After a week in Nungwi this was exactly what we needed. A calm, relaxed, private and romantic atmosphere. The rooms were big and had a lovely view to Mnemba. The garden surrounding the lodges was amazingly pretty. Good pressure and hot water in the shower. We used the mornings to dive around Mnemba, and relaxed for the rest of the day. The hotel is in a remote location, so you have to have all the meals in the hotel restaurant. For dinner they had a starter, 2 different main courses, one fish and one meat or chicken, and dessert. And we always got a free appetizer as well. All the food was very good.
The taxi driver first drove us to “Sunshine hotel”, even though we stated very clearly we wanted to go to the “Sunshine Marine Lodge”. When we finally got to the correct place, he wanted much more than agreed on. We wanted to negotiate the price, but the driver got very mad and unpleasant demanding a high price. The hotel staff/security guard was very helpful in this very uncomfortable situation and stepped in as a negotiator. We ended up paying a bit more then first agreed, the sum the staff suggested to be a normal rate from Nungwi.
The power was out from time to time, but it didn't bother us at all. Also be aware that there is a 5% fee for paying with card.
A really really magnificent hotel, we were sorry that we had to leave after only 3 nights.
- Also Known As:
- Sunshine Marine Lodge Matemwe, Zanzibar
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunshine Marine Lodge is located on the north-east coast of Zanzibar, in the northern part of Matemwe, close to Muyuni Beach, just opposite Mnemba Island.Situated on a beautiful cliff, in a unique and remote location, Sunshine Marine Lodge offers spectacular views over the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and Mnemba Atoll, one of the most bio diverse coral reefs on Zanzibar. It is an excellent holiday destination for those looking for a combination of stylish and cozy accommodation, unspoiled relaxing nature, diving and snorkeling with the in-house diving centre, Dive Point Zanzibar, and wide offer of marine related activities. ... more less
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