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Family Cottage

Beach Plot No. 33 Magambani Kaole Road, Bagamoyo Tanzania
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The Family Cottages, sits on the remote beaches of Bagamoyo, and is a destination for lovers of serenity. The secluded minimalistic Danish designed resort, is Tanzanias most reliable, cleanest and most compassionate stay. Guests are offered the opportunity to take part in a vast array of activities, from, safaris, bazaar tours or day/night trips to the historic island of Zanzibar, whilst enjoying our holistic centered resort. The food is all natural and fresh daily, our family led team is friendly and here to assure you a Hakuna matata experience. AKA worry free experience :)
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free internet
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Room service
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Seating area
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Swahili
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Situated on the beach south of Bagamoyo. This is a new hotel with an excellent swimming pool and gardens. The breakfast was excellent and the staff were fantastic. We had a cottage for 4 people. The bedroom downstairs had AC but the bedroom upstairs in the roof area only had a fan and was too hot at night.
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I stayed with a friend at the Family Cottages twice as part of a three week trip through Tanzania in July 2018. Arriving in bustling Dar Es Salaam, we drove to the Cottages, arrived in the evening and were greeted by very friendly and helpful employees, who helped with our bags and even made us some food. A very warm welcome. It was idyllic waking up to the peaceful and serene surroundings. Our cottage had a beautiful view of the ocean. We ate a really tasty breakfast next to the swimming pool every day, served by the very friendly staff. We stayed for a week the first time, where the manager Kevin, who spoke very good English, was so kind to show us around Bagamoyo the city and the surrounding area. After the week long stay, we went on an exciting safari through Tarangire and Serengeti, which the Family Cottages helped arrange for us. We then went to Zanzibar but ended up leaving earlier than expected and instead went back to the cottages for a second time, where we knew we could relax. Once again the stay was enjoyable and a much needed break from the sometimes hectic big cities in Tanzania. ' The one thing that could be better was the wifi. Although there was wifi it could have been better but reliable internet can be hard to find in Tanzania, not just here. We actually thought it was nice to not constantly be on the internet but rather just enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the sound of the ocean. I am currently in touch with the cottages, trying to arrange a stay there for when I go back to Tanzania next time. I will definitely be back.
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Bungalows are big and clean with nice terasse to the Indian Ocean. The pool is good too, and water in the sea was almost hot when water came back on the afternoon - the tide is quite big but in the mornings it was nice to follow local people to collect seaweed and fish on the shallow water. It takes about 0,5h to walk to Bagamoyo by the beach. On the way there is a nice restaurant Funky Squid. When knowing that there is no internet in the hotel area and mobile network was not good either, you can have nice and relaxing holiday in Family Cottages. You can find internet e.g in Firefly in Bagamoyo.
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We arrived unexpectedly without booking, hopefully the staff was very kind and helpful. We found a very clean bungalow for the whole family for 185$ per night for a family of 5. I believe this is a bit above the usual price for the place but never mind, the place is nicely furnished and located in a very calm site on the beach. The bungalows are large and the swimming pool is quite big and well maintained. We slept very well and got a solid breakfast (fruits, juice, tea/coffee/milk, eggs, pancakes, toasts, sausages...) in the morning before enjoying the beach and sunbathing. The beach was quite clean compared to other places nearby Dar es Salaam. I do not recommend the food. You have to order 2hrs at least before eating and the choice is very limited (chicken, fish, chips, mash, spaghettis, rice). There is no menu and no fixed prices. I left with the feeling that it was overpriced and was even a bit surprised when the receptionist put a part of the cash directly in his pocket. When I asked for a TRA (the official receipt with tax)... "the machine doesn't work today". This is the usual sign that there's a rat somewhere... So great location, nice place but be careful! PS: WIFI? Yes but "it doesn't work today". In fact there is wifi but not for the client it seems.
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My GF and I went to Tanzania for the 1st time this summer and because the family cottage, it was a great experience. Great location 1st of all, right on the beach. The rooms were clean and big. To my surprise I never got bit by a bug in my room. They took us on a state of the art safari and back. The food was clean and good. The staff was fun, funny and very helpful! Helped us book rooms and a guide in Zanzibar. I will definitely go back!
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$103 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
TanzaniaPwani RegionBagamoyo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Family Cottage
Which popular attractions are close to Family Cottage?
Nearby attractions include Old Boma (1.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Family Cottage?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Family Cottage?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Family Cottage?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Family Cottage?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Family Cottage?
Conveniently located restaurants include Poa Poa Restaurant, Pizza Fresh, and The Funky Squids beach bar & grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Family Cottage?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Family Cottage have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Family Cottage offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Family Cottage?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Family Cottage?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.
Is Family Cottage accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.