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“All in hols” 4 of 5 stars
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Karafuu Beach Resort and Spa
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   PO Box 71, Pingwe, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pingwe
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“All in hols”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We had decided to go to Zanzibar and the resort was chosen purely on price. Several reviews made us a little wary of staying here but were totally unfounded. The room and verandah were excellent.the food was good and the wine was just about OK. The white wine was " sherrified" which often happens in warm climates, but my wife drank it with ice cubes! The red wine was fine.the staff were unfailingly polite and helpful- especially Winston and Freddy.
The beach was fine and the walk out to the lagoon was not at all treacherous, and the snorkelling was great . Go there , and ignore reports of people who have had a bad time. Each room has a safe- use it and you won't lose your phone!

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

This review is a little late. I did not know about Tripadvisor then. Our family went to Karafuu during November 2011. What an amazing experience. From the moment we arrived until the day we were FORCED to leave, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Seriously: The friendliness of the people were awesome. The waiters attentive, the restaurant staff efficient and very quickly we thought that we stayed at Karafuu all our lives. They attend to your every need. Their attention to detail, cleanliness and professionalism needs to be mentioned.
Negative: I gained 3kg. They give you too much food. They give you too much great food. They give you to much leisure time, just lying around oing nothing all day. Hahaha!
No...... there is absolutely nothing negative to be said about Karafuu. My heart stayed behind. I still miss all the friends we made there. Hashir, our very charming waiter, who would like to study further. Omar, the entertainment director, who became a brother form a different mother. Salum, our waiter at the restaurant, who always made sure that we were having enough to eat(my kids loved him). And Winston, a very special, kind man, who manages the restaurant. He made sure we were comfortable, attended to and always happy. And Freddie, always smiling, always happy to help.
Their rooms are luxurious, comfortable and clean.
I would go back tommorrow if I could.

Room Tip: The garden cottages are all good. The garden rooms are far away from the beach, but very comfortabl...
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  • Stayed November 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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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

My friend and I stayed here in Aug 2012 after a Safari in Tanzania. The standard of service in tlhis hotel is outstanding, we did not have to lift a finger, There was a great choice of food at every meal - you will not starve in this place. The hotel is spotless and the rooms are luxury. Thanks so much to Freddie in the restaurant and Mary in the Spa for looking after us so well!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

My husband and I visited this hotel for our honeymoon after spending a week in Keyna on safari.

We arrived at Zanzibar airport (which is extremely small and quaint- TIP- make sure you know where your Yellow Fever certificate is when you land as the locals like to rush you through the airport) and were met by a Virgin rep.

We then arrived at the hotel were were greeted with a welcome drink and a fantastic honeymoon treat to have our room upgraded to a cottage suite facing the ocean. The room was just perfect and so romantic.

We did go out of season and experienced rain for one full day (we had a Tsunami alert). Didnt spoil our fun.

The entertainers tried their hardest to get everyone round the pool joining in the activities but it wasnt really for us.

We went all inclusive which started at 10am until midnight, so make sure you take bottles of water to your room at night to avoid paying for water in the morning. Drinks with breakfast are included in the AI option.

The food was outstanding, a huge variety and each night was a different theme including italian, masi (which was held in the masi village at the front of the hotel), seafood (which was out of this world) and many more.

The staff were brilliant and would bring drinks to you at the poolside or along the hotel's mimi beach.

We also went snorkling with the hotel on the coral reef, out of this world and you can feed the zebra fish with watermelon supplied by the Guides.

We also went on a day excursion booked with Virgin, whichi ncluded the dolphin tour inthe morning, we didnt see any but we did go two days after the Tsunami warning and the see was VERY choppy and then on to stonetown where your own guide takes you round. The tours run with 2 + people and the cost comes down the more people on the trip.

The country is beautiful and tourism is very new which means the locals dont persistantly try to sell you things, a polite 'no' is sufficient. Most importantly remember everything in Zanzibar is 'Pole Pole' (meaning Slowly slowly), this just adds to the character and enjoyment of a fabulous island.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Paignton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

My friend and I stayed at the Karafuu after climbing Kilimanjaro and needed a relaxing weeks holiday, and we couldn't have felt more relaxed! The hotel was beautiful and we couldn't have asked for anymore. The food was amazing- each night was a different theme, including sea food, a Massai dinner, a Swahili dinner and oriental. The continental breakfast was perfect, with a huge selection. The entertainment was brilliant each night, we watched an acrobat show one night, and Massai and Swahili shows another night. The staff were the best part about the Karafuu- so friendly and welcoming, they made an effort to remember our names and took interest in what we were doing that day. They all spoke excellent English. We made good friends with two particular members of staff which really made our holiday perfect. I would 100% recommend it!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We recently visited Zanzibar and stayed at the Karafuu resort. What an incredible holiday in paradise. If you are wanting a resort that is not too fancy but has a 5 star rating in terms of service and comfort, then Karafuu is the place to stay. They use local produce and building styles so while you shouldn’t expect to stay in a “Protea” type hotel you can expect to be treated well with a personal touch as the staff know your name and just go out of their way to make sure that every need you have is looked after. They even knew the kids names and greeted them as well as made sure to try and cater for their needs. Would definitely recommend this resort to ALL. Each room has airconditioning and enough hot water and the service once again in terms of making of beds, cleaning, turning down sheets etc was impecible.We also had a chance to experience the SPA for a treatment - and what a treat it was!!! Really lovely setting, fantastic therapists and all in all very good on international standards.... If you want a run of the mill type of hotel then rather book through the normal chains, but if you want authentic local flair with 5 star service and the personal touch, then book at Karafuu. The only suggestion we would have is that if you want to do some trips on the island, that you approach the local ‘beach boys’ as their rates are a lot more competitive and the agenda more flexible. Don’t approach anyone though. We suggest you speak to Lucas. He took care of us and made sure that we enjoyed all of our outings and we did quite a few. Snorkling, Swimming with the dolphins, The spice farm and stone town trip for a full day, Paradise Blue trip where you snorkel, see the starfish, have a beach seafood feast and then walk through the mangrove swamps. Lucas was always professional and friendly and charged half the price that the tour companies through either the hotel or the one we booked the trip through. We hope to go back to Karafuu in 2013.....

Room Tip: We stayed in a junior suite which was lovely - inter joining rooms as we were a family group of 5 pe...
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  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012 via mobile

I was very pleased with the service that my wife and I received at the Karafuu Hotel in Zanzibar. I was told to be weary of this hotel by many different travel agents prior to leaving, but I gave the hotel the benefit of the doubt and decided to give it a chance. I was told that this hotel was tired and in need of repair. I found this hard to believe considering that it has won so many awards at the World Travel Awards. Fortunately, the travel agents were wrong in their advice, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience at the hotel.

My wife and I were constantly overwhelmed by the service that we received from the staff. At times we even felt uncomfortable by the way that people we so helpful. We were not used to that at all. I would recommend this hotel to anybody.

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: PO Box 71, Pingwe, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Pingwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pingwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Karafuu Beach Resort and Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On a deserted white sandy beach, at 65 km from Stone Town, lies Karafuu Beach Resort and Spa, an international five-star hotel, winner of the World Travel Awards as Tanzania Leading Resort and Africa Leading Beach Resort 2011 .It is one of the most luxurious hotels on the east coast of Zanzibar, where, even during low tide, it’s possible to enjoy a comfortable swim in the ocean. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Karafuu Beach Hotel Pingwe
Karafuu Hotel Beach
Karafuu Resort Beach
Karafuu Beach Resort And Spa Zanzibar Island/Pingwe

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