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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Samaki Lodge & Spa Zanzibar, Tanzania