I should have written this review a ages ago, but as they say better late than never, so couldn't pass up the opportunity to give my impressions and experiences of this amazing hotel. I had been travelling around Kenya and Uganda for a month on a budget so promised myself a week of indulgence and luxury before heading home. Initially when deciding where to spend my week I thought about staying in Kenya, but I am so glad I decided to look further afield and make the flight from Nairobi to Zanzibar especially to stay at the Z Hotel. I can honestly say on arrival, my breath was taken away, I wasn't disappointed, the hotel and it's staff are the stars, they both work together seamlessly to give an unforgettable product to their customers! Julie the Guest relations manager is such a lovely warm person and I found her and her staff to be a perfect team and true ambassadors for Zanzibar.
After the hour long drive from the airport to the northern tip of the island, I was greeted by genuinely warm smiles and a refreshing drink and face towel. I was given a tour of the premises and shown to my room which was on the first floor looking through the palm trees and onto the beach. The room was very nicely furnished and restocked with bottled water every day. I especially liked having the free WIFI connection which was a real boost when trying to communicate with friends and family at home.
Breakfast in the morning totally surpassed my expectations, there was just so much choice and the quality of food on offer was amazing. There really is something magical about watching the world slowly waking up eating fine food looking out over the ocean from the wooden decked restaurant area. Nothing was too much trouble, if I wanted my omelette and filling in a certain way, the chef prepared it swiftly and presented it to me perfectly every time.
I ate lunch and evening meals in the hotel for most of my stay at the hotel and was never disappointed by the menu and quality of food on offer. On the occasional day, just for a change of scenery I did the short walk down the beach where there are some really nice beach restaurants serving fresh catch of the day delivered hours earlier by the same fishermen I watched returning at breakfast time and also a sports bar where the football is always on the tv if you can't live without it.
I didn't do very much whilst at the hotel, the allure to be soothed by the sounds of the Indian Ocean and the hot sun was just too strong! There are excursions available from the front desk if you require them. The only down side and it's a very minor one, is that the local "beach boys" will soon find you once you leave the hotel boundary which they are not allowed to cross, offering their wooden carvings and boat trips, but I generally found that a polite but firm no was generally understood and respected and they left me alone for the rest of my time at the Z. This place has the ability to sooth your senses and live long in the memory,I still tell people I work with about this place as it made so much of an impression on me! I cannot wait to return someday soon and get those batteries in recharge mode again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This chic, boutique hotel located on the northern tip of the Island, blends contemporary design with traditional Zanzibari features to create a unique, cool and relaxing environment. Set in a lush tropical garden with direct access to white powder beaches and the Indian Ocean, the Z hotel has been finished to an extremely high specification. Each room has floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading onto a balcony, which looks out across the crystal blue ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- z Hotel Nungwi
- The Z Hotel Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Nungwi