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“A week of pure bliss....” 5 of 5 stars
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Samaki Lodge & Spa
Main Road, Uroa 458-928, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Uroa
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“A week of pure bliss....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Having just climbed Kilimanjaro, I was ready for some relaxation time. We arrived at the airport in Zanzibar and only had a 35 minute journey to Samaki Lodge which was pleasant and quick. When we arrived the staff couldn't have been anymore welcoming! We had drinks on arrival and we were placed in absolutely stunning rooms with amazing beach views. They treated us like royalty and looked after us completely. They set such a high standard from the minute they greeted us and this standard did not slip for the entire week. The place was absolutely stunning... the flowers around the resort are so well kept and create such a lovely atmosphere. The rooms were huge and clean with a lovely big balcony area. The pool was exceptional - a fantastic size and depth with lots of sun loungers to relax on. The beach was right on the resort - this as well is amazing, especially when the tide is right out and you can walk for ages in ankle high water... it truely is magical. I can't fault anything about this resort - the only thing I'd say is I wish I'd been there longer! The staff make the resort what it is. They are friendly, chatty, involving and are genuinely interested in chatting to you. During meal times a variety of dishes are offered. I was worried that I would have limited choice being a vegetarian but there was plenty on offer - infact I've had some of my favourite vege meals at Samaki! There was entertainment on every night which ranged from singers to dancers to acrobatics to fire performers... everyone got in the spirit and evenings were perfect. I would definitely stay here again, preferably with my partner because it was so relaxing! A perfect end to a holiday... thank you all at Samaki for a wonderful stay..... you are PERFECT! X

Room Tip: There are some amazing views of the beach if you choose the rooms closer to the sea!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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samakilodge, Proprietario at Samaki Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
Dear Sophie
Your review is GORGEUS!
You described us very very nicely . And as I can see from your review your stay, here, was very relaxing & pleasant.
I still remember you and your friends singing “sexy bomb” with us on the swimming pool area. It was very funny!!!
As you wrote, in this amazing review, we provide food also for vegetarians.
Thanking you and reminding that you can book a stay straight with us, for games in Selous, Ngorongoro, Mikumi and a relaxing rest, hope to see you soon here at your Home.

Pablo
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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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Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

I was privileged to stay with my family at Samaki Lodge & Spa in July 2012.

The journey from the Stone Town port was easy and we enjoyed the views of Zanzibar along the way. We were welcomed by the wonderful staff with a glass of delicious passion juice. The location was beautiful right on the beach and very peaceful and relaxing.

We enjoyed the lovely pool and hammocks in the afternoon and went on a Spice Tour during the day. In the evening the chef prepared a delicious meal for us to enjoy. On our second night, they had a party at the Lodge with a traditional singer, amazing buffet of food and many guests from the village.

The Maasai guarding the lodge made us feel safe and secure. Every member of the staff exceeded our expectations!!! We will definitely stay here again in the future and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great place to stay on the beach!

Room Tip: The rooms on the beach are quiet and a little more secluded with lovely views.
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  • Stayed July 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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il P, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Samaki Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Dear Susan your feed back is excellent!!
Samaki Lodge is the perfect location for holidays.
We are glad that you enjoyed and we hope to see you again!
Come with friends or family again and we are pleased to propose you a very good offer.
Our small paradise is waiting you!!!
Greetings from all.
C.
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cotronei
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Services offered are of excellent quality cuisine caters to all tastes even the demanding hospitality of this hotel is very good all employees are very nice, very clean rooms are very pleased with the services I and my fiancé.This holiday was one in which all services provided by your staff left me impressed

  • Stayed March 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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il P, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Samaki Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Dear Aurelia,
exactly like you say at Samaki Lodge we have a very nice staff, taking care of all the guests.
Even our Italian food is really appreciate, and in the menu sometimes we offer the possibility to taste local food!
We organize even special dinners, in a very romantic atmosphere close to the beach proposing all kinds of fishes the island can offer!
We are really satisfied cose all our guests they relax enjoying totally the place.
Thanks for your feed back and we hope to see you again in Zanzibar!
Greetings from all of us!!
C.
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Hoboken, New Jersey
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

I stayed at this property, along with my family, for two weeks
in April, the hotel is beautiful and in a fabulous location
great for couples and families,
and it surpassed even our expectations.
There is a very nice pool,and the beach is great,with white sand;
the food is good ,and also very filling, the service is great
and very helpful,the rooms are clean and comfortable.
Everything was absolutely amazing,excellent stay,
can’t wait to go back.

  • Stayed April 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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il P, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Samaki Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Dear Emilio,
even your feed back is perfect!
We thank you for everything you said and we will be glad to see you again here with us.
Please contact the office that will propose a special price for you and for your family.
We will be happy to see you at Samaki in the next future, you are always welcome!!!
Greetings from all the staff of the hotel!!!
C.
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London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

Considering the full package, this is the best deal that i have ever had in years of travelling from excellent service to Michelin star food, plus the bonus of an incredible beach and view with courtesy and security!
I really loved the Masai people that are used for the security operation and they also give sense of tradition and culture

Great place to stay, highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MIAMI BEACH
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

I stayed at this property in March 2012 for 2 weeks ! Very different from your "regular" resorts -
spectacular service provided by very friendly staff members, very nice and spacious rooms, good location to visit the rest of the island and best of all amazing food !
The owner and his son make this place very unique and make you feel at home - i have traveled quite extensively around the world and stayed at many places and i can easily highly recommend this hotel -

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Moscow, Russia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

We have stayed there in January and were satisfied with services hotel offers.
Pros:
- perfect location. Hotel is located in the UROA village, where the beautiful pristine beaches and nice atmosphere. It is away from Stonetown that is very good
- clean and comfy rooms
- helpful staff. In the restaurant every room has its own table. Of course, best tables are for more expensive rooms. We didn't know that and took the one we like. Staff asked us to change a table and they saw we didn't like it. We haven't expected to receive a good table next time.
- good value for your money. I couldn't find a good hotel for that price in the high season.

Cons:
- If you are not Italian you MAY experience some difficulties, especially when you go to excursions with Italian guys. We had to remind all the time to translate in English.
- drinks are included but you can't get fountain drinks or bottles. You have to ask a waiter for a glass of coke. Every time he had to open a small bottle. It's a pain and we don't want to ask for it very often.
- Dinner starts at 8 that is too late, especially if you came from safari where you use to go to bad at 9-10 and get up at 5-6. Snacks are very poor (chips or cookies) so you get really starving before dinner.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Address: Main Road, Uroa 458-928, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Uroa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Uroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Samaki Lodge is a "boutique hotel" located on the beautiful Uroa beach, 30 km from the international airport.Samaki Lodge comprises 19 rooms, elegantly and originally furnished while retaining the style of old Zanzibar.A private beach, equipped with beds, tables and umbrellas is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing under the hot African sun.During their stay guests can make long walks on the beach, meet and socialize with the friendly local people, discovering the uses and customs. The area of sea that lies between the reef and the beach allows you to swim in a safe and wonderful language of coral sand that goes for dozens of meters into the turquoise waters. ... more   less 
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