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“Quiet beach side bungalow for relaxing” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tanzanite Beach Resort

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Tanzanite Beach Resort
Ranked #16 of 17 Hotels in Nungwi
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Quiet beach side bungalow for relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2011

Helpful and friendly staff, clean and comfortable bungalows with plenty of sun beds in spacious well kept gardens, but the hotel/complex is a bit isolated being approx. 25 minutes walk down the beach (tide permitting) to the only two small general food stores in the small village. The food at the Tanzanite was reasonably priced with a small varied choice every day and was quite good. Nothing to do at night except to chat to other guests.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Alan B
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Brussels, Belgium
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37 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2011

This resort, or hotel, has several qualities to it, two of which are: it is small, thus the staff is very considerate and it is far from the madding crowd of the Western coast of Zanzibar where hoards of low cost holiday makers fight for a space on the beach or at the restaurant.
Two drawbacks to this place, however: it is quite difficult to swim either at high or low tide. At high tide the waves are strong and a deterrent to any kind of enjoyment of the sea, at low tide you need to walk quite far to go beyond the coral reef (bring some plastic shoes, it helps). The second irksome fact about this place concerns water bottles in the room. The water is not drinkable (like every where else in Zanzibar or Tanzania); you find a bottle of mineral water in your room the first day, then you have to pay for it for the rest of the stay. This is not going to break the budget, but I find this very annoying; a little bit like when hotels make you pay for Wifi... (by the way there is a free Wifi connexion near the front desk...).
The food is really good and the place is not too far from a nice diving centre (Ras Nungwi). All in all a nice place.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Ascagne
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2011

The hotel is nice looking, small-sized rooms.

The food was really not good. No African food at all. just a poor attempt to European and American dishes. French fries and schnitzel among other things. their seafood was good and looked nice. the garden is really not fair as it says in the hotel description. However, the area with lounge chairs looks very nice and has a beautiful view. The restaurant is large and has a very nice sea view.

Do not use the hotel laundry service! They broke one of my shirts and refused to replace it. They ironed the mark on the front so that went totally destroyed and made it two sizes larger than it was from the beginning. I cannot use the shirt anymore. The manager's miserable excuse was "it has not happened before and therefore we can not compensate you." The shirt is worth about $ 60. what I was offered was a bottle of wine in the resutaurant, AFTER we checked out so we could not use it anyway. Terrible. I'm extremely disappointed. The hotel owes me $ 60.

The staff at the restaurant is very unpleasant. they scoff at the guests and you feel you must apologize for even beeing there. It takes a very long time to get your food. A pasta dish for lunch, when you are almost alone in the restaurant takes about 40 minutes to get. Pasta with tomato sauce. It takes five minutes to do!

The hotel does not have a generator when the power goes out. The electricity disappeared almost every night. Only a fan in the room, so it gets very hot and difficult to sleep at night when the power goes out.
When you want to take a shower dont expect water from the tap. I stood and waited for thirty minutes in the shower that the water would come back at one point. The water is cold when it arrives and it drips from the tap, no pressure what so ever. I was promised that someone would come and look at it but no one came.

My boyfriend was sick when we stayed at the hotel. Do not know if this came from our stay at a hotel in Stone Town. That hotel was very nice and clean so it is difficult for me to believe. The manager called a doctor who took care of him. he had a bacteria in the stomach and was sick for about two days. The hotel manager was nice and he reduced the hotel bill so we did not have to pay for his half-board those days he did not eat anything.

There is nothing to do outside the hotel. Bring many books you're here.
The tide goes very far out at days so bring swimming shoes, otherwise you have to stay at the beach or get your feet stung by sea urchins.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank AntonJulia
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Cambridge, MA
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Tanzanite - the instant we arrived and saw the beach, we regretted that we only booked two nights there before heading to Stonetown. Our room was located in one of the bungalows closest to the beachfront, and it was quite spacious and clean, with a beautiful view of the water. Overall comfortable and well-maintained grounds. The staff were friendly and the restaurant was fine. My biggest complaint is that the strip of beach on which the resort lies is a little difficult to swim with the tide patterns (low tide is very far out, and high tide absorbs the beach entirely - you have it hit it at just the right time). Also, the beach is covered with coral (and often times sea urchins!), so watch your step if you do opt to take a swim during high tide.

My only other "issue" (which is not related to the resort, necessarily, but Nungwi in general), is that although they advertise that the resort is a short walk to the village--and it is--there is really not much to do or see in the village. I was hoping for some cute restaurants, or maybe some craft markets, but there wasn't even that. It was unfortunate that we felt a bit confined to being at the resort, as I generally like to immerse myself in the local culture. But at least the resort was very pleasant and a great place to relax on a hammock and simply enjoy being at the beach.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank mazzoo
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2011

My boyfriend and I booked Tanzanite after reading rave reviews so we were sadly rather disappointed by our stay.

The road to the hotel is a bit dirty, but that's how Africa is. I wonder if the people who 'complain' about this in their reviews also noticed that people live along that road. Once you arrive at the hotel and see the beautiful, well tended gardens, white sands and blue sea, it looks like paradise. The cottages are very cute and comfortable, although the low water pressure in the shower was annoying.

The downside of the hotel is really the location. Due to the nature of the tides, the sea is very far out in the morning and crashing against the rocks below the hotel later on in the afternoon, which leaves only a narrow window for swimming. There are also lots of sea urchins and sharp stones to watch out for, so swimming is not particularly enjoyable even then.

The food in the restaurant was also pretty disappointing, particularly at lunchtime. If we hadn't paid for half-board, we'd have tried to find somewhere else to eat. Breakfast was very tasty though.

We really wanted to love this hotel, but for the money we paid, it was disappointing.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank biz_e26
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Sandbach, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2011

This isn't a bad hotel but don't expect luxury at this price. Rooms are adequate but have only a ceiling fan and can be unbearably hot at night. Service is OK - staff have a laid back attitude. Meals are quite good - if you like chicken and fish. No major faults to be found although road to hotel strewn with litter tips.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Cheshiretraveller50
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Copenhagen, Denmark
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2010

We booked a week tanzanite resort based on Tripadvisor reviews, and boy were we disappointed when we arrived.
We had just stayed a week in Stonetown and 3 days at Pongwe when we arrived.
The roads to tanzanite is a anything but clean, but really REALLY dirty.
When we arrived at Tanzanite, we were met by James, the manager, who through out our 1 day stay (we ended up leaving) was really sweet and helpful.
But the rest of the workers at Tanzanite were rude, and we felt super guilty even being there.
Tanzanite beach resort felt like entering a prison. It is NOT a resort but a small hotel, not the buildings, but the area. It's tiny and you are stuck.
If you want to leave, they will not call you a taxi but you have to wait for the Tanzanite taxi (which by the way, is double price of an actual Nungwi taxi), in our case, we waited 2 hours for the tanzanite taxi..
The breakfast was pretty much something out of a bad movie.
And even though we were the only ones for breakfast besides another couple and the breakfast table were placed in the middle of the room, I was instructed to only walk on one side of the table......twice by the waitress who seemed very unhappy with us being there.
We ended up going to the west side of Nungwi where we found a hotel which was 40 $ cheaper pr. night, right on the beach with no walls around the facilities and with great people and food.

We really don't think that Tanzanite is a bad place, but it is extremely un-personal, REALLY expensive compared to anything in zanzibar and the location is horrible.

Both the owner and manager were nothing but nice to us, but we wouldn't recommend it to anyone due to it's location and quality.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank RickyMoon
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Property: Tanzanite Beach Resort
Address: North-East Coast | Zanzibar, Nungwi 4036, 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) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Nungwi
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tanzanite Beach Resort is situated on a beautiful beach in Nungwi, on the northwestern side of paradise island of Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation is in 18 tastefully decorated self-contained double bungalows, all with private balconies and magnificent views over the Indian Ocean. Whether you are looking for a special family vacation, a romantic getaway or business with pleasure, Tanzanite Beach Resort makes sure that your stay is comfortable, fun and relaxation.Karibu! Welcome! ... more   less 
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Tanzanite Beach Hotel Nungwi
Tanzanite Beach Resort Zanzibar Island/Nungwi

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