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“Great location, great beach.....” 4 of 5 stars
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Uroa Bay Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Uroa Bay, Uroa PO BOX 2675, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Uroa
Dar es Salam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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“Great location, great beach.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The hotel is on the East coast of the island on a beautiful strip of beach. Very quiet and ideal for a relaxed holiday. The local staff are very kind and friendly. The rooms are very clean and so is the rest of the hotel. The gardens are well kept and tidy with tropical plants and trees. The water in the taps and pool is unfortunately salty!

The food and drinks are expensive and if you are a vegetarian: dont go! There is limited options. Also, as an Intalian owned and managed hotel, I would expect the pasta and pizza to be a bit more better then what they were serving.

The hotel was full of Italian and other European guest on package holidays, it appears the hotel has been designed for such crowds. The hotel has arrangements for diving and other activities too.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 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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Venice, Italy
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7 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

basically the main issue about zanzibar is the sea. And the main issue of this small village resort is the fact the beach is ok...nice...white sands....BUT WHAT'S FOR? if you need to walk 300meters with very low and dirty water for a swim?
after that yes...there is a tiny dreamy blue sea water. But extremely annoying an frustrating.
About the RESORT in terms of structure, i can say we had a good accommodation second line and facing the sea. It is well built and almost new 2010/2011.
In terms of managing and service, i think right now.....i would not suggest anybody i know to go for it. I use to spend almost 200 nights a year in hotels/etc....for business (mostly of course) and lea sure. But i can certainly confirm they do NOT have any skills...even if they try to act as they are
The food is good
AND ALSO IT IS PROBABLY TOO EXPENSIVE FOR WHAT YOU HAVE....and remember no blu sea

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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uroa_bay, Proprietario at Uroa Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Hello Alessandro
I am sorry to hear talk like Zanzibar, an island so beautiful that years ago made me fell in love for its colors, its beaches, its people and I invested everything I had in this small resort, located on a beach in my opinion beautiful as that of Uroa where mass tourism has not arrived yet, you can still see the people in their customs and costumes as in no other place on the island.
For centuries this population cultivated a particular species of algae which is then sold to Chinese merchants today as centuries ago, in my beach front resort we removed these crops years ago and we have created a step to facilitate access for our customers to beautiful island of white sand created by the low tide where the crystal clear water allows fantastic swims and walks.
Surely before leaving for Zanzibar have not evaluated the destination as planned, Zanzibar is a 'beautiful island tides are a natural spectacle extraordinary think that there are nearly four feet of travel between low and high tide, people always ready with a smile to help tourists and show their uses and customs, and finally the island's history from slavery to the Indian merchants of spices make Zanzibar one of the goals in my opinion the most beautiful in Africa.
Maybe your ideal vacation would be in an atoll in the Maldives, where the sea is the master but otherwise is in no way to be compared to a holiday in Zanzibar.
I'm flattered that my little Resort has been to your liking I hope you can recommend it to those who come in Zanzibar evaluating the destination and not for an offer at low prices seen in a travel agency.
Regards
Andrea Ballardini
Managing Director
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights as there was not space in other places during the busy period we were there.

Having stayed at 3 other hotels during our lovely stay in Zanzibar, we can comfortably say this resort is not a good option for those looking for more than a mass-market atmosphere resort:

1. The food (including a la carte) is simply terrible. It is obvious there is a big effort on minimising cost and little interest in doing something about it: no one asked us if there was anything wrong after taking back our the four dishes we ordered but barely touched, which we'd expect from a hotel charging us $190/night and priding itself of food being a priority. The only ok options was pizza and pasta, but there is no way that pasta was home-made, as written on the menu.

2. Rooms: the curtain only covered 20% of light coming through the window, which is a no go for those sensitive to light. We called the receptionist about this, who said they will look for a solution, but never got back to us. Also, we had a big flood of water in the room after a rainy night. We were probably unlucky, but it further highlights a poor design.

3. When we wanted to pay the bill with local currency, the hotel applied a very unfavourable exchange rate which meant our bill was effectively 15% more expensive. There was no other option for us as it is known on the island that paying by card is expensive and that retrieving dollars (which is their official price) is not an option. We tried to make sense about this with the Italian staff in charge (who then called the manager) given this rate was completely out of range compared to the 3 other hotels we have been to, but they told us manager said "this is our hotel policy". To us, it just felt like a classic trick to squeeze a bit more from the customer in an unexpected moment.

For those caring about these things on holidays, this hotel is not a good option. Even for those with different expectations, there are much better choices on the island at comparable/lower prices, like Seasons lodge (not too far away - see our positive review) or Paje by night. All the good stuff said about Uroa Beach Resort (good beds, friendly staff, lovely beaches etc) can also be found at these other mid-market hotels.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cornwall, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

I stayed here for Christmas 2012 for days , my first choice (more rustic/local) was booked up and had made day trips here before and liked. The friendly staff, tasty, Italian-inspired bood, cheap wine ($8 US/ltr) and very well maintained lush property, were big sellers. The rooms are airy and nicely decoareted Zanzibari style, a/c, fan, sat. t.v.v fridge, hot water, commode. Very much recommended. Of course we had to pay more for the holidays, but in low season, as late as mid-Dec. They were going to only charge me $63 US/night single for the same garden view room as I was booking direct (was living in Zanzibar) Christmas was double for a single and then more for my boyfriend.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

I just came back from a 4 day holiday at the resort (my selection was based on reviews on Tripadvisor) and I must say that it is a place where you get value for your money. The architecture is amazing and has great ambiance. The rooms are also spacious, clean and well maintained with big bathrooms. The staff are really friendly but gave conflicting information at times, like when guests can swim in the pool. The breakfast buffet was awesome but the dinner buffet could use some variety. However the food was good. Had problems with accessing internet at the internet cafe once but that was quickly sorted out. Overall it is a clean, beautiful and comfortable place to stay that's only about 40 min away from Stone town. You are assured a good stay. Thanks tripadvisor for the reliable information.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

we stayed in the uroa bay beach resort for 4 nights in nov, the resort areas and room were clean and inviting, and the flowers on the bed were a beautiful touch, the beds are comfy and the dark curtains are great.
All the staff were friendly and chatty and very welcoming.
The breakfast had a good variety and the evening buffet and restaurants food was good and reasonably priced. lots of variety with daily specials. My boyfriend was really impressed with all the fresh fish dishes.
The pool area is great and having the beach on the door step is fab.
Our only downside to staying here was theres not alot near and the beach and sea has alot of seaweed.
But if your looking for a nice relaxing time then this is a great place to go, you can always book excursions and go and explore.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Salzburg, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Spent 5 wonderful days on short notice in this splendid, little "family resort".
One has not to forget, that this is Africa, but beside that the whole team, some more, some less, try to add a very personal touch to the Uroa experience. It starts with complementary Welcome drinks, fruit skewers offered at the pool, theme buffets and invitations at the bar by the Italian owner, which, depending on yourselve, can end late.

The whole resort was in my opinion the best at Uroa beach, because of its small scale, compared to the neighbours, max. 5. rooms per bungalow. Rooms clean, with an extra touch as flowers or little letters.

The pool is clean and great for real swimming.

The food preperation is ambitious, my advise, beside the wonderful spaghetti all aglio e olio, leave the beef, go for the fish!

Beer 3.-, buffet 15.- (always a better deal as the a la card menues), coffee 1.-, water free with the menue, nice SA wine list from 12.- to 25.-, house wine at 3.- per glass.


On the evenings quite proffessional shows, like acrobats or bands.

Bravissimo

I will be back, thanks a lot for the warm welcome and nice time


Wolfgang

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Uroa Bay, Uroa PO BOX 2675, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Uroa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Uroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Uroa Bay Beach Resort 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brand New 4 Star Superior Resort, on wonderful Uroa Beach, on the East Cost of Zanzibar. Italian management and maintenance, with smiling and professional local staff, working all together to make you enjoy at best your stay here. Big pool, pool/beach towel service, great beach, excellent Italian inspired Kitchen, more then 40 square meter rooms fully equipped and furnished (individual A\C, mini fridge with daily refill mineral water, TV with satellite channels, telephone, fan, mosquito nets on beds, safe, internet connection, private furnished terrace, private services with shower box and bidet). Relaxing and easy-going atmosphere. Ideal for everyone who wants to relax and have a great time in a wonderful location. ... more   less 
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