Stayed here for 6 nights at the start of June as part of a longer stay in Tanzania. The resort itself is very nicely laid out and the grounds are well maintained with a large swimming pool into the deal
The greeting on arrival was very nice and we were given cool drinks while we checked in. We were on honeymoon and the reception staff made a special mention of this and congratulated us on our marriage which was nice. As part of being honeymooners were upgraded to a complimentary sea view bungalow as part of the deal with our travel agent. The room was very comfortable and nicely furnished. We were brought fresh fruit and flowers on the day of arrival and every day the cleaning staff would leave flower petals etc on our bed when they made up the room. We were also given a private meal on the beach one evening under floodlights because we were honeymooners. This was a lovely touch and something we will always remember.
The staff at the resort were exceptionally well trained and friendly and could not do enough for you. Part of the appeal of this place was how nice everyone was.
We were on half board and the food was good. Buffet breakfast with a live omlette/egg cooking station, al la carte lunch (mostly western options) and buffet dinner (every night is a different theme). There was a very extensive selection of hot and cold dishes at the dinner buffet, along with a good selection of deserts, ice creams and fresh fruit. There was entertainment every evening with dinner which was mostly of a reasonable standard but sometimes felt a little bit "package holiday".
The resort was not full during our stay as we were out of peak season, but the grounds are large enough that I imagine it could comfortably accomodate everyone even during the peak seasons and there appeared to be an abundance of sunbeds.
There was a large projector screen showing sports in the evenings at bar up by reception. This is a lovely bar in its own right. Staggerred over multiple levels with views out over the palm tops of the sea and chess and other games left out for guest to play. They even showed the Irish footbal international against Faroe Islands while I was there which I was pleased about. However this bar is far enough removed from the other bar and dining areas that if you did not want to have anything to do with sports you would not ever know it was going on.
The wifi connection here was mostly good (although there were a few occasions during my stay where it stopped working for short periods) and was provided for a $15 fee for the week.
The beach here is lovely white sand and amazingly coloured clear water, however you can experience hassle from beach sellers wanting you to buy their wares/tours. This resort to very remote so if you have visions of walking to the nearby village for a bite to eat or some shopping you will be disappointed.
My main complaint with the hotel is not actually a problem with the hotel itself but with the Dive Shop on their grounds which was operated by an external company. Having this dive shop on the site was one of the main reasons we chose to stay at this particular resort (it was the only one recommended by our travel agent which had a dive centre). However the day we arrived we found that the dive centre was shut. We asked about this and found out that they were on a half day for Sunday (fair enough). On the following day we found the dive shop open but manned by a man who had never scuba dived (only snorkeled) and had no real concept about any of the dive related questions we were asking him.
He informed us that because there were only 2 of us and there was no one else booked in that they would not be going out the following day. We ended up diving with another company. Be warned that if the tides are not right you will need to travel for up to an hour by car to get to any of the dive sites (which are all in the north of the island). My advice, be sure to contact the dive centre in advance if you wish to dive.
Overall, very pleased with our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on Zanzibar’s picturesque North East coast overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean, it is as the name suggests a little piece of paradise. From your arrival at Zanzibar Airport, the resort is a meandering 45 minute journey through un-spoilt scenery, passing typical African villages where the way of life has changed little for hundreds of years. At Ocean Paradise Resort Zanzibar, you will be greeted by a blaze of colour as you sweep down the imposing driveway, saluted by a Masai warrior as you pass through the entrance gate and be captivated as you arrive in reception and look out over the resort and the azure blue sea. Mature coconut palms swinging in the breeze, white sandy beach, beautiful landscaped gardens, traditional style round chalets with pitched makuti roof, a stunning waterfall feature and the largest swimming pool in Zanzibar are just some of the sights that await you. A big smile and the greeting of "Jambo" will be the first words you hear, as you begin to feel the warmth that the people of Zanzibar are famed for. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Paradise Hotel Kiwengwa
- Ocean Paradise Resort Zanzibar
- Ocean Paradise Zanzibar
- Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa Zanzibar/Kiwengwa