Visited Dolphin Bay Resort in December 2011 - January 2012 along with 2 other friends. This property is at the extreme South corner of the main island, a good 2.0 hour drive from the airport. First look of the resort was imprssive. Huge entrance gate, guarded by the Masai warrior clan. we were welcomed by the manager and offerred welcome drinks.
We had booked two weeks in advance and paid the peak time charges due to New Years booking rush. Upon reaching the resort we realised that the staff goofed up the booking and now we were left with no rooms. This resort is so secluded and away from the ferry stop or airport that you are left with no other choice but to accept the option that is offered by the staff. Three of us were left with no choice to but to let go off our booking and stay at three different villas.
We had booked for the ocean facing villas with a private pool clsoe to the jetty. The jetty is another magical place. So, now we were accomodated in 3 different villas and to our shock the we had to share the villa with another bunch of guys from Europe. The villas at Dolphin bay basically consists of either 2/3 bedrooms with indivisual bathrooms, a shared kitchen and the first flooor lounge area. We were later on our second day moved into a single Villa, but to into our original paid private villa. The manager offered us free dinner due to the error on their part.
This is one of the best resorts on the island. We had previously stayed at another resort close to Dolhin Bay but the experience here was magical due to the clear blue waters and the jetty. The jetty extends a good 100 meters into the ocean and is a magical place to spend time. The resort offers dolphin trips.The beauty of Zanzibar is in its ocean. I've never come across such serene and magical landscape, pristine reefs and clear waters. We spent hours at the jetty and even tried our luck swimming in the area under the jetty. But beware of the reef below as some of them do have spikes that might injure you as happened with my friend. We spent hours at the jetty looking at the horizon and listening to the ocean and wind completely mesmerized!
The food at the resort was expensive and tasty, maybe not value for money. Good choice of wine. The service at the restaurant and bar is good but cannot say the same thing about the room service which is slow due to the distance from the kitchen and other main area to the villa. Cleanliness in the common areas of the shared villa too isn't very great. The lounge was shabby with some broken furniture. The rooms and toilet is well kept and is cleaned everyday.
Would definately recommmend this place for its sheer beauty, the jetty and the location. Please confirm your booking multiple times with the resort and have a geat time clicking the best shots of your life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dolphin Paradise is designed in respect of the Zanzibari culture to meet the increasing demand of travelers seeking for an authentic atmosphere within comfort, leisure and intimacy.The resort offers 30 stunning Zanzibari Villas with a perfect view on the Indian Ocean. The place remain simple, incense the natural treasure of Zanzibar, friendliness, amazing scenery, historical architecture and offers the advantages of a service minded boutique hotel combined with the extended facilities of classic Resorts. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Zanzibar Dolphin View Paradise Hotel Kizimkazi
- Dolphin Bay Resort Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Kizimkazi