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Mnarani Beach Cottages
Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Nungwi
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Irvine, California
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“A great place to relax”
Reviewed July 18, 2014

We stayed on Zanzibar in June 2014 at the Mnarani resort. We booked the honeymoon cottage.
The communications regarding the booking were very good and timely. I overbooked my transfers from the airport on line and was notify immediately by the front desk staff of the error. They were very quick at offering a credit to the reservation.
The staff at the resort were very attentive to all of our needs and courteous. The food at the restaurant was good , I do recommend the seafood dishes which were served daily. It all felt very fresh. The bar was always available and ocean front, with a great view from any of the beach front units. The pool was clean and not crowed . The staff did served the dinners in various locations, some evenings at the restaurant with ocean view ,or poolside by candle light. Our last night at the resort we were surprised by a private table setup at the edge of the board walk above the beach with the ocean splashing at your feet, surrounded by candles. A nice way to enjoy open air dining.
With the suite we had a private access to the beach, next to the massage hut which I thought was a nice touch. The beach at the resort is well kept and well watched by the local security.
We bungalow was large with plenty of space. It did have an upstairs bedroom which offered an open air concept to the outside. The mosquitoes had full access due to the open concept but the nets around the bed made sleeping while listening to the ocean comfortable. The bathroom did require some upgrading . No AC but a nice fan above the bed

Room Tip: The unit next to the Honeymoon suite has a great view also but has Air Conditioning .
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

Beautiful location alongside turquoise sea, that rolls in under the deck at high tide, so that you feel almost at sea. Lovely gardens with hibiscus hedges, provide a shady respite from the sun. The rooms were small, but were very clean, with nice views, across gardens and deck, of the sea. Nice, authentic locally made sun loungers to relax on. Great snorkeling and diving opportunities close by. The food was good - we really enjoyed the Swahili buffet, and the staff was very friendly. Would definitely choose Mnarani again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

My trip to Nungwi was my first solo holiday, and I was a little bit nervous. However, the staff at Mnarani were so positive, friendly and fun that I felt really at home and very safe and comfortable. The hotel is absolutely beautiful and (in May at least) very peaceful. It is a short stroll away from the main hub of hotels at Nungwi, but this makes it nice and quiet. I would strongly recommend the spa - the lady there is lovely and the service is great.

The beach isn't great for swimming because of the coral and the tide. But they have a nice pool (a little small). But that is the only negative I can think of!
I would recommend this place to anyone!

Room Tip: You might want to choose a sea view room, but both are lovely to be honest
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

What a lovely time!! Great views!! Wonderful swing & hammocks to listen and watch the waves crash! Great quiet location with east beach walking to the village. Fantastic staff that made our stay so much better. loved and looked forward to every meal cooked by the great chef on location!! Yum! Would stay again in a heartbeat! Thanks!!

  • Stayed July 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

We went to this hotel at the end of a holiday that took in Kilimanjaro and Stone Town. As we had climbed Kili, a good bit of R&R was in order. Mid June 14 saw us on the edge of the wet season with the hotel practically to ourselves.

All I can say is lucky us. Some real high points. A really nice set of lodgings. Clean, comfortable and effective. Outside living space that was clever and focussed on making you relaxed. I could however see that these would be at a premium if the hotel got fuller. Something to watch out for.

As to the rest of the hotel - nice bar area and the food suited me to the ground. However one thing to flag is that some of our party found the assumption you wanted some types of food and the lack of variety (for them not me), a little on the disappointing side.

However I loved it and I loved speaking to the owner who personally came and chafed to you about your experience. Likewise we got to know the staff and it all clicked. However again watch out as the staff sought permission from every small shift from standard policy.

A dhow could be booked rom the hotel to Mnemba island and this was one of the best snorkelling experiences Ive seen - even got to see wild dolphins. Brilliant (as was the crew and navigating the reef on the way back).

The onle downside for me, was that food and drink prices were a little pricey, especially when you have experienced the usual Tanzanian costs. So be prepared (though no more than UK prices).

A well done all round and a many thanks out to the people of the hotel - they made it.

Room Tip: I loved the beachside chalets and apartments
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Nassor_Maharouky, Owner at Mnarani Beach Cottages, responded to this review, July 12, 2014
Dear GForce5,

Thank you for your detailed and positive review of Mnarani! I have passed on your compliments to my team, and we are all pleased that we did well by you. The guys at our watersports center are happy to hear that you enjoyed your snorkeling trip so much, too.

With regards to the range of dishes available at our restaurant during your stay, we only use the freshest ingredients, which, especially during the low season, unfortunately sometimes results in a smaller choice than usual. However, I trust that, on balance, you will agree with our chef's priorities to offer only what he can prepare freshly and to our high quality standards.

Thank you for staying with us, and we hope to welcome you again at Mnarani!

Nassor and his team
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Issaquah, Washington
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

We came from a 5 day stay at the Rift Valley Children's Village where our daughter had volunteered before she passed away. Mnarani was the perfect respite after an emotional trip for our family. The staff was warm and gracious. The food was fantastic and the setting couldn't be beat. Our lodging was perfect and the low-key ambience totally fit the bill. We would definitely go back again. We highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Triple rooms
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Nassor_Maharouky, Owner at Mnarani Beach Cottages, responded to this review, July 6, 2014
Dear Kathy,

Thank you so much for staying with us, and for telling others on TripAdvisor about it!

We feel honoured to have been part of this very special journey of yours, and pleased that you’ve found in Mnarani what you were looking for. It would be our pleasure to welcome you again!

Best wishes from all of us!
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

We stayed a couple of nights in the garden view rooms, they are very small but when their is so much to do outside you don't need a big room, the staff were awesome super friendly and extremely helpful, they would go out of their way to help you organise or make reservations anywhere you like it has everything you could ask for including great views, great pool the best food we've encountered in Africa and to top it off the best priced alcohol. If their was one negative it was their was ants in the bathroom but it was so miner I'm really being picky, their are even some semi friendly rabbits there and a few skinks and geckos.
As for value this place gets a 10* from me I just wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Nassor_Maharouky, Owner at Mnarani Beach Cottages, responded to this review, June 21, 2014
Dear pmcnjg,

Thank you for writing to TripAdvisor about your stay with us! It was a pleasure to have you here, and we are delighted that you enjoyed and appreciated our hotel and service so much.
We hope to welcome you again soon!

Best wishes!
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Property: Mnarani Beach Cottages
Address: North Coast, Nungwi, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Nungwi
#10 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#11 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mnarani Beach Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mnarani Beach Cottages is a beach resort hotel, located on the northernmost tip of Zanzibar Island in the village of Nungwi, next to the old lighthouse.Mnarani has been independently recommended by The Lonely Planet Guide, The Bradt Guide to Zanzibar and many other East African travel guidebooks. ... more   less 
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Mnarani Beach Cottages Hotel Nungwi
Mnarani Beach Hotel
Mnarani Beach Resort
Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar Island/Nungwi

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