I stayed with my family at the Palumbo Reef Beach Resort for four nights recently. We had a fabulous time. Booking was very helpfully handled by Mohammed, and on arrival at the port in Stonetown we were picked up with a very comfortable vehicle. Reception was friendly and quick and we settled in soon to very generously sized rooms, each with balconies. Conveniently, they had made sure that our two family rooms were adjacent to one another.
Palumbo has excellent facilities, and some great Italian buffet style food (as well as an excellent small pizzeria), but perhaps the best bit of Palumbo is the friendliness of all of the staff. Giacomo, Martha and Tortellino play the role of animators, and for those interested, they organize various fun activities, ranging from pool gym, to table soccer (fussball), to beach volleyball. You can choose to do these or not, but for anyone with a family, they offer lots of fun moments and chances to meet new people. Most of the guests come in from Italy, but there is enough of a mix to keep things interesting and ensure that the non-Italians (like us) have a great time. We really enjoyed the atmosphere.
The pool is fabulous, as is the lounging area, and there are some hotel-attached tour organizers who can help you fix up trips to various sites of interest on Zanzibar. We did a trip to Mnemba atol for snorkelling, and that worked out great. The beach is not the best, as there is quite a bit of seeweed in front of the hotel itself, but with a bit of a walk you can get to better spots, and with such a lot to keep you busy in the hotel itself, this was not a problem for us.
All in all, a great place with a superb Zanzibar welcome. Go there and try it out!
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- Also Known As:
- Ora Resort Palumbo Reef Hotel Uroa Village
- Ora Hotel Uroa Village
- Ora Hotel Palumbo Reef
- Palumboreef Beach Resort Zanzibar Island, Tanzania