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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
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Fantastic,stunning hotel with superb service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

we stayed 2 nights over the New Year 2013...we loved every minute of our stay,The breakfast was beautiful fresh fruits,all type of teas were available ,the view was AMAZING frm the pool which was right near our the breakfast table.....The staff were proffesional,sweet and friendly,the rooms where perfect cleaned,mosquito sprayed,the shower soaps,and shampoo was about 20 of them no need to call housekeeping for more shower jell or shampoo,towels were clean and enough ,we had dinner the first night we arrived the food was amazing,although i wish i had a bit more chips the portion was small,but couldnt complain because it was delicious....the second day we had lunch and we request to have the Zanzibar special since im from Tanzania so i ask what i would love to eat and he made exactly what i wanted which was rice with coconut fish,with salad ....it was perfect......Overall we were very SATISFIED with our stay at Green and Blue............

  • Stayed December 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
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Perl, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed 6 nights at Green and Blue and loved every minute of it! The food was outstanding throughout, great breakfast too. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful and in a very relaxed but professional way made us feel at home.The rooms are very good. We had the beachfront bungalow but the ones a little further back are also very nice. Although the place is new, the garden looks fully grown and is just beautiful wherever you look. 3 superb pools and a lovely nice wellness/massage area and a restaurant with a memorable view. Highly recommendable place to stay when visiting Zanzibar and from all we could see, certainly the very best in Matemwe!

Room Tip: Both the beachfont bungalows as well as the ones a little further back are loveley. If you prefer to...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Oslo
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We were overall very satisfied with our stay at Green and Blue. We spent five days here and loved every one of them.

We have divided our review into two sections, one about the hotel and one about Zanzibar in general.

Hotel:
+ Great swimming pool area (3 pools, also own spa)
+ Beautiful garden
+ Good sized private bungalows with balcony
+ Great service (best we ever had!)
+ Good restaurant with fair prices (don't worry, menu changes every day)
- Not a private beach (many locals use it)

Overall it is the best hotel we have stayed at. It offers a superb combination of fantastic scenery, great area to relax in and impeccable service. It is a small resort so you get a "personal touch", but it still offers privacy (it is not like you have to eat dinner with all the other guests if you don't want to),

Just a few other things to be aware of (we didn't consider these to be any issue, but it might be good to know):
* There is very little going on in walking distance from the resort, i.e. be prepared to spend the majority of your time at the resort. There are, however, ample opportunities to go on trips (diving, spice tours, Stone town etc.)
* The resort is located practically inside the local village. Not that you notice it in any way (high walls around).
* There are no signs of any kind showing the way to the resort. If you arrange your own transport, you will probably need to have a local guide you to it.

Zanzibar in general
Just a few notes about Zanzibar in general as a travel location.
* The beaches are pristine, but the water is full of seaweed and shallow. It is, in our opinion, not a the best choice for a "beach lover" as you'll find more beautiful beaches other places
* Don't expect ample shopping opportunities. Shopping will be mainly limited to local arts and crafts
* We found Stone town to be a bit overrated. It is not especially beautiful (was maybe 100 years ago) and it is a bit dull. We spent one day and that was plenty.
* TIA - This Is Africa. Expect poor roads, daily power outage and that everything moves in Africa time (but that's the charm)

Room Tip: Not that much difference between beach front and garden front rooms. None are actually "on"...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 December 22, 2012

Perfect 5 days stay. Peaceful resort. Exceptionnal food. Dedicated and friendly staff. Quiet and relaxing place. VeryNice swimming pools
Excellent snorkeling 20 mn from the resort organised with the management or directly with the fisherman.
For the kids : Swimming pools/ beach/ snorkelling/Our five years son prepared a pizza with the chef, an excellent cook and amazing educator
We highly recommand Green and Blue.
bravo!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai
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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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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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Also Known As:
Green And Blue Ocean Lodge Matemwe, Zanzibar
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 Suites Swimming Pool
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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