I spent two weeks there. The stay at Garden Palms had its ups and downs (but pluses prevailed). Let's start from beginning.
Facility is being run by a couple of Poles, which are super-friendly; you wish you had such management everywhere. They can pamper you in every manner if you only allow for. Staff is also very nice and helpful especially if they are given a small tip. Generally locals are less snippy than e.g. in Egypt.
Advantages: resort is small (total ~6 huts, 3 higher standard of furbishing with air-conditioning, rest without A/C rather Spartan equipped) located in a remote location, far away from airport and from hordes of tourists! Sense of being alone on the island was really priceless.
Marvellous Indian ocean - memorable sunsets and sunrises (6:30 pm and 6:30 am)
Almost whole beach only for you
Small pool is always clean, and you needn't share it with others.
Management can organize you a sightseeing tour which will be safe for you and reasonably priced. I personally recommend at least one diving nearby coral reef of Pemba Island .
Weather in July / August is very good, almost all the time sunny, 25-27 centigrade, however ocean temperature could be have been higher (23-25 centigrade)
You can eat delicious dishes at quite reasonable price. My favourite ones were seafood (Excellent Red / White Snappers) - don't even try beef or chicken... Local cows and chicken are lousy
Disadvantages: Frequent problems with running warm water and shortages of power. Thousands of nasty mosquitoes. Not very sophisticated facility equipment.
Overall: Even with aforementioned annoyances - the stay at Garden Palms was a life time experience. For sure if you expected 5 star hotel, you will be totally disappointed. Having in mind that you landed in Africa, and this resort more or less reflect what may expect in African resort, you shouldn't be surprised by local conditions.
Price/Value Ratio: Excellent. I would go there once again.
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- Also Known As:
- Garden Palms Hotel Zanzibar/Pwani Mchangani