We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Awesome place to vegetate” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Samaki Lodge & Spa

Save Saved
You added Samaki Lodge & Spa to your Saves list
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Samaki Lodge & Spa
main road, Uroa 458-928, Tanzania   |  
Hotel website
  |  
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Offers & Announcements
20% off room rate
Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Uroa
Singapore
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Awesome place to vegetate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

The hotel has excellent facilities and hospitality of the hotel,just as what the other reviewers have said of the place. After a long travel from Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar, we were really tired, but the moment we arrived at the hotel, we knew that it was a great place to unwind and relax.

The hotel treated us like family, with the great service and great food. The location is such that you have all the privacy you need, but yet you have full accessibility to the beach and the sea. Swimming pool was great too, clean and nice. Breakfast everyday was a joy and we will always look forward to eating in the restaurant. Dinner was always fantastic and great, as the food served was excellent and we could see and taste that the chef placed great pride in his cooking. All meals were buffet style, and yet was great.

The room that we were in was just fantastic. We had the full view of the sea, village and even the hotel, it was a great privilege to be located there, we never had shortage of fresh sea air and we never got bored of the view.

Beach wise, could have been better, as you may have read from the other reviewers, there are a lot of sea weed in the water and on the beach, because locals also farm sea weed in the area. But it is very interesting to observe the locals farming the seaweed during low tide, thats why it was great that even though the tides are very drastic everyday, you don't get bored with the shoreline at all.

Last of all was the pleasant surprise at which the hotel will randomly have special presentations in the evening with performances by the locals or even by their own Masai who also are the security personnel of the hotel, which also adds to the relative safety of the hotel.

The hotel all in all is a very good place if you would like to relax and vegetate. But if you're the kind who is restless and can't stay at the same place for long periods of time, this may not be the place for you, or you can arrange for tours to the reefs or town with the hotel, but prices may be a bit stiff because its all in Euros.

Room Tip: If you want one of the best rooms in the hotel, request for room SV7. That was the room we were in...
See more room tips
  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
il P, Guest Relations Manager at Samaki Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
Wow!!
Thanks for your effort and taking time to write down this beautiful and detailed comment about your stay with us. It was really nice to meet you Micah!

The truth is that we really enjoyed your presence, thank you for your declaration of the Seaweed to other reviewers. We hope to have you again.

You'll have always a special room waiting for you in case you decide to come back in this lost Paradise,

Best regards,
Giuseppe and all Staff
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

327 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    260
    51
    9
    3
    4
See reviews for
60
176
25
6
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (8)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Copenhagen, Denmark
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

I liked Samaki Lodge. Beautiful place, friendly staff.
The food is alright but not exceptional - especially at the price they charge.
Rooms could be cleaner. We had cockroaches living in a wall.
Communication from the staff could be improved.
These doesn't take away that we had a great and relaxing stay, but 5 stars would definitely be too much.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
il P, Proprietario at Samaki Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
Google Translation
ASANTE SANA,la tua recensione , e' positiva .
Unico problema sono stati piccoli animali sulla parete, questo e' normale in Africa quando il Resort e ' costruito nel verde come il samakilodge.
Noi facciamo tutti i giorni buona pulizia delle camere e delle parti Comuni, può capitare che qualche piccolo animale viene dai giardini dopo che e'stata fatta la pulizia . In questo caso basta avvisare lo staff , interveniamo immediatamente.!!
Grazie per la tua osservazione , abbiamo gia avvisato la capo cameriere di prestare maggiore attenzione nelle camere vicine ai giardini.
Speriamo di averti presto nuovamente nostro ospite , CARI saluti. Pablo
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

This is the second time we visit this place. Me and my wife we loved this place.
We stayed at this wonderful hotel for ten nights, yes ten straight night of our honeymoon.
Our honeymoon could not get better than that.The first thing you will notice when you get there is the personal attention you get in everything you want. The let us change our room because we did not like the first one. They are very friendly and they listen to you.
This is the most romantic hotel ever. we loved everything about it, the food was great, super quiet,spectacular views, nice musics, beautiful flowers, awesome swimming pool.
We plan to go there again when we get our first child, as a family.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
il P, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Samaki Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Dear Moses,

Thank you again for your beautiful comments. At the first time we enjoyed with you when you came with your girlfriend like a fiancée, then again we enjoyed with you when you came for your superb honeymoon as a husband and wife, and now you are looking to come and enjoying with your first bone as a family!! ...that's real awesome!! We always telling you that this is your house, whenever you have time you are very welcome.

And now, we are looking forward to welcome you as a family,

Big hug from President, GM Pablo and all staff

Warm regards,
Giuseppe
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Prague, Czech Republic
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Samaki is the coziest hotel on the island......our 10 day stay (16-26 march 2013) was the best we could wish for......friendly service, friendly locals and guides with whom we took a few excursions around the island and hotel's owner personal attention..... the best beach and warmest ocean we've ever experienced......many thanks to everybody......Robert(US) and family(Czech).

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
il P, Direttore at Samaki Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Robert,

Thank you a lot for your nicely comment about us.
As you have notice that we are very friendly , very attention on our service considering with all needs, we mostly provide Italian’s zanzibarian food , and we also provide other kind of dishes according to the choice of Clients. For all clients who book direct with us by sending an email or calling ,a part special discount we now offering 2 half day trips (SPICE & STONE TOWN) for those who staying from 7 nights and more.
We are very happy to see everyone enjoying their stay at Samaki Lodge & Spa , will be glad to see you again at Samaki Lodge & Spa .Our staff and management wishing you and your family all the best in your duties.
Many thanks,

Pablo
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Indonesia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

It was a nice experience to stay in Samaki Lodge, nice owner ... nice staff too with a nice and beautiful beach just in front of the hotel, white sand just like a powder. Just a bit problem with the water in the room, and a bit expensive too for the internet :(, maybe would be good if everything inclusive tho... we are staying there almost 10 days january 2013, love the african food !!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
il P, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Samaki Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
Dear guests,
we thank you for the nice feed back regarding our hotel and all the staff!
Our Italian food is really tasty,and even our Zanzibarian dishes are delicious like you said!
If you will come back, pls let us know that we reserve for you a very special offer including a fantastic Safari in the main land!!
Thanks again for all and hope to see you soon!!
C.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Arusha, Tanzania
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Samaki lodge and spa its located in Uroa Village,very close to main road.Its a quite place with enough security,if you like swimming here is the place to go.Different menu in daily buffer its more than enjoyment,Staff are very cooperative and friends.Amazing a lot flowers surrounded this lodge to make it be more beautifully,white sand beach can not even explain,Though i was there from 23 to 30 Jan 2013 but have to go again.Friends Visit this place and get unforgettable experience..Wishing you best luck and make the wise choice of visiting this place...

  • Stayed January 2013, 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
il P, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Samaki Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
We are really happy to receive a feed back from Arusha!!
Thanks for the nice description of our hotel, where people can really relax and enjoy the place, eating our tasty Italian food!!
Please, you are close to us so come back!! mybe with some friends!!
Contact us for a special price..hope to see you soon!!
C.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ostrava, the Czech Republic
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stayed in Samaki Lodge for ten nights in January 2013. Run by Italian owner, this inexpensive small hotel surrounded by nice garden has a gorgeous white-sand beach, nice pool area, very helpful staff and security provided by Masai warriors. Not many tourists there. A fish village and locals fish from their dhows just offshore.
Our room was nice and comfortable equipped with an AC, safe and TV and was located just at the private hotel beach. The bathroom and everything else was convenient.
Food was tasty - chicken, beef, rice, chips, pasta, fruits, cakes. Seafood was always fresh, having been caught the same day (several times while having breakfast we saw fishermen bringing a big tuna or swordfish). Delicious fresh pineapple and mango juice served in the bar by friendly staff.
We have been to two trips with a local guide called Jerry whom you can meet on the hotel beach at the place where a bed service is provided. A man usually wearing a cap with peak and a bag on his shoulder speaks English and Italian and a bit Czech, too. We were pleased with his taking us to Stone Town, Prison Island and Spice tour thanks to his friendly approach and a good price. We recommend his service warmly – tel. (+ 255) 773 037 801.

Room Tip: The best rooms are at the hotel beach - Nos. B 1 - B 4
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
samakilodge, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Samaki Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Dear Sazel, thank you for your comments. I see you have notice that we are in losted Paradise and you have real enjoyed our Zanzibar's Italian dishes, it's great when we showing around a fresh fish cought by the Fishermen of the villagge isn't??.

We hope to see you soon, as loong as you can book direct to our hotel by sending an e-mail or calling. A part a special disount, we now offering 2 trips (Spice and Stown Town) for those who staying 7 nights and more....

See you soon,

Your sincerely Giuseppe
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Samaki Lodge & Spa? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Samaki Lodge & Spa

Address: main road, Uroa 458-928, Tanzania
Phone Number:
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): $$
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and BookingOdigeoWL so you can book your Samaki Lodge & Spa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Samaki Lodge & Spa Zanzibar, Tanzania

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Samaki Lodge & Spa, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.