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“Casa Del Mar Pride of Zanzibar.” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa Del Mar Hotel Jambiani
Zanzibar, Jambiani 4146, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Jambiani
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Islamabad, Pakistan
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Casa Del Mar Pride of Zanzibar.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

It was our first trip to East Africa Tanzania Zanzibar. we spend 5 days of our stay in the first week of April. Me and my family really enjoyed our stay here at casa Del mar. you will receive a warm welcome on your arrival to this small excellent hotel. friendly smiling faces of Casa Staff makes your stay more comfortable. food is nice menu is pretty good with Africans food. rooms are nice and well decorated .hotel organised for us dolphins,jozani and spice forms trips.during low tied you can swim in the cool fresh pool.on our last night the the hotel management arranged for us a small musical party, the restaurant staff performance on the afrcian music was nice specially the chef dance wow.we can never forget our stay at casa and will defiantly come back next year.we would highly recommend this hotel for all families and couples.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bobcaygeon, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We (two mature couples) stayed here for five days following our safari. Delightful place in all respects!!! It does not pretend to be an air-conditioned luxury hotel, instead a very homely and comfortable, albeit modest, 14 room hotel/guest house. The upper level rooms had lots of space, a loft for sleeping and a balcony overlooking the central gardens. With the loft window and the balcony door left open at night (there were no monkeys), a cool sea breeze provided confortable sleeping conditions. The central restaurant/lounge is well laid out and tastefuly decorated. Ample lounges and shady spots are available between the beach and the pool. But what really makes this place stand out is the fantastic staff. In the restaurant, Omar, Alex, Fred, Mary and Anna will go to all length to ensure you are comfortable and happy. Anna is the ultimate star among the great team. Likewise, two of the three front office staff, Wilhelmina and Masoud, also do their utmost to make your stay enjoyable. We encountered great staff and service at most of the other places we stayed at, but the Casa del Mar staff are exceptional.
On one of the evenings, a Swahili menu was served and dinner was accompanied by live music and dancing.
We did the spice tour and found it very worthwhile.
One little improvement should be undertaken, namely to install Wifi in the main lounge area. Many people now travel with smartphones and tablets, let alone laptops, The modem available at the front office does not support Apple products and besides, always seemed to be in use whan I visited the office.
Thanks for the graet stay!!!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stayed here for a week in December. It is a lovely peaceful place. We had heard that Zanzibar was overrun with tourists - not Jambiani! It still feels very much like the kind of place where locals and tourists cohabit nicely. This may not be what everyone is looking for but for people that want an authentic experience Jambiani will ofer you this.
This place is very well done, rooms are spacious, clean and nicely furnished. It has an intimate atmosphere and is keenly priced. It offers a great location and has the benefit of a very nice pool area. Good food, again well priced. The staff, particularly in the restaurant were genuine and friendly.
The only negative point was that the rooms were a bit too hot (though December is a very hot time of year here) though when we asked we were given an additional fan straight away. If the ceiling fans were upgraded though this would probably make the extra fan unneccessary. Also the trips offered by the hotel seemed too expensive to us, so we went with the guys on the beach instead who provided a good service. Minor points though and I would gladly return here and loved my stay at Casa del Mar.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed here for a couple of days around New Year’s Eve after a one-week safari. It’s a nice hotel, very beautifully located right at the beach. The sea is amazing here… with ebb tide you can walk towards the water for ages and make great pictures of local fishermen and women working, and with flood tide the sea starts right outside the hotel. The water is extremely warm, about body temperature, which we found pretty amazing too. We had a room on the ground floor. It was simple but clean, it really had all we needed. There is a nice, spacey dining area with good food. The staff is welcoming and helpful. We really enjoyed the New Year’s Party with campfire and live music. At some point everybody was dancing, including all personnel, and we just had great laugh. I would warmly recommend Casa del Mar to relax and unwind for a couple of days.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mamoudzou, Mayotte
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

If you like nature and you want to take a real break, this place is for you. The hotel is built with natural materials made locally, the rooms are large, big beds, rooms cleaned everyday. The view on the sea is beautiful and you will enjoy long walks on the beach in the evening.
The staff is helpful, especially the manager who was a great help to help us save a personal problem.
So, I recommend this place with no doubt to every nature-lover!
Elisabeth from Mayotte

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights in Jan 2013. We were attracted to the beach at Jambiani which is not overdeveloped and still has a local village feel. One of the most beautiful beaches that I have visited. Lots of fishermen and local activities and in addition tourist activities like kite surfing, diving, snorkelling etc. We had the last available room on the ground floor. It was pleasantly decorated with a decent sized bed/mosquito net etc. Little terrace out front with a table and chairs leading directly to the beach and the small swimming pool. I was happy with the food, plenty of fish options and a nice breakfast. One complaint the rooms are very hot during the night. If we had stayed longer this would have been the major issue. The large dining area is also very pleasant. The staff and service was also fine for us. On balance I would recommend this hotel with a slight hesitation on the room temperature; however this did not stop us thoroughly enjoying our stay here.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Prague
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Our family came to Zanzibar to snorkel and we found Casa del Mar a perfect place to do that comfortably and easily. The hotel is a very friendly place with an expert and efficient manager, Mr. Masood, who is ready to help out in any emergency even, in our case, by obtaining ear drops from the local doctor when our daughter suffered an ear ache after swimming. That kind of attention makes staying at Casa del Mar more like being a guest at a nice family home than merely at a resort hotel, and the feeling is increased by the fact there are just 15 rooms, so you soon get to know everyone who works there. Meals are excellent and on Christmas there was a beach party with traditional Zanzibar music -- a real treat. The best rooms are on the second floor (they include a loft as well as main room), but the rooms on the ground floor are also very comfortable. A cool breeze from the sea makes sleeping fine even in December, which is Zanzibar's summer season, when we were there. As for snorkeling, the reef is right offshore of the beach in front of the hotel -- an easy ride across a lagoon on a sail-rigged canoe. We took the boats operated by the "captains" on the beach, who knew the best places and times to go, and saw wonderful tropical fish each time. And perhaps contrary to expectations, the captains were very honest (no trying to increase the price at the end of the swim), as well as being very pleasant and relaxed boatmen. We had an absolutely great time and would be happy to repeat the whole holiday again and again!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Address: Zanzibar, Jambiani 4146, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Jambiani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Jambiani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa del Mar Hotel Jambiani, Officially Rated as a HOTEL, Casa del Mar Hotel Jamabiani 14 rooms are located in Two buildings. All rooms have sea view and are tastefully decorated and equipped with East African art and furniture built from eco-friendly local materials. The eight rooms on the ground floor have bathrooms with shower & WC and a private balcony. The six second floor suites are all double-story with a spacious living room, bathroom and balcony on the first level, and with a king-size futon bed with mosquito net under the thatched roof. For families, additional beds can be placed on the first level. All rooms have ceiling fans. Casa del Mar has its own emergency generator, as electricity blackouts are not unusual in Zanzibar. Furthermore, We have invested in a 90,000 liters underground freshwater tank with three powerful water pumps, providing the rooms with hot and cold water. ... more   less 
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