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“Having a GREAT time with GREAT services” 4 of 5 stars
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Hakuna Majiwe Lodge
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Paje Beach | South-East Cost, Paje, Tanzania (Formerly Ora Resort Hakuna Majiwe)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Paje
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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“Having a GREAT time with GREAT services”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

The service, location etc is absolutely great. The beach is clean (and that is not everywhere in Zanzibar). The bedrooms are nice and enough space for clothes etc. The food is mainly Italian, there might be more variation in the food. Sometimes nice dance0acts during dinner. We had a great time!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Thank Fabian L
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We arrived as a family of four (2 adults 2 children) having booked and paid in full 6 months earlier only to be told there was no room for us and fobbed off with an excuse about a 'technical' problem. We specifically chose Paje for kite-surfing and a beach bungalow holiday but were told the only option available to us was an 'upgrade' to MyBlue Ora in Nungwi. We explained this was not a suitable alternative and waited while supposedly the management tried to find a solution...We were offered lunch - which was the saddest buffet we'd seen during our 2 weeks in Tanzania. Very poor offering of fruit - which is plentiful in Tanzania.Thank goodness we didn't have to eat there again! The toilets were scruffy and not very clean. Didn't get to see a room so can't say what they were like inside. The pool was badly maintained. After four hours of waiting in the lobby we accepted to have a look at this 'upgrade' alternative (we needed to sleep somewhere!). We arrived after a total of 5 hours driving (to Paje and then to Nungwi). Needless to say the 'upgrade' was anything but, but that's a different review! This is an Italian chain catering for cheap Italian package tours. If you go to Zanzibar there are many other better places to stay. I would strongly disuade anyone from going to Ora Resorts. The beach at Paje however is wonderful. Unfortunately, we never got to do the kite-surfing we had planned to do. We have since been told that this type of treatment happens frequently at this resort.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
18 Thank Denise R
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OraHotels, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hakuna Majiwe Lodge, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
Dear customer has written a review without being a guest in our house, how to write as the service without actually trying it.
You must not publish reviews of alleged holiday stays.
Thanks anyway.
best regards

Alessandro Zanetti
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

My wife and I stayed in Hakuna Majiwe for our last vacation night after a very unfortunate experience in Coral Rock Hotel just down the coast in Jambiani. Right from our arrival General Manager Giovanni made sure that we inmediately felt at home, that we regained the Zanzibar traquility feeling and that we could relax to the fullest extent. The rooms were very clean and spacious. An example of the attention to detail that this hotel has is shown in the excellent turn down service at night (sheets are pulled back on the bed, muscito nets are put down). The italian food was superb and the massages were excellent. All staff are very friendly and extremely service oriented. Only compliments for this hotel and we hope they keep up the good service!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Thank BJandIlse
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Milano, Lombardia, Italy
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

If paradise on earth exists, this places comes really close! Wake up and fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing against the reef. Take off your shoes as soon as you arrive and forget about them till you leave. Masai staff are welcoming and friendly. White sand, turquoise waters. Personal bungalows with private terrace and "magical" hammock. Not to be missed.

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  • Stayed January 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
3 Thank SoniaGio
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London, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

Jonny, Claudia and the team were so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. We arrived very late at night due to a flight delay and were greeted with a drink and a smile.
I took my shoes off there and then and didn’t put them back on until we left 7 days later.
The staff were SO NICE!!
The main lodge is lovely, wooden floors and comfortable seating. All open plan which means you get a nice breeze and can hide from the sun without missing out on the view.
The rooms are sizable and clean. There isn’t air conditioning which would really fit here. There is a fan and the windows don’t have glass just mozzy screens so again you get a breeze. The beds were fine for me. I did request another couple of pillows which arrived a few mins later.
We were all inclusive and my only complaint here was the quality of the food was very good and my husband finds it hare to refuse something for ‘free’ so came home a bit heavier than he arrived.
Breakfast was fresh fruit and eggs of your choice with toast. I didn’t like the coffee instead went for the hot chocolate. Lunch and dinner had two/three choices for each of the 4 courses. Yes, these Italians know how to eat!
There was a huge mix of nationalities when we were there; French, British, Irish, Danish, Dutch and Spanish.
The beach was yards from the lodge and rooms and you felt secluded which was nice. There were small trees and bushes between you and the beach. The beach was magical. Very few ‘beach boys’ but the ones we met were pleasant. The area is great for kite surfing and there are several places up the beach.
Can we go back now please?

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
6 Thank CatherineHW
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2009

Overall we had a good holiday here but only because we checked out trip advisor and realised that dinner at the hotel would be poor. So we went B & B and ate at the guest house next door where the Swahili food is excellent. We had one evening meal at the hotel but the food was expensive and very disappointing.
The beach was amazing especially at high tide, and breakfast was good at the hotel. Room cleanliness was good. Watch out for the cost of trips where the hotel seems to add on a high commission - but you can barter with them!
If you want a very quiet and chill out break then this beach is for you but
the hotel really needs to get it's act together on food quality in the evening.
Check out the young artist - Max behind the bar.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
1 Thank 01Foxy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2009

I am afraid that I simply can't advise anyone to go to this resort. There were some good things about it but the overall experience was desperately disappointing. My family and I were having a very special holiday and Hakuna Majiwe was to be its culmination. After a magical vist to Saadani Game Lodge on mainland Tanzania and then a memorable visit to Hakuna Matata on the west coast of Tanzania, we headed to Hakuna Majiwe. The only reason our stay there did not completely ruin our holiday is that we did not let it - we had too many wonderful memories from the preceding ten-or-so days.
Nothing hideous happened - unless you count having cash stolen from the hotel's 'safe' deposit boxes and a couple of bouts of diarrhoea (and I don't count those as hideous, just stuff you have to deal with on holiday) - but it was the overwhelming feeling of a resort without character, direction or ambition that did my head in. We all enjoyed the swimming pool - the best by far we saw on this trip; the rooms were immensely stylish - presumably the legacy of the original owner who, we were told, was 'an Italian fashionista' (whatever that is); and we had a great snorkling expedition with Alex - although the turbid waters were some way short of the turquoise perfection that Zanzibar sells itself on. Maybe during the Italian fashionista's day Hakuma Majiwe lived up to its potential and was the first choice of leathery Italian jet-setting euro-trash of a sub-Flavio Briattore type, but now it is just lost. Most people seem to only stay a couple of nights and so can't be bothered to complain and the complacent hotel management seem to have exploited this. The food was laughably bad. I am a million miles away from being a food snob, but when the diners do not know whether they have been served fish or chicken, and the waiters do not know, and the only way the fish or fowl debate can be resolved is by a return to the kitchen for a quick post-mortem, you know something is wrong. Two meals we had were bland mush, two were inedible. When I spoke quietly to the manager after our second bad dinner, he fobbed me off. When I spoke to him - less quietly - after our fourth bad dinner he would have fobbed me off again but by then the other guests had shared their bad-food experiences with us and came and shared them with the manager. One of our co-complainers was a well-heeled, well-travelled American woman who had stayed at Majiwe the previous year and so could not only compare Majiwe with other, similarly priced hotels but also with itself. The decline in a year had been extraordinary, she said, and there was no comparison with the other, swanky, hotels she visited. I can cope with bad food, but not when I am paying a lot of money for it. We eventually decided to cut our losses and ate next door, at an understated guest house run by Dina, a South African (see wanderluste's review). The food cost significantly less than Majiwe's and was invariably delicious. The atmosphere was relaxed, friendly and unpretentious, unlike Majiwe's glum characterlessness. We were compensated for the money that was stolen (which I did not expect or ask for - and new combination-lock safes were being bought after our loss, so that problem, at least, will be solved) and we were given a free lunch (good) and our bar bill was torn up (but as we only drank water and soft drinks this was not significant). In other words, we were fobbed off again, but by that time I realized that I was talking to a manager who was irredeemably complacent and that it wasn't worth the aggrevation. He asked us to eat our final dinner in his restaurant which we rather reluctantly did and were rewarded with delicious Swahili food - and a bout of diarrhoea. So appropriate. In conclusion: Atmosphere: nil, could be anywhere. Food:dire. Only even think about going to Majiwe if there is a complete change in management and you read about six months worth's of good reviews.

  • Liked — Stylish rooms
  • Disliked — No sense of character
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
5 Thank firsttimetoTanzania
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Address: Paje Beach | South-East Cost, Paje, Tanzania (Formerly Ora Resort Hakuna Majiwe)
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Paje
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Paje
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hakuna Majiwe Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overview The Hakuna Majiwe Lodge is a beautiful resort located in Paje, on the South East coast of Zanzibar. 'Hakuna Majiwe', means 'place without stones'. As individual as its name, this beach hotel has a special atmosphere, being different to other hotels. Set on a fabulous 6 kilometers white-sand palm-fringed and desert beach, cooled by the ocean breeze, it is the perfect gateway to an exotic African paradise. Accommodation The hotel consists of 20 rooms in beach bungalows, facing the ocean. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with hot water, wardrobe, double or twin beds with mosquito nets, ceiling fans and a spacious veranda. All rooms are big enough for extra beds and perfect for families. The rooms have all been individually designed to offer style, comfort and personality. Facilities The restaurant, facing the ocean, is situated under a large thatched roof which also houses the lounge and bar. Cuisine is a blend of Italian and African food. Meals are varied and generous with fresh fruits and vegetables sourced locally, a large choice of pasta, meat, fish and other seafood. The Bar is well stocked with beers, a wide selection of South African wines, cold drinks and cocktail ingredients. It serves cocktails throughout the day, in the evening offers a relaxed atmosphere for before and after dinner drinks. The perfect location for the aperitif is the delightful open-air palafitta built directly on the beach, touched by the sea, with superb views. You can lounge on sofas and enjoy cocktails or tea while admiring the horizon or the dazzling beauty of the night sky. Hukuna Majiwe houses a large fresh water swimming pool, massage corner, and boutique. In addition the hotel offers bicycle hire - a perfect way to explore the island. Environment and local community Hakuna Majiwe has an outstanding attitude towards the local community in Zanzibar. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ora Resort Hakuna Majiwe Hotel Paje
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