After quite a bit of back and forth we settled on this resort versus an other one for the first part of our honeymoon. Having already been to this part of Africa in very nice resorts in similar price range & looking at previous comments we were expecting something really nice (abs yes we travel a lot!) Well not quite... The place has a certain charm and overall decoration is tasteful but outside of this nothing special. Room wise it really depends how lucky you get, a few (first row) offers a bit of privacy, the others (2nd row) a lot less (view of the back of the first ones) and they are now building a few more that would be even more in the back. It gets quite warm on Mafia and in some room you only get one tiny fan (the type you would mount on a desk...), in the second one we stayed in at least we had one proper fan, a bit better to sleep at night... Food wise, dinner is included but it is a set starter/ main dish/ desert no alternatives. First night was very average others were good. The one thing I would say the resort is really good for is the whale shark excursion and the beach picnic. Both were really nice and I would recommend it without hesitations. As for the honeymoon feel... Well we stayed 6 nights and not once the management thought that maybe it would have been nice to organize a romantic dinner or set up the room with something special ... Quite disappointing & clearly the high rating on tripadvisor might not be helping...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and experience true relaxation with us at Butiama Beach. Our unspoiled location in a tropical palm grove on the beach has everything you need to unwind, let go, and be yourself. Watch the whale sharks come to feed as the morning sun glints on the turquoise surface of the Indian Ocean. Sail to a pristine sandbank in a traditional dhow, snorkel and dive at some of the richest reefs in the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Butiama Beach Hotel Mafia Island