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Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Nungwi
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Medford, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
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“Paradise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

We stayed three nights after spending six nights on Safari. When we were approaching the hotel, I was a little concerned since the road was unpaved with lots of bumps and there was a foreboding fence. Once we got through the gate however, it was paradise. Everywhere you go, you can feel the breeze off of the turquoise Indian Ocean. If spending all day in a hammock is not your thing, the dive shop offered snorkel and scuba adventures. You could also sign up for excursions all around the island. My one complaint though is the meals. Meals are served during very specific hours. The bar serves snacks until 6pm, but dinner doesn't begin until 8. Other than that, the beds were amazingly comfortable. The food was exceptional and you really couldn't beat the location if you are looking to get away from it all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

This hotel was so nice it has compelled me to actually write a review! We spent 4 nights here and it was absoute paradise.... exactly what you would expect in Zanzibar.... everything was perfect. Our room (14) even though technically a garden room had a view of the ocean.... you could swim at certain times during day but they have a fabulous pool also. The staff were so kind and attentive. The meals in the evening, although not a huge choice, were very tasty. They think of everything here.... they have a spa, games room and dive centre on site.... but you still feel like you are in an intimate setting.... I dont know who the brains is behind this place but well done! I can honestly not recommend this place enough. We are already planning our next trip there!!!!

Room Tip: We selected a garden room as it was cheaper than sea view however, maybe it was just luck, but we go...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

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!

Room Tip: Ocean Suite is amazing if you want privacy!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

This place was like a little paradise the view from the beach was stunning the, rooms were so clean and each day fresh flowers would be put on the bed in a beautiful arrangement. As soon as we arrived we were welcomed by the manager and given a tour around, nothing was too much trouble. In our room the staff bought us a gift of local spices and had a bottle of champagne for us .

The staff and service was amazing fruit and drinks were bought to you on the beach it was pure luxury.
We had no end of fun relaxing, going diving and going on the sunset cruise on the dhow. We
had fun learning the game bau(an African game not sure of the spelling) and the staff had no
end of patience helping us learn this game which we really enjoyed playing of an evening whilst drinking a cocktail.

Our honeymoon was made extra special a surprise romantic meal on the beach was arranged for us which was unbelievably special. Our table was arranged with candles and lanterns on the beach and we had our own private dinner and our own waiter looking after us. Our trip was organised my imagine Africa and we believe the guy matt gammon who organised the trip for us deserves a special mention as he was involved in tailoring our trip to our requirements and he made sure it had all we could have wished for and made sure it was magical!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

We had an absolutely amazing stay at the Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel, as part of a longer honeymoon in Kenya and Tanzania.

Beyond having all of the basics in place: great food, attentive and detail focused staff, on the ground spa and dive center and a brilliant location, the hotel kept on overdelivering on just about everything during our stay. This is exemplified by the below:
- Ad-hoc complimentary beach dinners
- Chilled sparkling wine in our room to great us upon our arrival (as well as gift set of local spices)
- A beautiful table book about Zanzibar as we were about to depart... and the list goes on.

We absolutely loved staying at Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel and strongly recommend it!

Room Tip: The Ocean Suite is amazing. You get your own plunge pool, your own piece of elevated beach, a large...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Manhttan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

The location of the hotel is terrific. Although the beach is not swim-able very often due to low tide, the view is lovely and there is a pool to cool off in when needed. The food was quite good as were the wines (given that lodges pour "local" eg South African wines). The ratio of staff to visitors is very high. A plus as clearly the service is attentive, but it can be smothering at times. Rooms and their appointments are basic. The rooms actually have more closet space and bigger bathrooms than the bungalows, but not the ocean view.

The dive center is exceptionally well run. If you need to get your Open Water or Advanced Certification, the instruction is terrific here. The diving was good, with coral conditions varying and the fish populations fairly robust.

Definitely take a spice tour. While they can be a little touristy, they are very, very interesting (even for experienced cooks), and it's a terrific way to support the local economy. Book in town or through Island Express ground transportation service ($50) versus through the resort ($200).

Room Tip: The rooms and bungalows differ in quietness. If complete quite is important to you, ask for a room...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

This place was a surprise after landing for the first time in Zanzibar Airport and going through the city and the whole island not really knowing what to expect..
what i liked most about the hotel that it kept the authentic atmosphere of the island, beach and ocean.
the place has a natural garden, which feels like accidentally happen to be a hotel with a fancy restaurant (great food & pleasant small talks with Samir the chef), amazing, spoiling bed-rooms (would mostly recommend taking those with sea view).
perfect place to relax and read a book, great service although sometimes was a bit annoying (been questioned over and over which room I'm at, where I'm from, how did i sleep, what would i like to drink/eat/order something..).
we had such a great time that we didn't even want to travel outside of the hotel! :)

Room Tip: Rooms with a balcony & sea View
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
Address: Nungwi, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#1 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#6 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 32
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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