We stayed 5 nights at Hakuna Matata and loved it. The location is a bit removed (~12km) from Stonetown, so you are dependent on taxi's or the driver services of Mohammed to get to town or anyplace else on the island, but that's easy to arrange, and the location is just beautiful. You get a sunset view every night and the lodge and grounds, developed out of an old sultan's ruin, is elegant, peaceful, tasteful and lovely in every respect. Rose and Fritz, the proprietors, are fantastic. Friendly, knowledgable, gracious and accommodating, they make you feel like family. Importantly, they also seem to treat their staff like family too, the service here is just impeccable. Breakfast and lunch menus are tasty, though pretty limited, however, most of your lunches will be taken out and about anyway. Dinner on the other hand, is brilliant: fresh, unique and delicious every single night. Nothing is prepackaged or mass produced, it's done right, by hand, with local ingredients, and with imagination and style. The bungalows are beautiful and tastefully appointed. Our bedroom had A/C, which was nice, but the ceiling fan sufficed most of the time. We had a great view of a small bay that came and went with the tide, a perfect spot for a beer in the evening or tea in the morning. We just loved the pace of the place too, I would go back here in a flash. H-M isn't inexpensive, but I do think it is good value for the money. Also, do remember you are visiting Africa, you can't expect everything to function like it does in Paris or Vienna. Sometimes the power fails, the internet is spotty, and stuff doesn't go exactly as planned, but that's part of the charm and the experience. I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to visit Zanzibar who doesn't need to do it on a shoestring.
Rose, Fritz, thanks to you and your staff, for such a fabulous visit to Zanzibar
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- Also Known As:
- Hakuna Matata Beach Hotel Bububu
- Hakuna Matata Beach Bububu
- Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge Zanzibar Island/Bububu