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“A Nice Hotel, and an lovely holiday” 4 of 5 stars
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Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Kiwengwa
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A Nice Hotel, and an lovely holiday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2009

My husband and I stayed 13 night at Ocean Paradise, I was a little worried that we would have too much time on our hands, as most people tag Zanzibar on to the beginning or end of a safari, therefore only staying for a week or less. I couldn't be more wrong, we found plenty to occupy our time, we had a trip out to Stonetown with a guide to show us all the interesting places, although I think we would have enjoyed this more if we had gone on the shuttle bus from the Hotel and found our own way around using the map bought in the hotel shop, the guide was ok, but it felt like we were on a school trip. We saw humpback whales and dolphins whilst out with Safari Blue, which was an excellent trip, the barbeque lunch was good with plenty of food and beer to go round. Jozani Forest trip we felt was expensive for what you got, but hey we were there so had to go and see. On the days spent at the hotel, we still managed to fill the time walking the beach / reef, bicycling riding, and visiting the local village (arranged by the Alex one of the animators at the hotel). We arranged a snorkelling trip to Mnenba Island with Simon, Alex's brother (beach boy), the trip was a lot cheaper than the hotel price, and we had the best snorkelling I have had anywhere, just remember to take some bread rolls to feed the fish, and you will not be disappointed, after the first trip we booked again for another trip with Simon, and again it was wonderful. to get there at the right time for the tide and see the atoll opening up is amazing, the water so blue and clear, we saw blue spot rays, parrot fish, damsel fish, bright red star fish, angel fish, snake eels, moray, and oh so many more.
The hotel was as we had expected for a 4* in Africa, nice and comfortable, with a few area's that needed attention, there was no single problem that came anywhere near spoiling our holiday. the bungalow we had was clean and tidy,the sheets and towels were changed daily, the bathroom could have done with a revamp, with dodgy sealant around the hand wash basin, and staining seeping out of the tiles in the shower area, the toilet roll holder was only just attached to the wall, but it did manage to stay in place for the whole of our visit, so not a problem to us. The wet floor each time we had a shower was a bother, as each time you went to the toilet, you had to wade through the over spray from the shower until the floor had dried. We did take to using a small towel to wipe up the excess, as it was a bit of a nuisance.
The food was much the same as most buffet fare, some good choices, others not so good, we did sometimes find the food was only just warm enough, but the freshly done pasta or noodles on certain nights was good. The cats at hotels are always a problem, but the staff in the restaurant did their best to chase them away, it is the mindless few, who choose to feed them under the table that have a lot to answer to. Would these same people be so accomodating when paying for a meal in a restaurant back in their own country, I think not.
All in all a really nice holiday. Would we return ? probabally not, but only because we have seen everything we wanted to see in Zanzibar. Would we recommend to a friend ? definitly

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2009

We went to the Ocean Paradise, summer 2009. It started with a really long ride from the airport (which we were prepared for), but when we got there I had no idea that is was THAT far out. We checked in and some men came to carry our suitcases which was good, however, they dont have any ATM's in the airport or the hotel, so you should really have some dollars in singles. It's not really necessary with Tanzanian money if you are only staying at the hotel and doing trips in the city, because they take dollars everywhere we went. Even little shops in Stone Town.

The hotel staff was friendly and helpful, however, sometimes they were a bit intrusive, Once at brakfast they took my plate when I was holding the toast in my hand, not nearly finished. And even tho they were nice, I sometimes felt they were out to get something from you. Once we bought some beer in the bar to take back to the room, and when we opened the bottle it turns out to be water in it. I went to complain to the night manager, and they said they were to take care of it. A few days later the F&B manger casually pass our table and say that the beer would be taken out of our bill. I though this was a poor way to handle it. One thing that really enoyed us, was that the bars were supposed to close at twelve, sometimes they closed earlier, and I mean twelve a'clock? There's nowhere else to go to get something to drink, because the hotel is so secluded. The mini-bar only had two bottles of beer and no wine.

The room was very nice, and if you stay at the normal rooms and give the cleaning lady a bit of money, she will make things out of the towels. It was very nice and clean, however, two nights we managed to get cockroaches in our bed, UNDER the sheets. Apart from that the rooms were perfect.

The food really needs working on, the brakfast is okay, but they should get some crispy bacon, because its really soggy the kind the've got and the eggs are really white and weird. Lunch was the best meal of the day, probably because it was an al a carte lunch (which we had to pay for, since it was half-board). That was really nice. At dinner, even if you got there early it still looked like the food had been there forever. If you went a little later its was aditionally cold. They have theme-nights which is a good concept, but they really need to work on that food. I'm glad I'm not twelve, bacuase they had nothing I would eat. After dinner all the guests went to bed, which was pretty sad. It was only us and two other couples that would stay and have some drinks.

The beach is like a lot of the others say full of sea-weed. However, I didn't find that to be a big problem, because at nine o'clock in the morning the tide went out and you had to walk for 500meters just to get to the water, and it didn't get back in before 5 o'clock. The pool is really nice, but there's quite a few bugs floating around. The two ladies that give massages are really good. They should expand their spa services.

All in all, I think this hotel COULD be great if it just made some adjustments, like closing the gap under the door, so that the cockroaches wont get in that easily, and cleaning up the bird-poop at the pool-bar.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2009

My husband and I absolutely loved this hotel, and were so pleased we were able to stay here for the final relaxing week of our honeymoon after our Tanzania safari.
We were upgraded to one of the lovely bungalows with a beach view, which was fantastic and we loved the daily flowers on our bed and the warm welcome we received.
We had a couple of minor problems in the room, but they were fixed within seconds of them being mentioned to reception.

The pool at the hotel was fantastic and more than made up for the fact that swimming in the sea was not always easy, but the wildlife on the reef was great.

As the last reviewer mentioned, we were also approached by locals selling their items on the beach which could be irritating but I would agree that they backed off when asked to and were very polite - just trying to make a living I guess. Also the hotel has a security massai guard to stop the sellers coming onto the hotels private beach.

Again I would also agree that the staff are outstanding, a good laugh but also very professional.

The complimentary honeymoon meal of lobster and sparkling wine in the beachfront restaurant was also fantastic and very generous.

We however found all of the meals lovely. A buffet for breakfast and dinner, and many choices at each - we personally did not have any complaints in this area. Loved the pizzas that you can get at lunch too, for very reasonable prices (we were on half board).

Having 3 cats ourselves at home they were not an irritant to us, but I can understand why some guests may feel this way but the hotel staff when we were there did do all they can to discretely move them on which was largely successful.

The in-house band was great and they were always happy to play any requests, and the staff kept us busy with activities if we wanted to take part, such as walks and palm weaving, or they left you to relax in peace if you did not want to get involved.

Excursions wise, I would also recommend a visit to stone town and the spice trip, jozani forest and prison island (but make sure the tide is out when you go or there is no beach!) - we used Medeira Tours in Stone Town who had a great taxi driver called Solomon who we would rate very highly!

The perfect end to our honeymoon, only sad we had to come home!

Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2009

My husband and I stayed at Ocean Paradise for our honeymoon and were really happy with our choice. We stayed in one of the huts, which was very pretty and comfortable. The bed was amazingly comfortable. Our only complaint about our room would be that the water pressure in the shower was quite poor. We thought the beach was stunning, and although seaweed farming is nearby we still enjoyed going for long walks along the beach, Swimming in the sea wasn't a great option because the water was so shallow and during low tide it was probably about a mile's walk out to sea. We were always always approached by locals selling their wares, which could be a bit irritating at times, but to be fair they backed off when we told them we weren't interested.
The staff at the hotel were outstanding. Consistently friendly and courteous. When we arrived we were exhausted from travelling and stressed because the airline had left our luggage behind in Dar es Salaam and the hotel staff took care of our concerns immediately by liaising with the airline and arranging delivery of our luggage to the hotel, which we received later that evening. They were so welcoming they relaxed us immediately which helped our moods immensely!

Our biggest complaints about this hotel is that we found the food served at the evening meal very disappointing. It was often over/undercooked, and sometimes just simply did not taste good. The salad bar was lovely, however, and the lunch menu was good. Similarly to an earlier review we found the cats at the meal very annoying, which I would like to raise directly with the hotel.

As a honeymoon destination, this was lovely. Hugely relaxing environment, beautiful rooms and we were always comfortable and well looked after by the staff. Sometimes we were sorry that the bar area wasn't livelier or more sociable in the evenings, and the evening meal was never better than okay (apart from our honeymooners lobster meal which was great). Excursions are well organised and enjoyable. Stone Town is definitely worth a visit in the evening if you are staying for awhile - just to experience different nightlife and a better choice of restaurants - but this is a 45 minute journey each way and will set you back $60US in a cab each trip. This was a great place to experience Zanzibar for the first time.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JHB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2009

Went their on our honeymoon & we absolutely LOVED it - will recommend it to everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2009

Just back from 7 nights in the Ocean Paradise Hotel.
The hotel in general is very nice. We stayed in one of the huts (superior rooms) that were really unique and although not huge were the best we have experienced in Africa.
The pool is really nice too and seemed to get cleaned every morning which was good to see. Towels were given out by the pool each morning and unlike some hotels there were no limits to how many you could use. Here is a tip on the sun loungers , the sun loungerson the beach side of the hotel are a lot more comfortable then those by the pool as they are kind of like hamoks where the ones by the pool are wooden.
Lunch was good each day and the pizza always proved to be very nice. Be prepared for a bit of confusion when ordering as some staff have very limited English.
Cocktail happy hour wasnt that happy, we got a flyer in the door inviting us to come to the bar for happy hour. We went to the bar and had 2 cocktails each within the specified hour and were told that it was full price afterwards. Happy hour only applied to one cocktail??

Dinner each night was a buffet, the choice was excellent and the chefs happy to offer advise on the different dishes. The one thing that put us off completely was the fact that the hotel allow cats (3 or 4 of them) walk around the eating area each night which I just find revolting. One was actually under our table when we went to sit down one night. The cats joined us for dinner every night we were there.
The Ocean Paradise Hotel was very quite in July which was nice as we were looking for a quite week but if you are hoping to be up in the bar till after midnight with some atmosphere this is not the place for you. There also seemed to be a disco bar that looked like it had not being opened in a very long time.
Hotel services were good, internet was fast, massage was cheap at $30 an hour. The hotel dont like you tiping their staff cash and we went on a number of occassions to get change of 5 dollars so we could tip and were always denied. On check out too we found some items on our bill that should nboyt have being there (lunch X 2) although I do believe that was as error.
All in all, this hotel is very nice, picturesque and the Indian Ocean is awesome. But if the owners read this please get rid of the cats at meal times as it would stop us from returning again. If you dont mind cats then I think you would like this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Devon, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2009

In April 2007 we fell in love with Zanzibar and the Ocean Paradise and in February 2009 we returned to get married there. We decided to take whole family with us, all 17 of us, and every one of us had the trip of a lifetime! The staff at the Ocean Paradise were incredibly friendly and accommodating and did everything they possibly could to make our wedding day as special as it could be. The housekeeping staff and other residents followed our bridal party along the beach to the altar, singing and chanting all the way, which only added to the excitement of the day and the hotel arranged for the beach restaurant to be made available purely for our party after the ceremony. The food was lovely (especially the peri peri (chilli!) and the children in our party particularly appreciated the entertainment, which included Masai dancers and snake charmers. The hotel even arranged for the disco to be opened early on our behalf, which was hugely appreciated, since we were all, by then, really in the mood to sing and dance! The beach boys were wonderful, especially Chum Ame Haji (who can be relied upon to help organise safe and friendly trips to Stone Town, boat trips, and Jozani Forest. At one point he even pulled out a barb from a sea urchin from my daughters' foot, when she accidentally landed on one while snorkelling. The local village is well worth a visit, but it's worth remembering not to carry bags or valuables. The local children are quicker than most adults and quick to spot an opportunity. All in all, we had a second wonderful trip to Zanzibar and are now planning our third visit to the Ocean Paradise in February 2011. It can't come soon enough and, if we could, we'd do it again this year!!!

  • Stayed February 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Kiwengwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Kiwengwa
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Kiwengwa
#3 Family Hotel in Kiwengwa
#3 Luxury Hotel in Kiwengwa
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kiwengwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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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