My wife and I had the most incredible week at this hotel. We left the kids behind and let the sun tan our backs while we snorkelled and swam in the warm Indian ocean, where the underwater visibility was close on 40 meters and the underwater world so colourful and divergent! It was truly amazing.
The best thing about this hotel, as far as I'm concerned, is that it offers seclusion and exclusivity, without giving the impression of isolation.
Zanzibar is generally a bustle of informal trade, with a cosmopolitan population, transient tourists and rural farming or fishing villagers. Michamvi Sunset Bay offers a great window to all of this without being stuck in the middle of it. The hotel is small enough and is well run to generate a homely feeling, and to enable visitors like us to feel a bit like family, not just a number, as can be the case in big resorts where you can get lost trying to find your room!
It is ideally located on a westward facing eastern seaboard side of the Island, on the Indian ocean side. It offers great value access to the best of pristine Zanzibar while being far enough away not to be in the noise, hustle and bustle of the crowds, the tourists or the "beach-boys" who are continually trying to sell something.
The hotel management catered to our every whim, with the highlight being our anniversary dinner on the beach with a bonfire, our own Chef and a personal waitress. The seafood platter was simply enormous, and the food was delicious.
The food was sumptious and fresh, with fruits of good quality and variety. The fresh Crab was scrumptious, and the soups were superb! The fish was great, but maybe a littly dry and overcooked at times, but it was all tasty and we never needed any tummy pills!
The rooms were comfortable and clean, with both Aircon and fans in good working order. The beds were good quality and the towels & linen always clean, so our sleeps were restful and refreshing. The bathroom was amazing, fittings are good quality and we loved the spacious double shower after a few hours in the hot sun!
The beach is right there, in front at the bar, and there is no need to march for miles to get to the water! We walked for several kilometers up towards the point and we were the only people there! A deserted tropical Island paradise indeed!
These guys really under promise, and over deliver!
I hope we can get back there soon.
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- Also Known As:
- Michamvi Sunset Bay Hotel Michamvi
- Michamvi Water Sports Hotel
- Michamvi Sunset Bay Resort Zanzibar Island