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Reviewed June 2, 2014

Blue Bay is a sizable lake side (beach) resort in Rumonge - Burundi. I stayed there for a night after a grueling day of fieldwork. Checked in at 8pm which is apparently late by Burundi standards. Took a while to locate the front office staff and approximately 30mins before I could be checked in (could have been so because I didn't reserve my accommodation). The room was nice, food great and very warm staff! I liked the sound of waves crush on the beach as I slept... I hope to be back there soon for a slightly longer stay, that way, I would have a better review of the resort.

Date of stay: May 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled on business
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Thank Yongo F
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Stayed here in June 2013. The location is wonderful; rooms are nice and food was great. Property is quiet and relaxing.

Management is VERY poor!!! I had a reservation but we arrived very late by local standards - 8PM. The reception area was dark and left unattended. It took us about 20 minutes to locate anyone who was working at the hotel. It also took forever to check into my room. I ended up switching rooms which added another hour to the process - the room I finally got was allegedly ready - however, several items were left from previous guests on the floor - an empty bottle of beer and some clothing. The waiter/person showing me my room was intoxicated - I could smell the alcohol on him as well as seeing him sway from side to side while he was walking - to his credit, he was very accommodating and nice though.

The next morning I requested to eat breakfast at 7AM as I had to leave early. The staff members did not arrive until 7:20AM which was too late for me - I had to leave without eating at the hotel.

I am not sure I would return - only if management made some major changes! For the price one should expect a lot more even in a developing country! Otherwise, lower the rates and I wouldn't have complained about the service.

Date of stay: June 2013
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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2  Thank worldtraveler300
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

STUNNING resort on the shores of beautiful lake Tanganyika. They gave us a great mid week rate on our room. The rooms are basic, African style but lovely. Food was excellent if a little slow in coming. Service was outstanding. We had dinner on the pier - a table just for two of us. It was super romantic. This is a real gem.

Date of stay: September 2013
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Jodesireesmith
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

A very relaxed destination for travellers who wish to enjoy a peaceful vacation and have a taste of unique seafood from L.Tanganyika. Nice sandy beaches with good beach sports for people visting with friends. Has a nice view of the L.Tanganyika with perfect sunsets.

Date of stay: April 2013
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank MoseBujumbura
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Tanganyika Blue Bay is about 1h15mn away from Bujumbura, which makes it an easy get-away at the week-end. The beach is nice and clean and you are given a mat on arrival. Do inquire about hippos or crocodiles, but usually staff are pretty good at monitoring the beach and keeping it out of bounds if there's any danger. The rooms are beautiful but way overpriced for the region (about 110-150 USD for a double). Worth calling beforehand and negotiating a rate before you get there.

Saying that, I have a big problem with the management. The manager is very friendly and will regularly come to greet you but is somehow lacking the imagination to improve his hotel. Service is a big let down. Sundays can get crowded and you may wait over 2 hours for your food (simple grilled fish) to arrive. Staff is poorly trained and is not given sufficient responsibility to make decisions in order to offer good service. Everything you ask for is "difficult".

Once we spent the night there, and while they usually can serve dinner on the pier (nice romantic touch), they refused to give us a table saying the manager had reserved the whole pier for his personal use. He only turned up 1h30 later, after we'd finished our dinner. Turns out he would have happily let us eat on the pier, but his staff was too scared to ask him.

Tanganyika Blue Bay has great potential but they should aim to do better. Until then it will remain a day get-away, but we won't be overnighting there anymore. It's just not worth the money they charge.

Date of stay: March 2012
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4  Thank Life-in-Africa
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