We have just returned from this hotel and I have to say I was a little worried having read some of the reviews so let me get it into perspective. No, its not a 5* as we europeans know it but having said that it is a perfectly good hotel and you are not paying a 5* price. The whole complex is extremely spacious and spotlessley clean. The rooms are very big with a couple of chairs a little sofa a TV and DVD and a fridge to keep your bottled water in which is replenished daily. The bed is massive bigger than a king size and has mosquito netting which the maid dloses at night when she comes to do "turn down". The bathroom is also huge with a walk in wet room and a double bath. Plenty of toiletries which are also replenished regulary.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped with rolling lawns leading down to the beach, there are 4 pools which wind in and out of the lawn and interlink, finishing with an infinity pool on the edge of the cliff overlooking the ocean. There are plenty of sunbeds dotted around the pools and on the private beach, and hammocks and swinging chairs, and fresh pool towels are supplied every day. The public beach is a couple of steps down and the sea is crystal clear. There are sellers on the beach which can be a bit annoying but they aren't too pushy.
There are only 100 rooms so 200 people max, but because everywhere is so open and spacious it never feels crowded.
The main restaurant is buffet style and has a good selection of dishes hot and cold and has 3 stations where they cook freshly for you usually meat fish pasta or pizza. During our stay we had lots of fish, lamb cutlets, pork, roast beef, beef wellington, chicken, veal, so a really good varied selection. There is a snack bar at the pool which is waiter service and has a limited menu mostly slads or pizzas but still very good. This turns into the A la Carte restaurant in the evening which is very romantic with tables on the decking overlooking the indian ocean which is lit up by lights in the cliff. Price is around £40 per head but worth it for the fresh fish and lobster. There is also a barbeque on the beach on Sunday nights with live music which is also good.Someone wrote that they were unable to get food out of hours. People we met had come back late from Stonetown and asked for food and plates were immediately dispatched to their room piled with a selection of food. When we left we were being picked up at 5am and the reception manager asked us if we wanted him to get some breakfast for us.
There is a dive centre on site which is run by an american called Ryan, he is very knowledgable about all marine life and will take you out on a boat to snorkel or dive or just sit on the boat if you prefer. He supplies a packed lunch and is cheaper than the tour promoted by the hotel. You will definitely see dolphins up close on his trip and get to jump in and try and swim with them.
If you go outside the gates of the resort and turn left you will find the village of Nungwi. Its very safe and the little shops are obviously much cheaper than the hotel. If you need to use the internet the internet cafe in the village charges 1$ for half an hour whereas the hotel charges 5$. You can also hire taxis from there.
There are a couple of downsides tho. 90% of the clientele are Italian and all the entertainment staff are Italian so if you want to join in any activities it does make it a little difficult also the evening shows are also all in Italian.
Secondly it is a good hours drive to Stonetown where all the historic interest is and where all the tours leave from.
If you just want to lie on a beach and chill then this place is perfect but if you want to find out more about the island, I would suggest you stay a couple of days in Stonetown to soak up the atmosphere.There are several good hotels there and I would say it is worth doing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A spectacular view of the Indian Ocean from almost anywhere on the resort makes this all-inclusive property a wonderful choice for those guests looking for a peaceful and relaxing vacation. Fantastic swimming pools, a beautiful beach with clear, turquoise waters and amazing sunsets all add to the ambiance! The rooms are large, approximately 80 square metres for Superior Rooms and 100 square metres for Suites. A spacious bathroom with a large bathtub, separate shower and double sinks provide luxurious comfort. All rooms include a quiet split-unit air conditioner, TV, fridge, coffee and tea making facilities, a safe and a terrace from which to enjoy the view. The warm, friendly staff invite you to enjoy meals in the buffet restaurant with a varied selection of local and international dishes or a traditional pizza oven near the beach offers a quick snack while you relax by the pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Zanzibar Beach Hotel Nungwi
- Seaclub Royal Zanzibar Beach Hotel
- Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort Zanzibar Island/Nungwi