When we travel on holiday we want to avoid the general public, children of any age and folks whose idea of their good time is to inflict it upon us. We spend many months looking after the travelling public and when we go away we want a discrete location, good food and quietness to sleep. Palms could not have been any better! It is excellent value for money, and still has an individual personality with approachable staff, a great creative chef and Stephanie who is in charge of the show seems to be the cherry on top of the cake. Palms is situated on one side by a 70 room hotel (you'd never know it was there...) and on the other by 30 upmarket villas (appealing to the US clientele in our opinion...) and yet Palms is the best location. It has small garden, a delightful pool, direct beach access and the food was always tasty and refreshing in its originality. One day I met the new head chef of all three locations....a fellow Brit and he offered in passing to get me some lambs kidneys..well one does...does one not? Being a true meat eater I took him at his word...and the very next day I had them for dinner. Now lamb and Zanzibar don't immediately go hand in hand...but he sourced them...which was very impressive!
You will need to buy nothing whilst you are staying unless you want 60 year old scotch, you will find the small villas charming each with it's own plunge pool, and great king size bed and fantastic bath, bathroom and shower. You get a fridge, great wi-fi internet multiple air conditioners (one broke whilst I was there and was quickly fixed) My only suggestion would be a little more direct reading light in the villa.
The place was not full of honeymooners, but was full of folks who could politely ignore each other at dinner and during the day you really did not cross any ones path. The beach is wonderful but not paradise....it is all the better for that! The sea is as hot as a bath and after 5 days there we went onto Crater Lodge...which was a disappointment in comparison. Palms really is a gem and has got hospitality 100% right.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Palms Hotel Bwejuu
- Palms Hotel Bwejuu
- Palms Resort All Inclusive Bwejuu
- The Palms Zanzibar/Bwejuu