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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lodge is situated 20min. Far away from Matemwe, just in front of the beautiful Mnemba Atoll and near the unspoiled Muyuni Beach. Surrounded by a wild bush (local flora), Sunshine Marine Lodge is the ideal location to relax, enjoy the pure nature and the Dive Point diving center's activities (diving, snorkeling, dive courses), far away from the mass tourism and huge properties "all inclusive". The Lodge disposes of 3 outdoor pools overlooking the Ocean and Mnemba Atoll as well the Restaurant and Bar. Guests can choose from "a' la carte menu" tasty dishes from local and international cuisine, different all the days and cooked only with fresh ingredients and lovely care. Half or Full board are provided on request. As located on a rocky cliff, the wooden jetty gives the chance to reach the sea and swim or, on the low tide, do a nice promenade in the sea bottom and discover creeks, wild fauna or reach Muyuni Beach (700mt on foot or 15 minutes by bike). Our diving center provide for special reef shoes and mountain bikes are available at the reception, for free. All the bungalows are within a lush and colored garden. Bedrooms have an African modern design, with sea view, from the private garden with veranda or the terrace, all equipped with outdoor furniture to chilling out in privacy. King size bed with mosquito net, desk, stone bench, bathroom with shower, safe, 3 fans (no a/c and TV), are the main features in all the categories. Family, friends or little groups are welcome thanks to the huge Panorama Suites, suitable up to 4 people or extra/twin beds available in most of the other rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunshine Marine Lodge Matemwe, Zanzibar