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Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bububu
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Portland, Oregon
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“This place is fantastic”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

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

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

This is a feast to the eye and all your senses. A week after my holiday the image captured from the veranda of Kilimanjaro II was still lingering before my eyes...

We arrived late and were welcomed by the reception manager Vera. She gave us quick tips, pre-paid mobile phones to keep in touch with her, with the hotel driver and with each other. My friends checked in the Honeymoon bungaloo and I had Kilimanjaro II.

Spacious, airy, exquisite, arranged with a lot of style and personal touch. Just check out the photo gallery on Hakuna Matata's website - it's just the same!

Staff were absolutely professional and outstanding in terms of friendliness and flair to make you feel good. The restaurant and the food - exceptional. The breakfast is plentiful, there is a daily menu for lunch and dinner and hours are fixed.

The garden is lush and beautiful, there is a small swimming pool and many secret corners to admire the view and relax. The beach isn't big but I happened to be all by myslelf in early mornings. The water was perfect for swimming. Sunset was captivating.

There is an excursion desk where you can select a number of trips or activities and they are also in charge of private transfers to Stonetown or airport.

Vera was available 24 hours a day and she turned up immediately when I called her after midnight to say I had an emergency in the bathroom and hot water came flodding in the bungalow. She and Herry resolved the issue temporarily and moved me to another bungalow the next day.

There was WIFI in the area but the coverage was not very good and there was surcharge for it. On the other hand we were allowed to check out at 5 p.m. free of charge.

We spent three days at Hakuna Matata, it brought happiness from inside and outside and staying longer would have been equal to staying in heaven...

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

Hakuna Matata came highly recommended by a colleague and he was absolutely right. From our hibiscus cocktails(historic) on arrival to afternoon tea and cake, proceeding to superb evening meals and breakfasts we can only praise Fritz, Rose and the team for making our stay so fantastic.
We stayed in a comfort room which was well appointed with lovely views over the private beach. The estate is stunning, with amazing views/sunsets and beautifully managed gardens/swimming pools. Trips into stonetown are easy (12 kms away), either by taxi ($25 return or local transport)
All well and good, but this just isnt it. Fritz and Rose are an extraordinary couple, who have invested enormously in their staff, training them to an extremely high standard, as well as supporting them professionally with their careers by arranging for them to go abroad for further training. They retired from the venture, having built everything up themselves from scratch only to return at the insistence of the Tanzanian government when a subsequent venture failed.....Thank goodness they did!
One of the highlights of our african trip was to go to the private sandbank to go snorkelling and then have lunch. The coral garden was superb and we both thought this was one of the most special days we have ever had together.
we are not the kind of people to write gushy reviews but here it is. Hakuna Matata is one of the few places I would return to. We highly recommend you try it.

Room Tip: i am sure all the rooms are lovely. we stayed in zanzibari 1overlooking the private beach....lovely
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

I booked our last night in Zanzibar at Hakuna Matata as a treat! And it did not dissapoint.
What a beautiful location and resort. Hidden away from the hussle and bussle of the main road this lodge is located on its own beach with magnificent views over the ocean from the resturant area. Hakuna Matata is not a large resort and you really get the personalised touch with the staff recognising you and attending to all your needs. As we only had one night here after a safari we really appreciated the space and comfort of the bungalow and grounds.
The bungalow was spacious, with a huge clean bathroom, private balcony, air cond. a fan and huge very comfortable bed and devine pellows. Our Bungalow was set back from the sea view, but we didnt mind as it was closer to the beautiful white washed pool.
The resturant was surperb, service brilliant and food delicious. The view was breathtaking and we spent a little longer sitting at our table just to enjoy it after a meal.
As our time was limited and I wanted to visit Prison island the tour staff were more than happy to organise a private boat tour from the lodge to the island as soon as I requested we go.
Thank you to all the staff at Hakuna Matata we had a wonderful time at this property and only wish we had longer!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We stayed 5 nights at Hakuna Matata Lodge and had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay. The service was excellent and the staff just can't do enough for you which makes you feel rather special. The food here was exceptionally good, there wasn't a meal we didn't love. We decided to go in to Stonetown a couple of times for dinner but found it no better than at HML but it is definitely a great experience. One evening they did a Chakalaka Night on the private beach and it was a wonderful experience complete with a fire on the beach..........very romantic. The rooms are neat and clean and every day the cleaners put an abundance of fresh tropical flowers all around the room and the frangipani fragrance is delightful! The only down side to our stay was the bed and pillows. Our mattress was foam on top of a concrete pad and we did not find it comfortable at all. Also the pillow was very strange like a large European size pillow case with loose polyester filling in it. We overlooked all this because everything else about HML was so good. If they changed the bed and pillows to an inner spring mattress and normal comfortable pillows this place would be perfect! Loved our stay.

Room Tip: We stayed in Bagamoyo 2 which was located in the far back corner of the property. It was peaceful an...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

I have been working in Zanzibar for a few years and really know the resorts and operations on the Island quite well. I had the privilege to stay in Hakuna Matata a few weeks ago whilst on a business trip. First off, the staff is absolutely brilliant and they all make such an amazing team, the owners Rose and Fritz are very hands on with the guests and staff, this in not just their resort but it is their home, you feel welcome and see the passion they have for what they love. Then, I cannot express this more, pictures wont do, and you need to try it for yourself... But the food is out of this world. It is honestly the best food that I have ever had, they make each and every meal extremely special. If you are looking for a romantic, quiet get-away this is truly the place to go. Also if you are looking to get married in Zanzibar I would highly recommend Hakuna Matata. I am definitely visiting this resort again, this time dragging my husband with me!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

This August was my second visit to Hakuna Matata. It is private ,wonderfully positioned with most amazing views in the location creating calm and piece from busy town. The staff is extremely well trained ( suppose by Rose) the most amazing food ,which is not only innovative but using the freshest ingredients and creations of spices and flavours which are uniques. Attention to detail by creating piece in heaven . I will return back .

Room Tip: I suppose all the rooms are excellent but I old choose rooms which are front row
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge
Address: Chuini Palace Ruins, Bububu, Tanzania (Formerly Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa)
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Bububu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bububu
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Hotel Class:4 star — Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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