Stunning location, beach couldn't be more lovely, sand as white and soft as flour, quiet beach and very few hawkers. Sea not the nicest but not terrible, lots of seaweed where they are farming, and sea urchins, not really the resorts fault. Rooms (we were in the Baharini rooms) two at the front were great, other double tucked away around the side, not quite what you expect. Rooms nicely furnished, water in the showers not particularly heated and salty. Great ceiling fan in our room, not as good in the other rooms. If your with people you know, lovely area outside the front of the rooms to relax. The other rooms are tucked away up the side behind the restaurant, not quite what you expect. Help during initial booking phase, couldn't ask for more, totally willing to accomodate and help. Restaurant area, very nice layout and the meals, whilst sometimes the same for lunch and dinner, were fine, nice seafood and great Zanzibar coconut curry sauces and chips. Breakfasts were the same every day, with only tiny variations, this lets the resort down, as some imagination can go a long way to something different every so often.
What lets the place down is the total lack of ice, refrigeration and cold drinks, as well as the lack of stock. Within a few hours, our party of 11 had drunk what remained of the beers in their stock bar a few, and it took some time to express that they need better stocks, and COLD drinks and ICE and lots of it. Once we had got over this hurdle which took a few days, things got better, and we got into a bit of a system, and we also accepted that this was not going to be perfect and got on with our holiday.
Teething problems with staff whose customer skills were a bit sultry to start with, were sorted out and again we tried to get on with our holiday.
Over all, location wise, amazing, Rebecca you were helpful and kind for which we thank you. What lets the place down is the drinks, ice, refrigeration and stocks which we depleted with alarming regularity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Panga Chumvi Beach Resort, Matemwe, on the north eastern coast of Zanzibar, is right on the beautiful white sand beach (the longest unbroken stretch of beach in Zanzibar), opposite the pristine coral reef of Mnemba Island. We have 15 simple and stylishly comfortable rooms - in 4 guest lodges. Each room faces out on to its own wide veranda, has a sea or a tropical garden view, and is furnished with traditional hand-crafted coconut wood furniture. Our restaurant overlooks the beach. We love eating fresh, local produce and tasty Zanzibar cuisine, so this is what our chefs prepare for you, when you want it throughout the day. We love both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Fresh fruit smoothies and cocktails a speciality. We have a good selection of wine, spirits and Tanzanian beers. Staff helpful and friendly. Developing our already close relationship with Matemwe village, we are working towards becoming an eco resort which is very environmentally and culturally aware. Sea views, tropical garden, wi-fi in public areas – stunning.(see: facebook/Panga-Chumvi-Beach-Resort, whilst website temporarily down,thanks) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Panga Chumvi Beach Resort Matemwe, Zanzibar Island