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Promised Land Lodge
zanzibar | south coast-kizimkazi, Kizimkazi, Tanzania   |  
Hotel amenities
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cape Town
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

You don't ever expect a place to be as beautiful as it is in the brochure, but no brochure would be good enough to capture the beauty of this place - it surpassed all our expectations! Best location, really quiet area - we saw almost only locals, very few tourists. We loved walking out onto the reef during low tide, and if you want a sandy beach there are one or two only 5 minutes walk away.The staff are amazing, super relaxed and the rooms are great. Telling all our friends to go there and hopefully we'll be back one day! Thanks Shebi, Anu, Ali and Noru for your warm hospitality!

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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

If you want peace and quiet on a relatively small budget then definitely stay here.

Good points:
We had the best room with balcony overlooking the sea. Amazing big comfy bed and the sound of the ocean all day and night.
Food was very good especially the breakfast which was huge.
Staff are really friendly, always on hand to help and the owners are lovely. We felt really at home.
So quiet, no other resorts close by and only one other group of guests there. No tv to ruin the quiet.
Loads of hammocks and sunbeds looking over the sea.
Beautiful sunsets on this side of the island.
Small resort, only a few rooms so it would never be too busy.
Each night they light a bonfire, really lovely. The stars are very clear here too.

Bad points:
Food is quite pricey and their are no options of going elsewhere. The only restaurant in the village (2km walk away) was closed in early June. We would have liked to have seen a lighter option for lunch on the menu, maybe just chips or a snack.
The water in the bathroom is salty.. impossible to get clean. Funny sewage smell in the bathroom occasionally.
The beach is not sandy. We were very disappointed by this. There's loads of seaweed. But once you get used to this it's ok, we just stayed in the resort and looked at the sea instead of trying to swim. There is a nicer small beach just along from the resort where you could swim or paddle. Then tide comes all the way in so there is no dry sand apart from in the resort.

Just a warning if you get the dala dala here then you will get dropped in the village which is 2km away. Too far to walk with heavy bags but there are local taxi drivers charging a hefty price for the ride. The owner gave us a lift back to the village at the end which was very kind.

A wonderful place, we really enjoyed our stay and would come back again.

Room Tip: The room over looking the sea is in our opinion the best although any would be nice as so close to t...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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
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Charlottesville, Virginia
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

My family and I stayed at Promised Land after a day of staying in Stone Town. The hospitality shown by Shebi and his family, as well as Ali was wonderful. The six of us shared 3 rooms in the one large bungalow, the rest looked like single rooms. We relaxed on the hammocks, took a tour through the village, and had a great time! Highly recommended for those looking to get away from it all, we wish we could have stayed longer.

As mentioned in another review, the food is really fantastic, because of the location (about an hour from Stone town, southern tip of the island, not really anything else in the area), we ate all of our meals there. The food was fresh and well priced.

During low tide, walking through the tidal pools to see the marine animals is very cool. We didn't end up snorkeling but still saw many things. One note of warning! There must be thousands of sea urchins in those pools, pack some water shoes so you don't get poked!

Overall fabulous time, would love to go back.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Berlin, Germany
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

This must be the most relaxed place in all off Zanzibar! Lovely surroundings and a chill-out atmosphere far away from all the tourist hustle and bustle. Shebi and his family and staff are great and lovely hosts that will make your stay most pleasurable. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gothenburg, Sweden
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The reviews said it would be calm. And it was really calm. The staff is super-friendly. A really nice place!

The restaurant is amazing. There's only one dish per meal to choose from. But the chef is one good cook! The bar is great.

The downside is the beach which makes it difficult to take a swim during the day and the beds were very hard.

We left one day earlier but kind of regretted our decision and always compared our stay at the Promised land lodge with the other places on Zanzibar.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Verona, Italy
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Really a nice place, a paradise, Shebi and his staff are friendly and kind. Very good and huge breakfast. The dinner is not so variuos but axeptable and cheap.
Very good service of dolphin watching and bathing 25$ each on a private boat!
The bungalows are huts, the bed is a little unconfortable but we liked so much our stay...
The toilet has no roof...strange but suggestive!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We just returned from the Promised Land Lodge where we spent a week with relatives and friends for a wedding event which was hosted there. Shebi and his staff did a fantastic job of coordinating a family wedding. They were all very friendly and accommodating. The entire resort was dedicated to the wedding. Custom meals focusing on the fresh caught local fish and Zanzibari dishes were prepared, the beach bar was well- stocked and a wonderful place for new and old friends to relax and have fun. Anu, the bartender, worked hard to personalize and add whimsy to the fun. Many guests chose to relax in the many hammocks, swings, outdoor seating areas, or by the campfire at night. The bongo drums added a fun sense of "island". There are any outside excursions the staff can set up for you including the taxi. If you're looking for an atmosphere to relax, get away from it all, do some beach combing and sun bathing you would enjoy it. It does take a little time to to acclimate to the heat and get used to the more primitive hut living and lack of western amenities, but it works and the trade-off for a secluded and authentic getaway is worth it.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: zanzibar | south coast-kizimkazi, Kizimkazi, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Kizimkazi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Kizimkazi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Why not sleep and wake up with the dolphins! Promised Land Lodge located in the south coast of Zanzibar in the dolphin village called Kizimkazi. 50 km from Stone Town and 20km to the east coast. Promised Land Lodge is designed with traditional Zanzibari features to create a unique cool and relaxing environment with tropical garden with direct access to the beach and warm water of the Indian Ocean. It is a place where you feel at home as seen in our reviews. ... more   less 
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