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Blu Marlin Village

Kumba Urembo Kiwengwa Beach, Kiwengwa Tanzania
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#5 of 10 resorts in Kiwengwa
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BluMarlin Village is in the most peaceful area of the splendid beach of Kiwengwa Zanzibar with its coconut palms and tropical plants not far away is the villafe of Kumba Orembo all around is a scenario of transparent crystalline water and a white beach where one can encounter children who live in the beach huts.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Canoeing
Airport transportation
Massage
Baggage storage
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Snorkelling
Shuttle bus service
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Ocean view
Family rooms
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Family Resort
Languages Spoken
English, Italian
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p. wrote a review Jan 2022
London, United Kingdom3 contributions3 helpful votes
I have never stayed at a hotel as BAD as this one. On arrival, the gate was closed and was opened after 20 mins. I was “welcomed” by the most unfriendliest staff. At check in- Eddie the manager was very rude and unhelpful. He was trying to make me pay more for my stay. He then tried to trick me into paying more for a cheaper room. The Italian owners then appeared very late and had the worst attitude. She was unhelpful and did apologise once for her’s or her staff’s behaviour. Her husband who was also the owner of the hotel was unfriendly and rude. He did not even smile. We were told he does not speak Swahili. But I saw him shouting at other people his staff in Swahili on several occasions. This place is like a jail and the most unfriendly and unwelcoming hotel I have ever stayed at. The service is appalling and the Wi-Fi does not work anywhere. The shower is the worst. The water coming out of the shower and taps is dirty!! The beach and location is also unpleasant. It has brown seaweed covered on the beach and litter and rubbish everywhere.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Farah E wrote a review Jul 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates25 contributions9 helpful votes
What a cute and lovely place. The staff is the best part about this place. They are so friendly and simply happy, which makes the place have positive vibes. This place is super cute and super simple. Most of all, it is super affordable! I would definitely come and visit again.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Bring your own shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.
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Oksanasko wrote a review Nov 2020
Kyiv, Ukraine9 contributions6 helpful votes
I love small chamber hotels, where a friendly atmosphere between guests is quickly established. Excellent staff, especially Abdul (hello, Abdul!) – a cheerful guy who is always ready to provide any service. The hotel is absolutely safe and well guarded - you can safely leave things in the rooms and on the beach. Good breakfasts with an ocean view. Great sandy beach. Cozy rooms with balconies, linen change every day. I compared this hotel with others on the coast - and almost all comparisons are in favor of a little Blu Marlin Village.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Lillian L wrote a review Feb 2019
Honefoss, Norway18 contributions20 helpful votes
We stayed 5 days at the hotel, and had brekfast and dinner. The food was very tasty and varied, fresh from the sea, and the staff was friendly and polite. They avcepted all currecy, although They mainly use Euros. The cleaning was good, and fresh towles and linnen. The room had refrigerator also. It was close to the locals which made the stay very authentic. There are many Italians but they also speak english. They invited us and helped us for diving and trips. We thought it was good value for the price and had A wonderful stay.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Do A wrote a review Dec 2018
494 contributions27 helpful votes
We arrived last night and leaving this morning to look for another accommodation. We were shocked at arrival with the unwelcoming attitude of the owners to begin with, then the state of the rooms: filthy bugs on the beds, and flies and mosquitoes on the broken nets. AC was not working in our friends room, in ours it was going off every hour because of electricity cuts which we were not told about and damaged one of our phones. So please if you go there unplug ur devices. We don’t recommend this place. It’s poor hygiene, poor hospitality, seems to cater for a specific clientele. Very disappointed and sad.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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regm889 wrote a review Jan 2018
Bangkok, Thailand869 contributions373 helpful votes
Not welcoming staff and owner, you feel trapped if you arrive here quite different basic facilities and in rooms-than you see amezing photos in web, language italian olny, problem of basic communication, very basic bf cookies only fresh omlet if uou order is OK, rude owners- they do not have any sence of customer services
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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69_huge wrote a review Sept 2017
Gelderland Province, The Netherlands4 contributions
We had a marvellous time in this small informal hotel. Having seen some bad reviews on the internet I was a bit hesitant, although most recent reviews were positive – almost all from Italian guests. They were proved right. In fact the hotel, being owned and run by Italians, has an Italian touch. The food is delicious and various. During our one week stay they never proposed the same buffet lunch/dinner. We loved the typical dinner with African dishes. For breakfast they mainly serve sweet foods (pastries, crepes etc.), but you can also ask for boiled eggs or an omelette; probably breakfast could be improved by serving more savoury choices. Our room had a traditional style with wooden furniture and air conditioning. Great daily cleaning and daily towel change. The overall service is friendly and attentive – from the owner, through Riccardo at the reception to the waiters etc. The location of the hotel is superb with a beautiful and quiet beach (no beach boys!). We also booked several excursions with the hotel and enjoyed the company and the stories of our guide Eddy.
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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williamharkema wrote a review May 2017
Schiedam, The Netherlands142 contributions86 helpful votes
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4 rooms in 8 hours because no airco or not water for shower. The "big boss" Luka is just busy whit new girls for the next night, and eat the best foods and cocktails for himself and his one night lover. The manager Eddy is only there when they call him for a problem. The fence off the balcony and the stairs are very dangerous because they almost finished in site full animals who eat the fences wood. The airco's full bacteriën they never cleaning. Breakfast very poor just old dry bread and only jam and egg. Lunch and dinner are poorest is had in the last year's. The rooms very wet climate and smell bad even the beds and pillow whit dark braun sheets colored. They cleaning only badrooms floors not the walls and windows. The cooker is always stoned about marihuana and can't right walking. All the workers and other people hanging in the bar or around the TV. The tv is so loud you can't read a book or just sit relaxed. Never I will go back there.
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Hishighness A wrote a review Feb 2016
Jammu and Kashmir, India12 contributions17 helpful votes
Firstly, there was no signpost even in near vicinity to direct me to the location. One is likely to move past it as there is no signboard facing the approach track (yes, a dirt track, there is no proper road) !! Bathroom fittings are coming apart. My room door wouldn't lock from outside, so it had to be left open and at the mercy of the hotel staff,along with all the valuables and passport inside! Wifi signal was not reaching most rooms, an i had tough time uploading pictures to google drive even while sitting outside. The hotel staff agreed to change my room but not before half my stay was already over. Food menu is inscrutable, being in italian. Besides the prices are unreasonably bloated (about three times the normal). Moreover, you have very few options for dining as all the restaurants in vicinity sell at inflated prices, and all of them are basically italian. If you want to settle scores with a friend, recommend this place.
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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EMUSIC88 wrote a review Jan 2016
Brussels, Belgium1 contribution3 helpful votes
The first impression of Blu Marlin upon arrival seemed well. The beach and the pool are very nice, however there are some major shortcomings which are not just a nuissance but also a plain hazard. 1. Location: 25 $pp is too much for a single transfer. You can take a cab at Stone town for 15$ with more people. 2. The room appeared clean, but the water in the shower was salty and the sheets were dark. So there was no way of knowing if it is clean or not. The salty water is an issue, as you can never rinse clean unless you go into the swimming pool. 3. The food is not very good, but it was eadible... Until 7 persons including myself and boyfriend had a Major stomach flu for aprox. 5 more days. As the owner and his family were eating in their own house, they did not get ill. However the customers did, but were not taken seriously at all by the manager and owner. There was no compensation made for 5 days running to the bathroom of our 7 day holidays. There was clearly a contamination of the food, and the response of the owner was just outrageous. If you have a sensitive stomach, its better to stay away from blu Marlin. Otherwise just eat white rice. 4. Out of 7 days, we maybe had 2 hours of WiFi.
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Date of stay: January 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
£55 - £102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandKiwengwa
NUMBER OF ROOMS
13
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blu Marlin Village
Which popular attractions are close to Blu Marlin Village?
Nearby attractions include Kiwengwa Beach (1.0 miles), Mussa Abasi Village Spice Farm Kisongoni (5.0 miles), and Kiwengwa Caves (1.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Blu Marlin Village?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Blu Marlin Village?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Blu Marlin Village?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Capannina Zanzibar, The Island - Pongwe Lodge Restaurant, and La Base JungleKite.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Blu Marlin Village?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Blu Marlin Village have airport transportation?
Yes, Blu Marlin Village offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Blu Marlin Village?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Blu Marlin Village?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Datch Excursions Zanzibar! (0.8 miles).
Does Blu Marlin Village have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.