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Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bububu
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Heidelberg, Germany
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“Fantastic Honeymoon location!”
Reviewed October 16, 2011

This hotel (which is pretty close to Stone Town) and it's staff were fantastic, friendly, and very helpful! What made this place even more outstanding was the food - we read it was the best on the island, and my wife and I can confirm this (we had the pleasure to eat here for 10 days - far too little time)! Literally everything was made fresh - and you could really taste the quality! While the beaches on the other side of the island are a bit prettier (because of the finer, white sand), this place is by far more relaxing, quiet, not over-run by the many hotels on the other beaches, has a nice pool and private beach, and the food!! They also had a really nice spa and great cocktails! We found visiting other parts of the island with a driver and coming back here was ideal. We can also really recommend the private sandbank trip - this was a great experience (both for the snorkeling and the decadence)! Thanks for the amazing honeymoon - Rose, Fritz, and Rath - you've got an amazing place (and great staff - please say hi to them from us too!) and we'll never forget the time we spent here! We really appreciated all the conversations and stories we had with you all. We could not have wished a more perfect, private holiday beach lodge!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

Came to Hakuna Mata after a bad experience at a hotel on the east coast of the island. I was picked up by their driver promptly at my hotel. The driver was friendly and full of great stories. Was greeted at the hotel by the General Manager, Rath, treated to a welcome drink and given a detailed orientation to the hotel, meals and possible tours.
The grounds are beautiful, the staff is friendly. I was greeted by name and asked how everything was going each and every time I saw Rath or the owners, Fritz and Rose. You are given a cell phone with the important hotel numbers programmed in, in case you need to contact the hotel at anytime, for a ride, etc while you are out exploring the island. What a great feeling of security!
The rooms are beautiful, each with a private veranda. Airconditioning. The pillows were really lumpy though!
The food was delicious. Keep in mind there is no choices for dinner. There is just one entree.Enjoyed one dinner of traditional Swahili food which was served for all the hotel guests at one large table. Very fun to talk and get to know everyone, even though I was the only non-German staying at the hotel that night.
Also, they want payment in cash - U.S. dollars, Euros or Tanzanian schillings. Since I was not prepared for this I was told the driver would stop at an ATM for me on the way back from my tour of Stone Town. I was not able to withdraw enough cash in one transaction to pay my bill. I was a little worried, but I was assured by Rath that this was not a problem - I could stop again at the ATM on my way to the airport and give the payment to the driver. That is trust you don't see in the U.S!
It was like staying with family. Thanks for the wonderful stay!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Leipzig, Germany
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

Thank you for this nice trip. the Lodge is very quiet, clean and beautiful. Although a cute donkey family live on it. The Food was every time a special experience which we never have before. It was awesome & wonderful. Thanks you !

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

We spent 3 nights here after our Kili climb and safari. We were tired and excited to relax on the beach and eat some good food. Rath, Rose, Fritz and the whole HM team were absolutely amazing and we LOVED this place. The rooms are wonderful, the environment extremely relaxing, and the beach is beautiful. Really nice pool as well. The snorkeling isn't very good right there, but still great swimming and they will set up a snorkeling trip for you to get to some good stuff. Seriously, well worth the money and a highlight of our time in Tanzania.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

Great resort run by friendly Germans and with a wonderful local staff. Food was as good as any we have had on four continents. Creative dishes emphazing food for the Indian Ocean and local produce.

Housing is comfortable and service is excellent.

Picturesque location and good tours provided by the in-house tour operator. Don't miss Jozani Forest and the Red Colobus monkeys.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Einhoven
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

A lovely hotel and everything can be found there, from an open air cinema to a planetarium and a swimmingpool and a lovely piece of beach. Nice small setting they own 13 bugalows which are big , clean and has a musquito net. Also a very nice service is that the hotel provides you with a mobile phone with some money on it and if there is a need when you are away from the hotel you can give them a call. Rose , Fritz ( the german owners)and Rath are constantly around and always availabble for a talk or some advise they make you feel most welcome!
They have well trained staff and we loved them all! All very pleasants guys,
Also the food was excellent ! Nice to have a beach diner with a lovely fire , nice idea was the fondue and we can only say please go and have a look yourself you will be dissapointed!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

My husband and I went to the Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge for the last 2 days of our honeymoon. What a perfect place to end our romantic trip to Tanzania. Rose and Fritz surprised us with a romantic dinner on top of some of the ruins and under the stars, it was amazing.
The food at this hotel is a culinary experience. We have never had food like this before. To quote my husband, " This isn't food, this is LOVE."
I don't want to forget to mention the locals who live at the hotel Hanna, Paul, Boris and Anna...the donkeys who roam around the grounds and occasionally visit the kitchen :)

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge
Address: Chuini Palace Ruins, Bububu, Tanzania (Formerly Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa)
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Bububu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bububu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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Hakuna Matata Beach Hotel Bububu
Hakuna Matata Beach Bububu
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