We stayed at the Unguja Resort at the end of a 2-week safari/Zanzibar vacation. It was the third site we stayed at in Zanzibar (we wanted to get a feel for different areas of the island), but it was the only one we would have stayed at longer if we could!
Our bungalow was absolutely magnificent and designed to take advantage of the spectacular view. The water was just a few yards away, and every part of the bungalow had views of it (even the shower!). We took fabulous photos of the sunset right from our lounge!
While Matemwe had a long white, sandy beach for walking, swimming there was virtually impossible (the sea urchins were overwhelming). Here, you could walk down the stairs right into the ocean at high tide. There was no real surf or current, so it was like swimming in a large pool. At low tide, the tidepools were fun to walk around and investigate.
Our hosts were wonderful and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. Unfortunately, I don't like any seafood (I keep trying, but I still hate it), but the non-seafood meals they served were excellent (and my husband said the seafood was great, too). They did ask if we would be there for lunch, but didn't have any problem if we said we didn't know. And if we didn't want the full 3 courses, they were fine with just fixing us a sandwich.
We had a mixed experience with the on -site dive shop. The dolphin trip was nice. We left very early and were there before most of the other boats and found a group of dolphins very quickly. It was amazing to swim with them and hear their sounds underwater. Unfortunately, it quickly became quite crowded, dimming the experience, but that wasn't our guides' fault.
Our snokeling trip was a bit more problematic. They put us with a person who was diving, so they changed our departure time by a couple hours. This made the tide higher than it would have been, which was great for diving, but not so good for snorkeling because the water was too deep to see well from the surface. (There was also something in the water that stung and made my husband look like he had a nasty case of chicken pox, while I felt the stings but didn't become covered in red, itchy bumps - this was not a problem in the water near the hotel - and not really the guides' fault either.) It did feel like they threw our groups together without considering what would make the best trip. That trip didn't really feel worth the money we paid.
Overall, this was our absolute favorite resort. We considered staying longer, but couldn't really change our flights. We were glad for the couple days we spent in Stonetown (the 236 Hurumzi is fabulous), but we'd have skipped Matemwe and spent all our beach time here instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eleven spacious private villas. From your ocean view terrace you can watch the local fishermen sailing the Indian Ocean. A breathtaking sunset is yours. All villas are beautifully decorated in Zanzibar style. In our beautiful garden with old mango and baobab trees many indigenous animals find their home. The rare Red Colobus monkeys often come and play. In the middle of the tropical garden, a large specially conditioned swimming pool is situated. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Unguja Hotel Kizimkazi
- Unguja Resort Kizimkazi
- Unguja Lodge Zanzibar Island/Kizimkazi