I absolutely loved this hotel. Having climbed Kilimanjaro and spent a few days on Safari we wanted a quiet place to rest and relax on the beach afterwards. Coral Rock was perfect and ticked all of the boxes for what we needed. The setting is wonderful- situated right on the water, yes there is seaweed out front (I have read the recent bad review and would not agree with it at all) and high tides but it didn't bother us at all. At high tide you can take a lovely walk along the beach and when the water comes in up to the hotel you can just walk left down the beach a bit and go for a swim there. It is a very natural environment and that is what I loved about it. You don't feel like you're in a man-made resort. Everyone knows each other and the staff are really nice. Breakfast was cereal, you could order a hot one, fresh juice (sooooo good) a range of drinks, coffee, tea etc, toast, fruit- what more could you ask for! I also loved the ice teas- delicious. The coffee is really good too.
The rooms are really great, clean, comfortable beds with the 'coral rock' throughout in the bathroom. We had a porch with chairs out front. The pool is great, small but you don't need much more and throughout the front of the hotel there is a hammock, beds, benches etc for relaxing on. There are also tables to eat outside. The restaurant has a large menu and everything we had was really good (I didn't eat too much having picked up a bug but from the little that I tasted was all fantastic). We didn't try any other restaurants because we simply were resting and didn't have the energy to venture too far. I thought the prices were reasonable as well.
There are watersports you can try but again we kept to ourselves and relaxed at the hotel. I loved sitting out front on the beds reading and feeling the warm breeze. It gets so hot in Zanzibar that the hotel is in a perfect location for a cool breeze.
The village itself is very small but again this is what we liked about Jambiani. When you walk up the beach you get the feeling you are in a very untouched part of the world - if you travel anywhere in Europe the beach is full of deck chairs whereas here, you have complete 'timeout.'
We got chatting to the manager quite a few times and told him how much we thought it was a great place and really untouched. We felt that the hotel was a complete gem in a part of Zanzibar which is not as developed as other parts. There is a kitesurfing centre next door but book ahead early as it's small. You can arrange a taxi with the hotel to neighbouring Paje which we did for kitesurfing. A few other members of staff, the owner Neil and (I have forgotten name now!) New Zealand guy were really helpful when we had a difficult situation with a taxi driver on our way back to Stone Town.
The hotel can arrange excursions for you and one I would recommend (we did this via stone town) was Blue Safari snorkelling on a dhow boat. We had a great time and you get a full fish lunch.
What else can I say? I thought it was really good value for money compared to similar resorts in Europe. I loved it and would return in a heartbeat. If you are looking for a place to relax, chill out, drink cool drinks, eat nice food and re charge your batteries then this is the place for you. It's fantastic!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coral Rock is one of the most popular small to mid-size hotels in Zanzibar. We offer incredible views and an authentic Zanzibari experience that encourages local and cultural interaction within a functioning Swahili fishing village. Our aim is authenticity & value for money. The unrivaled view and location has been home to international fashion shoots by the likes of Sports Illustrated and FHM, as well as almost half a dozen reality TV shows on account of the striking and unusual natural beauty and panoramic vistas that can be enjoyed from every room and facility at the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Rock Jambiani
- Hotel Coral Rock
- Coral Rock Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Jambiani