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Mafia Island

Mafia Island Lodge

Utende Street, Mafia Island 00002 Tanzania
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The Mafia Island Lodge stands amidst tall palms on a sandy beach in Chole Bay, in the heart of the marine park near Utende village on South coast of Mafia. 14 superior rooms, 18 standard rooms and 2 family rooms are set among the coconut palms with their own veranda overlooking the bay. They are all self-contained with air conditioning. Twin and double beds are available. Among the 34 rooms there are 2 family suites, which are made out of 2 comfortable connecting rooms with one sharing bathroom, each one with its own veranda overlooking garden and sea. They may comfortably accommodate a max of 5 guests. All our rooms have garden and sea view. Hot and cold water is available 24 hours a day. The main lodge has a relaxing atmosphere with a large open restaurant, bar and lounge area. Board games, table tennis and volleyball are also available. Other facilities include a gift shop, laundry service, excursions, snorkelling, sailing and scuba diving. The cuisine is continental with an emphasis on seafood. Snacks, sandwiches and bitings are also available. Located on our beautiful beach - the only one in Chole Bay unaffected by tide - our Beach Bar offers light lunches and early afternoon fare such as salads, sandwiches and freshly caught fish, complemented by a fully-stocked bar.
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Property amenities
Public wifi
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Books, DVDs, music for children
Airport transportation
Foot massage
24-hour security
Free wifi in the business center
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Water sport equipment rentals
Raquetball offsite
Table tennis
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Car hire
Taxi service
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
First aid kit
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Air conditioning
Bottled water
Coffee / tea maker
Walk-in shower
Private bathrooms
Hair dryer
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Good to know
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Arabic and 3 more


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Utende Street, Mafia Island 00002 Tanzania
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We spent 9 fantastic days at Mafia Island Lodge and we love it so much. We stayed in one of the suites which have been recently renovated with a wonderful view on the seafront (they are full equiped with a/c, mosquito net and minibar).We have choosen this island because away from turistic path and because is the only beach of the island where you can swim and relax with or without the impact of high/low tide. The staff is amazing..always at your disposal for any question and,kind and smiling all the time.Free Tea/coffe available on the lodge 24/7. The food is simply delicious thanks to a very good chef and of course to the italian Managers that overlook and grant the excellence onon all the services.Moreover, for who want to dive, there is also a PADI center that arranges excursions for you.We went to see the whale sharks and what a chance to swim with.A special thanks to the staff of the morning breakfast and to Iris and Giuliano that make us feel like at home.
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We had a wonderful 4 night stay at Mafia Island Lodge. The standard rooms where we stayed are in definite need of some renovations (old matresses, curtains and showers), but the food was excellent, the staff attentive and friendly and the snorkelling nearby excellent. We saw the superior rooms and they are quite nice, so it is probably worth paying a bit more. Overall, it was a great place to say and our three kids loved it too.
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We spent 3 nights at Mafia Island Lodge and really loved it! Basic but good rooms, great food and very friendly staff. The dive center that organizes diving, snorkeling and many other excursions is also highly recommended.
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Response from whitiris, Direttore at Mafia Island Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Martine, thank you very much for your kind words. I hope to see you again. Regards Iris
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Mafia Island Lodge was really nice place to stay. Especially thanks to the staff that was amazing! The kindest person was Zubi - head of reception - she was so nice and helpful that without her we wouldn't have such an amazing impression from that place. Thank you Zubi!!! :)
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Response from whitiris, Direttore at Mafia Island Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks to you on behalf of Zuby. The job of reception is to be in direct contact with customers and help them to have an unforgettable stay with the help of all the staff. We are grateful for the good work done by the staff. You are welcome Thanks. Iris
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Mafia island is a gem in Tanzania. Luckily not many tourist agents know it and this prevents "mass" tourism from spreading. In detail we chose the Mafia Island Lodge because it offered what we liked the most and we were NOT disappointed at all by our choice!! The all isle is subject to low tide and the Mafia Lodge is the only one on the isle where there is ALWAYS the sea, even in low tide. The lodge's beach is beautiful and very comfortable. The lodge has its own Padi diving center that is located exactly on the lodge's beach and offers a superfine service and also excellent excursions. The lodge is adorable and partially renovated. We had the luck to be arranged in one of the renovated superior rooms that was perfect and fully equipped. The quality of the food is excellent and they offer a well balanced mix of African traditional dishes combined with the Italian cousine: this is a PLUS!! In fact, the lodge's managers, Giuliano and Iris are Italian and this keeps the quality of the service and of the restaurant on a high standard, even in Tanzania. A very good wi-fi connection in the lodge. Free coffee and teas 24/7 available for guests. Billiard, darts, books and table games available for guests and a lot of very relaxed and good hearted assistance by all the staff. We spent two weeks in this lovely place and leaving has been truly hard. They really made us feel like home...
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Response from whitiris, Direttore at Mafia Island Lodge
Responded Sep 9, 2019
It has been a great pleasure for us to host customers like you, it has not been difficult to satisfy you in your requests. Your delicacy and kindness have made everything possible. Thanks for the compliments that are always welcome and that encourage us to do better and better. We hope that the future holds other meetings for us. Iris and Giuliano
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mafia Island Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Mafia Island Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Chole Bay (4.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mafia Island Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Mafia Island Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Mafia Island Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Mafia Island Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Mafia Island Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Mafia Island Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Mafia Island Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Arabic, and Swahili.
Does Mafia Island Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.