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The Zanzibari
Ranked #14 of 19 Hotels in Nungwi
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Great place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

We had hoped to spend the duration of our stay here but due to booking agent issues we were unable to. These problems had nothing to do with the hotel, we had vouchers with a company that didn’t book this hotel. So when we arrived in Nungwi we found the hotel and decided to treat ourselves, we had one night at the Zanzibari hotel in December and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

The rooms are bright and clean with a good size bathroom, the usual flowers on the bed made a nice welcome.

The meal which was included in the price of $190.00 (for the 2 of us) a night was fantastic, 5 courses of beautifully presented dishes served by genuinely friendly staff who seem to really want to make your stay enjoyable.

The grounds of the hotel were well kept, neat and tidy and not another soul to be seen although the hotel had a number of people staying at the time. The views over the sea were uninterrupted and you got a very welcomed breeze which made sunbathing a pleasure. It was the best place to chill out, relax catch the sun that we came across in the 2 weeks we were there.

We were shown a suite and they were totally fabulous, if you were 2 couples or a family these would be perfect with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms a living room and a kitchen. They came with private plunge pools and a garden area overlooking the sea.

The General Manager Paul and his staff couldn’t be faulted and I can imagine if you stayed there longer they would do everything to make sure your stay was as near to perfect as possible.

The pool area was small but perfectly formed, towels and tide times were provided along with kayaks and lifejackets etc.

The hotel accepts credit cards which is a plus if like us you were unaware of the lack of ATM’s in the area. The nearest ATM is in Stone Town, which is over an hour’s drive away. Many hotels and bars don’t accept credit cards so get your cash from the airport or Stone Town before heading to Nungwi.

If there were any criticisms – and this is really looking hard for them, they would be that the Zanzibari is a little way away from the ‘village’ and other bars, hotels and restaurants. There again with your meal included and the food being some of the best we tasted this might not be an issue. I think if we had stayed for the 2 weeks we would have been jumping into a taxi most evenings to the slightly more lively part of the beach.

The price of beer and wine were higher than other bars and hotels, but nothing too outrageous and in daylight it would only be a 10 minute walk down the beach to the next bar.

The hotel had recently changed the safe boxes in the rooms, from what I would image were standard safe’s to wooden boxes. The older safe’s had issues due to the power failure which happens all over Nungwi every evening – don’t worry everywhere has generators so lights are only out for a few minutes. The new safe boxes were much nicer to look at and made of what looked like local wood. They were a good size and held a lot of valuables including a full size camera and a couple of lenses. But these were literally a freestanding box that could be picked up and taken from the room if you had the misfortune to have someone break in. Maybe if they could be bolted or attached to the floor or cupboard this would solve the problem.

The last thing and again this is a security issue, is that the bathroom windows which were really large (more like French doors but situated at window level), had no locks or any form of security on them. The lovely ladies who cleaned the rooms would leave these open to air the rooms, as our bathroom window looked out onto the open land at the back of the hotel we felt a little exposed.

All in all a very nice, clean friendly hotel with great food, views and grounds. Fantastic staff and I would not hesitate to go back and spend longer than one night (but probably less than 2 weeks) there.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We spent 5 days, and were very pleased with location, service, rooms , breakfast and 5-course dinner, as well as the weather (!). Great staff!

Note that on this side of Nungwi there is a combination of reef and tide that makes it different from resorts with always-access to regular sand beach. (Bring sea-sandals if you want to explore the reef during low tide).

Anyhow, the hotel has pools with a great ocean view, as well as great places to relax on an "elevated beach". Most of the day, one can enjoy walks along the beach to explore other parts of Nungwi. The nearby pier has great lunches with spectacular location.

Recommended for couples and families alike. From the airport taxi stand we got a taxi for around 50 USD for the one hour drive.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zanzibari_Tanzania, General Manager at The Zanzibari, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
That is a very descriptive accurate and informative review, thank you.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed here only for 2 nights, but it was amazing; the garden is beautiful, the view is impressive, the area is quite, intimate, the staff very helpful and the manager is acting like your best friend, trying to help you as much as he can! It was a very good stay and for sure i will recommend this place! Great thanks!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zanzibari_Tanzania, General Manager at The Zanzibari, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank you for the reveiw I am glad that we made such a good immpression in only two days.Next time see if you can't stay a bit longer. Best Regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

After safaris both in Uganda and Tanzania, the Zanzibari proved an excellent choice for relaxing and just doing nothing (almost). The rooms nice, the food very good and the staff always smiling an willing to help. What more do you need?
Recommended!!!!
Great thanks to Paul and his staff.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zanzibari_Tanzania, General Manager at The Zanzibari, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Thank you for your lovely comments, I have passed them onto the staff.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Though we had a short stay, we were satisfied enough to suggest the place to our other friends as well. I believe trying to fill in 200 characters for a review is also another sign that we had positive feelings about the place. Quite peaceful and relaxing, we even stayed in the hotel instead of looking for wild night life. or night wild life.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We stayed at the Zanzibari for 6 nights at the end of our honeymoon. Our suite and private pool were fantastic, and the hotel grounds were beautiful. The view of the sea from our suite was breathtaking and a wonderful thing to wake up to every morning.
Paul the manager was great; helpful and efficient without being intrusive - perfect for a honeymoon!
The food was lovely, especially our surprise on the beach one evening! Everything was perfect, we didn't want to leave!

An all round incredible experience. Hopefully be back in 10 years time for our anniversary ;)

Amy and Matt

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zanzibari_Tanzania, General Manager at The Zanzibari, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
We are already planning for your return in ten years time and we have reserved 3 rooms for all your children. Thank you for taking the time to write the review.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We have just returned home today after 12 great days at The Zanzibari. First and foremost our thanks to Paul the General Manager for his impeccable effort. He had a birthday surprise for our four year old son (traditional dancing plus a birthday cake) and also for myself and my wife on our anniversary. The grounds are lovely the pool is the best on the entire beach believe me we checked all of them and The Zanzibari's pool is not only lovely but also fun for both adults and children and is beautifully located with views of the sea. The hotel's dinners were memorable, a 5 course meal each night including 3 tasty appetizers and an incredible dessert. As someone who works with Tanzania and Zanzibar tourist organisations and is aware of the plusses and minusses of resorts in general, I draw special attention to the outstanding level and quality of service here, by all staff. This can be hard to find in Tanzania but the team Paul has assembled does their job very professionally, better than any other place I have stayed. We stayed in the Bustani Suite a great big 2 room separate house which catered for all of our needs for 2 adults and 2 children it really was a fine and fun home for 2 weeks. About the beach, be aware that there are now those annoying sea urchins near the hotel but all you need to do is walk north (turn left) once you reach the beach, keep going past a few hotels and Nungwi village and in front of the Hilton Doubletree there is a sand bar and some good swimming. A highlight for us also was swimming with the sea turtles you simply must do this there is one turtle over 100 kilos in weight it is a once in a lifetime experience. All in all a truly wonderful holiday. The Zanzibari delivers a high value vacation and is run by some excellent people. Our sincere thanks to Paul and his staff. In comparison to the Essque-Zalu which is right next door and much more expensive, The Zanzibari blows it away in terms of value for money. ASANTE SANA Paul and team!

Room Tip: The Bustani Suite is perfect but any room will do
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Zanzibari_Tanzania, General Manager at The Zanzibari, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
Thank you so much for the great review it was great to have some youngsters enjoying their stay here. I hope we will see all of you again seeing as you are only in Uganda. Take care and best regards to you all.
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Property: The Zanzibari
Address: Nungwi Road, Nungwi 10437, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
#10 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#11 Family Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Zanzibari 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Zanzibari is located in Nungwi on the northeastern tip of Zanzibar. Set above the beach on a low coral cliff with easy access to the sea you are offered privacy, peace and tranquility while taking in the stunning views of the Indian Ocean. The hotel has many high quality facilities, including our infinity pool, spa and famous Dhow Restaurant. ... more   less 
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The Zanzibari Zanzibar Island/Nungwi

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