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Mafia Island Lodge

Utende Street, Mafia Island 00002 Tanzania
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#3 of 10 hotels in Mafia Island
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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
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
Air conditioning
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Coffee / tea maker
Walk-in shower
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Arabic and 3 more
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Global-Palatinator wrote a review Jul 2021
Albersweiler, Germany83 contributions70 helpful votes
We stayed 1 week at the Mafia Island Lodge to wind down and relax after a 1 week Safari. We are vivid snorklers, but do not dive. We received room Number 1 , which was a very generous , spacey and very comfortable room, with a view up to the beach .(picture) Beach however is 100m walking distance thru the resort property. We had sunbeds in front of the room in the garden , and sunbeds are available at the beach . The Resort is within the marine park of mafia, thus we need to pay 25USD / person/ day as a fix cost on top of the resort fee . ( See my review of the marine park) . We had booked halfbord, the breakfast is very good in quality and variation. Dinner was ala carte in our case, and we enjoyed it a lot, particularly , since for the last days, the resort management had returned to duty on site, which boosted the quality of dinner. ( See picture of our seafood plate , which was gorgeous !!!) The staff is very commited , professional and so sweet, we loved just staying in the resort. . From the resort , there is direct beach access , which is not a given for many other resorts on the Mafia Island. From the beach there are also limited snorkeling options accesible. As a summary, this is a very quite , but also comfortable place to relax, beautiful beach with limited snorkeling.The people on Mafia are very sweet and friendly, it is a pleasure to be their guests. Thanks to Iris &Guilano , Abdallah, Benitha , Moody and all the other staff ....
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Iris Tosini, Direttore generale at Mafia Island Lodge
Responded Jul 26, 2021
Thank you very much for your nice words, I really hope to see you again. Iris
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Cristina Hauser-de Boer wrote a review Mar 2021
Zug, Switzerland2 contributions
Just came back from a fantastic 7 days safari in the Serengeti and 3 days diving in Mafia. A perfect combination. Mafia Island lodge is the place to be if you enjoy amazing diving in superb coral riffs (very good diving centre in the resort). Excellent bruschette, we suggest the catch of the day, especially if you caught it by yourself on your fishing trip in the morning. Asante sana to Iris and the formidable Mafia Island Lodge Team Cristina and family March 2021 Especially in Corona time, Iris makes every effort possible that you will get your PCR test results on time for your flight home!!!
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Date of stay: February 2021
Mehr A wrote a review Mar 2021
14 contributions11 helpful votes
Had a superb experience - iris made sure herself that we had no issues with booking our stay, organizing any of of other adventures while there or even reserving other spots for dinner. A tranquil spot on the ocean, charming rooms, and delicious Italian pasta to be had. Thanks to Iris and her team for making us feel right at home!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Erja P wrote a review Feb 2021
Helsinki, Finland1 contribution
Mafia Island Lodge is a quiet paradise in the middle of the green, peaceful peninsula. We stayed there for six nights just after the New Year. I was surprised that even my 9 year old son liked it so much - despite no same age children around at the same time. The free pool table and football game were great in the evenings especially. The biggest delight was the food. The way they served the food - sometimes the buffet and on the quieter evenings from the list - was so great. One waited for the dinner as it was wonderful to eat in peace the well prepared and tasty meals. Thinking of that all the ingredients are mostly brought from the mainland, the food was a big surprise! The service over all was great and the staff is very pleasant and friendly. I personally like the hard beds - however, the mattresses might be quite hard for some people. The rooms are rather basic - but just good enough for our family. For anyone I would recommend the snorkeling trip and other trips nearby. Thank you Iris and your team. We greatly enjoyed our stay in Mafia Island Lodge.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Response from Iris Tosini, Direttore generale at Mafia Island Lodge
Responded Feb 4, 2021
Thank you very much dear Erja, and welcome back. Iris
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Anna C wrote a review Jan 2021
Tbilisi, Georgia1130 contributions472 helpful votes
We loved our six days stay here including New Year’s night. Iris surrounds every client with her motherly care, from booking to check out, making sure everything works well and even personally bidding good bye. The booking was easy, the airport pickup a breeze, the check-in excellent. We stayed in a suite, it had aircon, fridge, good mattress and a nice view. The sockets were all international which made connections easier. The internet was only available in the lobby and not very good quality so better buy sim somewhere. The food was plentiful and a good variety including some Italian dishes. Easy access to snorkelling and other trips. An overall excellent memories and we look forward to returning.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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$172 - $232 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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 air conditioning, a mosquito net, and a walk-in shower.
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.