There seems to be some confusion among travellers, including ourselves, about this lodge due to the changes in management recently. Rest assured, the new management is fabulous, and the hotel has been one of our favourites in Tanzania (and we should know, we live here).
Patrick, the new manager, personally ensures that each guest is having a wonderful time. His staff are conscientious, very warm and friendly, and really seem to care about the lodge and its guests. Chiara, his reservations manager, was also very attentive and accommodated each and every one of our rather picky requests.
The chef (compliments!) has done a superb job of using local ingredients mixed with western flavours to bring a delicious fusion of food to the table every day. We went full board and each day brought a tasty surprise. As an example, for Christmas, the kitchen and all the staff came together to deliver a splendid lobster and grilled meats dinner. Delicious.
Lastly, the Sea Point dive centre located on the grounds sets the same standard as Patrick has for its staff, thus providing a seamless experience no matter where you go or what you do.
Congratulations to everyone for what you have achieved at Mafia Lodge!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mafia Island Lodge stands amidst tall palms on a sandy beach in Chole Bay, in the heart of the marine park near Utende village on South coast of Mafia. 14 superior rooms, 18 standard rooms and 2 family rooms are set among the coconut palms with their own veranda overlooking the bay. They are all self-contained with air conditioning. Twin and double beds are available. Among the 34 rooms there are 2 family suites, which are made out of 2 comfortable connecting rooms with one sharing bathroom, each one with its own veranda overlooking garden and sea. They may comfortably accommodate a max of 5 guests. All our rooms have garden and sea view. Hot and cold water is available 24 hours a day. The main lodge has a relaxing atmosphere with a large open restaurant, bar and lounge area. Board games, table tennis and volleyball are also available. Other facilities include a gift shop, laundry service, excursions, snorkelling, sailing and scuba diving. The cuisine is continental with an emphasis on seafood. Snacks, sandwiches and bitings are also available. Located on our beautiful beach - the only one in Chole Bay unaffected by tide - our Beach Bar offers light lunches and early afternoon fare such as salads, sandwiches and freshly caught fish, complemented by a fully-stocked bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mafia Island Hotel Mafia Island