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“A Beachy End to the Safari”

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andBeyond Mnemba Island
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

We came to the Island from Lake Manyara Lake Tree Lodge.

We spent three relaxing nights here. The seafood meals were simple but fantastic. Dining on the beach every evening is fun. Everyone gathered at the bar before dinner and the atmosphere and conversation were great.

I did four dives on the reefs to the north east of the Island. Our dive masters kept us away from the mainland dive boats on the morning dive and in the afternoon they weren't there. I can only rate the reefs as good. The best dive site I dived was a combined Grouper/Wall Dive Site. We kept above 20 metres at all times. Dive durations limited to 50 minutes. There is a ladder for old guys to climb back onto the boat.

Had a lifer experience with wild "untrained" dolphins. Total water depth 8 metres on a sandy bottom. Six of them vertical in the water pirouetting around us. Truely amazing!

All the staff were great.

I would certainly go again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Our family of 6 (kids from 13-20) stayed here for 4 nights at the end of our safari. What an incredible experience! Ditch your shoes--you will literally walk barefoot for your entire stay--and enjoy the incredible luxury! Open air rooms, outdoor showers (as well as in room ones), "sundowner" cocktails delivered to your beach, gourmet meals under the stars and incredible snorkeling and/or scuba diving await you. Our hosts, Mike and Ruth, even put together a family treasure hunt one day that gave us an even better appreciation for the uniqueness of this place! And, it really is fit for Royalty---ask Mike which famous newlyweds requested to stay on the Island, but couldn't because it was closed for the rainy season. It was a once in a lifetime experience...that we would love to repeat some day!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Lindsay L
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

What's not to like? Beach is pristine. Rooms are stunning. Pretty much private. Food was excellent if you like fish and pasta. I also had one of my top dives in my life with just the dive master and my wife. We were surrounded by a school of Rays, saw some octopus... all good. Easy flight in from Arusha and simple transport onto the island. Great stop after an exhausting safari. I went over a decade ago but it looks like things have not changed. If it ain't broken, don't fix it. 4 days were enough.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Mnemba island,exclusively reserved for 10 couples,is a 10 star Robinson Crusoe experience and easily qualifies as not only the most romantic island in the world,but also offers world class diving and dining.My wife Anna ,and I have been very regular visitors since 1994,spending our birthday and Anniversary celebrations here. I have completed more than 400 dives in this marine wonderland ,and still,every time ,I see something new.Management and staff are our friends,and the service levels are faultless.Each morning at the 1st ray of light,I spend some 90 minutes practicing my karate...the privacy and silence allows for Zazen wind down...then breakfast..followed by the 1st dive...often on a one to one ,which is unheard of in this over crowded and rushed world.....the afternoon all third part dive boats have left,allowing us the luxury of exploring this marine wonderland on our own....Cocktail hour from 18:00 is an elegant and very relaxed event,which then translates into dinner under the stars on the beach,with a billion sparkling stars,the only unobtrusive entertainment on offer..retiring to our Banda amongst the whispering pines remains an unforgettable ending to a day of wonder

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

From the warm welcoming waves to the last goodbyes, we experienced impeccable service. This place can hardly be put into words, the rooms, the food, the staff, everything was perfect. Ditch your shoes and enjoy true barefoot luxury, you will never want to leave!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Janyne P
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

I had an amazing time staying at this private island, the service was great, we had our own butler, a chef made to order what we asked for, we had privacy, internet was running faster than back home (they got their own satellite). I had massage on the beach, we dinned in front of our cabana, had drinks with other guests by the open bar and we did some snorkeling with dolphins.
Truly unforgettable, wish we had stayed longer!!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Mnemba Island Lodge represents the ultimate get-away where every aspect of a truly memorable holiday experience is rated 5*. Between the warm welcome upon arrival on this tiny island and the sad send-off from the beach on our last day, we enjoyed the discrete privacy of our own chalet, food prepared for the most discerning palette, daily walks around the island, snorkelling over many of the reefs that surround the island, exploring the surrounding waters in a canoe, sundowners on the beach, watched silently as a greenback turtle lay a batch of 110 eggs at 11.30 one night and also watched as 7 late-hatched baby turtles scrambled from their nest to an uncertain future in the big ocean. The personal attention to detail was evident not only during our stay on the island, but also off the island where andBeyond representatives were at hand at Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam airports.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about andBeyond Mnemba Island

Address: Zanzibar, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Mnemba
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Mnemba
Price Range: $3,520 - $3,520 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — andBeyond Mnemba Island 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AndBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge is an award-winning barefoot beach paradise just off the northeast coast of Zanzibar. Ten beachside bandas overlook the Mnemba atoll (a scuba diver's delight) at this romantic, private hideaway. From snorkelling, swimming and kayaking to massages on the beach and simply doing nothing at all, andBeyond Mnemba has something for everyone. ... more   less 
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Mnemba Island Hotel Mnemba

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