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“don't look any further, this feels like home”
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Mangrove Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chuini
Certificate of Excellence
Doha, Qatar
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“don't look any further, this feels like home”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

We spent a week at Mangrove and we enjoyed every minute of it. The rooms are spacious and clean, beautifully designed and decorated, fresh flowers around after each cleaning ... the yard, just marvelous, large and filled with trees of all sorts, i wish i learned them all. The bush babies are there too, just drop a banana or two or hang around in the restaurant area and they will come trying to steal the sugar.
But this is not the best of Mangrove. The people there will really make you feel like home. Haji, the owner, he was there for us every single moment. We came as guests and we left as friends. We didn't book any activities in advance, just hoped for some advice from the lodge. And we got more than that. Haji put us in contact (no extra charge) with people at the spice farms, at the south-east coast for the dolphins tour, etc.
We spent lovely evenings with him teaching us Bao, the African game or chatting about the country and it's people, customs, foods, about the project he is trying to start, helping the village nearby to progress by inviting his guests on a volunteering basis to share knowledge with the locals.
And last but not least, i think the west coast is a much better idea than the east. I know it's a standard, you go stay in Stone Town for the buzz, then move to east for the relaxing part. We've been driving ourselves there and i must admit i am happy we decided to only visit it. The landscape is pretty depressing and artificially touristic compared to the west coast. We had the best beach time at Mangrove, in a small isolated strip of land (meaning, no beach boys to bother us selling their stuff), we were close to all the interesting spots of the island (Jozani forest, dolphin coast, etc) and we benefited from a much more generous nature than the east has to offer.
All in all, Mangrove was our Zanzibari home. We'll be going back, that's for sure.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Cary, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 11, 2012 via mobile

We were looking for a place near stonetown but still on the beach. The views were great from the restaurant, the rooms were nice, spacious and clean! The landscaping of the mangrove is absolutely gorgeous!!! Seriously it is amazing.

The beach was just ok. Which was fine for us because we didn't really want to lay on the beach the whole time. When we did want to sit on the beach the nice staff members brought out very comfortable chairs for us.

The staff was very friendly and personable. Everything was very laid back and relaxed and the food was really good. The power was out a couple times but we expected that! And the staff was great in giving us lanterns to use.

Overall I would recommend the mangrove if you are looking for a relaxed laid back holiday. Oh and their recommended driver Omar wad great!

Thanks again for everything!!!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

My first stay at Mangrove Lodge was in July 2011 (1 week), after visiting the mainland with a group of friends - it was the most magic place for recreation: situated quitely, beautiful garden, most cosy naturally built , fresh food - and most of all: you will not find another lodge in Sanzibar, which is more personally run by the owner. He takes care for all your needs like a friend - and so does the staff. It´s like coming home. I may tell the difference - I came back in Dec. 2011 on my owne to scout the island for further projects (2 weeks). Haji organized for me everything I wanted, taking me personally to local music events which you would never find by yourself and so on. Plus the lodge is centrally located near Stonetown - you can go everywhere you want on the island in short distances and come back to this magic spot in the evening. I bet, for this quality and charged fees you get the best at Mangrove on the whole island! I´ll be back there for sure and I´m very grateful to have found this place.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

My husband and I spent 10 days at the Mangrove Lodge last december. The site is beautiful and cozy, rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. Mostly, we went sightseeing from morning to late afternoon, Haji is a perfect guide. And then excellent dinners at the restaurant, everyday fresh seafood and curries. Above all, thanks to the simple and natural atmosphere we experienced, we really relaxed and forgot for a while our day-by-day life, feeling always guests of Zanzibar and never tourists!
I would definitively reccommend the Mangrove Lodge for a wonderful holiday!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

We had the pleasure to spend a week at Mangrove Lodge in January and we were enchanted. The place is simple, cozy and very well maintained to the smallest detail. There's something magic in this place, built as it is right a few steps from the Indian Ocean and run by the owner who puts his heart in the lodge. We enjoyed our morning walk through the garden, the peace of the beach, the colors of the water and that particular smell of the ocean, the company of guests that, like us, feel the need to excape from the crowds. The food eaten barefoot on the sand has an amazing taste! The last day of our stay the people at the restaurant were so exquisite to get us crab that was not in the menu but we asked for. Haji, with his experience and suggestions, is a precious guide. Simply put: we felt at home. In the cold of the winter, we cherish the memories. Thank you, Haji and the staff for this very special break. We'll be back!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

Down the road a bit and past all the hustle and bustle of Zanzibar is the quiet and relaxing oasis of Mangrove Lodge. The lodges were well kept and clean. The service was extraordinary. We arrived at the tail end of the off season and were the only couple visiting. The meals were splendid and I definitely recommend eating on site. The beach was nearly private, clean and also well kept. We felt completely safe and enjoyed ourselves.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ankara, Turkey
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

I would like to convey my positive feelings about Mangrove complex. It was such a nice holiday for me and for my friends from Turkey. We all enjoyed very much being there. We'll never forget nice lodges we stayed and "sand restaurant" Haci Ali, the boss, arranged for us at the beach under moonlight. Thank you for everything. Nilgun Celebi

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Mangrove Lodge
Address: PO Box 4269, Chuini, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Chuini
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chuini
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mangrove Eco-Lodge: responsible tourism in Zanzibar. A friendly atmosphere for an enchanting eco-sustainable resort. Deep in the tropical vegetation that surrounds Stone Town, the Mangrove Lodge offers a very peaceful and natural, homely and comfortable environment, in which the slow and quiet pace of the Zanzibar people allow you to forget the everyday hassles. We can bring you into the very heart of Zanzibar's lifestyle and culture. In line with the principles of the responsible tourism from the very beginning and with a great respect for the island, the Mangrove Lodge has grown on a green path with 360° responsible attitude. Spend a special holiday with us, enjoy the amazing white sand beach, guided excursions and stunning sunsets, and bring back serenity, cordiality and genuine fun, whilst stimulating the economic development and well-being of the local community. ... more   less 
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