To get here from stonetown we paid 40,000 tsh to our driver. It took around 2 hours.
Once you get to Paje they just keep following that main road all the way to what seems like another 20min drive.
We pulled in through a typical Tanzanian village and caught glimpses of the ocean between houses and were breathless. Arriving for check in local kids come up to curiously stare you up and down. Check in was easy they didnt keep our passports.
The premises is a long rectangular property and we were at the other end away from the restaurant. Lots of reviews on this site raved about the venue hence why we booked. We were a couple so just wanted quiet time. The room had AC and TV and was perfect - four post bed, clean, safe and private.
The food at the hotel was brilliant - go the seafood it was delicious. At first ordering according to gram size you think you will be ripped off but the portion was fair and the quality brilliant in comparison to most places in Zanzibar (this is my 3rd time).
Staff.. waiters were great always attentive and understood our orders. Its much nicer sitting outside for dinner as the restaurant there was just a vibe too crowded and not quiet.
There is an infinity pool which we used once as it was a little crowded. It was fine when you timed the tide and had some beautiful swims in the ocean. Strolls along the beach are gorgeous and as with most of africa - football is all the rage on the beach.
Expect lots of kids to come up and say hi. Please please dont give them sweets or money even if asked. This is one of the few beach destinations in East Africa left where you can take photos with the kids without them demanding money or sweets due to some tourists thinking its ok to do. If you want to help donate to a credible organisation not to beggars.
Tourism is ruining local culture throughout this continent be respectful its a Muslim island dont prance around in your bikinis, cover up after your swim!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coral Rock is one of the most popular small to mid-size hotels in Zanzibar. We offer incredible views and an authentic Zanzibari experience encourages local and cultural interaction within a functioning Swahili fishing village. Our aim is authenticity & value for money. We have arguably the biggest menu in Zanzibar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Rock Jambiani
- Hotel Coral Rock
- Coral Rock Hotel Zanzibar/Jambiani