzibar is placed so that your gaze wanders over the turquoise waterof the vast bay and rests on the small island of Mnemba. Characterisedby its lush, tropical garden, the Ocean Lodge nestles right on theIndian Ocean, separated from it by a powder-fine, sandy white beach.The lodge forms part of a typical local fishing village. This may appear very simple and basic to our “civilised” eye. Tourists can expect scenes they won’t see anywhere else. ... more   less 
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