I'm from New Orleans, so I know how hard it is to find a nice, homey place in a very touristy location. What I really liked about staying in the Samaki Lodge in the Uroa village was the feeling that I was in a small, friendly environment away from the growing mass tourism in Zanzibar. The place is run by a family-style combination of Italian and local staff. The Italian owner was frequently present, giving his special touches now and again; and the cordial Zanzibari members of staff was welcoming and very professional.
The lodge has a beautiful palm-lined pool area and the pool also has ample shallow water suitable for kids to swim in safely. However, with the white-sand Uroa beach a three-minute stroll from pool-side, you might find yourself torn on where to swim.
Warm water, wide beaches, a fascinating tide system, an endless starry sky and lots of interaction with the local Uroan community made the beach an interesting place to visit at all times of the day and night.
On some excursions, I saw other hotels in Zanzibar, but the Samaki was the right balance between familiar comforts and the exotic adventure of being in Zanzibar.
- 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