Having just spent a week in Ras Nungwi I can truly recommend this beautiful collection of thatched villas nestling on the hillside running down to the see. The villas are semi-detached both set back in the gardens or with a sea view. The whole resort was quiet and gentle. We stayed in a sea view villa, number 19, and could not have been any closer to the sea (about 10 metres!). With the curtains open I could awake in the morning to see either the waves crashing in or the tide far out in the distance. There were several nights that the waves woke us up!
The bed is about 8ft wide!There is a natural reef surrounding the beach and although there is quite a swell on the sea at this time of year, it is safe to swim and good fun. The beach completely disappears at high tide but there is a man-made beach with hammocks and loungers plus of course the lovely pool. For peace and relaxation I think you would be hard pushed to find somewhere nicer. The resort was probably only 1/4 occupied which made it very quiet, perfect after our Safari. The food was excellent as was the service. There are quite a few steps throughout the resort and wooden steps lead down to the beach.
A guard is on the beach to prevent the touts and hassle that you can often get on the beaches and this was very welcome.
It is about a one hour taxi drive from the airport but interesting to see some of the island during the drive. Tours can be booked from the hotel although they are expensive and if you were staying in Stone Town for a final night as we did you could book the Spice Tour from there as closer and cheaper. The aquarium is only about a 15 minute walk along the beach from Ras Nungwi and easy to find. Cheap to get in and a lovely opportunity to swim with the turtles - be aware that you may be asked if you want to buy drugs! We did book the snorkelling trip to the reef off Mwenbe island but it was very disappointing. The coral is dead and there is not a lot of fish around. I gather the diving is better although I didn`t do this.
Overall a lovely stay.
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- Ras Nungwi is currently closed following a major fire that began in a neighboring hotel. We plan to rebuild and once we have an opening date scheduled, we will be taking bookings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel Zanzibar Island