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Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort - Pongwe - Outdoors view
1
9.6 Excellent (326 reviews)
C$ 873+
Overview Reviews
When you stay at Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort in Pongwe, you'll be by the ocean, you'll be a 10-minute drive from Kiwengwa Beach. Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available 24 hours).
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The best Hotel ever! The stuff is so friendly, kind and attentive. The Villas are spacious and were cleaned twice a day. So beautiful and relaxing atmosphere in this Hotel. Really amazing. We enjoyed our honeymoon very. Whatever you need, the stuff will take care about it.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Beautiful gardens, great rooms. All round perfect. Great beach area. Great service
Cons: Only criticism is that the food looks great but most of the times the fish, lobster and steaks were over cooked and some of the flavouring was just weird or not great
10.0 Excellent
Cons: The food could have been a little better.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: breakfast is ok , it would be better if more selections are available
9.2 Excellent
Pros: The place is beautiful, just beautiful. Gorgeous pool, nice villas, friendly and welcoming vibe. The gardens are gorgeous. I thoroughly recommend all-inclusive. Food is amazing.
Cons: Service speed could often be slow, and attentiveness of the waiting staff needs to be improved. The iron and ironing board we asked to be brought to our room was just awful. The bar ran out of certain drinks a number of times. Housekeeping didn't replenish bottled water some days. Small things all round, fixed by some extra training.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The location is perfect! The hotel has its own private beach that is still untouched. Beautiful both in low and high tide. The staff are just amazing and take care of every single detail from the second you reach the hotel until you leave it, they make you feel at home and wouldn’t let you leave the hotel without being completely satisfied. If you need some relaxation time away from everything I would highly recommend it.
7.5 Good
Pros: An exceptional place to stay - beautiful pools, rooms and garden and generally, great attention to detail.
Cons: A few relatively very minor points in terms of maintenance - one or two worn cushions, blown light-bulbs in room, scuffed paint on walls in bathroom / wet areas / closet - but generally great. Evening entertainment ranged from very good to OK
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Beautiful well designed resort. Excellent food. Relaxed atmosphere. Extremely helpful staff who genuinely try to meet your every need. If spending most of the time in the resort recommend taking the fully inclusive package for a wonderfully indulgent stay.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Wonderful location at the beach, great staff, wonderful cuisine, excellent rooms
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The staff are super friendly!!
Zanzibar Retreat Hotel - Matemwe - Bedroom
2
9.2 Excellent (239 reviews)
C$ 163+
Overview Reviews
Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Zanzibar Retreat Hotel is located in Matemwe, a 10 seconds walk from the beach. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning and certain rooms have a seating area. Featuring a shower and a private bathroom, a hairdryer is available on request. At Zanzibar Retreat Hotel you will find a private beach area and free bikes. Other facilities offered at the property include a ticket service, a tour desk and luggage storage. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, diving and snorkelling. The property offers free parking. Kisauni Airport is 41 km away.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The hotel is in a beautiful setting. The patio area is open to the beach and is just gorgeous. The staff was very nice and helpful. The room was perfect and the bed comfortable. The menu had a good selection of items. Overall the food was very nice.
Cons: We only had cold water in our shower.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Excellent food. Very friendly and helpful staff. A beautiful property and beach. So much fun, and exactly what I was looking for in a one-week beach holiday! I particularly enjoyed the backgammon sessions with the owner, and the great conversations with the servers.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Great beach front spot with pool. Friendly atmosphere, clean and organized well. The full service kitchen was able to prepare some nice meals for dinner and breakfast there was a nice selection to choose from.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Just perfect. Everyone is very friendly, the owner Jan is happy to help with everything, food was great, facilities were in good condition. One of the best hotels I have been in.
Cons: The kitchen and the service were very slow at times.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Loved staying here. The staff were very helpful and friendly. Beach and pool were amazing. Food 10/10.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: very nice breakfast, not a buffet, individually served with a large choice
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Excellent location by the beach. Family friendly, perfect hospitality, quiet and home like.
10.0 Excellent
Cons: Grilled fish was not cooked well, but the chef corrected later on.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: I love everything about ZRH. It is located right on the beach with sand so gloriously soft you should forget about your shoes all together. Everything we tried on the menu was delicious: club sandwich, ceviche, Zanzibari soup, grilled tuna with rice and french fries with home-made mayo! Breakfast was amazing with crêpe (pancake) my Breton friend can certainly vouch for. The room was spacious and beautiful with Zanzibari furniture. I felt very relaxed, safe and comfortable here. Big thanks to Jan ans Salomé for being such gracious and hospitable hosts.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Amazing food! Some of the best we have ever had!
Villa Kiva - Matemwe - Building
3
9.1 Excellent (495 reviews)
C$ 138+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Villa Kiva in Matemwe, you'll be on the beach, within a 15-minute drive of Mapenzi Beach and Muyuni Beach. Featured amenities include laundry facilities and a library. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: We married at the villa Kiva and it was more than perfect. The whole crew is so nice. We will never forget our stay.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The staff (which was lead by the Italian manager) was fantastic - every single one of them from the cleaning ladies to the bar men. I will definitely be back.
Cons: The WiFi is not the best and definitely needs upgrading apart from that no faults.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything was perfect specially the friendly staff , the beach , the pool the location
Cons: Nothing
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Beautiful quiet place near a very stunning and chilled out beach. The staff were incredibly friendly and competent and all spoke English very well.
Cons: Just a slight niggle but it was quite windy on certain nights. May have just been the time of year though.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Staff were phenomenal
Cons: Room was quite small (twin room n.24) and quite dark.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Everything. Great service, clean smashing location. We weren’t leaving until 4pm to the airport and as no one was checking into our room they let us stay until 4!! Get sea view room , worth the extra. Tip: ask for one of the sea view rooms further from the reception as they’ve the best view.
Cons: Nothing!!
9.2 Excellent
Pros: 2 pools and great view of the beach. Good to have beach loungers behind a hedge as there are a few people trying to sell things on the main beach and it gets a little tiring. Food was great and room was really nice.
Cons: The village is quiet and not much to do there. This was fine for us as we had just finished a big camping trip and wanted to just chill and read but if you want more bars and restaurant options you might want to pick a different village.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Good and friendly staff. Beautiful view from our room ! (We were upgraded to a sea view room). The food especially the hamburger!! We would recommend it to our friends and family.
Cons: You can't go out of the hotel at night, there are no bars or restaurants but that has nothing to do with the hotel. The hotel is great.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Just about everything. Can't beat the location.
Cons: Noisy and not efficient AC unit in one of the two rooms. Guests that do not at least try the "outside' world.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: eco friendly - the staff were very friendly - the rooms are nice
Cons: the food could be better, the shower water less salty
Sandies Neptune Pwani Beach - Pwani Mchangani
4
9.1 Excellent (430 reviews)
C$ 517+
Overview Reviews
Nestled on the beach, this Kiwengwa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest, Mapenzi Beach, and Kiwengwa Beach. Pwani Mchangani Beach and Muyuni Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
3.3 Mediocre
Pros: Simply nothing
Cons: Not clean. Valeur for money. Location. Very bad beach so that you can't even swim
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Where should I start... First of all...we booked our stay over a holiday agency, but booked for our parents from Kenya seperate flights and the hotel with booking.com. The food was amazing, the chef is absolutely great. The staff were like family. Just to name a few but so great people: Moses at the pool bar does the best drinks, one of the best bartender I´ve ever met. When you want to book a trip, ask for Hassan. He is the best and brings you to the best guides and tours for a reasonable price. Constantine was the best when you want someone take care of your child and their special belongings...she was just great to our daughter! To be honest, I miss that holiday...it was one of our best. When you consider Zansibar, you have to consider Neptune Pwani...that´s a must!
Cons: some towels need to be exchanged.... and...speed of beach drink delivery needs to be improved but hey...still a great place!
7.5 Good
Cons: İ didn’t like the transport. İt must be including the price. Because i paid 150$. Also we paid one $ for person per day.
5.4 Okay
Pros: The coconut stand
Zanzibar House - Matemwe - Building
5
9.2 Excellent (110 reviews)
C$ 145+
Overview Reviews
When you stay at Zanzibar House in Matemwe, you'll be by the ocean, within a 15-minute drive of Mapenzi Beach and Kiwengwa Beach. Featured amenities include multilingual staff, laundry facilities, and coffee/tea in a common area. For a surcharge, guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and a cruise ship terminal shuttle.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Big room with a nice view.
Cons: There was not hot water when we tried to have a shower.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: The hotel was perfect. It is not another all incluse resort with dozens of rooms. Here the staff kmows your name. Everyone was very kind and professional. Everything is quiet. The beach is amazing (and yes, you have the low tide effect on this side of the Island). The hotel can arrange all type of excursions. The food is great! In a word, Zanzibar House is just perfect. It is not a fancy and artificial hotel; it is a hotel that cares about you.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The whole experience of staying at House of Zanzibar was undoubtedly one of the best I've had to date. The room is very spacious, has a huge balcony where you can relax comfortably and overlook the fantastic white sandy beach with the crystal clear water. The meals are delicious and very well prepared. We can taste Italy and Zanzibar flavors mixed in the perfect way. The staff were always very attentive, extremely friendly and always taking care of all our needs (Thank you so much Nicolas and Nina... we already miss your smile and the small talks...) The owners, Massimiliano and Miriam, made us feel special throughout our stay and always paying special attention to food needs (vegetarian and lactose free dishes). This stay was perfect in every way, from the house, the staff, the beachfront location and the friendliness of the local people. Surely we will repeat the experience and stay even longer at House of Zanzibar
Cons: All was perfect
9.6 Excellent
Pros: I spent about 10 days in Zanzibar, most of them in the north at Zanzibar House, and I am glad I did. It’s a wonderful place to rest and enjoy the magnificent beach. It is also close to Mnemba island, a good place for snorkeling and diving. The food was amazing. The staff was very caring.
Cons: The only problem was that shower water sometimes had little flux and sometimes had no hot water.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Zanzibar House took care of every detail and truly made us feel like home. The house was very special and the owner and the staff were attentive to every need. The four course dinners were fantastic! This was not a typical hotel experience, more like being privates guests in a beautiful home on the beach. We will be back!
Cons: Nothing at all!
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Loved the staff and service !
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Clean and staffs
Cons: NA
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The building and its location was exquisite, we had the whole beach to our yourselves most of the time, the 4 course dinner menu was carefully thought through and executed and the staff team were courteous and efficient. We can't wait to go back!
Cons: There was an issue with the shower on one occasion but this this was quickly resolved.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Amazing place with great ocean view options. Great big rooms, very helpful stuff. Nice breakfasts. Beatiful place!
Cons: Food as for italian place was a little disapointment for us. Evening with only set up huge diners and not a menu wasnt an option for us. Small swimming pool. But besides those small things it was still 10 for us!
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Great location, lovely family run place with great Italian food Really helpful staff and amazing beach - really recommend this place to chill out in for a few days
Cons: The friendly room is comfortably but the difference with the ocean view rooms is quite big, and this isn't reflected in the price difference between the rooms. For an extra $15 a night the ocean view rooms are so much nicer!
Kiwengwa Beach Resort - Kiwengwa
6
9.0 Excellent (1,207 reviews)
C$ 195+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Kiwengwa Beach Resort in Kiwengwa, you'll be a 1-minute drive from Kiwengwa Beach and 10 minutes from Mapenzi Beach. Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The staff were really helpful especially the house keeping manager Alex, f&b manager Dickson and the general manager. They were really welcoming.
Cons: The room that was first allotted for us was smelling of fungus and after complaining they did some cleaning after which it was little better and requested us to stay there for one day as all the room were fully booked. After which they changed our room the next day of our choice in the same block. They even upgraded us from half board to full board.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Staff always kind and available to accomodate any request. The restaurant is providing very good food with several choices everyday, as well every night there was a different evening theme (italian, african, etc) The excursions provided from the resort are very well organized and complete. The animation teams was providing quite several kind of activities everyday but always very kind, polite and never pushy. The services at the spa offers a lot if different massages, worth to try all of them. The spa stuff also was also able to accomodate accomodate any last time change :-) The jacuzzi bar in front of the beach add extra point to the resort, giving you the possibility to enjoy a jacuzzi and drinks with a stunning view in front of the ocean
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Lovely, clean beach, tide is managable and there are large freshwater pools available for swimming during low tide. Staff is nice, helpful and welcoming, though there still is a level up, as we learnt it at another resort. As the resort area is huge, you can even have a short walk after sunset. Souvenir shop, a well-equipped shop of drinks, snacks, tobacco, hygiene items is available onsite and a tour agent is helping you to arrange day trips. We were given an upgrade upon mentioning that we're on our honeymoon - having an own jacuzzi on the balcony, with an ocean view is something I'm really thankful for! The jacuzzi bar is also just cool. For half-board guests, drinks cost around 5-8 USD = EUR, cocktails are rather strong, ice is from a safe, bottled source. Other souvenir shops and restaurants available in the area.
Cons: The hotel beach is relatively crowded, you need to wake up early to have an umbrella. Payment against the room bill is not always working, so you need to carry cash eg. to the jacuzzi bar. Beach boys are not too pushy, still I got stopped/talked to by someone every time I went to swim. Bed was a bit narrow and the mosquito net not as clean as I expect it. Animations and parties are loud, even if you stay far from the pool area, you won't get much sleep before 11. Also, there's not too much variety about the animation programs. Our airport transfer was forgotten - can recommend official taxis instead, using the same 50 USD transfer rate per car. Cars would not drive up to the reception area, so we had to carry our luggage to the gate after checkout. Food was more to the European taste, with hints of the local cuisine.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: the resort is just perfect... is like an oasis away from everything. .. it's a beachfront resort and the sand is white and soft.. the water is blue and great for swimming when you will enter the gate you will find everything very clean and well organized, with nice trees and flowers the staff is very polite and helpful .. and they take care of all the details .. they can help you with organisation if you have some special event during your trip (birthday, honeymoon, marriage proposal) .. the hotel manager is always supervising everything all the time the main restaurant is offering buffet with a lot of options and every evening is a specific of a different area of the world .. I recommend you to choose half board or all inclusive options of booking they also have some entertainment and activities during the day ... and dancing at night
Cons: you should take with you hair conditioner and body lotion and any other small amenities you might need.. only shower gel and shampoo is provided
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything was exceptional
Cons: Nothing
8.3 Excellent
Pros: beautiful resort, staff friendly and available, good food.
Cons: to improve the breakfast.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The staff service
Cons: Everything was very nice
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The personal.was very nice
7.5 Good
Pros: The property are very nice, calm, and the area was amazing. I like the swimming pool, they have theatre, gym. And the food are very nice. Suggested to take all inclusive package since you are in the middle of nowhere which no restaurant nearby, not even for an ATM
Cons: Beaches quite dirty with seaweed they didn’t manage to clean the dirt, the toilet is dry toilet. The shower room is too small and no cover so water spilled everywhere. I am English speaker guess, and the entertainer there most of them spoke Italian and French. They still trying to speak in English but some show am lost in translation since they speak Italian/French.
7.9 Good
Pros: The selection for the buffet was great and enough options available. It is situated right on the beach. the view from our room was beautiful. Resort was not very noisy which was great for relaxation. The overall view and cleanliness was spectacular. The resort is truly beautiful and have enough entertainment. Spa treatments was very relaxing and the local girls have been incredibly well trained.
Cons: The room smelt very damp and mouldy when we arrived and did not go away until the air con was switched on, the smell was still vaguely in the air after. The options for alcoholic drinks on all inclusive option are very limited and not of good quality. If you want a decent cocktail you have to pay for it even though you pay quite a lot for the all inclusive option.
Diamonds Mapenzi Beach - Kiwengwa - Building
7
9.0 Excellent (504 reviews)
C$ 381+
Overview Reviews
Nestled on the beach, this Kiwengwa property is within a 15-minute walk of Mapenzi Beach and Kiwengwa Beach. Pwani Mchangani Beach and Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest are also within 2 mi (3 km).
7.5 Good
Pros: 2nd time in this hotel. All in all, our 1 night in the villa was superb. Amazing beach. Good food. Warm personnel.
Cons: We booked for 2 nights via booking.com but on arrival the room was not available. It forced us to get a room of a budget higher than we were had planned for. The following day we had to check out as there was no room available despite making reservations via booking.com. The hustle of getting free cancellation was annoying and wasted our time. The staff was very helpful in facilitating the cancellation so as to avoid paying the cancellation fee.
7.5 Good
Pros: The staff was excellent,
Cons: Aircon sub standard and noisy, evening entertainment non existing - been there before and there was entertainment every night, food became bland after the second day but outside evening outstanding
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Food
7.5 Good
Pros: + The overall atmosphere. + Location. + Staff. + Beach. + All Inclusive plan. + Resorts decoration and rooms from outside. - Pool’s tiles makes it look very old and not pleasing to swim in.
Cons: - Pool’s tiles makes it look very old and not pleasing to swim in.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: - excellent staff - oustanding food - beautiful and well kept beach - beautiful, clean rooms and comfortable beds - large double showers - efficient security - quiet atmosphere - helpful beachboys for interesting outings
Cons: Everything was perfect. (the only exception was the undergoing repair of the reception's roof which collapsed due to a recent storm )
Karabai Villa - Matemwe - Building
8
9.5 Excellent (36 reviews)
C$ 299+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Karabai Villa in Matemwe, you'll be on the beach, within a 15-minute drive of Mapenzi Beach and Muyuni Beach. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Nicely maintained villa, manager Ali is really good.
Cons: Though nice location, road connecting to property is too bad
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Amazing, comfortable, nicky decorated isolated villa. Beautiful pool, excellent service by the house manager Ali and the staff. Great breakfast and very good meals cooked for you the way you want. Fantastic air-conditioned rooms with balcony and huge beautiful bathrooms. If you are looking for a place to relax, swim, read a book with a cold beer by your private pool look no more.
Cons: The villa is 30 min drive for the village. It sits on isolated clif over the sea. If you are looking for a place to relax, swim in the pool, enjoy the sunset and the present of your companions there couldn't be a better place in Zanzibar. Take into account you will need 30 drive to get anywhere. So if you arrive during the day stop on the market on the way and buy some snacks, fruits and drinks. Ali, the house manager can take you anywhere but take into account it takes time and not free.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything- it is like a fairytale
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Everything in this place was amazing. The people were beyond amazing. The place is gorgeous with nice balconies, we couldn't have asked for more.
Cons: The road to the place is really rough. It takes about 20-30 minutes of terrible road to get to the place/paradise.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Private and secluded, Ali (house manager) excellent host, chef and staff great. Amazing view of Indian ocean from house and pool, great snorkelling just 20 minute boatride away at Mnemba island.
Cons: The local road from the main road the last km:s is really terrible :-)
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Excellent location. Private pool.
Cons: Access road is very rough.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Private, spacious, clean, comfortable, amazing views, amazing hosts
Cons: The road to get there is very rough
9.6 Excellent
Pros: It was a truly unique experience - the villa is lovely and the people there too. We had beautiful dinners with our cook Ahmed, Ali the house manager always looked after us and Upendo kept the house tidy and beautiful. You have your own little paradise and people who enjoy their me time - that’s perfect as you will be on your own. Having your own pool and access to the beach where you can stroll around is truly meditativ Can only recommend you will not regret it!
Cons: If you want to go swimming in the sea, the location is not ideal because there are sea urchins a little further out and the water is covered with seaweed. But when the sea has gone back you can go for a walk which was very nice and you could also watch the crabs between the rocks. Don't forget your shoes because you "climb" over stones. You're really isolated there. You can book a taxi to take you somewhere on the island, but if you want to buy for example food spontaneously it is actually not possible. Therefore I recommend if you go to Stone Town or somewhere else stock up with some things if you feel the need to. But the food in the villa ist really good so you don't have to. Maybe just for some sweets?!
Seasons Lodge Zanzibar - Pongwe - Bedroom
9
9.0 Excellent (262 reviews)
C$ 186+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Seasons Lodge Zanzibar in Pongwe, you'll be on the beach, within a 10-minute drive of Kiwengwa Beach and Pongwe Beach. Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
7.1 Good
Pros: Administration was very helpfull, assist us in getting all the tours & all the services we asked for
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything about this property is fabulous, the location, the view, the staff, the food taste, the dogs, and the stay. It's just amazing. The moment we reached it felt like we are in paradise. Staff is super friendly and helpful and service is excellent. You ask for something and the next minute it's done. The beach bungalows are big, amazing and offers fabulous view. It was like home away from home. Gray, Daniel, and the girls staff are just wow. The two dogs taxi and disco are pure love, we miss them. Felt like never leaving this place but had to. One of the bestest experience and stay. Hospitality is superb. The pics doesn't do justice because it's even more beautiful than the pics in real.
Cons: The food menu is limited, there's scope for variety. Tea maker in room would make it more amazing.
7.5 Good
Pros: The location was very good, and we had a very enjoyable stay. Signage to the property could be better. Food was very good and staff very helpful.
Cons: No tea or coffee facility in the room. More could be done to explain activities and things to do in the area, we had to sort these ourselves.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Very nice and romantic place, with private beach, definitely recommended! Quiet place, basically for those who want to relax. Moving is not easy, especially during high tide. We went for excursions so we wasn’t bored at all!
Cons: Basically we liked everything. Maybe would be great to have more choices in the menu, as it is difficult to move to eat somewhere else and became a bit boring to eat the same things.
7.9 Good
Pros: Spectacular view from our bed to the ocean. Special thanks to Gray for taking good care of us at the restaurant. The staff was very friendly. Great fruit selection available at breakfast.
Cons: Waiting times for lunch were extremely long. The advantage on living on the sea front with awesome views also came along with a lot of humidity in the rooms. You can also smell the very moist condition in the rooms.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The bungalows are very comfortable. You feel like you’re alone on the beach!
Cons: Food could have been better compared to other restaurants
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The location was beautiful and the rooms perfect. The staff went out of their ways to assist and make our stay amazing. A special thanks to the GM Christopher who was always available and assisted amazingly with everything.
Cons: It was all amazing !!
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Seasons Lodge was amazing! The staff feels like family and they are super friendly and helpful. We had a stunning view from our cottage looking onto the beach at Pongwe. Pongwe is a secluded and private beach with beautiful white sands. The lodge offers amazing poolside relaxation with hammocks and loungers.
Cons: There is not a lot of other restaurants in Pongwe and you mainly eat at the Seasons Lodge restaurant, but their food is really nice! You need to get a taxi to visit nearby villages or towns if you would like to go shopping or to another restaurant.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Professional management and beautiful location
Cons: Staff are friendly and helpful. The greetings done to the customers can be less « single voiced » which might sound like unnatural. Bathrooms inside the rooms can be furnished nicer given that the rooms are very well designed.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Each bungalow has a beaufitul Ocean view,you wake up with the sun shining and fall asleep with the sound of the waves The Pool area is cool The room is big The food is good
Pongwe Bay Resort - Pongwe - Building
10
8.9 Excellent (430 reviews)
C$ 97+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Pongwe Bay Resort in Pongwe, you'll be on the beach, within a 10-minute drive of Kiwengwa Beach and Pongwe Beach. Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything was amazing. Nice and clean resort. Our room was spacious and cosy. Very tasty dinners and friendly staff. We can recommend if you are staying in Pongwe. There is a nice swimming pool so you can enjoy and relax in this resort.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Fabulous location, restful stay, lovely tranquil pool, good food at very good value for money.
Cons: Lack of shower gel in room.
7.9 Good
Pros: The lobby was very very nice, a kind of a big terasa where the very good italian taste and talent in design of the owner, combined traditional elements with a modern approach. We just feel very good to stay and relax there, on the coaches. Warm lighting, good atmosphere. The staff well trained. We just love it. We enjoy very much the friendship we made with Masai people. And the two cultural evenings that was organized. One with masai culture, one with zanzibar culture (music and other); a great experience that put us in contact with their culture in a very nice manner. Great view when you stay and relax on the chair at swimming pool. Nice vegetation. Big palms that create this nice feeling of exotic vacation. The idea of putting hamac between palm trees was great! For relaxing.
Cons: The smell in the room.
6.5 Good
Pros: The serenity , view and quietness
Cons: Beddings were clean but old and they are just basic not befitting a hotel Mosquito nets are old need replacement Food was average not wide variety basic cooking style The hotel must explain the nature of Rooms like traditional...modern and the like the room are traditional but not what I expected they were basic
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Lovely location in remote idyllic area. Beautiful pool and garden, white sandy beach, palms and turquoise ocean! Truly paradise
Cons: Food was a bit boring- not much choice in the menus however there are 2 restaurants nearby :)
8.8 Excellent
Pros: The management staff are very welcoming and helpful, the quietness and the overall arrangements are just what i was looking for
Cons: Nothing
8.3 Excellent
Cons: Very nice and hospitable. Beautiful location.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The staff was impressive and very professional. Always trying to help me with everything and make me happy. On my last night they provided the dinner in the pool! Amazing experience.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Lovely place with very nice pool and right on the beach. Staff were amazing and so friendly and always happy to help.
Cons: 5% credit card charge is a bit much when paying large amounts.
3.3 Mediocre
Pros: Nice locals working there
Cons: Beach is horrible. Full with leafes , stones and only accessible 2 hours a day because of the tides. Also is tge water knee height maximum unless you want to go 300 feet in the water. 1 towel laundry is 10 dollars. Food very expensive. Taxi they charge double then outside. Horrible place.
Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa - Kiwengwa
11
8.8 Excellent (733 reviews)
C$ 230+
Overview Reviews
When you stay at Bluebay Beach Resort And Spa in Kiwengwa, you'll be on the beach, a 1-minute drive from Kiwengwa Beach and 8 minutes from Mapenzi Beach. Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and multilingual staff. Event facilities at this resort consist of a conference center and a meeting room. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Great place, beautiful beach, not a lot to see around the hotel, but diving at Mnemba is great. Fantastic place to relax, both for couples and families. Food was great, nice and clean, and staff smiling af friendly.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: great location, great service, highly recommended
5.8 Okay
Pros: Perfect environment and neatness. Food is also very good and tasty. Some stuff are very experienced and interact well they know what they are doing to make the client feel comfortable.
Cons: One rude lady I can’t recall her name she could. Be considerate that I had kids that’s why my husband requested for late check out so what she was doing was to force me out of the room as if I don’t really matter despite we had two rooms and we stayed there for 3 nights.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The location is beautiful, the facilities to a very high standard and the staff without fail were welcoming, friendly and helpful. Room was beautiful and very well equipped.
Cons: There was nothing I didn't like at all.
7.5 Good
Pros: Good food, facilities and overall service. Very nice upgrade when we told them about our honeymoon.
Cons: The reception is too far from most of the rooms and therefore they should develop their transport service. They should also ask guests more often about drinks and refreshments. The toilets could also need some renovation.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The layout of the resort is very well thought out, so although it was busy you could always find a quiet place. The location and beach is really lovely. When the tide is out, you can walk out, explore and see beautiful star fish and lots of sea urchins, as well as coral and crabs. All of our rooms had big balconies with elevated views of the resort and surrounding trees and gardens.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Blue Bay is a top hotel in Kiwengwa. Great location, beach, staff, and meals. Rooms are spacious and clean. Very safe (have 2 gates with security).
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Very clean, good value al inclusive.
Cons: Touts on the public beach are annoying.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: So good we changed flights to stay an extra day.
Cons: Nothing.
Sultan Sands - Kiwengwa - Bedroom
12
8.8 Excellent (606 reviews)
C$ 257+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Sultan Sands in Kiwengwa, you'll be a 1-minute drive from Kiwengwa Beach and 7 minutes from Mapenzi Beach. Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a 24-hour front desk, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: The food exceeded all expectations that we had before arriving. We expected quite a basic offering, but what we received was a fabulous buffet offering a salad bar, fresh grilled tuna, and DIY pasta station (made by the chef). Honestly, it’s some of the best buffet food we have enjoyed whilst vacationing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were equally plentiful. The all-inclusive alcohol offerings were superb-a choice of rose, red and white South African wine, approximately 7 cocktail choices, 2 types of beer and approximately 7 mocktail choices (perfect for my friend as she doesn’t drink alcohol). Cass the manager was extremely attentive, friendly and chatty and would go out of his way to come over and ask how we are. At pre-dinner drinks on our first night we chatted with him. He then went to the restaurant and reserved us one of the best tables for dinner. His customer service is top notch.
Cons: The property is literally in the middle of nowhere-so if you are looking to take a walk and explore the surrounding area, this is not for you. To get to the property, you have to drive past a guard in a booth that takes the car details and raises a pole blocking the road. You then drive up to a giant gate where once again a security guard takes the car/driver details and then unlocks the gate and allows you in. With this measure (as two female travellers) I felt very safe at this resort. The fact that we were in the middle of nowhere didn’t concern us as we had travelled for a relaxing beach stay, and the property services offered meant that we didn’t have to look elsewhere.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: This is one of the best hotels that we visit. Stuff is very friendly and nice. The food is vert fresh and delicacies. The beach is very clean and very comfortable. .
Cons: When you want to change towel for the beach that is not possible. You can get only one towel per day. This is OK but it could be better.
7.5 Good
Pros: The buffet at the hotel has a wide selection of food and they had very pleasant and helpful waiters. The hotel is right on the beach which was great for morning sunbathing and swim in their pool that overlooks the ocean. I particularly enjoyed the fact that dawa cocktails feature in the all-inclusive beverage list. The hotel rooms were clean and well sized.
Cons: More hotel activities and better bands during the night entertainment
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everthing
Cons: Nothing
7.5 Good
Pros: Most things were likeable but not necessarily exceptional. Therefore it met our expectations as a 4 star rated hotel.
Cons: No universal power plugs in rooms and no adaptors offered from hotel unless you wanted to buy from the gift shop at $10. Booked tennis court next door affiliated hotel (5star) but we couldn’t play on the day because the court was wet from the rain the night before. Considering the hotel were aware of the booking, 1) they could have notified us in advance of any cancellation, 2) sent a staff out to squeegee/sweep the water away.
7.9 Good
Pros: Great pool, the food was amazing, beatifull beach and staff were very friendly
Cons: The internet signal was very poor in room
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Quite environment, friendly staff especially Dass-always ready to assist and clean beach.
Cons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything was nice the Manager DASS was so amazing,he organized cake for me and my wife during the Dinner on our Anniversary,then they came at our Table and start singing happy anniversary etc,our time there was so amazing me and my wife we are planning to go there again and again.The beach,food,room,staff everything was amazing. Epaphrodito, Tanzania.
Cons: Everything was perfect
8.8 Excellent
Pros: the hotel was good the staffs were good but above all the Manager of the hotel was very good Mr Dass thank you so much he made us feel at home.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: The place is located in a nice environment away from noisy city life The Beach was clean and the facilities well maintained The food was also excellent
Sunshine Hotel Zanzibar - Matemwe - Bedroom
13
8.7 Excellent (273 reviews)
C$ 175+
Overview Reviews
Located in Matemwe, Sunshine Hotel Zanzibar is a 1-minute drive from Muyuni Beach and 11 minutes from Mapenzi Beach. Featured amenities include luggage storage and laundry facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything was perfect. The food as well. Personnel very kind and attentive to your needs. Bicycle for free at disposition
9.6 Excellent
Pros: This is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the amazing views from the swimming pool. The atmosphere and the eco-concept of the hotel was great. The staff was very nice and helpful.
Cons: They did not have many choices in the restaurant
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The room with ocean view was such amazing. It comes with a balcony which make the stay even more pleasant. Decoration is nice and enhances the pleasure for staying at Sunshine. Restaurant as well as the swimming pool both located by the beach are nice to relax.
Cons: Nothing except the hotel pricing for Taxi transfers : 50$ airport to Hotel & especially a 90$ hôtel to Jambiani ! You can easily divide by 2 when asking locals directly. I would recommend to grab a taxi upon arrival that you can negotiate at 40$ and keep the phone number for further transfers.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Located on a beautiful beach with lovely swimming pools and friendly staff, and also good value for money compared to other places in Matemwe. The food they offer in the restaurant is excellent. Turn down service is a nice extra!
Cons: Our room (double room with garden view) was a bit small and didn't seem to be as nice as all the other bungalows, so I would advice a different kind of room. When we stayed there, there were also lot's of people putting their towels on the few available beds while they were away for hours, which I didn't like. Also the excursions and taxi service they offer are overpriced, you can find those cheaper elsewhere.
7.9 Good
Pros: The staff is super friendly and funny, especially at the restaurant. Pool area is very nice and the rooms are fantastic. Very big and comfy bed and big balconies. The restaurant is good and the breakfast more then enough (you can choose eggs, fruits, pancakes, etc)
Cons: The restaurant is very nice but a bit expensive and the portions are quite small. Also there was no music until we asked them to play some. It was super silent before but with a bit of background music it was OK. The beach is beautiful but unfortunately full of seaweed (not the hotels fault but they should at least try to keep it clean)
6.7 Good
Pros: Good food, great pizza, beautiful beach, good location, lovely resident cats, cute resto
Cons: Room was just “ok”. Very much a boutique hotel. Difficult communication with front desk manager at times
7.5 Good
Pros: Staff were very friendly and room was good
Cons: No toiletries such as dental kits, no bedroom slippers, when we wanted a massage there was no masseuse, nobody could tell us details for water activities, the beach was full of sea urchins and sellers, the pool was small. For the price we expected so much more than what we received.
6.3 Good
Pros: The room is well decorated and true to its pictures. The food was good compared to other resorts in Tanzania and beautiful white sand beach. Admin/reception was accommodating when we complained about banging noise from the tree near our terrace, But only answered our requests after repeated complaints.
Cons: Highly overpriced for what the resort offers you, being an "eco friendly" resort the walls were open whihh lead to barely any sound isolation between us and our neighbors. And the swimming pool is fairly small. One mishap happened when settling our bill, where the prices for some reason increased and charged us with items we didn't order. WiFi was down most of our stay. " government Tax" per person per night was charged for our stay.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The room was really nice and spacious. Bed comes with mosquito net. They cleaned beach in front every from the sea grass. Staff was super nice and you can see they are trying to maintain Western expectations. Since we checked out at 10 am and our flight was only in the evening, we stayed around hotel with no problem and they also offered us to take a shower before the flight.
Cons: We would only suggest to lower prices for SPA. I'm sure that more people would use it in that case. 50$/60$ for 1 hour is a bit too much for Zanzibar. Same for the trips organized with hotel. From outside sellers you pay less than double. Also, we were having lunch and dinner mostly in other restaurants as it seemed they had better prices, choice and quality.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Great staff, room and facilities. Infinity pool view was amazing. Also recommend Elizabeth at the spa. And free bikes to use along the beach! Make sure to go to beach about 20 mins before sunrise, it was stunning!
Cons: There were only three options for main meal in evening, one fish, one meat and one veg. As a vegetarian I would have liked a bit more choice of dishes
Kasha Boutique Hotel - Matemwe - Bedroom
14
8.7 Excellent (264 reviews)
C$ 131+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Kasha Boutique Hotel in Matemwe, you'll be within a 10-minute drive of Mnemba Island and Kigomani Beach. Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: I really love the hotel, i spend to wonderful days and definitely coming back soon, amazing location, amazing place if u wanna relax and enjoy. Such a lovely and friendly staff.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: EVERYTHING. I can honestly say that this has been the best hotel stay in my LIFE. Far surpassed my expectations, to a point that I didnt want to leave. I mean, the manager greets you as you arrive at the resort. Top notch service!!!
Cons: I loved the fact that I didnt like the fact that this resort forced one to relax. WiFi only available in the reception area.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Great service. Management was awesome. Highly recommended!
Cons: Road to hotel was a bit difficult
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Large spacious room with veranda n private pool. Very helpful and respectful staff. Beautiful infinity pool and breakfast overlooking the ocean. Very comfy pillows and bedding. Manicured grounds.
Cons: The drains in our room had a smell but management tried sorted it out . Breakfast was great and tasty but the same every day. The beach is not really for swimming. But you can walk amongst sea urchins n rocks. The hotel has shoes for guests to walk in the water.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Great food
4.6 Okay
Pros: This place is surely a great place for a young couple and not for a family. The view from our suite was breathtaking. One feels like they are staying in a big garden with amazing greenery around. It is not far from Kendwa and its lovely beach.
Cons: The hotel is old and it shows. It requires ALOT of maintenance vis a vis the suites. Our room needed serious cleaning to say the least. The food wasnt so great and surely not suitable for young kids. The location is very remote and we had to drive through the villages for about 20 minutes in a really rough terrain to reach. The hotel doesn't have direct access to the beach. We visited in June and it was way too windy to enjoy the pool. The hotel changes the food menu everyday and provides a set menu at a specific time which makes it very hard for a family with young kids. Mind you the food is on the pricey side and you can get better selection and quality at any other place around that area. Given its remote location we would have liked for the hotel to provide some sort of entertainment, but unfortunately nothing. Not even a little music in the public places. All in all, we dont think we will ever visit this place again.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Great relaxing and exclusive place with a limited number of guests. Everything is beautiful : gardens, swimming pools, private lodges, main areas. We had a great 2 days enjoying life on a luxury side I would really recommand it for a couple who wants to spend to intimate days
Cons: Hotel is lost in the nature, so, not a lot to do outside nearby (but you don’t go there for this). Lack of Wifi spot - only in the major lobby
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Quiet hotel and nice for relaxing
Cons: Location is far from other places
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The property is very beautiful. It is isolated and so very quiet.
Cons: The property is very isolated, which can be good or bad. What we were looking for was a serene, relaxed environment, and Kasha is that. However, it is also kind of an Island unto itself with little in the immediate area for diversion. Take that for what you will.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Staff were very friendly and prompt in their service and the location was magical.
Cons: Road to the property
Dream of Zanzibar Resort - Kiwengwa - Building
15
8.7 Excellent (168 reviews)
C$ 379+
Overview Reviews
Nestled on the beach, this Kiwengwa property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest, Mapenzi Beach, and Kiwengwa Beach. Pwani Mchangani Beach and Muyuni Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
6.3 Good
Pros: The beach The view from.the room
Cons: The clientele (noisy in rooms, early and late), towels.on unoccupied deckchairs, the size of the resort, the food even if correct for an all inclusive
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Amazing staff and location Great food with amazing veg options
Cons: Everything was great
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Dream of Zanzibar is really a dream. We took the all inclusive option and it was perfect. There are many restaurants to choose from. The staff was very polite and helpful, always trying to help. Almost Everything was fresh. The beach is amazing and the pool as well.
Cons: 1. No ATM within an hour drive 2. Technical problems in the boot of Aqua Sport
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The property was beautiful. Lots of greenery. Very clean. All facilities were as described. I would go back for sure.They need to manage their restaurant reservations a bit more efficiently. We had some issues for which were compensated with lovely private sea food meal by the beach.
7.5 Good
Pros: People are very friendly and smiling
Cons: Reception approched
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Food was good, especially during the evening events. Evening parties were good orginized, most of all i liked African night event.
Cons: Should have more animation
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Frendly staff . Very good food . Nice secure beach .
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything
6.3 Good
Pros: Staff is very friendly. They just give their best to ensure we have all the support and spend some relaxing time there
Cons: Wi fi connection very poor electricity constantly drops down Food has bad quality. Several guests got sick. I advised them at the restaurant because the milk was not in good conditions and they kept it there for 2 days more
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The room was lovely and well cleaned. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The facilities are great. Security on the beach keeps all the beach boys away. The food was mostly good with a good variety. Breakfast and lunch was great and the themed evenings offered lovely food.
Cons: The additional restaurants which you needed to book on the resort were more of a token gesture and didn’t add an extra experience to the stay. The food they offered was poor and not far different from the main buffet.
Next Paradise Boutique Resort - Pwani Mchangani - Bedroom
16
9.0 Excellent (40 reviews)
C$ 296+
Overview Reviews
When you stay at Next Paradise Boutique Resort in Pwani Mchangani, you'll be on the beach, a 1-minute drive from Mapenzi Beach and 7 minutes from Kiwengwa Beach. Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. For a surcharge, guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and a ferry terminal shuttle.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Amazing location, beautiful grounds. Great pool area. Very nice room. Very attentive staff and management.
Cons: We were there five nights and there was hardly any variety on the breakfast buffet. Disappointing.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Beautiful long white sand beach. The very high tidal swings make it possible to walk ~1km out to reef at low tide. You will see so many different sea creatures — star fish of all colors, fish caught in tidal pools, and more. Be careful of the sea urchins. Highly recommend you bring water shoes as they are a must have. Great onsite restaurant with all day made to order menu. Evening offers a 4 course meal that is determined daily by what is fresh. Very comfortable and very quiet air conditioned rooms. Wonderful friendly staff.
Cons: Although the hotel is not at fault, do be aware there are an abundance of sea urchins all along the Zanzibar coast. Families with small children need to be cautious as you explore the beach.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The peaceful and tranquil setting to the most amazingly attentive staff, I could not fault this hotel. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting and needing a complete recharge of their batteries. 7 days was not enough, another 3 at least would have been perfect.
Cons: I loved everything about this stunning boutique hotel
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Amazing staff and service , rooms are very clean, beautiful ocean view. On the last night our flight was at 21:00 and they gave us a nice room to stay ,take shower and rest until the ride to the airport despite the check out which was at 12:00
Cons: a bit far from main attractions we had to take a taxi but worth the $$$$$$
7.5 Good
Pros: The property is clean, well organized and the receptionist is simply amazing in booking for our pick ups, trips and adventures, she was attentive and very helpful. The rooms are smaller than what they seem in the pictures. The staff in the restaurant were great always cheerful.
Cons: The chef on the other hand is the female version of Chef Gordon Ramsay, every evening she goes Berserk in the Kitchen!, and that was reflected in the quality of food being served to the guests, as well as the waiters. The beach is beautiful but there are some steel anchors in the sand so be careful when you go swimming. The toilet lacks towels, the first day we had towels in the basket, the second day we had one towel and in the third day we had non!. Is it worthy to stay in this hotel? yes, is it worthy to try eating in the restaurant for dinner?, I would say no, but if you have no options available go ahead, but I won't guarantee you not having a foul mood!
10.0 Excellent
Pros: excellent vacation great hotel and location friendly staff
4.2 Okay
Pros: the resort is quiet and has direct access on the beach.
Cons: the resort is soulless and the beach is not the best we've experienced in zanzibar, food is so expensive we didn't even try it. the facilities didn't meet our expectations, compared to the booking rating and the pictures we had seen. the room is clean but very standard, no charm, not much intimacy. the staff looks sad or angry, did not make us feel at home, the manager was helpful though. pool is a bit old fashioned and the resort feels empty and sad. propabaly it would suit better older people looking for very quiet all included resort
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Everything, from the checkin to the checkout... If I go back to Zanzibar, this will be first option to look for accomodation.
Cons: I really missed Stoney Tangawizi in the bar :) also small shower for the feet will be better than just actual one.
Sunshine Marine Lodge - Matemwe - Building
17
8.6 Excellent (371 reviews)
C$ 178+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Sunshine Marine Lodge in Matemwe, you'll be 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mnemba Island and 10.1 mi (16.3 km) from Kiwengwa Beach. Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: We loved our stay in Sunshine Marine Lodge. The hotel is so amazing and charming with typical African style and beautiful well-cared garden. We felt really comfortable in the rooms that are exactly like the photos when we booked. The emplacement of the hotel was perfect for us, out of busy tourism, in a quiet place in Matemnwe coast, and the views were spectacular on the beach and Menmba island. We really enjoyed low tide each morning, and our child also (5years) had a lot of fun, walking in the sand. We highly recommend this hotel.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Room is fantastic Good menu choice Great staff Views
Cons: Price of a beer $3 a bit much when it costs less than a dollar .
9.2 Excellent
Pros: The rooms are beautifully decorated and have lovely sunbeds in the balcony to relax. The facilities are super comfy, very good breakfast and nice sofas to chill out. Private beach is gorgeous, you have to walk to (with shoes they provide), go by boat or car 10 mins (included in the stay), it is just opposite Mnemba. Free yoga classes 3 days a week to make the stay even better.
Cons: All was fantastic. Maybe the pool was a bit colder, but nothing bothered us. If you’re looking for action nearby the hotel, then it is not right hotel.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Rooms are phenomenal. Staff, specially at restaurant are super nice and helpful. Beach is the most beautiful we have seen in the east coast of Zanzibar. It is a place to relax. Free yoga classes thrice a week is a plus. The lobster at the restaurant was delicious!
Cons: We could have used some help with our luggage from the room to reception at check out
9.6 Excellent
Pros: -The dive club is in the resort and fantastic good dive guides and instructors. -The restaurant has excellent food and drinks. -The view is magnificant. -The room is very comfortable. - it is very quiet. - there are free yoga lessons.
Cons: -The road to the resort is terrible. -The beach is not at the resort, but its 10min walk if the water is low or by boat or by car. -No tv.
2.5 Mediocre
Pros: Nothing
Cons: We stayed at this hotel and had food poisoning. My girlfriend ate a cake with cream and fruits and it was tasting weird and next morning she became very very sick. When we went to reception and said what happened they offered expired medicine (it was expired one year ago!!!). The manager called a doctor over the phone who didn’t sound professional and they wanted to charge us 50 US dollars just for the doctor to come. The manager kept denying that they are responsible for any food poisoning and refused any cooperation. He admitted that they offered expired medication with the excuse of “we don’t use the first aid kit often” it is obviously very “professional”!!. And the same person trying to convince me that the food they give is not “expired”???? If my girlfriend accepts the medication her health could have been put in serious danger!!! We went to hospital where the doctor confirmed that she has food poisoning. We told the hotel manager who said “ the doctor probably wrong she doesn’t have food poisoning “ who is this hotel manager to question a doctor’s diagnosis??? And he refused to help with the medical costs. We asked the hospital if there were other people with same food poisoning and they confirmed yes they had more patients coming the same day with same problem. We also asked the hotel for an itemized bill and they put a coke instead of the dessert cake on the bill (we have a proofs). It’s also suspicious. The manager of the hotel is too arrogant and very disrespectful. Just avoid this place if you don’t want to put your life in risk!!! there are many others nicer places in Zanzibar with better management.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: I had an amazing stay in sunshine marine lodge. The staff they have hired are one of the best I have come across in my life! Especially a waiter called Nicolas that became my good friend now. The chef khalid is also an amazing guy and has amazing creative food! The beach in very nice, highly recommend.
Cons: The drive to sunshine marine is a bit bumpy.
5.4 Okay
Pros: The location
Cons: Our stay was a disappointment. During the first night monkeys were coming in and out of our room, leaving us wordless. Instead of sleeping we had to lead the monkeys out again and again, hoping they won’t touch our children. The management tried to compensate us but on the fourth night we had one more time monkeys visit in our room. On top of it, the crew wasn’t attentive, what doubled our frustration, a total contrast to other places we stayed at. Breakfast was as minor as can be, we had the feeling as if everything was counted. Something in the atmosphere lacks in this lodge and it’s transferred to the guests. Yes, it’s a nice spot and the pool is situated nicely. But All the rest was way below the expected standards, not to mention having monkeys in the room.
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Dive club, pool and sea views.
Cons: Wifi was not working
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The room was nicely furnished, the employees were very friendly and the dinner was always delicious. From the Pool you have an amazing view of Mnemba Island. The Mnemba Atoll is a great place for diving. The stuff of the diving center were very professional and friendly. I can highly recommend Sunshine Marine Lodge.
Ahg Waridi Beach Resort & Spa - Pwani Mchangani - Building
18
8.6 Excellent (108 reviews)
C$ 186+
Overview Reviews
When you stay at AHG Waridi Beach Resort & Spa in Pwani Mchangani, you'll be on the beach, a 2-minute drive from Mapenzi Beach and 9 minutes from Kiwengwa Beach. Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours).
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Hotel is good and quite. Food is very good , staff is very good . Clean rooms . I suggest.
Cons: The hotel is very hard to find . I suggest the property to put a remark on the road , we came at night time and it took us 1 hour to find the hotel when we were like 100 meters away . Location is so so and people on the beach are harassing tourists with their tours and activities.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: The beach bungalow was very spacious and had a nice vibe, the beach lounge was great. The staff organised entertainment through out the day including fitness activities like yoga and acrobatic show in the evening. Nice vibe. Staff speak multiple languages and it’s primarily a European resort. Dinner buffet was delicious with salad, pasta, baked fish and dessert.
Cons: The location was a little stranded and there weren’t enough tours going during my stay. Would have like to do more but the taxis were expensive to go anywhere. Breakfast was good but the same everyday. Desserts could be better.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: absolutely loved my stay! the staff are extremely friendly and polite, they go out of there way to make you feel at home! special thanks to chi and alex for everything, they were superb and made my stay memorable. can’t wait to one day return back to this beautiful property.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Friendly staffs, varties of cusines in one meal ; besides its yummy and it was very close to beach in addition is a private beach with more privacy
Cons: Nothing, everything was perfect
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Our stay at Waridi was amazing and we really enjoyed our time there. The staff was amazing and all of them were extremely friendly, professional and always helping and giving extra. We were really impressed. Every night there is an entertainment for the guest for the hotel, which is really nice, considering you can't go out every evening and pay money for taxi. The beach is amazing. Food really good. I would love to go there again.
Cons: We stayed at the main building of the resort. Rooms are a little bit old and need renovation. It was hard to take shower. Almost no pressure for the water and it was a nightmare.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The team's attentiveness to our needs was awesome, they treated us like kings and queens! Antonella, the tour operator was also very prompt and thoughtful of our needs, especially that we had an early flight for departure, we were sent extra food for the road! the facilities were the basics however you can still feel that they are pleased to have us as guests!
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Best thing about this place was the staff. They really made a difference. So kind and welcoming. Loved all the activities they organize for us.
Cons: The wi fi connection was quite slow.
8.8 Excellent
Cons: The safe in the room didn’t work so couldn’t store valuables anywhere
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Excellent service, very hospitable. Great food and great location relative to the beach
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The food was exceptional and the staff were all amazing.
Cons: The wifi is very slow and frustrating to get access at most days.
Mvuvi Boutique Resort - Kiwengwa - Bedroom
19
8.6 Excellent (88 reviews)
C$ 196+
Overview Reviews
When you stay at Mvuvi Boutique Resort in Kiwengwa, you'll be by the ocean, a 1-minute drive from Kiwengwa Beach and 9 minutes from Mapenzi Beach. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours).
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Mvuvi is a very nice boutique hotel. The walkway to the rooms are sand and this zen-type environment, continues all throughout the facility. Upon check-in we were greeted with glasses of papaya (Or was it mango?) juice and showed directly to our room. Even though we were late due to a day of sightseeing, we still were able to grab a couple of drinks and sit out under the patio which allowed for us to catch some of the cool and relaxing, ocean breezes. Our room had been cooled, was clean, and was filled with rustic/beach decor which fit the environment. The towels were huge and there were nice toiletries for use, if we had happened to forget the basics. The beds were firm and felt like they were memory foamed, with plenty of pillows. The bathroom was clean and the shower simple, with a decent flow and hot water. The staff was very cordial and professional, with Grace the manager leading the way. Breakfast was simple but nice, with eggs that could be ordered to style. Our only gripe was the assignment of tables by room number instead of first come-first served, which gave off a feeling of higher payer getting the better view. However, Grace assured us that this was not the case and we left it at that. The beach is lengthy and very nice for a long and relaxing walk. Beautiful people of the region will also be along to offer gifts or massages, but they are polite and not pushy. Overall, we had a pleasant time and would definitely stay again.
Cons: A per head tax of nine (9) U.S. dollars, was a little surprising. This "city tax" should be a flat rate.
7.9 Good
Pros: 1) very friendly staff 2) relaxing set up and beautiful white sandy beach 3) they accept credit cards and managed to book me on tours where they charge my card for it.
Cons: Inconsistent level of satisfaction PROS 1) very friendly staff 2) relaxing set up and beautiful white sandy beach 3) they accept credit cards and managed to book me on tours where they charge my card for it. CONS 1) location is more suitable for honeymooners and those seeking being away from island activities 2) inconsistent food quality, the same dish might be tasty then the next day could be horrible. 3) terrible WiFi, weak mobile signal too. But that’s pretty much almost everywhere on the island. 4) I was charged for late check-out despite being Genius 2 on booking.com
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The place was perfect ! close to the beach , nice view , nice room , nice restaurant The staff was very very nice . always present and ready to help you ! you feel really good in this place , calm and quiet ! you can sleep well with no noise . Food is very good and tasty ! I recommande this place to all the couple who wants to have a real break in peace ! thanks to all the staff for being so nice and present ! thanks to chef for doing the best crepes in the morning !!! sooo good ;)!
Cons: it was perfect
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The resort manager Alessando is the friendliest human I have ever met. He made us feel as if we were his favourite clients (I'm sure he does that to everyone). The staff,though not well versed in English tried their best to make us feel comfortable. Grace was amazing. The view from the restaurant is to die for and our room was always immaculate. I would definitely stay here again!
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Location, staff, decor
Cons: Nothing
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The rooms were clean and comfortable, the staff were soo friendly and helpful. Meeting all of our requests with a smile. The hotel manager, Allesandro was so warm and welcoming, making the effort to not only know all the guests by name, but also interact with them. They arranged a special dinner for us once they found out it was our honeymoon, at no extra cost.
Cons: Nothing
4.6 Okay
Pros: Staff
Cons: No Wi-Fi,No tv, Too expensive for the place we stayed.
8.3 Excellent
Pros: a wondeful place with great people!! An excellent kitchen!!!!
10.0 Excellent
Pros: You could not ask for more, they have covered all your needs
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The staff at the hotel really made this trip excellent. So friendly and welcoming! We were made to feel like part of a little family during our stay! Thank you!
Waikiki Zanzibar Resort - Pwani Mchangani - Bedroom
20
8.5 Excellent (188 reviews)
C$ 80+
Overview Reviews
When you stay at Waikiki Zanzibar Resort in Pwani Mchangani, you'll be on the beach, a 1-minute drive from Mapenzi Beach and 8 minutes from Kiwengwa Beach. Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, luggage storage, and a library. For a surcharge, guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and a ferry terminal shuttle.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything,lovely place and quite
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Great hotel, clean comfy bungalows, friendly helpful staff, tour company onsite that can organize excursions (we did snorkeling, it was great). Apparently best restaurant in the area.
Cons: Air conditioning is half dead, but it seems to be a common problem on Zanzibar..
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Great location, bungalows very nice, good simple breakfats, friendly staff and in end of June it was not a lot of tourists and (still) very peaceful. Pizza was very good and check/join some of the buffets offered. AND use the opportunity to take a kite-course run by a very nice and very professional Czech couple - moc děkuji!!
Cons: Mattress in our bungalow was over the hill and "ensured" early breakfasts ... and should be removed/replaced with a new one.
4.6 Okay
Pros: Rooms were very basic and tired, nowhere comfortable to sit and work in the room. The whole complex needed a refresh. Staff and service were great. Breakfast, I've had better for the price. Restaurant......hmmm a little disappointing and not value for money.
Cons: Rooms were too small and cramped with no comfortable seating. Breakfast was ordinary. They charge an extra $10 for eggs, c'mon man. I am glad we found the restaurant at Next Paradise 100m away, fantastic food at the same price. I just got the impression they were fixated with milking every $ from each client.
3.3 Mediocre
Cons: The room is very dark, that made reading almost impossible. No drinking water was provided in the room, and no kettle to boil water. Have to buy the drinking water and the hotel was selling a 1.5 litre bottled water for 7000 tanzanian syiling (USD3). The same was sold at 3500 syiling in mainland. The internet was very slow, and only available at one restaurant at the beach. The breakfast choice was very limited. Choose only one hot food from their menu, and the rest are just few types of cookies/danish pastries/bread. Did not even provide butter.
8.3 Excellent
Pros: The room was lovely and the beach was beautiful. The excursion staff were really helpful in sorting everything out. The staff were really friendly, and I thought it was a nice touch that cleaning staff come and give the room a quick spray before sunset (when the mosquitoes come out).
Cons: I think 3 USD for a bottle of water is very high, as is 6% extra for paying by card.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Such wonderful, helpful and friendly staff. They really helped make our stay so fantastic. You can't beat the beach front location either. The restaurants had a great selection of food and were also very adaptable for us as my friend is Vegan. We walked along the beach and this was definitely our favourite resort for this area. Would highly recommend.
Cons: Everything was brilliant but the only thing is comment on would be the cost of water but to be honest you could pop to a shop to buy more if needed.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Great location at the beach. Friendly personal.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: first line in front of the beach hotel offers plenty of activities rooms are comfortable and well kept hygiene is very good great place to go with small children
Cons: food a bit overpriced for what it is, but it remains within the acceptable
7.9 Good
Pros: The rooms were cozy and cleaned daily. The A/C was adequate. Contrary to some reviews I've read, insects in the room were not an issue at all. Also, the restaurants was excellent - particularly the pizza!
Cons: Wifi. It cut out after the second day and never returned. Also, a pool would make the property that much better.