We stayed for 7 days after a weeks safari in Kenya. It was a wonderful place to unwind. We had a garden room which overlooked the swimming pool/ bar at the back of the hotel, it was great because unless your room was here the guests didn't know about this other pool so, we had it ourselves most of the time. The main pool was a little busier but still room to swim. The gardens here are well cared for - stunningg
The beach had lovely soft white sand BUT there was a lot of seaweed most of the time, also you could not swim here unless you walked down the walkway to the lagoon, where there were no rocks. It is quiet and very few locals selling their handicraft, in fact we enjoyed looking at their products and it was easy and friendly to haggle.
We booked a tour plus English speaking guide for a morning in Stone Town ( an hours drive away)to see all the interesting places, like the slaves museum / church, the Sultans Palace, Freddie Mercury's house, the Fort, with a guy on the beach, we trusted him, and we did not have to pay until we returned, it was excellent and good value for money.
We found all the staff at the Karafuu very helpful, friendly and spoke excellent English although we learned some Swahili. The cottage had everything we need including a kettle and a fridge, it was cleaned every day before lunchtime which we like because when its hot we like to have a siesta. We found the breakfast restaurant by the garden swimming pool very quiet, usually we were on our own, however there were a lot of flies here. The patio by the main restaurant was lovely to eat lunch, again the flies were around but no problems eating in doors. I would say plenty of choice, pasta was always cooked fresh, and so was the fish of the day. We had booked 'all inclusive' but really it is FB + the so called inclusive cocktails are limited and the best or most popular you have to pay for.
We also booked an evening meal at The Rock restaurant which is about half a mile away - you can see it from the beach. We got a taxi there and the driver waited to take us back later. Again friendly staff and good food its certainly worth going to The Rock, probably best early evening and watch the sun set b4 eating.
We both had a pedicure, and enjoyed the Jacuzzi prior, paradise views from the Spa.
If Zanzibar was not so far away fro the UK we would definitely go again.
- 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/Pingwe