14- 21 January 2014
I have thought long and hard about what to say regarding my experience at Ngalawa Beach Village and can truthfully state that it was the very best experience I have had in all my travel experiences and for this priceless memory there is no words to describe the bliss, but let me try some pointers:
We were originally booked in a Hotel on the north of the island, where you can spend ± 24/7 at the beach if this is all that you want to do during your trip to Zanzibar. Fortunately both me and my husband is somewhat of adventurers/explorers and 2 or 3 out of the 7 days in the sun was more than enough for us and for that purpose the beach at Ngalawa was perfect, safe (I want to stress the importance of the safety issue - swimming together without worrying about your stuff on the beach was a bonus for us coming from South Africa) and without anyone walking past trying to sell you something from their small mobile shop they carried with them.
Now for the "VALUE FOR MONEY" part: Our fully inclusive package, the 3 full day excursions together with all our beverages (and daily cocktails) was ± equal to the full package including the alcoholic beverage package that we would have received at the hotel on the North Coast. (The north coast excursion was one of the three excursions we had to experience the North first hand)
Then came the good food at Ngalawa - man alive this was to die for!!! JoAnne's special desert - "Joh-Joh-Joh..." you haven't tasted heaven if you have not tasted this!!! (I forget the name again - but would like to rename it to "a little taste of heaven" - JoAnne you should rename it!) Seafood platter yummy - and fish curry one can actually not single out dishes as all were great, I am still battling to get rid of those extra kilos around the waist that we picked up.
The best for last: You check in at Ngalawa as a stranger to both JoAnne and Sadru, but leave as Friends: They welcome you with open arms and let you feel right at home, amazed with their hospitality.
I turned 50 at Ngalawa and will never forget the best Birthday of a (half) century! Surprised and again amazed to the lengths that the whole Ngalawa village will go to, to make it special for me - a band and party on the deck was arranged and voila - festivities to the highest extend!!!
My advice to all reading this review is: Go and experience it for yourself!
Did I mention the friendly staff? - I end with a big thank you to each and every one of you that made our holiday unforgettable!
Etienne and Nelda Rousseau
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ngalawa Beach Village Resort is a very nice Resort of 20 suites all with sea view and beach. The resort is located on the east coast of Zanzibar and overlooks the picturesque Chwaka Bay. All suites have a stunning view of the Indian Ocean from private porch and are very tastefully decorated with an eye for local and cultural theme in mind. The landscaping is professionally designed and the Resort is well lit in the evenings. All suites have attached bathrooms,bathroom towels and pool towels, air condition unit, fan, a desk, a safety deposit box, a kettle for tea or coffee, a full size 6ft by 6ft bed, mosquito net, a mini bar fridge, a day bed, hair driers and two Zanzibari style chairs in the balcony with ocean view. The Resort has a strategically located Swimming Pool with a wrap around pool deck, made from the finest Tanga Stones. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, there is a private sunbathing area and there is a path that leads to “Lily’s Beach Bar” located on the Jetty. Bars & Restaurants The Dining room offers a friendly, casual atmosphere, good service and a fully equipped Bar. A very good selection of music to add to the ambiance. Occasional live performers. The main Dining Room also offers Special Menu for intimate private tables in a reserved area. Pool Side dining on special occasions. The Resort has a full service kitchen offering a la carte menu or buffets as planned by the Chef. The menu is prepared with fusion of spices, the cultural cuisines, and abundance of Sea Food in mind, also vegetarian or special requests. Fresh fruits in season and a variety of desserts. A visit to our Coconut Spa is a special time put aside for you to rejuvenate your senses. Choose from variety of massage products for your indulgence. Retreat to the cool shade of swaying palm trees or gently swing on the hammock with a good book. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ngalawa Beach Village Hotel Zanzibar