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The Zanzibari
Ranked #14 of 18 Hotels in Nungwi
Certificate of Excellence
Chorley
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23 reviews
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“Paradise Found”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

This is an excellent boutique hotel in a superb location with wonderful food and brilliant staff. We were lucky, as this was low season, to be upgraded to the very spacious Frangepane suite with it's own pool and beach, truly delightful. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and twice in four days we were treated to a 5 course dinner on the beach, guarded by a maasai warrior! Each morning the lounge area and bed was scattered with flowers from the beautiful hotel gardens giving a lovely fragrance to the rooms. The bar / restaurant area with it's dhow theme is spacious and attractive. It is a pleasant walk along the beach, at low tide, when you can watch the local fishermen and women go about their business, en route to the village.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

My girlfriend and I recently spent 4 nights at the Zanzabari. The staff were great, very friendly and helpful and we were lucky enough to be offered a free upgrade to a private villa which was wonderful. Having experienced both the villa and a standard room I'd advise guests to opt for the villa for privacy and for comfort. The food was very good and the pool area, bar etc were nice. Location wise there's not a lot around the hotel and it's small so there are few guests. But for a few days quiet relaxation I'd highly recommend it.

Rory, Dublin, Ireland

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

Property: Beautiful landscaped gardens, amazing views on the turquoise sea, good size pool, nice living area (huge hut that serves as restaurant, lounge and bar) and good comfortable rooms, huge king bed. Pretty flowery terrasse to relax on, large bathroom with shower and bath tub. Secure with the Masai guards at the gate and roaming around. No issues with WIFI access. Clean. Kayaks available for hire.

Food: Our booking included half board. Breakfast is pretty good, no buffet but a la carte option of classic, eggs, bacon, toasts, beans... also tasty homemade cakes, pancakes, bread and fresh fruits. Dinner was always a choice of starter, soup, sorbet, a choice between 3 main courses (meat/fish and vegetarian) and a dessert. Overall, and compared to the other restaurants we had food at, it was pretty good. we also had lunch a couple of times and it was good!

Location: About 15 min walk on the beach to the 'busier' nungwi area (Cholos, Z hotel etc...) when low tide permits. If it is high tide, you can always ask the hotel to drop you at the village in 5 min, they charge but not much. I dont recommend walking from the hotel to that busier area through the village, nothing interesting really. When you walk on the beach, you will realise that the Zanzibari is the prettier, quieter hotel of that entire stretch of beautiful beach.

Staff: Super friendly, discreet and always ready to go the extra mile for you (getting some cigarettes at the village for my husband, cooking fruit puree for my son, serving food by the pool etc...). Efficient European Management.

Activities: Booked a couples of massages on the beach: HEAVEN! Asked the hotel to book a private boat trip for us, was not what we expected (modern boat) but an old noisy wooden boat, not ideal. They should offer 2 types of experiences with different price level. The lounge at the hotel next door Esque, is spectacular for lunch. We did not do much, it is a place to relax, read, have a cocktail...

I really enjoyed our stay at the Zanzibari and will surely recommend it to friends!
If you are looking for that beautiful and quiet boutique hotel, this is the place!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Cobham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

A lovely spacious bedroom and bathroom on the first floor with views over the gardens and pool towards a turquoise ocean! An excellent spot for the two of us as we love swimming in the sea and, although there are tides, it was very safe to do so when the sea was in (but do wear protection on your feet as the dead coral can be sharp, and beware of the odd urchin). A very friendly team of staff headed by an attentive manager with good food which all made our stay very relaxed and we definitely hope to return one day. Perfect after a touring safari in East Africa.

Room Tip: Eight apartments with balconies all facing towards gardens, pool and sea. Some friends who we met on...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

We had a fabulous 5 days at The Zanzibari. The accommodation, gardens, food and staff were all amazing.Nothing was too much trouble. This was an authentic African experience, delivered by Africans with efficiency, courtesy and grace. It was very therapeutic.
John and Elizabeth

Room Tip: All roms face the sea - but a first floor one is a bonus.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Zanzibari is located away from the main hotel area on Nungwi Beach. It is a quiet hotel set in lovely gardens. We stayed in a ground floor room with a large double and a single bed, with an ensuite bathroom and a small balcony looking out onto the garden. The rooms are clean and spacious and the beds are comfortable. The water supply was interrupted one evening but the shower worked well otherwise. Our stay included breakfast and dinner, and the food was lovely. The staff are helpful and attentive.
The pool area is best for swimming as the tides and shallow rocky shore don't really allow for a dip in the ocean at the front of the hotel. There are plenty of lounges, umbrellas and towels for guests to have a read and relax around the pool.
I can't recommend the US$30pp snorkelling trip that we took from the main beach - the coral was mostly dead, there were very few fish and there was a lot of sea lice in the water. The leaking snorkel and rather slap-dash beach BBQ were also not inspiring.
The walk along the shore to the main beach and village is interesting, and the bar at the end of the pier near the Zanzibari is nice for sunset photos and a drink. A good place for a short stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

We recently spent 3 nights here after climbing Kilimanjaro and a doing a 7-day safari. The Zanzibari was a perfect place to relax. It is set around the point from the main beach where the majority of hotels are located. The negative is that the water is so shallow that it is not really conducive to swimming. However, we found that at the more popular side of Nungwi Beach the swimming areas are also where the fishing boats are moored. We also found that on the more popular part of the beach there are many hawkers of day trips. The walk from the Zanzibari to the other hotels is easy. It was very interesting to see the fishing boats and to see a large cargo boat being built by the local community. At high tide we had to take the road back which was very easy.
We found the Zanzibari to have an interesting large reception/dining area, lovely extensive grounds, a well-maintained pool and very comfortable poolside area, and pleasant rooms with balconies and spacious bathrooms. We did have a lack of water one evening, but it didn't take too long before it was fixed. And from then on, there was plenty of hot water and good water pressure.
We found the staff at the Zanzibari to be very helpful without being intrusive. The food was very good. It was a pleasant surprise to find that dinner was included in the price of the room. This was especially good given the location. We enjoyed every meal and found there was very good variety. One tip - if the tide is out, the hotel next door has a bar out on a jetty which is a nice place at sunset. Just bring a torch/headlamp for the short walk back for dinner.
The location may be an issue for some, but the one detractor for me was the 5% charge to use a credit car to pay the balance for the room. I will make sure to pay ahead next time!
I highly recommend a stay at The Zanzibari.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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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 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#10 Romantic 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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