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Nungwi Road, Nungwi 73107 Tanzania
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#2 of 57 in Nungwi
The All Inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar, renovated in 2019, opens all year round and is located directly on Nungwi Beach, on the northern tip of Unguja, the main island of the archipelago of Zanzibar. Riu Palace is the most elegant category in the RIU hotel chain, with hotels that meet the highest standards in terms of luxury, excellence and sophistication, creating a unique experience. The location is ideal due to its proximity to Nungwi (3 km), Stone Town (57 km) and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) (66km) and invites you to explore the area. The hotel has 200 cozily furnished rooms with free WiFi and offers many amenities. Relax in our spa or get in shape at the gym. 3 outdoor pools, one of them with integrated whirlpool, and 1 relaxation pool at the Spa area. Daytime and evening entertainment. For lovers of gastronomy, live cooking stations at our main buffet, Fusion and Steakhouse specialty restaurants, as well as 4 bars.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Car hire
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Water sport equipment rentals
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Tennis court offsite
Taxi service
Head massage
Open-air bath
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Private balcony
Separate living room
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Bay View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Arabic, Afrikaans and 2 more
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claireannemathie wrote a review Today
Durban, South Africa4 contributions
The Riu palace is an unbelievable place. We were blown away by our stunning room with amazing sea view, the amazing staff and wonderful food. We are already planning our next trip with our 2 boys and grandparents. Walking down stairs into the most beautiful ocean is such a spoil.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Brialisa wrote a review Aug 2021
Bucharest, Romania76 contributions97 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
This hotel is better in reality than in the management pictures! The wonderful manicured garden, the gorgeous ocean views with stunning sunsets, the spotless rooms and the great hospitality make this place a perfect getaway for a memorable holiday. Food is very good and the buffet has many options, for all kind of tastes. The à la carte restaurants are nice and it was easy to make reservations. I have just a little remark about the Steak restaurant. It is better to reserve on the terrace, not inside the restaurant. The swimming pools have great views over the ocean. The beach is wonderful and everybody can have a sunbed, the beachboys are very careful. The tide is not so high on this part of the island, so you can lie in the sun all day. The only bad thing is that the wifi is not so good on the beach. The rooms are great . We had an oceanfront superior suite, with a generous terrace and a splendid view . It was a great choice and I recommend this type of suite, it is very comfortable and close to all the facilities: spa, swimming pool, beach , restaurants, bar. Near the hotel there is a big construction , but there wasn' t any noise to bother us. I appreciate the management care for the feedback. They give feed back forms to be completed and they even come to disscus with the clients about what improvements can be done. The personnel is well trained and helpful. Our holiday at Riu Palace Zanzibar was one the best vacation we had.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled
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bm0ustafa wrote a review May 14
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One of the best hotels in zanzibar I really enjoyed yhe stay there every one was very friendly the manager there is very nice he upgraded our room without anything the restaurants there are amazing and there is varieties
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Date of stay: May 2022
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pulkit wrote a review May 14
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3 contributions1 helpful vote
I just wish this Property was managed by someone else. I would never give low ratings to anyone unless they deserve it and RIU Zanzibar was definitely 0/5 for me. Reasons: 1. Bad Service- Post checkin all 4 rooms had to wait for more than 1 hour for their luggage to be delivered. 2. Hospitality- I understand that all inclusive restaurants cannot serve the best of the food / drinks however they can serve whatever they have with a smile and with speed. We didn’t experience both unfortunately during our 2 days here. 3. Outdated Equipments in the room like the AirCon and smelly rooms. The only good part is the scenic view and the white sand beaches.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Just don’t expect any hospitality here and don’t expect to be served great food.
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Daniela R wrote a review May 14
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We really don't know where to begin! The Riu team , every single person we encountered, made our holiday absolutely perfect from start to finish! After not travelling for so long due to Covid,Zanzibar and Riu was the perfect antidote! So many people made this holiday so fun, special and memorable...shout out to Nitin , on the bar Made our Star Witz fabulöse Drinks more interessant , , we were always happy to seeThe General Manager Mr Hamadi very Professional .. such a warm friendly soul, the bar Team deserves a Good Rate Anna ,Robert and Rahema you guys rock so much .. Food was so Tasty and for a all inclusive ist top much thanks to the Chefs We will definetly come back Sebastian and Daniela
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Mohamed shaaban wrote a review May 13
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I went in may and realy it was marvellous journey I enjoyed the hotel alot Very kind people only doing one thing Smiling 😃 😊 always The rooms are amazing,the food was amazing,the service was amazing and fast .anna in the reception was very kind and helpful All the people were very professional
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
BoardingPass601004 wrote a review May 9
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Great experience ! Mesmerizing view from every angle in the resort !! Welcoming , very friendly , kind , helpful staff . Mr Zaid Hammadi made our stay even better by responding to us very quickly nd solving any tiny issue . Clean rooms , large sofa bed in the suite which accomodated our 2 kids perfectly . Food was great specially for seafood lovers ; fruits made the tropical experience even more tasty ! Amazing spots for photographing . I really loved the resort nd would love to come back !!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
hnawasra wrote a review May 8
6 contributions
It was an amazing vacation in Riu Palace Zanzibar. Starting with the reception and check in process it was extremly smooth, the front desk staff are super friendly, although we had alot of requests they did there best to achieve it for us. Mrs. Anna was the receptionist who checked me in was always smiling and willing to help, very professional and did her best to get us an early check in as we were having kids and long flights and need rest. The Hotel Manager Mr. Zaid Hamadi, was always approchable, never got late to respond to any issue and quickly fixing. Can’t thank him enough for all his efforts to make our stay smooth. We were surprised also that they offered a free upgrade for our room at the check in. It was very nice gesture from them. We had a ocean suite. Spaceous, kids friendly, clean, and very nice room. All the staff in the restaurant and the bars were helpful. The Gulf car driver Mr. Abubaker was always smiling and helping with carrying our staff. My only comment was on the buffet, although there is a variety of food with acceptable quality but the quality can be better pf course. Overall, I can’t ask for better Hotel for my vacation.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Bring mosquito net for extra beds ( only available for main bed) Mosquito repllents
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Kareim K wrote a review May 8
Chicago, Illinois105 contributions23 helpful votes
I don’t k know where to start from, we contacted the hotel personally for a group of 16, 4 families, 2 adults and 2 children each We booked the suite with ocean view, from first minute the staff showed how professional they are, answering all our inquires and accommodating our requests when possible We booked our own transport from airport to Hotel, it was recommended by the hotel and they were very good , punctual and no issues at all (sun tours) Check in was very smooth, they expected us, we checked in before 3 pm despite hotel was fully booked. We got a free upgrade to superior suite ocean view, it was a nice start of the vacation Room was spotless clean, spacious, lots of decorations, mini bar stacked, nice lightening , amazing view Having all inclusive option, doesn’t make you think of food options, your covered 24/7 with diff varieties. They got 3 extra restaurants you need to book through their mobile app, very lovely if you get a chance to reserve them All staff are smiling, assisting you, asking your name and remembering you each day in the restaurant , housekeeping responds fast and cleans room when asked to Everywhere is green and blue. A nice relaxing scenery your eyes get used to, they got 3 pools and one is good for toddlers, one with infinity ocean view, multiple access to ocean with guarded entrance, sand and ocean water was amazing I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Zanzibar, you won’t find a better place I want to dedicate a special thanks to mrs.Anna from the reception, Mr Kasun and Mrs Martha from front desk answering all our emails prebooking And of course Mr Ziad Hamadi, hotel manager, who was kind enough to greet us, assist us in the reservation and other requests You really feel as if your with family and friends It was a wonderful experience, kids loved and adults enjoyed it
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Bring Mosquito net for kids as main bed has its own while sofa beds don’t Reserve your...
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Sarah H wrote a review May 6
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Best staff so accommodating beautiful hotel . So good hotel and the the drinks 🍸 😌 are absolutely amazing.. thanks to the bar team with delicious cocktails. We love the sunset and wine as well with it.al is good the rooms cleaning , the food 😋 wow
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
$254 - $435 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar?
Nearby attractions include Kendwa Beach (0.5 miles), Bahati Beach Boutique (0.5 miles), and Mbape Tours Zanzibar (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a bidet.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bistro' del Mar, Essence Restaurant, and Fisherman lokal restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and fitness classes during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Arabic, Afrikaans, and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Fukuchani Ruins (2.0 miles).
Does Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lagoon view available here.
Is Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.