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“Wonderful place to relax” 5 of 5 stars
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The Zanzibari
Ranked #14 of 19 Hotels in Nungwi
Certificate of Excellence
North Wales, UK
1 review
“Wonderful place to relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2010

We have just returned from a 5 day stay at the Zanzabari. It was our first visit to Zanzibar, although we have lived in a number of other countries in Africa and have travelled extensively, including in Europe and America

We loved our stay. It gave us a perfect opportunity to simply relax - which is just what we needed. We found the service friendly, the food good and varied, with a choice of courses - we also liked the touch of adding Swahili sayings to the menu board. Breakfast was not as limited as a previous writer has indicated - I had pancakes, and the choice of egg dishes was wide - I enjoyed the Spanish omelletes. The fresh fruit was good and I liked the fact that fruit juices were squeezed freshly daily. Bread is baked on the premises

The views were wonderful and a wide variety of seating areas allowed for privacy and variety - we enjoyed a sundowner in the circular pools, the infinity pool was lovely to swim in, the hammocks and sunbeds are arranged to maximise enjoyment of the surroundings. Fresh towels were provided daily on the loungers around the pool. A nice touch was tea and coffee with cake being served at the poolside each day at 5pm. I particularly enjoyed swimming early in the mornings and late into the evenings, As indicated by a previous writer, the hotel grounds are above beach level, but steps take you down to sea level, from where you can walk along the coral coastline to the aquarium, seeing local fishermen bringing in their catches, finding Nungwe village and watching the numerous dhows and fishing vessels making endless voyages across the ocean. You tend to feel you are experiencing something of the daily life of local people, rather than being in the more sanitised environment of a large hotel

While we were there, some kayaks were delivered and I enjoyed learning the basics of how to handle one in the swimming pool, before taking it out on the ocean. It was a great way of getting an overview of the coastline from a different perspective

I tend to agree with the writer who described this as a boutique hotel. It has all the charm of somewhere individual. There is no sense of mass production. The furniture is manufactured locally from dhow wood and the bar in the dhow in the restaurant area gives a lovely atmosphere. My husband enjoyed playing the local bao game while sitting in the dhow one lunchtime

There is a spa on the hotel beach, overlooking the ocean, where you can get a variety of treatments. I did not have one, but I heard that they were good

Rooms are clean - and the flower arrangements on arrival gave a nice extra touch. As with the rest of the island, electricity is not available throughout the day, but it is on when needed.. And not having lights in the gardens overnight, meant that if you wake up during the night, the views of the stars from the balcony are amazing.

We would definitely return to this hotel. Our transfers were organised efficiently, we had the opportunity to go on trips as needed, we found the food creative, delicious and well presented - and we achieved what we had come for - feeling relaxed and having had a wonderful break. During our time there, the outside world ceased to exist - and we loved that!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2010

Now I have to write my first poor review and a don´t like to do it.
But everyone who tinker with the idea of getting to „the zanzibari“ should be warned.
Where stayed all the people writing good reviews? May be at an other place on earth.
You have to know, the hotel is situated on top of cliffs. There is no beach and you can not swim because of sharp stones and the tide.
The white beach showed on the pictures is banked up in the hotel area on top of the ciffs.. The plants are very young, therefore no shaddow.
If you like beef and chicken the meal is ok. Breakfast is poor. Only eggs and fruits. No bacon or others.
Equipped with Chinese Toiletts don´t expect they work. Don` worry the „ nice“ hotel manager (in our case Eugene) will give you a bucket.
The rooms have ac, fridge, van and it would be nice if they would work. Be sure they don`t.
Eugene will tell you no problem, because of the nice sea breeze.
Don`t be afraid to open the windows, say hello to the mosquitos and trust the massai to protect you.
The rooms are verry narrow . Invide your friends to stay in your room. There are enough beds inside to get in your way.
The terrace is overgrown and a very nice place for breeding mosquitos and people who don´t want to see the sea..
If you order a gin tonic be sure the kind service warn you before you get the warm drink.
During our stay one couple canceld theire stay before they move in.
One group tried to explain their protest. Just a try nothing changed.
The managers utmost concern : selling overpriced tours
Only a view kilometers away, nice sea, beautiful beaches and the question what did we wrong .

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2010

despite the lack of power on zanzibar, nungwi is still worth a visit and this property is nicely positioned in a quiet area. We were originally scred off of nungwi because we had heard it is crowded with tourists but the Zanzibari is located away from all that. Private and relaxing this is the perfect end to an African adventure, and definitely a nice contrast to Stonetown. Eugene is doing a heck of a job of managing and will deal with any concerns. Also the food was great!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2010

My wife and I had stayed for a relaxing week over Christmas and New Year. The aim was to chill-out and recharge our batteries and the Zanzibari certainly delivered. There is a negative review which mentions building noise but although there was building going on next door it wasn't noisy whilst we were there. it even added to the experience as the builders were often singing African songs whilst precarioulsy perched on the new roof !

There are only 8 rooms at the moment but it sounds like there are plans to expand. The rooms were spacious, comfortable and well decorated as the hotel was refurbished in mid 2009. Each has a balcony with sea views. The bed was enormous.

The communal bar and restaurant area has been renovated with character and style. The bar is an old Dhow (boat) and a lovely feature in the middle of the bar/dining area. All the furniture has been made on the premises from what looks like drift wood.

The gardens are pleasant and lead down to the beach. they are well designed with pairs of seats and shade dotted around so you can relax in a spot of you choosing. The beach isn't picture perfect but has lots of rock pools and you can take the 30-40 minute walk (actually wade) to the coral reef. There are lovely starfish in the water as you get away from the shore and some fish. You do have to be careful of sea urchins but this wasn't a major issue.

The food was great, with a choce of 2 options for each course, as you might expect there is a seafood option virtually every day. You can also buy lunch for roughly $10 per person.

They have internet access for $5, I used it for 5 minutes and they didn't charge.

The owner (Ronnie) was very accommodating and helpful. One day when I had sunburn he just said "you need factor 50" and passed over a tube for me to use for a few days.

This is Africa so you need to be aware that the laid back style of the hotel also applies to the service. This was fine with us but you shouldn't got expecting to click your fingers and get a drink. You also need to double check the end of day bar bill as they seemed to inadvertently overcharge us on several occasions. there was never a quibble when we queried it though and they always took our word.

It is a 30 minute walk to the local village with bars etc but to be honest we enjoyed the Zanzibari so much we only left once for a snorkelling trip. The snorkeling on the trip was very good but it was incredibly badly organised. The barbeque on the beach was a fish with some rice in no shade and everyone was way too hot. My advice would be to try and get a fast boat to go snorkelling and avoid the BBQ side of things unless they use a different company (I think they used Sea Brothers or something similar).

The small size makes everyone very friendly and you soon get to know your fellow guests, we liked this aspect as everyone was very pleasant. i see some have also left reviews.

Overall a nice laid back place with good food, no hassle, a nice pool and lovely grounds.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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stockport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2010

excellent. the hotel was very clean and the staff very helpful. we had the time of our lives here, got married here at this hotel (the first ones to do that) could not ask for more. loved it.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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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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