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“Fantastic Family Holiday” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Waikiki Zanzibar Resort

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Waikiki Zanzibar Resort
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Pwani Mchangani
Certificate of Excellence
Kiama, Australia
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73 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic Family Holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We spent 4 days at Waikiki with our two teenage sons and we had a wonderful time! All of the staff are so helpful and friendly and the atmosphere is awesome! We loved the beach, the bar and the restaurant. The food was very reasonably priced and very tasty. We especially loved the huge pizza oven and the pizzas are definitely the best we have ever eaten! The hotel has lovely rooms with fans and airconditioning and the management are only too happy to organise tours, transfers etc. The kids loved eating lunch and dinner in the boat on the beach! We would love to come back again next year and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else! Thank you for making our stay so lovely and for making us so welcome - Sarah, Flavio, Raffa and Moira! Thank you again, Kym, Andrew, Lachlan and Calllum Parker

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I really enjoyed my stay at Waikiki. I was looking for a place that provides comfort while focusing on simplicity and that's what I found. The place's is built on an ecological and social minded concept which you find in the simple but cosy structure of the rooms. The service was excellent, the people warm and welcoming.
The location is beautiful as it is not that packed with big All Inclusive resorts that disturb the natural atmosphere by noisy music and party people.
For snorkling go on a trip to Mnemba Island where you have a high abundance in fish and corals.
Definitely a place to relax and refresh!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Before visiting Waikiki my boyfriend and I stayed in a resort about 20 minutes away that was much more expensive but not nearly as good of quality as Waikiki. We were pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of everything here. The owner Fabio and his wife Sarah were genuinely nice people and upon arrival we were warmly welcomed. We were given a thorough tour of the property which was very helpful. We were upgraded to the honeymoon suite which was a very nice touch. The property was very charming, nice rustic boats as tables around the bar. The accommodations were perfect. We had our own little bungalow right on the beach with a beautiful view of the ocean. Our room was turned down twice a day and the staff were very friendly. The bartenders were great and they really know how to make a good cocktail. The pizza was amazing but I must admit we were slightly disappointed with a few items on the menu. For an italain run establishment the pasta dishes were pretty bland and unsatisfying. But twice a week they had a Swahili buffet which made up for all the shortcomings on the menu. The buffet food was authentic African cuisine and very tasty! We would've been happy with that every night! On Friday night there was a big party where people from all over the island come to partake in the fun. It was great! There was good entertainment and delicious cocktails. At low tide it's nice to walk out to the coral reef where you can see a lot of marine life like starfish, crabs, squid etc... but be careful as there are a lot of sea urchins around so its best to get one of the locals to guide you on walk. We also booked an excursion through Waikiki to go snorkeling on Mnemba Island. This could've been a bit more organized as we had requested to have our own private boat so we could snorkel as long as we wanted without worrying about other guests and although we were promised this we ended up getting placed on the boat with three other couples. It wasn't so bad but a few of the people only wanted to snorkel for like 20 minutes and they were done, we paid a good amount of money so we would've like to stay longer and get our money's worth. Also the snorkel gear could've been better, it was in pretty poor shape and unsanitary. And be aware that the drive to Mnemba Island is very rough as the road is pretty undeveloped. We went in a big van and the ride was very bumpy, I think it would've been better if they had a four wheel drive vehicle. So if you are prone to getting carsick you might want to take some medication to subdue it. Overall I would definitely recommend Waikiki to couples looking for a more intimate and personal experience in Zanzibar. Not really for families or people with children as there isn't a pool and the party would not be ideal. To be honest my boyfriend and I were looking for a romantic atmosphere and that is exactly what we found, we liked the fact that there weren't any noisy children running around the property. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Waikiki and if we ever go back to Zanzibar this is where we would want to stay!!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I have spent 2 weeks and with hand on my heart I can suggest this place to all my friends. Nice quiet clean beach, warm water, perfect kite surfing/SUP conditions windy every day... Friendly staff, nice owners. Everyone always very helpfull. The place was buzzing with people for Friday night party, which was a load of fun. Usually quiet during the day giving you opportunity to enjoy the sunshine, perfect weather and swimming in warm water. Good food- especially Zanzibar night. Delicious pizza and cocktails. Went solo, but never felt alone. Great spot all together.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Great place to relax, go diving, do watersports. Very friendly staff who make you feel at home instantly. Lots of creativity and passion in the air! Great value for money. Good learning system for local students. Beautiful beach and lovely cabins. Good vibe!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Zanzibar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Thanks guys for making our vacation so good. We had a wonderful time during our 2 weeks vacation. Rally enjoyed the Friday parties, the food(specially the African and Zanzibar nights), the nice cocktails on the bar.
Very friendly stuff, always ready to answer questions and help out.
The place is clean with nice sandy beach and kite school right on the spot.
Recommend it for all type of vacations - family, friends, couples or solo.
Thanks again for all. Will visit again for sure

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Tarifa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

It was the best decision ever to come to Waikiki for our stay! Such a nice quiet place, such nice and open minded people ! Thank you!
We came to kitesurf and had every day wind, and we were almost alone in the beautiful lagoon.

I would recommend this place with best feelings further!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Waikiki Zanzibar Resort
Address: Kiwengwa Road, Pwani Mchangani 2210, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Pwani Mchangani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Pwani Mchangani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Waikiki Zanzibar Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Resort is located on one of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches of Zanzibar : Pwani Mchangani. The resort is surrounded by the lush green palm trees and bushes. Built right on the beach so forget your shoes and relax. A perfect place to chill-out. Taste an Authentic Italian Pizza from our wood oven and enjoy your food on our newly built beach terrace next to the Indian Ocean. Welcome to Waikiki....Feel at home ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Waikiki Zanzibar Hotel Pwani Mchangani
Waikiki Hotel Pwani Mchangani Mdogo
Waikiki Zanzibar Resort Zanzibar Island/Pwani Mchangani

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