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Chuini Palace Ruins, Bububu 4747 Tanzania
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Expansive ocean views and balmy sunsets invite guests to lose themselves in complete tranquillity. Located on the very edge of the Unguja Island where the Indian Ocean reaches the shore, Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge is the most voguish property to grace Zanzibar’s west coast and the embodiment of a utopian beach escape. The lodge is set on the west coast of Zanzibar, 12 kilometres north of Stone Town, and its bungalows are spread out over a 1.5-hectare area, allowing for excellent privacy. Palm trees embellish the grounds and magnificent, panoramic sea views can be soaked in from each unit – a taste of perfection.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Game room
Airport transportation
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Table tennis
Car hire
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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English, French, German
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Abdullah Algharaballi wrote a review Mar 2022
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This is Fahad and Abdullah, And honestly we didn’t like anything about the property except the view was OK but the sand and the sea were very dirty. We arrived on 1 March and could not sleep for even one night because of the insects and the bad air conditioner which was hot and dripping and the bedsheets were not clean and the whole atmosphere was not good to stay that’s why we looked for a better hotel and also there is a bird eating the wooden roof. Further more there are lizards and when we called the reception they said they don’t have such insects in here.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
Tareq A wrote a review Jan 2022
3 contributions
Overall I highly recommend this place. They had a nice view of the sea. the place has some history. which gives it a nice vibe. big garden and a nice restaurant area. Transport to the stone town the attraction point was a bit a hassle for me to be honest. Other than that, the food the staff, and the rooms and the whole place was dope. Everyone was extra friendly to me. I got a free massage at one point was very lovely. There was a nice public beach next to the area a few minutes walk - you will meet the locals around. Very nice experience.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Room Tip: Please fix the overlapping issue that happened in Airbnb, if you remember. they used your photos
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Breathguru wrote a review Jan 2022
8 contributions5 helpful votes
This place is a gem Location is stunning Staff are absolutely wonderful We enjoyed our stay very much indeed If you are looking to relax in the most beautiful of environments look no further Do not expect super rapid service - everything here happens slowly which is part of the whole feel Particularly loved the a la carte breakfasts - best mangoes ever and the coffee was terrific as was the ginger tea which is made from scratch every time.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled
Response from Farida Saad, General Manager at Chuini Zanzibar Lodge
Responded Jan 7, 2022
Dear Breathguru, Thank you for the lovely feedback. We were honored to have hosted you. Looking forward to your next holiday. Kind Regards Farida Saad - Resort Manager(+255 752 231 825)
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Petr R wrote a review Dec 2021
3 contributions
We would like to thank the management for letting us stay after our check out for almost a whole day and gave us an extra room to change/shower. The hotel is situated at an amazing location with a breath taking view (during high tide). Cozy swimming pools. Forget about the beach. The bay is filled with huge ships. But it looks cool - the ships are colourful! During low tide - not a pleasant view. The beach s not inviting for a swim. Food - terrible. The above reviews are correct. Overpriced and not good at all. Sorry. The Swahili Dinner was a very heavy dinner-mentally. Disco bar - right next to the hotel. If you wanna sleep and not party.. hmm, good luck. Well, if you fall asleep - guy screaming out of the nearby mosque will wake you up at 3am anyway :)). Waited a whole day to have 2 bulbs changed in our room to see smth. We got lot flowers and origami towels in the room, that was sweet, but we would prefer clean towels and clean couchins on sunbeds at the pool. Staff gathers by the entrance for its night breaks too. Thats fine, except a few rooms are with window to the entrance and you can hear everything. Overall, you totally don't get what you pay for, not mentioning the overpriced trips organised by the hotel :) But we had some great weather!!!!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled
Stacey-lee R wrote a review Nov 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa111 contributions52 helpful votes
This is a peaceful lodge off the beaten track and works well for a pre or post Zanzibar trip. If you have 2 nights or 3 where you would like to just unwind in a quiet space I would suggest this lodge. We stayed for one night and truly enjoyed the kindness and hospitality of the team. The rooms are spacious and airy. The property does not have direct access to the beach for long walks but has a variety of pools available for sun bathing. Thank you to the general manager Jagath and his team for taking care of us.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: There are not many areas to walk around at this lodge and most of your time would have to be...
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Linda W wrote a review Oct 2021
Tokai, South Africa10 contributions3 helpful votes
I will forever treasure the warm hospitality, the delicious dinner and cocktails. I’m feeling extreme gratitude reflecting on the incredible evening shared at Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge with Jagath, Farida, Aisha and Chef Sheila💛✨ You can be super proud of this dream destination that you have created, Asante sana💛✨
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled
ARTHUR GOMES DEPINA wrote a review Aug 2021
Boston, Massachusetts2 contributions1 helpful vote
I want to take this moment to thank the entire staff at Zanzibar Palace Ruins, from the security team up to General Manager Jagath Meyn. Ana & I have stayed in many 5 & 7-stars hotels around the world. Whenever we take vacation, we carefully review and measure the level of customer services, as we use this time to really catch up in our day-to-day life goals and also work on pending projects. Without any doubt, this is one of the best resorts we have stayed in the long time based on overall level of customer service. Upon arrival we were immediately & warmly welcomed by the staff and general manager JM, and we were upgraded to PREMIUM ROOM w/ Ocean front. The staff were extremely friendly, the restaurant very flexible (appreciate this!) and we can’t forget to mentioned our morning bartender-guy “ REMMY D.” He’s morning smile, and level of positive energy is out of this world! Every morning we looked forward to see him, and suck all the energy that we need for the rest of the day. He’s definitely a character for any movies. We love him! – He’s a keeper and deserve the HIGHEST level of recommendation. But again, the entire staff there had such a warm personality and they were always highly motivated & willingness to help whenever we needed. We felt we were the only ones there – actually we felt like ROYALS! We truly enjoyed how well you guys kept the property, and walking through the scenery of the resort was beautiful and it was a relieve to walk in such a quiet and peaceful environment and stone-aged. The atmosphere there was so special that it really felt like home to us. All respect and kudos to the entire staff from Security team, ground workers, housekeeping, kitchen staff, customer service (Estella), and the leadership team for job well done during our 13th year anniversary stay there; a true sample of excellent hospitality! Highly recommend this place to anyone, and definitely returning in the near future. I LOVE EVERYONE THERE!!!
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Date of stay: August 2021
Ladybug wrote a review Aug 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
I have never experienced hospitality in all of its definition like I have here. Being able to experience this kind of hospitality, kindness and generousity has made me so grateful Chuini was my destination stay. From complimentary daily massages, room upgrades, staff treating you like family - always ensuring you have the best and are the most comfortable, going the extra mile in making sure you experience all of Zanzibar by just being here as well as personal gifts and treats. A special shout out to Stella (lodge manager) who has always ensured that every request is met and not just met but enjoyed and fully satisfied! Elisha (F&B manager), from the biggest smiles to the best cocktails. Treating us like family and leaving foot prints on our hearts. Zuhra (spa therapist), thank you, thank you, thank you! For being such a blessing daily with all your complimentary massages and kindness! Asante Sane to all the staff at Chuini Beach Lodge who have treated us like family and have blessed us in ways we cannot fully express in words.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: If needing a covid test, I would suggest doing a mobile test. Such a quick and easy process.
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Willie M wrote a review May 2021
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia6 contributions
We visited several amazing places in Zanzibar, but Chuini Beach Lodge stood head and shoulders above the rest. The room was like a dream. The restaurant served top quality food. The best of all is the friendly and helpful staff. From the gardener to the barman and the managers - all made us feel like we were the most important people in their lives.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled
JohnstonG6 wrote a review Apr 2021
12 contributions1 helpful vote
This place keeps exceeding my expectations. Great views, tasty food, relaxing atmosphere and very professional management, who will actually listen to the guest. It felt like home away from home. Thank you guys, I will come back!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chuini Zanzibar Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Chuini Zanzibar Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Cheetah's Rock (1.1 miles), Tangawizi Spice Farm (3.4 miles), and Prison Island - Changuu Private Island (4.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Chuini Zanzibar Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Chuini Zanzibar Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Chuini Zanzibar Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Chuini Zanzibar Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tangawizi Bistro Zanzibar, The Passing Show Restaurant, and Curry House.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Chuini Zanzibar Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Chuini Zanzibar Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Chuini Zanzibar Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Chuini Zanzibar Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Chuini Zanzibar Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Chuini Zanzibar Lodge?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (6.2 miles), Mtoni Palace Ruins (8.2 miles), and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) (6.0 miles).
Does Chuini Zanzibar Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.