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Karafuu Beach Resort and Spa
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Pingwe
Bergen, Norway
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“VISIT ZANZIBAR”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

If you consider visiting Africa I can strongly recommend Zanzibar and the hotel Karafuu Beach Resort and Spa. We stayed there for a week and was pampered by the staff and we just loved the Place. Beautiful Beach Next to the hotel/ bungalows and Nice swimmingpools and restaurants/ bars with pleasant staff. A good variety of food both for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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carmeloZanzibar, Direttore generale at Karafuu Beach Resort and Spa, responded to this review, October 20, 2013
Thank you for your nice comments.
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

Just spent a week at this amazing hotel with my friends. The hotel is immaculately kept and the staff are very friendly. The location is ideal and the room was amazing with all the luxuries you would expect and views of the Indian Ocean to die....The food is exquisite and with a great variety, complements to the chef all was fantastic and the buffet breakfast, lunch and dinners were brilliant. Loved eating papaya fruit every morning! The spa was wonderful loved the massage.
Excellent treatment from Zakaria, Betty and all staff at reception, Freddy and his staff in the restaurant and Anissa and the girls at the spa and Suleman at the travel desk. They all really go out of their way to ensure you have a good time and a successful business meeting. Any issues or problems are dealt with a smile.

I'd recommend this hotel completely.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

Just back from a stay there - the location is ideal and excellent treatment from Betty and her staff at reception, Freddy and his staff in the restaurant and Anissa and the girls at the spa. They all really do go out of their way to ensure a you have a good time and a successful business meeting. Any issues or problems are dealt with with a smile.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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carmeloZanzibar, Direttore generale at Karafuu Beach Resort and Spa, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
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Buongiorno e ben tornato.
siamo soddisfatti che il soggiorno sia stato di suo gradimento.
Porterò il suo messaggio a Betty e Freddy.
Arrivederci
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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

This beach resort is absolutely the best place in Zanzibar for those who want to get away from everything and just relax. It is ideally situated on a part of the east coast where there are no small hotels or local villages nearby and, consequently, the beach is not crowded with people. The beach boys are not too annoying either and they quickly get your message if you're not interested in their deals.
As for the hotel, the place is set in a beautiful surroundings fringed by tall palm trees and full of tropical vegetation. The cottages are super comfortable and each has a terrace and a sea view. Public places are very elegant and well-kept, the pool is large, clean and there are always enough sunbeds and pool towels, too! All staff members, starting from GM, Mr Zacharia, the restaurant supervisor (sorry to have forgotten the gentleman's name), to pool bar staff and room attendants, are extremely kind, friendly and helpful and they are one of the greatest assets of this hotel.
The food is as delicious and varied as can be and I have never eaten such fresh fish and seafood in a restaurant. A la carte restaurant menu offers the best Indian Ocean can offer at reasonable prices. The hotel has recently been extended and there is also another pool in the back, with a pool bar and a new A la carte restaurant. The new part also boasts 4 great self-contained villas with a private jacuzzi!
The hotel offers different kind of trips covering basically the whole island. I would recommend Spice Tour, which you can combine with a visit to Stone Town. The Diving Centre offers diving and snorkelling trips.
Entertainment is good and the Maasai Village dinners and Swahili dinners held in the back of th property are an excellent idea as the guests can see and enjoy a bit of genuine African culture.
As I've been returning to Zanzibar for about 20 years, I can honestly say that Karafuu is my favourite place and the best location on the island because it is a bit "off the beaten track", there is more privacy than in the north or a bit more south to Pingwe village. And, most importantly, the beach is stunning: at low tide a small lagoon is formed about 100 metres off the coast and you can actually swim neck-deep in the beautiful, calm ocean halfway to the reef.
In a few words: I'll be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

Little bit windy the whole 10 days of our stay, but otherwise everything was great. Food was perfect and they give you various choises. It is good to take a trip with the beach sellers, they give you a half of the price of the hotel trips, but it is the same.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

This was a perfect way to wind down and relax after our safari trip in Tanzania! very impressed with our lovely cottage, the décor and comfort. We enjoyed dipping in the pool especially after long swims in the Indian Ocean. The staff were courteous and willing to please. Enjoyed the lovey meals as well. We miss the fresh coconut water! Will definitely return here again.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Ronde, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

We spent a week at the Karafuu. We had booked a junior suite but where upgraded to one of the honeymmon suites because of some trouble with the bed. The suite was spacious and well-appointed. The location of the resort right at the beach is wonderful, and everything, buildings and gardens, are well-kept and in very good shape. The staff is very friendly and was always making an extra effort to keep us happy.

The only downside is the food. The food is NOT GOOD. Meat and fish are consistently overcooked, salads are watery and tasteless. There were always lots of things to choose from, but few dishes very really attractive. One evening we did give the a-la-carte restaurant a try to see if this was any better. The meat that my wife got was fried to charcoal - she complained, and we got lots of apologies and some extra food. There is is no lack of good meaning here, and they do listen to customers, but they should hire a professionally trained chef to supervise the catering.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Karafuu Beach Resort and Spa
Address: PO Box 71, Pingwe, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Pingwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Pingwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Karafuu Beach Resort and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On a deserted white sandy beach, at 65 km from Stone Town, lies Karafuu Beach Resort and Spa, an international five-star hotel, winner of the World Travel Awards as Tanzania Leading Resort and Africa Leading Beach Resort 2011 .It is one of the most luxurious hotels on the east coast of Zanzibar, where, even during low tide, it’s possible to enjoy a comfortable swim in the ocean. ... more   less 
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Karafuu Hotel Beach
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