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“Excellent place, amazing location! Unbelievably relaxing!” 5 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2km from the mainland on a private island, Bagamoyo, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Bagamoyo
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent place, amazing location! Unbelievably relaxing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We had a booking for a short couple's weekend stay for one night (a Saturday), in May. In short, it was excellent.

We drove in from Dar es Salaam and hit minimal traffic. However, is took us around 1hr 15 mins (not just under one hour as advertised) due to the Bagamoyo road construction. In future I would plan to leave a little bit earlier. The boat trip getting over to the island was quick and painless.

On arrival we were very warmly greeted by Luc and his team. The overall friendlyness was excellent. The location is stunning and it's very hard to believe such a calm and serene location can be so near to the frantic city of Dar. We were immediately swept away from our daily hustle and bustle and spent an incredible time relaxing.

The food is out of this world, every lunch and dinner was 3 course meal and knocked our socks off. Fishermen can be seen catching the food for the day in the morning so you are guaranteed the freshest fish possible. Breakfast was very good, their baked goods were unreal. Very good wines were on offer (mostly South African) and were not overpriced what-so-ever. For our dinner on Saturday night they set up our table out on the beach and we had a wonderful candle lit dinner. The service is excellent and the staff are very well trained.

The banda's are very nice and comfortable, and immaculately clean. Surprisingly enough, there was also hot water which we did not expect for a secluded island with very limited electricity supply.

Even tho we went during the raininy season it was still very serene. We had small patches of rain both days but it very quickly cleared up there after. On the Sunday we also kayaked to a sandbank nearby and tried our hand at snorkeling (but the currents were not in our favor so we saw very little).

Overall, this place is excellent. Great value for a couple, amazing food and service. And so near to Dar es Salaam. We will most certainly be back again.

Room Tip: Take mosquito repellent Ask for a banda with an outdoor hanging bed if available Take sunblock!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Myself and two colleagues visited the Foxes' Lazy Lagoon on a weekend away from working in Dar. Luke the manager, new as of this past week was warm, welcoming, and brought out these two beautiful parrots that he rescued. The rooms were big, the food was delicious, the sea water was warm and calm, and the overall vibe of this family-owned establishment was wonderful.

Five Stars !!!

Room Tip: All the rooms overlook the sea, get one with a hammock if you can.
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  • Stayed May 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
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

a place once to visit ... far away from everyday tough n busy life
too quite , pure and close to nature .... privacy is amazing , the staff is very friendly serving good food.

relaxing island with beautiful surroundings.... the view to beach is PURE , the colors of the water and sand make you stay their forever

MAIN ATTRACTION - privacy , beauty of the island , service .... not to miss the amazing shacks

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Shropshire
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125 reviews 125 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Lazy is the right word, there are no distractions, being on an island it is secure (no beach pedlars trying to sell you a coconut), the sea is warm, the beer relatively cold ( it could have been colder) and there are plenty of little bays and rock pools to keep you amused between meals.

The food was OK. Not great but better than a lot of package hotels (i.e. Where everyone is on full board so why bother) and the staff are friendly and helpful.

One criticism, it might cost $300 a night but they can't afford to give the staff pens. When we checked in the pen on a chain would not reach the registration book but there was no way the receptionist could risk undoing the chain, for every meal the waiter has committed the order to memory and then got it wrong!

We stayed in a number of lodges during our five weeks in Tanzania and of the up-market ones this was reasonable value (in truth none of the lodges was good value, Tanzania is unreasonably expensive).

If you are looking for an upmarket place to get away from it all then the Lazy Lagoon is a good option. If you want somewhere cheaper and busier then go to Peponi.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dar Es Salaam
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Beautiful rooms on the beach, great service and restful, peaceful atmosphere. Even though we were on a work retreat, we were well looked after by Judy and her team. Loved the boatride over from the mainland.
Will definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We had a wonderful time here. The rooms were large and spacious, the food was good and the views superb. The sandy beach was on a reef out to sea. The dobermann dog was lovely and she liked hiding my flip flops and bringing them back to me the following day. If you like sailing then you can hire one of the hotels small sailing boats or windsurf.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We spent 4 nights there last week , and had the most wonderful relaxing time, we were lucky in the there were less people than usual, at one there were four of use on the island, it felt like our own beach paradise
the food was outstanding, you could see alot of work and pride had gone it the preparation and cooking, throughly spoilt
thank you Judy for a great time and your help

Room Tip: Ask for cottage 7, has a more seclusion
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Lazy Lagoon

Address: 2km from the mainland on a private island, Bagamoyo, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Pwani Region > Bagamoyo
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Bagamoyo
Hotel Class:4 star — Lazy Lagoon 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Lazy Lagoon Bagamoyo

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