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Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel

Mwadudu Pongwe Zanzibar, Pongwe 727 Tanzania
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Tikitam Palms 5-star boutique hotel on pristine beach in Zanzibar offers large swimming pool at the beach area with pool bar. Its 4 villas & 4 rooms of unique design, colonial furniture, decorated with antiques, modern & African art are placed in lush tropical garden with giant baobabs & tamarinds, all with terraces and some with ocean view. Equipped with AC, smart TV, minibars offer large bathrooms with bath tubs in villas, bathrobes & luxury bath amenities. Free Wifi . 2 restaurants , one at beach front, serve all-fresh local seafood with combination of local, Arabic & Indian tastes , offer rich variety of local organic fruits, vegetables & endemic spices. Buffet breakfast & 5 o’clock tea is served. Bar offers detox- & purifying cocktails, international drinks & real piano music. Free use of bicycles , water sports equipment, work-out facilities, billiard & water polo.Walk to coral reef & wide range of local tours available at hotel desk thru prime local tour agency
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Game room
Golf course
Evening entertainment
Car hire
Taxi service
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Neck massage
Adults only
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private beach
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Landmark view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Swahili
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Israh wrote a review Jun 2022
London, United Kingdom7 contributions2 helpful votes
Beautifully decorated, relaxing and with kind and attentive staff. The themed dinners every night were a lot of fun and the food was great. The night with the live singers was our favourite! Would definitely recommend if in Pongwe or if you want to stay somewhere more private in Zanzibar.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Jaouhar M wrote a review Jun 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6 contributions
An absolute unforgettable stay. Heartwarming welcoming people with 100% professionalism.. a calm, beautiful and very clean resort with an outstanding team helping with any imaginable request. We will come back for sure. Thank you so much.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Have enough small cash (dollars or local currency) to tip these very friendly and helpful people...
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Liviu S wrote a review May 2022
Bucharest, Romania46 contributions4 helpful votes
We traveled a lot in our life and visited more than 60 countries; we had a lot of good and bad experiences in kind of this type of location. For sure Tikitam Boutique Hotel is in our top 5. A serene place with just eight villas/apartments, it is very quiet and nature "embraces this place". The people are fantastic, smiling and helpful, excellent food, the chef is high class, best homar/lobster I ever eat in this place. The architecture and interior design and decoration are "fit" to this part of the world with wood art objects and a lot of taste... The most spacious bathroom ever experienced on our trips, and housekeeping was excellent. Also, the SPA is high level. #liviurecomanda
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Date of stay: April 2022
Room Tip: any room is great
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Response from Marek Wojt, Marketing at Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel
Responded May 10, 2022
Dear Liviu , we are so glad you and Diana enjoyed your stay at Tikitam Palms , We are happy you appreciate the overall concept of relaxing in the tropical nature and intergrating local attributes with comfort of service & quality of the ambience . All the best & of course looking forwards to seeing you again. Marek
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Anju R wrote a review Apr 2022
Jakobsbad, Switzerland10 contributions5 helpful votes
ecologically and socially responsible and the architecture seamlessly fits into the natural surroundings. Tiki tam uses traditional African design blends with chic modernism. Jim the manager was extremely accommodating and a lovely woman running the spa which me & my daughter got to enjoy.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Marek Wojt, Marketing at Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel
Responded May 10, 2022
Dear Anju, thank you for staying at Tikitam Palms and we are all very happy about your appreciation of key elements of our boutique hotel concept - relaxing in the tropical nature with touch of luxury and comfort . best regards.
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Sengül B wrote a review Mar 2022
1 contribution
The most wonderful, charmed boutique hotel on island. Great staff, very friendly and helpful each time. Always with lovely smile like the sun. Beautiful and clean rooms with lovely details. Awesome food, daily specials and fine cocktails.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Room Tip: Ocean Room
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Response from Marek Wojt, Marketing at Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel
Responded Apr 14, 2022
Dear Sengul, on behalf of all of us here at Tikitam Palms thank you for staying with us & we appreciate your feedback . I am very happy you and your partner enjoyed the time at Tikitam Palms & we would be glad to welcome you should you travel to Zanzibar again. Our birds will be happy to sing for You again . Kind regards
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Marius S wrote a review Feb 2022
Berlin, Germany28 contributions19 helpful votes
Zanzibar has many self acclaimed „luxury boutique resorts“ (this one was also quoted by Travel Vogue). Therefore I thought: Let’s give it a try… Much is made public on their website. But some important facts are missing: - non smoking: no-brainer within the rooms. But only after check-in you learn that smoking in the whole resort is prohibited (also on your private terrace or on beach loungers). There’s only ONE designated smoking spot in the whole resort. Should you reside in one of the more remote „garden villas“: enjoy the walk… - Wifi: theoretically available throughout the resort (they call it „broadband“). In reality it’s failing in several areas (e.g. sandy area between pool and the beach restaurant and also within the villas / rooms). TV in the rooms is also having difficulties - but who wants to watch TV on Zanzibar. - Breakfast: theoretically available from 7:30 (which becomes important as most tours / dive-operators will pick you up at 8:00) but don’t count on it. You might get a muffin at 7:35, but coffee will usually take you until 7:45. And let’s not start to estimate when you’d be able to get fried eggs etc. - Dinner: Buffet (which isn’t bad by default!). Here it’s partly self-service, the rest will be prepared fresh by the chefs. While it might sound good, in 6 out of 8 occasions it ended up in undercooked meat (which no one should ever eat in countries like this). Unfortunately, also the signs are incorrect in several cases (e.g. „black forrest cake“ turned out to be a plain and dry chocolate thing). Don’t get me wrong: I really liked the food! But it has avoidable downsides. - Lunch: Not included in any of the booking options, but I gladly paid for it on most days. It’s served in the beach restaurant and was always a perfect happening. Food was exquisite. - Service in general: It’s absolutely clear that not all staff members will be fluent in english (or any other foreign language - I’ve also tried french / italian / spanish). Unfortunately they’re not trained to respond accordingly: Instead of saying „I don’t understand“, they just say „Yes yes“ and then nothing happens. I’ve directly addressed this with the manager and it was solved immediately. Thumbs up from my side! Besides this: lovely service. Discrete but always available (exactly what I wanted). - Spa: I was really surprised that such a small resort has a dedicated Spa on site. 60 Min Facial treatment as well as 90 Min Massage have been perfect (even given the pricing being identical to comparable treatments in more expensive countries like Germany). To bring this into perspective: I’m traveling globally 150 days per year. And I know the „specifics“ per country (Asia, Africa etc.).
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Marek Wojt, Marketing at Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel
Responded May 10, 2022
Dear Marius, thank you for entrusting Tikitam Palms and staying with us on your Zanzibar trip. We are happy you enjoyed it . We appreciate your comprehensive review & looking forward to welcoming you again one day . Regards . Marek
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FamDaems wrote a review Jan 2022
Alcudia, Spain29 contributions4 helpful votes
We had a most wonderful week here in January. Amazing service, fresh and gorgeous food, very friendly staff. The resort is spacious, and the Villa Masai we stayed in was just perfect. Very tastefully decorated, lots of space and a nice outside area. We made a few trips (cycling, snorkeling and StoneTown) and the staff was very helpful arranging things for us. Highly recommended and we hope to return someday!
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Date of stay: January 2022
Carin R wrote a review Jan 2022
1 contribution
A quiet and private boutique hotel with super friendly and attentive staff. The service was great and personal. The rooms were clean and big. The garden and pool amazing as well as the restaurant and bar. We enjoyed every second of our stay and would love to come back again.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Mo wrote a review Dec 2021
London, United Kingdom166 contributions75 helpful votes
This little remote boutique hotel was a lovely find. They only have 8 rooms/villas, giving it a lovely homely feel. Highlights: a) They accommodated my early check in b) Friendly and attentive staff c) My room (Masai villa) was HUGE, and so beautifully decorated. Really clean. d) amazing food - especially Swahili night. The chefs did a great job. They also provided a packed breakfast the morning I left early for safari. e) You get to meet some Masaai people who work in the hotel as security. They are lovely beautiful people. Lowlights: a) Snorkelling gear was mouldy, so I chose not to use it. Recommend bringing your own. b) Food can become a bit repetitive, so I wouldn’t stay longer than a week here. c) It is a very remote area, so if you plan to do a lot of trips/excursions I would recommend somewhere else. But if you just want to chill, it’s ideal.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Extended checkout is only 20usd per hour. The plug sockets are European (2-pin).
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Response from Marek Wojtyna, Owner at Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel
Responded Jan 10, 2022
Dear Moriam, thank you for staying at Tikitam Palms & we appreciate your feedback - lovely to hear what you liked very much & indeed as you noted the hygiene , cleanliness and food quality is our top priority to make it a 5 star guest experience . All our sports & snorkelling gear is spanking new & sanitised every day and our buffet is build on wide variety of all natural & local fresh ingredients, rich in spice & taste and different daily . I am happy you enjoyed Swahili night in particular -)-) On top our chef is always here to respond to any special / individual needs of our guest if requested. Tikitam Palms is in tranquil location between the beach & the tropical forest , thus only 5 minutes on taxi or 15 mins on the bicycle to near village if there is an interest plus a range of excursions available thru a prime local tour operator from visiting UNESCO heritage Stone Town to spice farm, from diving to interacting with dolphins and many more . Karibu Sana
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FPSuisse wrote a review Oct 2021
Canton of Vaud, Switzerland165 contributions39 helpful votes
Your outstanding 5-star stay with all the frills and atmospherics to make any couple thoroughly happy. And then more: amazing tasty and real healthy cuisine by a committed chef - do not miss breakfasts and dinners here for any reason. And more : the staff is warm and efficient and fully dedicated. And finally: the Manager is among the best I have come across in decades of travelling. We are forever grateful to him and his staff (Judith, Zeineb, Juma, and everyone else) for the experience we had and sincerely hope to be back one day.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Prime destination for couples. Do get to know the staff. Grab the bikes and go north to one of...
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Kiwengwa Beach (2.7 miles), Kiwengwa Caves (2.9 miles), and Datch Excursions Zanzibar! (2.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Island - Pongwe Lodge Restaurant, La Base JungleKite, and Papaya Restaurant & Beach Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Datch Excursions Zanzibar! (2.5 miles).
Does Tikitam Palms Boutique Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.