We stayed at the Green and Blue in June 2013 5 nights after a safari in Tansania. I went there with my wife and another couple. When we arrived after a rather long bumpy van ride from the Airport we were given a very warm welcome by the staff and the management.
Since the hotel was rather empty at that time of the year we very upgraded into the beach villa which was purely awsome ! The rooms were very nicely decorated and the view form the villa to the sea was great. I suppose the views to the sea are great even at all the other rooms since as far as we saw all were facing the beach front and the hotel is not huge at all.
So the resort property and the rooms are well worth 5-stars. Pool area is also nice. Unfortunatley there was no gym.
The beach was very nice we did not have a lot of sea-weed but you have to know that the locals all over Zanzibar grow and harvest seaweed all over the island for their living. So I guess the seaweed thing could be a matter everywhere.
If you decide to go to the tourist places like Nungwi you'll probably won't have seagrass but instead millions of low budget tourists. We then rather go for a bit of seaweed.
Breakfast was always great. We had fresh bakery every day and different choices of fruits etc. everything was a la carte so no buffet which we liked also.
Dinner was also good although it did not really match up with our hugh expectations for a 5 star resort. But since the place is rather small and there were not too many guest at that time I guess it was still at a high level for Zanzibar. But please don't expect a high end cuisine like in Europe or US remember you are still in Africa and I suppose it must be hard to have the exculive suppliers available every day.
Swimming is generally very nice, the water was not too warm in June. We went for snorkeling trip which was great we even could swim with wild dolphins there - amazing !
One last advice, you always need a driver to exit the hotel. It is really far away from everything and there is only a small African village there which is not really appealing at all. So always arrange with the staff for a taxi ride. But be aware that the taxis are not cheap !
We and the other couple that we went with to Green and Blue were both very very satisfied with our choice of the hotel. Maybe someday when we do the next safari we'll come back again !
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Green And Blue Ocean Lodge Matemwe, Zanzibar