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Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar
Ranked #3 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Paje
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

OchayeGlasgow below is on the spot. The beach, the bar, the food and the location is great. There are no "beach boys" on the beach, it is quiet and relaxed. However, the rooms need updating and we understood that there is an ongoing renovation, though one room at a time. We are a family and there were no newly renovated rooms even if the management had told us there would be one ready just in time to our arrival. When all romms are renovated, this place might be as close to paradise as it gets.

Zanzibar is generally overpriced. For the room we got, Ndame is also a little overpriced, even if this was probably the best beach and location that we found in Zanzibar. Small details would have made us stay the entire week: shelves in the rooms and the bathroom for example, clean curtains, ceiling fans, some variation at the breakfast (as whole wheat bread?) and maybe tiles instead of concrete on the floor. But since this was the first time in Zanzibar and Ndame, the first place, we just thought it wasn't good enough for the price we paid. What we realized later was that not many places are, but this insight will probably only make us not go to Zanzibar next time we want beach-and-ocean-vacation.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Charlotta409
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2013

Thank you for taking your time to give us a review. We are happy to hear that you overall enjoyed your stay with us, and thank you for the feedback. The renovation of rooms is ongoing, and yes, it is going slowly, but we are trying our best to make sure that we continue to improve our rooms, environment and services. We agree with you that Zanzibar unfortunately tends to be pricier, but just like other hotels, we try to keep our prices reasonable and good-value-for-money. The location at one of Zanzibar's most beautiful and whitest beaches makes up for it, and we are glad to hear that you can see the potential paradise in our little spot. It is a shame to hear though that you are not planning to come back to this beautiful island.
All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Thanks to you all we had a great 9 day break. We had the beach almost to ourselves and each person played a special part. Wilson-great cocktails, Rosie and Hamsa-great service, Michael - great food, seafood BBQ was awesome and you did so well in organising seafood for us as there was so much we had never tried! The croissants at breakfast were a favourite too. Well done to all including the people in the background such as beach cleaner, maids, and Masai watchmen and kitchen staff. Hopefully we will be back next year. Hans am so jealous of your little paradise till soon.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2013

Thank you for taking your time to give us feedback, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your holiday with us. You have been wonderful guests, and we love it when our guests make friends with our staff and don't forget the background staff (we think they do a good job, too!) - you certainly made the most of your stay, and we would be more than happy to have you back in our little paradise soon! We'll make sure that our pastry chef makes some extra croissants for you ;)
Sunny greetings and lots of love from the Ndame Beach Lodge team

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

We arrived late at night and were shown to our room and first impressions were not good. The room needed updating and was in a bad state of repair. The next morning we moved to a newly renovated room which was better. The rooms and bathrooms are small, although perfectly clean and the bed was very comfortable. There is no where to hang your clothes and there are no shelves in the bathroom to put your stuff or hang your towels. slightly annoying. The restaurant is good, they do good pizzas and breakfast is alright, although they could do with changing the options. The hotel sits on the most amazing beach, which makes up for the minor annoyances that we experienced. we were there at low season, so it was quiet and a number of the surrounding properties were closed.

Room Tip: Ask for a renovated room.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank OchayeGlasgow
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2013

Thank you for taking time to provide us with feedback, and we are happy to hear that you have been satisfied with your stay overall, especially after the upgrade of room. We take great pride in our staff, and we are happy to hear that housekeeping kept the rooms clean and that the service and kitchen staff made sure to keep your tummy happy. The feedback on lacking shelves is noted and we will look into this. We hope to welcome you in our little paradise on the beach again some day in the near future...
All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Yes! Paradise on earth does exist! We found it at Ndame Beach Lodge in Paje on Zanzibar.
A fantastic place with a wonderfull beach, cosy lodges, a good restaurant with excellent food and a good selection of wines. (Instant coffee and tea is available free of charge all day, but if you want the real stuff, freshly brewed coffee of your choice, you have to pay a little extra)

We stayed four nights and enjoyed every moment, not least the "sundowner" at the fully equipped beach bar.

Friendly and service minded staff. Safe and quite atmosphere.

We came in the beginning of march when the rainy season had just started, so we had a few hours of rain a day or two, but that was only added value - very refreshing afterwards.

Highly recommendable!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank erik e
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2013

Thank you very much for your feedback, and we appreciate that you took a moment to comment on our little paradise. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and that our lovely beach and great food impressed you. It is also nice to hear that you made us of our new beach bar and enjoyed it during the golden hour - just before sunset - for a sundowner - it is a lovely spot to observe beach life and enjoy the tranquility of our place. Our staff will be happy to welcome you again, and we hope to see you at our lodge again one day - maybe without any rain, but with some refreshement (maybe in form of the lovely breeze that we usually get here on the South East Coast).
The Ndame Beach Lodge team

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

We spent 5 days in Ndame and it was absolutely amazing. We left the hotel today afternoon and now being in another hotel, we understand how much we really miss all that Ndame has to offer to its guests. The stuff was very lovely and welcoming, the food was delicious, the rooms were clean and the beach is large and prive and with a gorgeous view. The hotel is very cosy and just makes you forget all the problems.
Our minds and souls are still there. We wish all the best to the greatest hotel in Paje and suggest it to everyone who is looking to find paradise on earth!
Greetings from Estonia!

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
1  Thank Grethel R
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2013

Thank you very much for your feedback - we are happy to hear that you enjoyed our little paradise and that you had a relaxing stay with us. We agree with you that our staff and our location on one of Zanzibar's whitest and finest beaches are the best features of our place, not to forget the food. We hope that one day you come back and visit us again - it was lovely to have you here with us.
Sunny greetings from the Ndame Beach Lodge team

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Nice beaches and Good food but too may power cuts in the evening. Could do with serving a decent cup of coffee in the morning especially as they do a good breakfast but you have to pay extra for this.

Room Tip: Check bathrooms first. The one we had had the main bath tap in an awkward spot.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2013

Thank you for your review and we appreciate that you take time to comment on our hotel. You are right in that we don't offer luxury - it is more important to us that guests feel at home and ease in our lodge, and our staff is working hard to make everyone feel relaxed while not being over the top as in many 4 or 5 star hotels. We have a coffee bar which offers very good quality coffee for free 24 hours - it might be instant coffee, but many people say that it is the best instant coffee that you can find anywhere.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the main attraction, i.e. the white and sandy beach which is one of Zanzibar's finest beaches, and our restaurant is becoming more and more popular in its own right. Unfortunately we do not have any control over the power cuts but we try and anticipate them and make sure that is does not affect our guests too much.
Best regards from the Ndame Beach Lodge team

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

I stayed here for four nights. The rooms were simple, but tastefully appointed and cleaned every day. My room had a view of the sea and the garden which was lovely. The lodge is well run and the staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast was very good - you can choose from a buffet of fruits, cereals, yoghurt, eggs to order, grilled tomatoes, potatoes, pancakes, pastries, juice, tea, coffee. My only complaint if I could call it that was that I thought the room was a little over-priced for one person. However, this didn't get in the way of having a relaxing peaceful and enjoyable stay. I loved the quiet peace and natural beauty of the place and had the best sleep there that I'd had in months.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2013

Hi Lisa - thank you very much for your review, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. It is nice to hear that you got to enjoy the main appeal of our lodge - the friendly staff, laid-back atmosphere, beautiful beach and lovely garden environment. We are sorry to hear about the price, however, if someone books via a third-party, we have less control over the rooms that guests get allocated - but then again, you stayed in one of our loveliest rooms, and it's nice to hear that you relaxed and had a enjoyable time in our lodge. We hope to see you again some day!
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Address: Paje, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Paje
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Paje
Price Range: $67 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ndame Beach Lodge in Paje Zanzibar has been a dream beach holiday destination for more than 8 years. Sun-seekers and Indian Ocean lovers from all over the world come to stay with us. Our 14 bungalows with 31 rooms are strung along in lush tropical gardens on the shores of one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Stretching more than 250 m along snow white beaches, where the warm, turquoise waters caress the shores. From Ndame you can start a variety of activities like swimming with the dolphins, kiting, diving, visiting the local markets, snorkeling, learning about local culture and the spices which grow here in abundance. The Arabs called it the Spice Island. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in our restaurant and bar, have a chat with interesting people from all over the world. At times we accommodate guests from more than 20 countries. A much loved highlight is our bonfire grill below the sparkling stars of the southern hemisphere. In our local style beach bar we serve you fresh fruit juices, tasty cocktails or exotic local drinks for the daring. ... more   less 
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