Ras Nungwi was the last stop of our honeymoon and what a way to end our trip! We stayed in the private Ocean Suite, equipped with our own pool, beach, living room, outdoors lounge area overlooking the ocean, kitchen and more. With an attentive staff we never needed to leave!
The restaurant manager (i am so sorry that his name escapes me right now) and Roger, the head waiter, arranged for us to have private meals at our suite (per their recommendation!) and we were able to just lounge at as if we were right at home. They arranged two private romantic dinners for us right on the beach for us as well, lit by candles. It was amazing. One of the dinners, Amos was our waiter and he was so amazing-- so sincere, so polite, so attentive, so friendly. You could tell what a kind person he is and how much he loved his job. Him and Roger really made our stay at Ras Nungwi. They were two of the warmest people we've ever met.
The food at the hotel is really great and the drinks are somewhat reasonably priced.
The service is great for the most part as well. We really liked Angelika and Sean (Manager and Assistant Manager) and found them to be extremely accommodating, friendly and professional.
We didn't really love the front desk staff though. One staffer-- Michael-- was just dreadful. We learned that he (thankfully) was on his way out when we were leaving so hopefully it won't be an issue in the future. We just felt the people at the front desk didn't speak English too well and weren't very knowledgeable about other parts of the island, which was a bit frustrating but nothing too severe.
The beach here is great. You should know though: Zanzibar has seaweed farming. So if you expect a completely clean swimming beach, you might want to look elsewhere. We did quite a bit of research about which part of the island to stay in and Nungwi and Kembra were the best (but Kendwa is way more touristy). Once the tide is high, swimming wasn't an issue, and when it was low we could walk out for what felt like an eternity. The water is so blue and clear it hurt our eyes! Truly the most beautiful ocean we've ever seen (we just wish it was warm! (wasn't summer when we went)).
If you have time, we recommend doing the Seafari trip with the hotel. They have an in-house snorkeling and diving company and we spent a great day visiting Mnemba Island for amazing snorkeling and then had a great lunch at a local private beach. It was really nice to change things up.
We also recommend doing a walking tour of Stone Town. We really like history and culture and found that 4 hours on a private guided tour was plenty. We visited all the historic sights and museums, as well as the open market as well. I wouldn't wing this on your own as you can get lost easily. We booked through Island Express, which was the company that took us to/from the airport. They were great and very reasonable-- $69 per person rather than the $115 the hotel charged for the same tour. Give them a look.
All in all, we are really pleased with our stay at Ras Nungwi and would definitely recommend it. The hotel is great for couples but families as well-- they have a fun game room, great water activities center, etc.
Thanks so much for a great end to our amazing honeymoon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ras Nungwi is a small and luxurious hotel and spa situated on a breathtaking beach on Zanzibar's northern tip. The professional on-site watersports centre offers diving, fishing and other activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel Zanzibar Island