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Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

We de-bunked a grey UK for a holiday in the sun selecting Ras Nungwi beach hotel at the last minute and what a great choice. The staff are so professional, nothing is too much trouble. We stayed in the thatched bungalows near the sea and it was worth the extra. Beautiful clean rooms, huge netted 4 poster beds , great air con, big in-room fridges, toiletries, funky dressing gowns and bottled water each day made for a very relaxed stay.
It was end of season so we were a bit wary the hotel might be in 'close down' mode, but it was full on service with less guests we were spoilt rotten. So much so that our last night was arranged by the wonderful restaurant manager Roger. It was a private table on the beach area festooned with flowers and candles to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, having been in Kenya this time 25 years ago, but now with 4 children in tow too. Later we were entertained by the staff with dancing and singing, they are just so friendly and fun, not in your face, but so welcoming and charming.
Food was Mediterranean meets Asian, on ½ board it was 4 course meal each night with lots of interesting choices. Table service avoids a buffet crush. All fish is locally sourced and very fresh. Breakfast buffet is comprehensive and tasty, full on cooked and also lots of pastries, cereals even waffles. Daughter 3 who is gluten free was well catered for too. Samir the chef was charming.

Special mention also to the excellent 5 star dive centre. The staff are so patient and calm. 2 of the teenagers did the 'discover scuba' dive where they were introduced in the pool to the techniques then taken on a day trip with 2 one-hour dives to Mnemba Island which has a marine park status where they descended the sand bank to a coral reef. En route to the dive they met with a pod of wild dolphins and amazingly were able to jump off of the boat and swim with them, including a baby with mumma dolphin, apparently quite rare, all the instructors were beaming and made it very special for them. Daughter 1 who had dived a number of times before had an excellent deeper dive and saw the dolphins again along with lots of other fish, corals, Eels, Groupers, and Nemo! They said that David and Chullo, the dive masters, were the epitome of laid-back competence, throughly nice ; even a lady who was not a confident swimmer and lost her nerve in the water, was calmly guided through a solo dive and amazed herself afterwards at what she'd accomplished.
We were at the beginning of the rainy season, and nervous that the weather would be disappointing but although we did have rain, it was only for short spells and stayed warm - to be honest it came as a lovely freshener to the heat. The beach is lovely and clean, only a small set of steps down from the main hotel and at high tide the sea comes right up, and beautiful for swimming.
Free Wifi in the big and comfy bar areas and a good happy hour where we'd convene for a mojito or two in the beach bar!
All in all an excellent family break and would highly recommend it to other visitors who want a lovely relaxing break to get away from it all!!

Room Tip: Superior rooms are worth the investment as you're right on the sea front! i
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank bigveg
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Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

We came here post safari to go kiteboarding, not the most ideal place on zanzibar - paje is the place to be.
10 of stayed here we loved the hotel, pool, spa, the staff were friendly and fun, cocktails and food were 5 star too.
Comfortable huge huge beds.
I would recommend the upgrade room right on the waters edge, . Not for the light sleepers though.
Stunning holiday destination

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

I loved Ras Nungwi. It is a beautiful setting, lovely rooms, great restaurant, swimming pool and right on the ocean. Also a twenty minute walk along the sea to Nungwi village itself that has sports, small stalls for zanzibar jewelry and cloths and just plane beautiful village feeling. The only draw back was that there was no phone for emergencies in the room, and no wifi. I am sure the hotel wanted to do that for relaxation, but it was impossible to call another room. also, as a writer, I love to nestle into writing in the early mornings. But all in all this was a gorgeous place. The service was excellent. And I felt I was able to completely relax in their beautiful little cottages with thatched roofs.

Room Tip: all the rooms are fabulous
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

Stayed here after our safari for four days. What a beautiful place with great beach, lovely rooms and a wonderful restaurant. Staff always took that extra effort to make sure our stay was going well. When the tide goes out you can have a nice walk in shallow, warm water straight out from the beach. Dinner at poolside was a treat.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

Staying one week after a safari. The ocean and environment was fantastic but what really made our stay a memory for life was the friendly staff. Extremely nice without overdoing it.

The small lunch bar ovelooking the beach was fantastic - go there for the catch of today and a beer! An another one . . . . .

The food was superb and we had fish and other seafood for the whole week. The local spices, fresh fish, the cooking - as I am writing this I realise I miss it so much.

After the one week stay we were scheduled to stay a few more night in a hotel on the north west side. This was again a top rated one but we missed Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel and the staff every day. Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel was truly superior in all ways.

Room Tip: We did not have the ocean view but as we stayed outside the whole day we felt the choice was perfect.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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