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“Home away from home--if your home were in paradise”
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Mangrove Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chuini
Certificate of Excellence
Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews
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“Home away from home--if your home were in paradise”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

The selfish part of me absolutely does not want to write a review, because this little lodge is an amazing secret--a place of peace, privacy, and relaxation. Oh yeah, and there is a private beach where you can be alone with the water (except for the occasional dude washing his ox) and the price is crazy low. Marina and Haji are generous hosts, who make you feel not only welcome, but involved in local life. Haji drove us all over the island and capably fielded our questions about Zanzibarian politics. Marina pried us with Italian pastries... They also helped us to book snorkelling day trips and arrange for transport to and from the airport. And how's this for generous: on our last night, they actually helped us book another hotel in Stone Town with a rate they knew we (students) could afford. In the end, though, we wished we'd just stayed put with Haji/Marina. Mangrove Lodge close enough to access/dine in/explore Stone Town while still being the beach escape you dream about. A word of warning, though: Don't be put off by the rocky road leading to the lodge. It's worth the suspense/bumps.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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mangrovelodge, Owner at Mangrove Lodge, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Thanks Elizabeth for your kind review! Our aim is to make our guests feel at home and in true Italian style that means we will feed you! Also Haji loves sharing his knowledge on local culture to anyone who will listen so thanks for being great listeners. We hope to see you back here again! Say hi to Kash and Julie.
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Nairobi
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

I was there 2 days ago and I still can't get over it.
I loved every single moment of it!!
Haji and Marina are the nicest genuine people..they really look after their guests.Their staff are also very delightful and always ready to help.
The food is amazing!!
The beach is out of this world..so private and heavenly.
I enjoyed every moment of the few days I was there.
I'm definitely going back and would recommend anyone to.
Thank you again Marina & Haji.

Jackie

  • Stayed July 2014
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mangrovelodge, Owner at Mangrove Lodge, responded to this review, 13 July 2014
Thank you so much Jackie for your review. We are glad that you appreciated our lodge and hospitality. A snack at night, hints to organize your holiday, and lift to town to make our guests feel at home. Welcome again.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2014

This place was a real find. The lodges are set out in a lovely shaded garden, with a beautiful view out over a small cove of turquoise water and fishing boats. There is a private section of the beach where you do not get any hassle at all. Marina and her family really are fantastic and made me feel very much at home. They have lots of local knowledge and can help arrange anything you might want to do there. The food was great, especially the seafood, and the breakfasts which included all sorts of local breads, and lots of fruit (and eggs too if you can manage more). Ask to try the orange and ginger juice.
The rooms are peaceful, cool and beautifully decorated. Each day the bed was decorated with a different pattern of flowers. There was plenty of space to unpack, and the showers were lovely and warm.
I don't think I could have been happier anywhere else on the island.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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mangrovelodge, Owner at Mangrove Lodge, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
Hello Suzi, It was a pleasure to meet you and we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay, relaxing time after your effort in the mainland! Simple, natural and inspiring are the main features of our lodge for a good life. We hope to see you again when your travel reachs Tanzania once more!
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Mangrove Lodge is as close to perfection as an eco-lodge could be. It instantly gives you a home-away-from-home feel. The warm smiles of the hosts Marina, Haji and their beautiful boys give the place that extra special touch. The tropical garden is well designed and laid out, yet blends naturally with the surroundings, with plenty of mystery and charm left for garden lovers to explore. You should see the fresh food selection that Marina puts together everyday. It certainly beats the menus served up by the luxury resorts hands down. There are a couple of quiet corners looking over a small quiet beach that I would love to snuggle into every day with a loved one or with a book. Exploring the ruins next to Mangrove Lodge is an experience in itself. Mangrove is about 10 mins away from a horse riding stable, 15 mins from Stone Town, and 30 mins from a lovely fishing village where you can snorkel with dolphins. Marina was telling me about all the cooking and cultural activities that she was planning to organise for her guests. Unfortunately I didn't get an opportunity to experience them on my last trip. However, they sound great, and I would love to come back for more. If you are an alternative traveller, with a sense of curiosity for local culture and an appreciation for sustainable tourism, I cannot recommend Mangrove Lodge highly enough for your next visit to Zanzibar. Simply an outstanding family friendly and couple friendly eco-lodge, which may come across as rough in edges to some (intentionally), but very charming indeed.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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mangrovelodge, Owner at Mangrove Lodge, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
Duc, thank you for having joined our family and lodge and enjoyed our tranquil and secluded place. Our new activities, bike and horse riding, and cooking lesson are ready. Welcome back soon!
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Berlin, Germany
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014

For responsible travellers on Zanzibar this lodge is a must. It offers a beautiful ambience with a great garden with mango trees and plenty of little cute animals such as bush babies to spot there. The owners are some of the nicest people to meet on the island. The view on the beach and the mangrove forest is as picturesque as the rooms are comfortable, clean and cosy. The breakfast, lunch and dinner offers are a delight for a very reasonable price including the catch of the day. If you like the budget youngster-hangout directly at the beach this is the wrong place to go. For all the other Zanzibar travellers this place can provide you with an unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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mangrovelodge, Owner at Mangrove Lodge, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Thank you very much for your review and for your long stay. And above all for your great understanding of our Lodge's essence and responsible attitude.
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

The whole place is beautiful, right by a beach, situated in a garden with great view of the sea and the ruin of some old palace. The cottages are really nice and decorated in the style of the place. The food is also really good and very affordable. My only problem was the lighting in the room, not enough to be able to read at night.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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mangrovelodge, Owner at Mangrove Lodge, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Your review is really appreciated and we are glad that your long travel in Africa had a good break here in Zanzibar. New season is about to start and we are going to renew some rooms details. New brighter wall painting and stronger side-table lamps to better match our energy management with comfort needs!
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Reviewed 6 October 2013 via mobile

My wife and I spent a week at Mangrove Lodge, hosted by Haji and Marina (more about them later). The cottages are spacious, clean, tasteful and cool, nestled in a lovely garden, almost a forest, overlooking a small bay, a hop and a skip away where you can swim at high tide (true of much of Zanzibar). The restaurant/lounge area is a great place to hang out. The food is excellent, priced much like other places but of much better quality than most (good salads, seafood and chips especially). I liked that tea and coffee were always available and free. It's well situated for visiting the spice farms (take Haji's advice about which one to go to) or taking the local bus to Stone Town or even up north to the Nungwe or Kendwa beaches for swimming and snorkeling (1/10 the cost of a taxi!). It's not a resort but more of a retreat, a home away from home. The hosts are warm, friendly and very helpful. They treat their staff really well. We liked that they were environmentally sensitive and also involved in supporting a health clinic in the local community. A special place for a really good break.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mangrove Lodge
Address: PO Box 4269, Chuini, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Chuini
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chuini
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mangrove Eco-Lodge: responsible tourism in Zanzibar. A friendly atmosphere for an enchanting eco-sustainable resort. Deep in the tropical vegetation that surrounds Stone Town, the Mangrove Lodge offers a very peaceful and natural, homely and comfortable environment, in which the slow and quiet pace of the Zanzibar people allow you to forget the everyday hassles. We can bring you into the very heart of Zanzibar's lifestyle and culture. In line with the principles of the responsible tourism from the very beginning and with a great respect for the island, the Mangrove Lodge has grown on a green path with 360° responsible attitude. Spend a special holiday with us, enjoy the amazing white sand beach, guided excursions and stunning sunsets, and bring back serenity, cordiality and genuine fun, whilst stimulating the economic development and well-being of the local community. ... more   less 
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