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“Rehearsal for Heaven”
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Azanzi Beach Hotel
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Reviewed August 24, 2009

If you want to chill in a superb hotel situated by a fantastic long powder sand beach that runs endlessly and take timeout sipping cocktails at the swimming pool bar some couple of centimetres from the pool, then Azanzi is King. Scratch that, Louis the accountant is King – hilarious, extremely efficient, friendly and low key guy in his own way who works hard during the day and has a beer entertaining the guests at night (totally disagree with last reviewer, he's a gentleman). This hotel was built by Greg and Cara who stayed there while we were visiting –what a truly incredible job they did – I’m a fusspot but there is little to whine about. The hotel is spotless, which we loved. Management and the building team were sincere, friendly people who know how to have fun. Mostly couples from late 20’s up, some with kids stayed here. No sign of any riff-raff, we met some very successful modest career people staying here. Our ultra spacious room (125) had a huge balcony with great views of the palms and sea (even when lying flat on the bed). We were rewarded with an upgrade and paid $100 pppn fully inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner and wait for it …. Free local beers (great!), boxed wine, soft drink & water for the entire stay + airport transfers. You don’t have to put your hand in your pocket if so desired! We thought it the bargain of a lifetime. Despite the relaxing, we met loads of people to the point where we all danced on at least 3 out of 7 nights – great fun. The spotless rooms have air con and a fan beneath the mosi net. Service, even when the hotel was full is top notch – the most wonderful genuine people who are really well trained by management, credit to them also. If you’re walking the beach turn right rather than left (township further up on left side where there are some unusual bodily habits!). The sea is warm and the beach endless with great sand. The locals plant seaweed (small leaves which didn’t effect our enjoyment of the sea at all) and there are urchins but these are further out to sea (if you’re really unnecessarily paranoid the hotel has rubber shoes for your precious toes). The TV room has satellite TV for the rugby (well done SA!) and shoot me if it gets crowded during the match – one of the earlier reviewers needs some tranquillisers! Power cuts happened each night at 7pm for 17 seconds when the generator took over (courtesy of the Zanzibar government). No need for a 4 x 4, road is bumpy and much has been tarred recently. We took the No 118 “dara dara” into centre of stone town for all of 1 Euro (60 mins drive from right outside the hotel, you can ask to get front seats but more fun in the back and not for the faint hearted but well worth it to get a taste of the real people and chickens!). We hired our own guide for a spice tour – great fun and definitely worth doing even above Stone Town which is crumbling but intriguing for a few hours. Regarding the other whines we read – there is a soap dish in the rooms, the PC was working fine, plenty of loungers were available, all in all food was very, very good (few ordinary dishes from time to time but there was ALWAYS something very nice to eat at each meal). The one point I would agree on is the turn down time of 6pm – agreed, it would be better to turn down when guests are eating. Whatever you do get the deep tissue massage – everyone loved it and it cost but $30.My strong tip would be to bring US$ cash to the hotel as all transactions are done in dollars ONLY and the exchange rate otherwise is not good. You’ll thank me! Finally, BRAVO Louis, Brian, Michelle Greg & Cara – this holiday was one of the very best we had and the Hotel is really super.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 10, 2009

We have just returned from a 5 night stay at Azanzi - for value for money it was outstanding. The rooms are well presented and the lay out of the site is very clever considering it is a narrow strip leading away from the beach - on out first night we were in a room furthest from the beach but 40 seconds walk later and we were on the white sand. If you are wanting a beach facing room then Azanzi can't offer you that. What it can offer is un-pretentious decor, great food (mostly buffets but loads of it and always fresh) a good selection of drinks - though wine can be expensive as a general rule in TZ/Zanzibar - and beautiful un-spoilt beaches clear from crowds and only a handful of beach boys who were very polite and didn't actually bother us at all.
The main manager (Brian) was fun and helpful and made us feel very welcome - we were even upgraded to a room with a spa - it is true that it was empty - but this area of Zanzibar is under strict water regulations and as a result it is unlikely that these spas will be filled...........this was not a problem for us as we used the outdoor shower instead. The accounts manager was friendly and helpful when we arrived but during the evening (after a few drinks!!!) could become a little tiring and he could easily ruin the hotels reputation for being a great choice.
The girls offering massage in the hotel were exceptional and well worth the $25 charge. Brian organised a sunset Dhow ride for us, the taxi took us to Nungwi and waited for us, whilst a local fisherman collected us and took us out. It was very reasonable and a fantastic experience.
If you want to be surrounded by noise and crowds and lots of choice for bars and restaurants then go to Nungwi but if you would prefer to have a white sandy beach all to your self then Azanzi is the ideal choice, small and intimate - perfect.
One small piece of advice for the hotel - get some nice carved keyrings from Ali off the beach for the room keys!!!!!
Don't let the negative comments put you off - this is a truely great hotel and beautiful spot - we had already spent 10days travelling elsewhere on the island and this was my postcard!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank ktac10
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Reviewed July 19, 2009

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2009

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Luxe_Departures
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Reviewed June 5, 2009

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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2  Thank SouthAfricaSky
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Reviewed April 27, 2009

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank AndyWorldTour
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Reviewed March 28, 2009

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank jmite2
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Address: Matemwe 0000, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Matemwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Matemwe
Price Range: $143 - $259 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Azanzi Beach Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is situated on the North Eastern coast of Zanzibar, and approximately 45 minutes from the airport in Stone Town. Azanzi is a boutique beach hotel which boasts 35 rooms comprising of 8 Standard rooms, 12 Superior rooms, 9 deluxe rooms and 6 deluxe suites The central guest entertainment areas offer guests multi level viewing decks, well stocked curio shop, azure swimming pool, bar and dining area - maximising the sublime view of the majestic and tranquil Indian Ocean, and powder-white beach's scattered with palm trees. ... more   less 
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