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“Simply a Paradise!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Palms
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Bwejuu, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Bwejuu
London, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Simply a Paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

Phenomenal service, beautiful hotel - there is not a single criticism I could give the Palms. From the delicious, made to order, breakfast to the sundown cocktail brought to your villa, the Palms thought of everything to make our holiday as memorable as possible. For the more active members of my party, there was windsurfing, scuba diving, dolphin boat tours and countless beach activities. For those of us wanting to escape London and truly relax, the huts on the edge of the sea offered stunning views and the perfect amount of breeze... this combined with the incredibly friendly staff bringing you water, smoothies and chilled towels and the hotel spa offering sleep-inducing massages, every stress you have is washed away.
The Palms creates an unforgettable holiday and is, without a doubt, the closest I have been to paradise.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

An unforgettable honeymoon - simply the best hotel experience so far in our lives! Thanks to Soaring Flamingo for finding us this jewel of a resort.

Room Tip: All six villas are of such exquisite quality and taste, there is only good rooms available!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kent Uk
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

I am a Pure Zanzibar agent stayed at the Palms in November 2011 and was extremely impressed with everything, no exceptions and nothing I could criticize. The rooms are old colonial style, large and very homely, making you feel at home within minutes. With only 6 villas you get great service from the most friendly, relaxed, yet professional staff I came across on Zanzibar. It was very refreshing to be made to feel that nothing was too much trouble, they felt more like your friends than your butlers. For example my dinner waiter was genuinely overjoyed that I wanted bacon with my breakfast and said his family had prayed for my ill girlfriend. Each villa comes with an private beach banda, a great place to spend time, drink a cocktail, sunbathe and watch the ocean. This is a brilliant option for honeymooners, romantics and those who appreciated fine dining in classy surroundings.

I must say the Palms is fantastic, and if you are considering going, trust me just do it, you could not possibly be disappointed. The resort on a whole is first class, but with particular attention to the staff, they were just awesome.

Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Vienna, Austria
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

If you happen to go to Zanzibar island there are quite a few nice places but one of them is certainly "The Palms"-bedded in between their sister hotels "Breezes Beach Club" and "Baraza" we fell in love with the smallest and cosiest of them. The beach is one of the best we've been so far (and there have been many nice ones!) if you like it natural and unspoiled.
The food is terrific, the wines & cocktails were fine indeed and the people are very special! Thanks again to Siriuk for his kind hospitality!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011 via mobile

Did a week in the bush chasing wild beasts, and flew to the Palms a little worried that the resort would not be what we were hoping for. Wrong! What a wonderful property, staff and setting. We could not have asked for more. The service was generally off the chart, they need to work on the bar staff and their understanding of western ways, but that aside, all was wonderful. Could not believe the music they brought in for dinners, at times we thought we were in the African Queen show, with music from that era. housekeeping was perfect, staff great, and if there is any way you can enjoy this property, go for it.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 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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Denmead, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2011

I stayed here with my wife for our honeymoon for 10 nights. From the moment we arrived at this 6 bungalow exclusive resort we were pampered to the finest degree. All of the staff were very attentive, making sure to chat to us every day whilst also keeping their distance to maintain our privacy. The beachside banda is perfect for those lazy days in the sun and a good book - morning cocktails/mocktails are excellent - one morning we even drank coconut milk straight from the coconut just picked from the numerous trees in the surrounding gardens. The chef is exceptional, cooking excellent meals throughout the day - the lobster and snapper on the BBQ is amazing. All of the staff are friendly, especially when greeted in Swahili and they are happy to help with anything you may desire. The bungalows themselves are very spacious, the bathrooms are huge, and the outside porch area with bed and plunge pool is a welcome sanctuary in the shade! Receiving the sundowner cocktails and canapes whilst choosing from the dinner menu is a great touch!

The only improvements I could offer for the resort is to look at the plunge pools - because of their location they are permanently in the shade and weren't heated so were too chilly for us - that said, we didn't go at the warmest time of the year and I can imagine any hotter than we experienced, the cool plunge pool may be more welcome.

That said, this place is still perfection personified. The attention to detail is incredible; on our last night we had a romantic bath drawn with fresh flower petals picked from the garden and a bottle of sparkling wine to enjoy before dinner, as well as a private table in front of the beach under the stars for our final dinner as a surprise on the last night.

This place truly is incredible. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing time on perfect beaches in an instant.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

We spent a week at the Palms and it was simply a wonderful experience from start to finish. This tiny 6 room resort provides a superbly relaxing environment with the every-present, but unobtrusive, staff always ready to provide whatever is required with a smile. The accomodation was superb and the location on the beach ideal. The management worked hard to provide variety - the superb meals being presented at different locations on diferent days - from dinner round the pool to lunch on the beach. Nothing was too much trouble! We were the only guests not on their honeymoon, so maybe we'll have to put that right next time!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bwejuu, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Bwejuu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bwejuu
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bwejuu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bwejuu
#1 Spa Hotel in Bwejuu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — The Palms 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the peaceful south eastern coast of the island, lying on an untouched award-winning beach, "The Palms" is the ultimate getaway retreat providing a stunning recluse for the discerning traveler. It is a sanctuary for those in search of tranquility ... a place to stimulate the senses and to experience the very best of the magical island of Zanzibar. The six private villas are beautifully designed creating an atmosphere of relaxed, understated elegance. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Palms Hotel Bwejuu
Palms Hotel Bwejuu
Palms Resort All Inclusive Bwejuu
The Palms Zanzibar/Bwejuu

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