My husband and I stayed at ras nungwi after climbing kili and doing a safari. We found it a bit difficult to decide on an area to stay in Zanzibar as there was not a great deal of consistent and thorough information out there but we finally settled on nungwi, as it was supposed to be quieter than some of the other areas but still with great diving, beaches and hotels. we are so glad we chose nungwi and ras nungwi in particular!!
What can I say about ras nungwi that has not been said before. From the moment we entered the gates we truly felt relaxed and in paradise! We were greeted with an ice tea and warm welcome by bakari, the manager, who showed us around. We chatted to him throughout our stay and he genuinely seemed to enjoy his job and was warm, intelligent and friendly!
Our garden room was beautiful with a giant bed canopied by a mosquito net. The room was filled with boganvillia flowers. The bathroom had a big sink, flushing toilet and great shower with hot water and lots of lovely toiletries.
The pool area, man made beach and sitting areas were all welcoming and well thought out. The tides are really unusual in nungwi. Whilst we were there is was generally low tide in the morning, when you could walk all the way out to the reef and high tide was when the water lapped the rocks of the hotel during the late afternoon and early evening- although this changes all the time. The ocean water was spectacularly blue and warm and the hotel provided free booties to swim in the ocean as there are sea urchins and rocks.
The food at ras nungwi was spectacular and the chef Samir was super passionate about fresh produce, fish sustainability and was generally very warm and welcoming. We chose to get breakfast only - instead of full board- so we could have the flexibility of lunch and dinner elsewhere, although most of the time we ate at ras nungwi anyway. You can walk along the beach at low tide and there are lots of hotels and restaurants along the beach but I thought our hotel looked the most inviting!
We also did a refresher diving course in the pool and a dive on the nearby reef, which was great and convenient as ras nungwi has a padi centre on site.
The amenities were excellent and the hotel has been well thought out. the wi fi was excellent in the communal areas and the staff were wonderful. During the day the staff would walk around with freshly baked cookies and fruit!
We would definitely recommend ras nungwi and would stay again!
- 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