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Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

Stayed for 4 days in January 2012. Superb location and very quiet along the beach front.
Modest facilities in the rooms and the red tile polish came off on the bottom of our trousers.
Food was often tepid and bland which considering Zanzibar is a spice island was very dissapointing and it was very overpriced for what it was. $12 dollars for a toasted sandwhich at lunch time. Evening meal is limited between 8 and 9.30pm and there is a rush at 8pm for the 'best tables'. People who say the food here is top notch must be used to KFC.
Apart from being 'away from it all' would not reccomend it.

Room Tip: The more you pay the better the room and location. The cheap rooms have the clothing rail in the bathroom so your clothes will always be damp|
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Josie J
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

Turning off the "main" blacktop you are confronted with a road that appears to lead nowhere. This can be an advantage as it keeps away streams of traffic. The welcome you receive is wonderful and the refreshing welcome drink is glady accepted.

Looking around you are struck by the openess of the resort. This gives the impression of being larger than it is, but still retaining a sense of personal intimacy. Quiet and understated elegance. We were shown around the resort and the facilities explained in full by a conducted tour and this was an unexpected pleasure.

The room was magnificent. Conveniently located with a pleasing view from the verandah where you could sit and enjoy a drink and relax. A large bed and a large ensuite bathroom with all the necessary modcons.

We had full board and was definitely worth it. All meals were excellent especially breakfast which is not a meal you usually associate with good eating. Service was very friendly and impeccable. The daily specials for both lunch and dinner were written up there was an amazing four course choice. Lunch and dinner times were announced with a team of staff drumming and singing and what an enjoyable way to start a wonderful meal.

I would advise taking some sort of footwear for walking the beach or even wading out to the reef at low tide. There are rocks and coral everywhere and the only way I got toswim was to wait for high tide and sink myself into the water and float/swim out. Also, if you are going for a walk up to the lighthouse (about 20 minutes) wear something on your feet.

I walked out quite a way and turned around to look at Ras Nungwi Resort and was quite taken aback at how skillfully the buildings blended into the background. The resort is built on a slope and everywhere is greenery with chalets barely visible. Absolutely amazing.

New Year's Eve was a joyous occasion with a lively band and even livelier staff who were dancing and partaking in the festivities.

We were there for six days and during that time we walked up to the next resort - Essque Zalu Zanzibar - and had drinks and dinner at the restaurant on the pier. There is a considerable difference between the layout of the Zalu and Ras Nungwi Resorts with the latter being light years ahead.

If I had a criticism to make of Ras Nungwi it would be about the bar. They kept running out of ingredients - no mint for the last four days for example, thus no Mojitos. Also they did not know what a Rock Shandy was - a staple drink of Africa - whereas the Zalu Resort served a perfect version.

Would I go back? Definitely. Would I recommend Ras Nungwi? Absolutely.

Room Tip: Any of the rooms are excellent. It depends on how much you wish to pay.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank steppestrekker
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

We stayed at Ras Nungwi for 5 nights as part of our honeymoon. We enjoyed our stay there very much. It is set in a beautiful spot- right next to the beautiful Indian Ocean. At low tide, there is a large expanse of sand and rock that you can walk along, and at high tide it is really beautiful as the sea comes right up to the edge of the hotel. They have created an area of sand, raised from the main beach, so that you can carry on sunbathing when the tide comes in. There are lovely hammocks and natural sunbeds, and it is a lovely place to while away an afternoon. We got up for sunrise on a couple of mornings, and sat with a cup of tea on the empty beach watching the fishermen come in on their dhows. Magical. We particularly liked the waterfront bar, as it was often very empty and a great place for a glass of wine by the sea.

On the subject of wine, we did find the wine there to be very expensive. It is easy to rack up a pretty enormous bill after a few days if you are drinking every day, which we were. In the end we devised a cunning plan, which was to hold on to the empty bottles of the wine they served there, and then fill them up with wine we had bought from the bottle store in the village for a third of the price. That way, nobody seemed to notice when we drank wine from the refilled bottle! A bit tight I know, but we had bankrupted ourself to be able to afford to go there in the first place and we wanted to enjoy some wine during our honeymoon!

The food was very nice- note that the fish and seafood tended to be much better than the meat, which was not a massive surprise, but a bit of a disappointment to my carnivorous husband. The breakfast was good, with lots of choice. Lunch was not included for us, so most days we had a fish ceviche at the beach bar, which was always delicious and fresh. One night they arranged a private dinner for us on the sand, with candles and our own waitress. It was a lovely surprise. The only disappointing meal was when they put on a big BBQ buffet, but apart from that we ate very well.

The service was great- there were some lovely members of staff who really helped to make our stay special. One day I was unwell, and they came and brought me a special menu to our room, which was very much appreciated.

The main restaurant and bar area is very pleasant, and there are all sorts of board games and good books to enjoy. The pool area is also very pretty, and it makes a nice change from swimming in the sea when the tide is either too high or too low. Our room was nice and had the most enormous bed I have ever seen, but I did feel that the bathroom was a bit tired for a luxury resort. The lights were very neon and the fixtures were quite outdated. It was not a big problem for us, but for what we had paid to be there we would have expected something a bit more luxurious.

Sadly, we felt that the activities that were arranged there were too expensive. We enquired one day about deep sea fishing and were blown away with how much money it would cost. Needless to say we didn't do it!

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. It is a very pretty spot, and there are no other hotels right next door to it, which gives it an air of exclusivity.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank seecs
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

This hotel was truly like paradise. Every day to wake up to the beautiful view of the sea and the lovely gardens was indeed magical.

The staff were very polite, friendly and helpful and could not do enough for you.

The spa, snorkelling, a trydive and a few trips out were just a few of the things I enjoyed.

The food always a delight.

A wonderful restful holiday - thank you.

Trish, Kent

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank PATRICIA W
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Ras Nungwi for 6 days and we had a great time. The hotel is beautifully situated on a very private and isolated part of the beach. The best thing about the hotel is definitely the food, really top-notch! The staff was friendly and professional and the service was great. We also tried the spa and had the best massage ever.
It is a little bit pricey, especially the "extras" like taxi from the airport. But we would highly recommend this hotel if you want a comfy stay in Nungwi and have the budget to afford it.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Therese255
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