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Ras Michamvi Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Michamvi
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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
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“Paradise in Paradise”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

If your looking for a place where you want to relax then, Ras Michamvi is the perfect spot. Altough we stayed for 1 night, it was an incredible experience from the staff being friendly to the room being clean to the view by the restaurant and the swimming pool area. we really enjoyed our time in there and will advice any one who's thinking of going there.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Ras Michamvi Beach Hotel is a nice spot if you are looking for a relaxing vacation far away from the old town of Zanzibar. Located about 1hr drive from Zanzibar airport / port, you can always get a return transfer prior arranged with the hotel.

The rooms are spacious, some with sea view while majority with garden view. They also have a room that is particularly structured for guests with disability.

The swimming pool is always sparklingly clean and quite inviting. On low tides, you could take a walk to the private coconut beach which is almost 0% free of of beach boys. Otherwise during a high tide, a 3 minute walk through the hotels garden would still lead you to this sandy and pristine beach line.

The restaurant offers international cuisine with freshly available produce. I particularly loved the sea food barbeque served right outside the restaurant gardens facing the tranquil ocean.

The staff are great and attentive to detail....

I would recommend a hide away for anyone looking at rejuvenating.... or even a medium budget holiday for honeymooners and travelers alike.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We have stayed for four nights in the Ras Michamvi Beach Resort. It's really a very beautiful place directly at the sea. The Resort is small and very quiet. A perfect place for relaxing and recovering. The Staff is very friendly. Also the food is delicous. The rooms are big and very clean. The Resort is really a secret on Zanzibar. We can really recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

The place is located on the point, and because it's on the east side, the tide moves in and out depending on the storms, about 200 meters per day. It's like that almost everywhere on the coast, so be ready for it. Regardless, you can walk about 3 beaches down and there is a path to a super nice patch of water with a sand bottom in front of a resort full of Italians.

This place is about an hour from town, so make sure you negotiate a ride before you get there because we paid $60 going, and $45 coming back because we met a couple people and had an idea. Have the driver pass through stone town when you get there and pick up supplies because there isn't anything close to the resort.

The meals are good, typically what they catch or bargin for that day, and are 3 courses. The staff are super cool and professional. The power goes in and out, so don't expect to always be connected, but that's the point of being out there anyway right?

It's superrrrr mellow, I slept for about 4 days and didn't even realize that it was almost time to go back!

Room Tip: Sea view was nice
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

We stayed 5 nights at this hotel and it was just what we were looking for. In that area the tide goes from very low to very high on the same day so you can't always get into the water. But is away from the other resorts and you can really relax. If you walk 15 minutes on the beach you get to a beach (there's a resort there with a lot of italians) that has a path to the sea. It's beautiful. Then breakfast was really good and for dinner there're always 3 choices of main dishes.
It's a good idea to ask your taxi driver to take to a place to buy some snacks and alcohol before getting to the hotel if you want to save some money.

Room Tip: We took a sea view and it was very nice!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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san francisco
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Ras Michamwi was really really good for us. Yes, it takes 1 hour and 20 mins to get to it but most hotels are very far away from the airport and stonetown. I still cannot believe it is only considered a 2 star hotel. first of all, the bungalows are beautifully typical and huge, massive wood furniture in it, along with greatly working fan, AC and fridge and a huge porch with also massive wood outside furniture to lounge in, in front of such beautiful views, wether it's the ocean or entertaining monkeys! the beds were super comfy, everyone in the morning always was in a coma they slept so well...there are mosquito nets which we are not sure why since we did not see one bug the whole time... but they make the room look really exotic. the water pressure in the shower can be a bit of a downer and the endless pool is not so endless as it is supposed to get up to the top... which was probably the only downer for us. also, about the pool, when we got there it was sparkly clean, after a few days of heath it got really merky but it looked like they were working on getting the pool situation taken care of.
if you are looking for an all inclusive food and activity kind of hotel, THIS IS NOT YOUR HOTEL. we could count on our fingers the number of tourists that would walk by here, instead we often would see local people going fishing, biking by, women wearing their typical dresses and carrying their stuff on the heads etc... which we loved!
the food was perfect. breakfast was always a plate of beautiful fresh fruit along with a freshly made juice, coffee, tea, chocolate, and then your choice of breakfast that you would order, for lunch they had a decent menu, for dinner they d present you with a choice (out of 2, usually a salad or a soup) starters, a main meal (usually the fresh fish, chicken, meat or pasta) and a desert. drinks are decent. nothing really fancy and no exaggeration in any ways, which we like but good. the service was really good, the guys are readily available.
as far as the beaches go... i love to walk beaches on vacation and there s sure tons of that to do! yes, at ras, you can only swim when the hightide is on but there are plenty of other close places to walk to and go out and swim in amazingly clear waters, such as in front of the hotel next to us, and especially at karafoo village. also, to take in consideration, since it is not a very high tourist density there are not many guys to disrupt your vacation with offers of stuff to do or asking for money, which is the other awesome thing! we went with yuma and he did not let us down at anytime. we went snorkeling and diving to menmba, stonetown, prison island and the spice market with him, it was great!
ONE BIG PIECE OF ADVICE! do go to the spice market! BUT do not buy a single spice there. we really got screwed there as we went there first and then to the market in stonetown... spices were about 6 times cheaper there!!! really wish would have know that!
ras also has what i called my own private beach, coconut beach. wow! i was always by myself there ... never felt such quiet and peace before! i ve been to the maldives, french polinesia, hawaii, jamaica and riviera maya but i have to say, rarely i have seen a sand as white and fine as here on zanzibar... mnemba is especially a nice trip i think.
i snorkle while my brother scuba dives...i guess we are a bit spoiled as far as that so we were not ever much impressed with the sites.. i heard they used to mine fish so that took care of some of that. we did however see dolphins. loved the giant turtles on prison island altough that is the only reason why i d suggest to go there, it's now a wealthy hotel. but the turtles love the neck and shoulder massages! so fun.
as for the trip from the aiport to the hotel you should not pay more than 30USD altough we got our first one through the hotel and got charged 60USD, on the way back we found it for 30USD. ... mzungu prices! watch out!
i am gladly available for any information about this hotel.

Room Tip: there are only a few rooms and we had both a garden view on the first night and an ocean view on the...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Felt a bit cheated... The hotel was surround on 2 sides by the sea, with beaches... But the beach was not for swimming, or lazing around.. When the tide is low, things could be seen littering (or growing on?) the beach, and when the tide is high, you know you cud injure yourself..

So was there alternative entertainment? Alas, no... No spa, no real lounge, no TV, nothing really, and not possible to get away anywhere - just too far away.. It has a simple boring pool though, and a simple rustic restaurant with simple rustic food & drinks (which are not always cold) to while away the time...

Was time totally wasted? Not really, it was a nice place to read a book - and the wind keeps blowing and blowing...

Still, one comes away feeling a little cheated; not being able to enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar is a real shame..

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Ras Michamvi Beach Resort
Address: P.O. Box 635, Michamvi, Tanzania (Formerly Hotel Ras Michamvi)
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Michamvi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Michamvi
#3 Luxury Hotel in Michamvi
#3 Spa Hotel in Michamvi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Ras Michamvi Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Ras Michamvi with his new Austrian Management!!!our beach hotel on Zanzibar's beautiful east coast, is a little paradise harmoniously set in a large natural area with access to powder-white tropical beaches, gardens, forests and a stunning ocean-front swimming pool.We do Quality, instead of Quantity. And you can feel it... Our aim is to cater to the modern traveler, from Kite surfer to food critic to businessman in need of a free broadband connection and everyone else who simply enjoys quality. 8 rooms with sea view and 7 are with Garden view. Relax at this quiet location, feel the tropical sun and the gentle ocean breeze on your skin, look for shooting stars amongst the thousands of sparkling dots in the sky at night, enjoy the freshest fish and seafood served at our open restaurant under a large Makutti roof, explore the stunning natural wonders of the nearby Jozani Forest-Chwaka Bay Conservation Area - in short: come to Ras Michamvi and discover the magic of Zanzibar! All of our 8 rooms have sea view and 7 rooms have garden view. They are located in 4 bungalows on a coral rock elevation overlooking the beach and the ocean. Our new and modern bungalows are built of stone and have wooden terraces, makuti-style thatched roofs, air conditioning, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, mini-fridges, en-suite bathrooms with shower, bathtub, cold and hot water. The rooms are very spacious and tastefully furnished in local style. Three bungalows have 4 rooms and one bungalow has 3 rooms only. Our restaurant is located on top of the same coral rock elevation as the bungalows - hence you can overlook the beach and sea from the round panoramic open building under a big makuti thatched roof. It is the place where you will start the day with a tropical breakfast including fresh fruits and juice, eggs and different kinds of bread. For lunch and dinner our restaurant offers local and continental dishes. There is also a selection of vegetarian dishes. You can have a romantic candle-light dinner at night and feel the true magic of this place when the moonlight reflects on the gentle waves of the Indian Ocean. From time to time we also arrange barbecues on the beach.Service is our succsess,welcome to the most peaseful place on earth. ... more   less 
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