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Uroa Bay Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Uroa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Stunning accommodation and location”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

I spent one week with friends at Uroa Bay Beech Resort which felt like three. It is perfectly positioned with access to a pristine beech which is relatively secluded. It is about 30 minutes away from Stone Town. The rooms and facilities are kept clean. The restaurant has theme nights serving different foods from different counties followed by different entertainments (bands, acrobats etc). The staff are exceptionally friendly and cater for your every need. The only thing to consider is should you wish to tip the staff you are unable to add it to your bill for payment via credit card and therefore need to have sufficient cash with you to do so, the only ATM's are in Stone Town. We had a fantastic time and will certainly go back.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

Our family spent three days here. We had a good time in the long pool each day. The staff were very attentive and friendly. We ate at the buffet each day (Chinese, American and Swahili for our three days). Prices were reasonable. Rooms were adequate with air conditioning. It is about 45 minutes from StoneTown (around $30). When the tide went out, we didn't see any way to walk out on the reef. So, if you want to do that you might double check with the hotel if this is possible here.

Room Tip: Facing the beach.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Evesham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

I stayed at Uroa Bay after 3 weeks of teaching in Tanzania, I had an amazing time. We arrived and were greeted warmly by the receptionists and were given lovely beverages whilst they sorted out our paper work, we were then given absolutely lovely little bracelets to show our category (different colours for half board etc). Our room had a sea view and was absolutely beautiful, it had all the necessary items and its decor was also very beautiful. The whole complex is well maintained and absolutely stunning, the garden is beautiful, full of: beautiful birds, coconut trees and flowers. The whole resort was kept extremely clean. We ate from the buffet each night and were astounded by the choice, each meal was outstanding and tasted wonderful! It was not over priced and the rate for drinks was also very reasonable. Each night at about 6:30 there was a bar set up with free cocktails (different ones each night) and nibbles before your main meal! The pool was cold (may just be because I am rather cold blooded!!) but still delightful to be in once you had become used to the temperature! The beach bar was very well done and offered a wide variety of snacks/drinks. It was wonderful to see the massai guarding the beach, they were very friendly- however, the security did make us feel slightly uneasy when we were chatting with the locals although I am sure they were just making sure we were safe. The Monkey Shop is a really nice extra selling wonderful things. The staff went out of their way to book massai dancing which we requested - a really brilliant team! All in all a brilliant stay, I would and have recommended it to anyone and everyone! I hope to return in the following year! x

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We stayed 5 nights in Uroa Bay Beach Resort. The rooms are lovely - overlooking the garden and the sea with private terrace. Family rooms - two connecting bedrooms are nice, decorated with taste and very clean. Garden is beautiful: full of birds, coconut trees and flowers. Hardly no mosquitoes in the garden - garden well maintained and probably sprayed. Large pool. Beach is fantastic, cleaned from seaweeds everyday and a nicely signed small path brings you to the close by sand bed at low tide - a dream place! Dinner buffet is good and varied with good mix of local and european food. Quiet place, not overcrowd, no loud music - very relaxing!
We rented a car for 3 days and had no trouble at all with police checks (we had the temporary Zanzibar driving licence worth 20$).

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

I recently spent a week with my partner and his mom at Uroa Bay and we had a wonderful time there. The rooms were amazing - cool, clean and spacious. There were a few ants on the patio but that was only due to the hibiscus flowers in the vacinity
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The resort itself was kept clean and tidy - from the bars to the swimming pools to the dining areas. The staff were friendly and the food was lovely and varied; there was something for everyone!
The beach was clean, aside from seaweed, but that can't be helped - the locals farm seaweed in the area and the currents sometimes mean that seaweed is washed up. But in the resort itself is a sandy area complete with sun loungers, so you do not feel that you are missing out on the beach.

The only real problem that we encountered was that you need to have cash to do anything. The resort has a spa, boutique and excursion shop, but you are unable to pay on card. You are also not allowed to put any of these on your tab and pay the hotel at the end of your stay, you have to pay cash. There is no facility in the hotel to get cash back and there is no ATM so to get cash, we had to get a cab to Stone Town ($50) and find a working ATM (3rd time lucky!) to draw money. It's a shame, as we would have done more and spent more in the boutique if we were able to etiher get money from the hotel or put things on our tab.

However, overall it was a great holiday and we had a wonderful time!

Room Tip: As for sea view rooms - spectacular!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay in Uroa Beach Resort, the place looks fantastic, it's very tastefully decorated and welcoming, the staff and management were friendly and efficient so we had a very nice time. The food was good and varied, the pool always clean and sparkling and the rooms are large and comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Great rooms, very welcoming flower cards, excellent facilities and helpful staff. The food was good, especially the dinner buffets. The beach was full of seaweed when we were there but it was because of the ocean currents and staff were removing it.

I recommend staying in this part of Zanzibar away from the hustle and bustle of Stone Town, which is still easily accessible through taxi or dalla dalla. We enjoyed the 45 minute taxi as you go through many villages and get a glimpse into island life.

The sand in Zanzibar is so soft. Great beaches.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Uroa Bay Beach Resort
Address: Uroa Bay, Uroa 2675, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Uroa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Uroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Uroa Bay Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brand new 4 star superior resort, on wonderful Uroa Beach, on the East Cost of Zanzibar. Italian management and maintenance, with smiling and professional local staff, working all together to make you enjoy at best your stay here. Big pool, pool/beach towel service, great beach, excellent Italian inspired kitchen, more then 40 square meter rooms fully equipped and furnished (individual A/C, mini fridge with daily refill mineral water, TV with satellite channels, telephone, fan, mosquito nets on beds, safe, internet connection, private furnished terrace, private services with shower box and bidet). Relaxing and easy-going atmosphere. Ideal for everyone who wants to relax and have a great time in a wonderful location. ... more   less 
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Uroa Bay Beach Resort Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

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