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Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bububu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 3, 2013

I booked our last night in Zanzibar at Hakuna Matata as a treat! And it did not dissapoint.
What a beautiful location and resort. Hidden away from the hussle and bussle of the main road this lodge is located on its own beach with magnificent views over the ocean from the resturant area. Hakuna Matata is not a large resort and you really get the personalised touch with the staff recognising you and attending to all your needs. As we only had one night here after a safari we really appreciated the space and comfort of the bungalow and grounds.
The bungalow was spacious, with a huge clean bathroom, private balcony, air cond. a fan and huge very comfortable bed and devine pellows. Our Bungalow was set back from the sea view, but we didnt mind as it was closer to the beautiful white washed pool.
The resturant was surperb, service brilliant and food delicious. The view was breathtaking and we spent a little longer sitting at our table just to enjoy it after a meal.
As our time was limited and I wanted to visit Prison island the tour staff were more than happy to organise a private boat tour from the lodge to the island as soon as I requested we go.
Thank you to all the staff at Hakuna Matata we had a wonderful time at this property and only wish we had longer!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We stayed 5 nights at Hakuna Matata Lodge and had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay. The service was excellent and the staff just can't do enough for you which makes you feel rather special. The food here was exceptionally good, there wasn't a meal we didn't love. We decided to go in to Stonetown a couple of times for dinner but found it no better than at HML but it is definitely a great experience. One evening they did a Chakalaka Night on the private beach and it was a wonderful experience complete with a fire on the beach..........very romantic. The rooms are neat and clean and every day the cleaners put an abundance of fresh tropical flowers all around the room and the frangipani fragrance is delightful! The only down side to our stay was the bed and pillows. Our mattress was foam on top of a concrete pad and we did not find it comfortable at all. Also the pillow was very strange like a large European size pillow case with loose polyester filling in it. We overlooked all this because everything else about HML was so good. If they changed the bed and pillows to an inner spring mattress and normal comfortable pillows this place would be perfect! Loved our stay.

Room Tip: We stayed in Bagamoyo 2 which was located in the far back corner of the property. It was peaceful an...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

I have been working in Zanzibar for a few years and really know the resorts and operations on the Island quite well. I had the privilege to stay in Hakuna Matata a few weeks ago whilst on a business trip. First off, the staff is absolutely brilliant and they all make such an amazing team, the owners Rose and Fritz are very hands on with the guests and staff, this in not just their resort but it is their home, you feel welcome and see the passion they have for what they love. Then, I cannot express this more, pictures wont do, and you need to try it for yourself... But the food is out of this world. It is honestly the best food that I have ever had, they make each and every meal extremely special. If you are looking for a romantic, quiet get-away this is truly the place to go. Also if you are looking to get married in Zanzibar I would highly recommend Hakuna Matata. I am definitely visiting this resort again, this time dragging my husband with me!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Janinesmith1984
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

This August was my second visit to Hakuna Matata. It is private ,wonderfully positioned with most amazing views in the location creating calm and piece from busy town. The staff is extremely well trained ( suppose by Rose) the most amazing food ,which is not only innovative but using the freshest ingredients and creations of spices and flavours which are uniques. Attention to detail by creating piece in heaven . I will return back .

Room Tip: I suppose all the rooms are excellent but I old choose rooms which are front row
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Earth2013
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We stayed 5 wonderful days at Hakuna Matata. The Location with its private beach, colourful garden and nice different hidden places to relax, to enjoi the sundowner or afternoon tea is marvelous. We stayed in a room just a few steps from the beach, which was very tastefully decorated.The whole staff is very friendly, warm and also professional.The cuisine is excellent.
We are looking forward to our next stay at Hakuna Matata
Helmut und Petra, Berlin

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Petra V
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Our family of four spent one week in the Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge and Spa. We really enjoyed a wonderful stay in this beautiful place. In addition to the beautiful scenery, we especially enjoyed the food (very creative cooking by the owner and her dedicated staff) and the warm atmosphere. We were especially pleased to see that there is a sort of added social value in this lodge, indeed the owners have succeeded not only into hiring many many villagers to work in this lodge but really to provide them with a good professional training. We quoted average for the sleep quality because the mattress are quite hard, but otherwise the beds are very large and clean. Do the excursion on private island, it's a must!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Renaud D
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

We stayed 4-5 days at Hakuna Matata (August 2013); this was too short. We were able to enjoy some of what the very friendly owners of the lodge provides to their guests. Due to a delay of the airline we arrived very very late; however we got apart from drinks some light every good food!
I have to mention: perfect cuisine ...very very good. And we enjoyed the excellent selection of wines too. A short trip with the boat of Hakuna Matata was our sun downer at one day. The garden with the variety of plants and historical buildings provides many quiet corners to relay. We stayed at the bungalow nearby the beach, i.e. very very convenient for us who enjoy to stay at the beach. In summary (and talking to others) this lodge is the best place to stay at the Zanzibar.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Mecky0815
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Additional Information about 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: $191 - $366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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Also Known As:
Hakuna Matata Beach Hotel Bububu
Hakuna Matata Beach Bububu
Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge Zanzibar Island/Bububu

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