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Diamonds Star of the East

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Nungwi Road, Nungwi Tanzania
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#13 of 57 in Nungwi
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.9
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4.7
Value
4.5
A magnificent private sanctuary of eleven exclusive villas with their own plunge pool and a tastefully furnished terrace, a covered Makuti patio and a large tropical garden to enjoy exclusive privacy and the supreme view over the Indian Ocean and the famous Zanzibar sunset. The villas are named after eleven of the most precious gems in the world to match the modern and contemporary African style architecture. Personal butler service, a private beach and unmatched all-inclusive services accommodate the most discerning traveller with ultimate comfort, privacy and luxury. Literally everything and anything you could dream of is catered for at the very highest level of all-inclusive services including access to all facilities, restaurants and bars of Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est. Diamonds Star of the East is member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Tennis court
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Wifi
Hot tub
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Poolside bar
Airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Spa
Concierge
Butler service
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Room service
Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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CARLOS_ANGRA wrote a review Oct 2019
Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal103 contributions40 helpful votes
Similar experience to Muriel's. Traveling with my family, I was surprised, a few days before departure, by the cancellation of our reservation at Riu Palace Zanzibar, due to delays in the renovation works. However, we were offered by Carlota, Sales Manager in Zanzibar, an upgrade to a villa in the contiguous Star Of The East, acquired by the Riu hotels chain the previous month. She was always very kind and patient, clarifying all our doubts and calming down all our fears, including the robbery with the previous owners. Hotel La Gemma Dell'Est, which is one of the best hotels in Zanzibar, has within its facilities a private club, named Star Of The East, with villa accommodation, which has a private restaurant, Ocean Blue, a bar and a private beach area, although their guests have access to the rest of the hotel facilities. Each villa has its own pool with Jacuzzi, plus an indoor hydromassage bathtub, which can be prepared by the butler, with beautifully flower petals taken from the gardens. Its gardens are among the most beautiful I've ever seen in the hotels where I've been to, and the villas are there beautifully enframed. With many glass walls, they give us the feeling of being inside the garden, but its architecture gives the essential privacy to the villas. Each villa has its own private butlers during the 24 hours of the day to satisfy our room service requests. We were welcomed by Elisabeth, our afternoon butler, who had a very special competence, kindness and fineness, and showed us the entire resort on a tiring but enlightening tour of the hotel facilities and explained the all-inclusive system. Although we frequented the main restaurant for breakfast and lunch, we opted to dine at Ocean Blue because it is quieter, it is served a la carte and the food is great in presentation and quality. It was our precious Elisabeth who served us at these dinners. A little advice: a hotel like this cannot serve the same amuse bouche for 5 nights. At the main restaurant we went to dinner only on the day of the Swahili dinner, since Ocean Blue does not serve regional cuisine. At lunch we also tried ordering the Ocean Blue lobster and tuna sandwiches for the villa, which we highly recommend. This hotel also has a pier with a bar and restaurant over the sea, where one can see a magnificent sunset, exactly where the boats take tourists to see it, but without the all-inclusive bar service we enjoyed.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Muriel H wrote a review Sep 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia30 contributions3 helpful votes
We are still on cloud 9 from our 6th wedding anniversary in Zanzibar! What a treat it was to stay at a villa at Diamonds Star of the East. Originally, we booked at the Riu Palace Zanzibar and a week before our trip we were notified by Riu that the resort would be closed during our trip for approximately 2months. Possibly for renovations? No idea. We were told that we were put in a villa at this newly acquired Riu property which the top quality of service that we anticipated. Through a series of emails to ease my anxiety, we finally were ok with the switch. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the staff at the main reception center and picked up by our night butler and his buggy. He took us to our villa, retrieved our luggage and guided us inside. This was at 4am so we were beyond exhausted but quickly woke when we entered our gorgeous villa. It was simply beautiful! I have never stayed anywhere so gorgeous. I was in awe. To make things even better, there was fresh fruit, champagne and cocktails waiting for us in our villa! I could go on and on but the pictures do it no justice…Villa #1 was such a dream. It made our time in paradise extra special. The staff was super attentive. As soon as we would push the butler button, within minutes someone was at our door to attend to us. One time, I was hungry at 4am and they made us sandwiches! Each day our room was thoroughly cleaned, bar and refrigerator replenished with our favorite soft drinks, beer and champagne. One night my husband got ill and they got the resort doctor to us right away. Our butlers even checked on him throughout his time being sick to make sure that he was fine. I have so many more great memories about our time but it would be such a long review. Special thanks to Scola, Mariam, Constatine, Veronica, Barak (the short one and the tall one hahah), Fanuel and Doidi. You were all so good to us. You all spoiled us. I miss Zanzibar already and cannot wait to return! Thank you for a magical trip and 5 star service!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Mike Richardson wrote a review Sep 2019
8 contributions4 helpful votes
Just spent a week at this great resort. Rooms all seem to be close to the pool area which is only yards from the white sandy beach. The service is excellent and its not overly crowded that you worry about having to reserve a sun lounger at 6 in the morning. Mainly stayed close to the pool side bar which serves cocktails, mocktails and usual bar drinks, plus there is a food area where you can get snacks such as pizza, burgers, toasties and salads for most of the day. There are a few restaurants and the main one serves a huge variety of cuisines ranging from pasta, roasts, currys, and many others. We were never short of great food to eat. In the evening the sunset lounge on the pier was a perfect place to relax and watch the entertainment. All the staff are very helpful, friendly and couldn't have wished for a better time
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Ryan wrote a review Aug 2019
2 contributions9 helpful votes
Had all of our money stolen from the room SAFE!! This happened to 3 other villas as well. It was a coordinated robbery that happened while the residents of the villa were invited for a dinner. 3 villas stolen during that small window. The thieves had access to a key that opens the safe which the management claimed was "well hidden". This was obviously a terrible experience for us and the other villas involved and we were horrified and felt completely unsafe. My wife couldn't sleep and I was uncomfortable leaving the villas afterwards. Many of the butlers working were questioned and arrested, but they never found anything. Thousands of dollars stolen. Terrible hotel and terrible management and security.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Mariam wrote a review Aug 2019
3 contributions8 helpful votes
I stayed at this hotel for three nights with my friends, and from the moment I walked in I was horrified, and extremely uncomfortable. It was all European guests, who are laying around half naked in a Muslim country eating pork and drinking alcohol, waiting for the natives to serve them. It was very disturbing- if you want to experience zanzibar don’t stay at this hotel! Honestly, I don’t think the people that work here are actually locals. Do not recommend !!!! Plus the accommodation extremely outdated, it feels like a motel more than a luxury hotel- not worth it.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled
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Dafna G wrote a review Aug 2019
6 contributions1 helpful vote
This hotels takes the "all inclusive" concept to the next level, with unbelievable amenities and service in a magical setting. There are actually "butlers" (that's how they are called by the hotel staff) that are so sweet and welcoming - specifically would like to mention Butler Elizabeth, and also Goodluck that were amazing. Elizabeth organized for us a private family dinner on the hotel's private beach which is a memory we'll take with us for the rest of our lives!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Glen D wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom128 contributions77 helpful votes
First of all, this place is beautiful. Great boutique shop, beach, service and a large very comfortable room that looks out over the ocean. But....the food choice was disappointing and I have been to a few 5* all-inclusive resorts. The only choice for dinner was the buffet and an Italian at the beach..unless you wanted to pay again for 2 other small restaurants. Now, I don't mind buffet for breakfast and lunch, but not for dinner. We stayed 3 nights and were fed up with the same thing every night. The Italian was small and we could not get reservation the first night. They also did not have the right staff in the right positions. For example, our waitress (the only one) at the Italian restaurant the second night could only take orders and did not have the knowledge of English to answer even basic request (we asked for butter) Same for our lunch waiter at the Italian that same day. Not the kind of eating experience I would want if I was staying for a week our more. Would not return there.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled
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Owain H wrote a review Jul 2019
Littlehampton, United Kingdom52 contributions9 helpful votes
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Wow this place was amazing. We went here for a week on our honeymoon after a safari on mainland Tanzania and it was the perfect second half to relax and unwind! This is not the usual kind of holiday destination we would pick, but for a honeymoon we thought we would treat ourselves and it was worth it! We were treated like royalty the whole time we were there, the butler and all other staff we really helpful and always willing to go the extra mile. The villa was amazing and the private pool was perfect to get some quiet time in the sun. You get full access to the La Gemma dell'Est as well but due to you wearing a Star of the East wristband they also know to treat you well! We made use of a lot of the facilities getting a massage and going for our first dive (at an extra price) and can highly recommend both. The restaurant was great and always quiet and even the restaurants at the Gemma were good if you like a change! We did not go to the public pool due to the private one being so nice, but it looked good. I struggle to see how people cannot give this place 5 star!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled
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Silvana J wrote a review Apr 2019
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia827 contributions197 helpful votes
Diamonds Star of the East - All Inclusive is an extra excellent real diamond on the Zanzibar Island, offers so many great things to enjoy, relax, this is oasis of peace, some special place for diamond vacation
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Response from General Manager S, General Manager at Diamonds Star of the East
Responded Apr 12, 2019
Dear Guest Thank you very much for sharing your kind feedback with us. Me and my team are very happy that you did like your stay with us and hope you will return very soon again. Best regards MSchibler
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Liesl B wrote a review Feb 2019
8 contributions2 helpful votes
We actually visited in December 2013, but only recently started using trip advisor and it only allows up to a year backdating. Luxury units with aircon. Private splash pool. Full board with access to any of the resort restaurants. Private beach with staff to attend to every need. Fully stocked mini bar and a butler at tour service. Very accommodating to cater to tour request such as breakfast served at the unit. Turndown service, and the rooms are serviced daily with the most beautiful floral decorations on the bed each day. Room has a safe inside. We also had a private dinner on the beach as a honeymoon gift. Beaches are clean and the waves are minimal, you can see the fish swimming around you. Beach has fixed umbrellas and chairs. Overall this place gets a 100% rating.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Traveled
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Response from General Manager S, General Manager at Diamonds Star of the East
Responded Mar 4, 2019
Dear Guest Thank you very much for sharing your kind feedback with us. Me and my team are very happy that you did like your stay with us and hope you will return very soon again. Best regards MSchibler
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Frequently Asked Questions about Diamonds Star of the East
Which popular attractions are close to Diamonds Star of the East?
Nearby attractions include Kendwa Beach (0.7 miles), Bahati Beach Boutique (0.7 miles), and Mbape Tours Zanzibar (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Diamonds Star of the East?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Diamonds Star of the East?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Diamonds Star of the East?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Diamonds Star of the East?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Diamonds Star of the East?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fisherman lokal restaurant, La Fontana Restaurant & Bungalows, and The Lebanese Cuisine Kendwa Zanzibar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Diamonds Star of the East?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Diamonds Star of the East have airport transportation?
Yes, Diamonds Star of the East offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Diamonds Star of the East?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Diamonds Star of the East?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Fukuchani Ruins (2.3 miles).
Does Diamonds Star of the East have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.