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Mnarani Beach Cottages

North Coast, Nungwi 3361 Tanzania
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#15 of 47 hotels in Nungwi
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Mnarani Beach Cottages is a beach resort hotel, located on the northernmost tip of Zanzibar Island in the village of Nungwi, next to the old lighthouse.Mnarani has been independently recommended by The Lonely Planet Guide, The Bradt Guide to Zanzibar and many other East African travel guidebooks.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Full body massage
Secured parking
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Bottled water
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Ocean View
Bay View
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Angela Scott wrote a review Oct 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
I had been wanting to come to visit Mnarani for some years as the owner, Nassor is a personal friend of ours. I was welcomed warmly by the experienced staff who explained about the Cottages in great details. I would say that it is the staff that make the place a warm and friendly place to come to. Most of the staff have been there for many years and so it is like they are welcoming you to their home as they take pride in what they are doing and this can be seen in every aspect of the upkeep of the property. I stayed in Mahaba house, room no 2. A lovely spaceous room with a beautiful bathroom. The ocean views and gardens make for a very restful time indeed. The Cinnaman Spa offers full body treatments. I had a full body massage and after a day of walking around StoneTown, it took away all my aches and pains. The food was simple but delicious, like home cooked meals and again the service was great. If you like water sports, kayaking, sailing and snorkling etc, all these things can be arranged. I visited and swam with the turtles at the Turtle "hospital" next door Mnarani which was quite a treat. All in all, it was a great stay, although far too short and we will definitely be coming back for a visit in the future.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Priva Jemson wrote a review Sep 2021
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania6 contributions
Trully breathtaking rooms, i had an absolute worldie of a time at Julie Cottage. Great swimming and chilling area, need to update the menu and pool table sticks. Aside from that, the area is really big real nice, and the people are very nice ..
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: The poot table sticks are worn out, please carry your own toothbrush and toothpaste
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Rahma wrote a review Aug 2021
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Stayed 4 days at this property. Nice facility ,good location right at the beach.The scène amazing.Food is good and well presented.Walking distance from any other places. Workers are much friendly. Mahaba house is beautiful, comfy and the view is wonderful .we loved everything the hotel had to offer and will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Carmiarmy wrote a review Aug 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa65 contributions9 helpful votes
We were impressed with the wonderful service with a smile and immaculate accommodation. Our room/suite in the new Mahaba house section was huge, brand new and beautifully clean. The bathroom is large with enough shelf space for days. The balcony is great, big enough to do yoga on although I couldn't concentrate very well with those views that change daily. Nice little bit of bird life in the trees there too. Brilliant caring service from Khamis- the manager. It is a super safe, clean and peaceful place with a large pool, massive wooden deck, pool table, tv right next to the water. The prawn dish was my favourite, fresh and tasty and affordable prices. Daudi at the bar has a ready smile and willing to serve you nice fresh cold drinks. "Cinnamon Spa" offers full body and beauty treatment and amazing pedicures - my feet have never felt softer. Its a short walk on the beach at most tides except high tide (you can walk for a couple of minutes through the village at high tide) to all the action at Nungwi about 1.5km on the beach to reach busy baby pub and restaurant. Walk left to Nungwi and right to a gorgeous sand bank. The activities booked through Mustafa at the activities desk were always on time and it felt like we had the best captain/skipper on all of our trips. I highly recommend Mnarani no matter the length of your stay. We were there for almost 3 weeks after a dire experience at another spot further down the beach.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: Mahaba house room 6 or 7
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Jasmine K wrote a review Jul 2021
Los Angeles, California12 contributions
Excellent services. Great staff. Whatever you need, ask Margaret - the manager. People in the area are amazing. The view is fantastic. Safe, clean and peaceful place. If you like seafood, go for King Prawns with glass of South African white wine. Don't remember when I had a better, pure natural, creamy vanilla ice cream. Simple but heavenly. "Cinnamon Spa" offers full body and beauty treatment. Ask for Berina, and let her do the magic. There are gift shops on the beach that have beautiful souvenirs. Especially one on the left side of the cottage, where two brothers work together. My friends and family loved all the gifts I bought over there.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: Perfect place for vacation
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$93 - $156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mnarani Beach Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Mnarani Beach Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond (0.1 miles), Zanzibar Kilosas Conservation (0.1 miles), and Baraka Natural Aquarium- Nungwi (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mnarani Beach Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Mnarani Beach Cottages?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Mnarani Beach Cottages?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mnarani Beach Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Zee-Bar, Fisherman's Seafood & Grill, and The Jetty.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mnarani Beach Cottages?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Mnarani Beach Cottages have airport transportation?
Yes, Mnarani Beach Cottages offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Mnarani Beach Cottages?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Fukuchani Ruins (3.6 miles).
Does Mnarani Beach Cottages have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Mnarani Beach Cottages accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.