We stayed here as the first stop on our visit to Zanzibar and Tanzania. We arrived at the resort after a 20 min car ride down the bumpy path and were relieved to arrive. The resort itself is very nice with beautiful landscaped grounds and the villas fit very nicely into the environment. Our villa was lovely with a wonderful view of the sea and we loved the big chairs and cushions on our veranda. The outside bath looked wonderful but there was never enough hot water to actually fill it and only managed about 2 inches before the water turned cold - it would have been better not to bother putting those in if you can't really use them. Our private swimming pool also had problems that it seemed to drain and refill all the time so most of the time there was not much water in that either! The main swimming pool wasn't very nice, was overgrown and had no sunbeds/umbrellas by it and was also only 3/4 full the whole time we were there although the beach was so amazing it didn't bother us.
The massage I had at the Jungle Spa was really good and I though relatively well priced compared to UK/Europe prices. The staff were generally very friendly but the level of English spoken wasn't great and there were a few times when confusion happened because they hadn't understood us. We had been warned by our tour operator that the food and service might be inconsistent due to the newness of the resort and we found this to be true.
The evening meals were served by moonlight on the beach which was wonderful with a fire to sit round after dinner - however the quality of the food was mediocre and below the standard I would expect of somewhere like this. We felt lunch in particular was not good quality or good value and after having the stalest cornflakes ever on our first morning we didn't try them again. You can have breakfast at your villa and lunch on the beach which is nice but everything comes covered in clingfilm which makes it a bit soggy and not always warm when you eat it.
In summary the beach was absolutely amazing, pratically deserted, turquoise water, pure white sand so soft we kept sinking into it, the villas were lovely albeit with some design flaws but the food and service could do with some improvement.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kono Kono Beach Resort is located on the south eastern coast of Zanzibar; these 24 luxurious villas are only an hour's drive away from the Zanzibar International Airport. The breathtaking beauty of this side of the Island offers arguably the best beaches in Zanzibar. The property covers 48000m² and more than 40% is under the resort’s conservation program and has the rarest fauna and flora including wildlife such as monkeys, local deer, endemic bird species and supposedly the discreet Zanzibar leopard, which is believed to be extinct. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kono Kono Beach Villas Hotel Michamvi
- KonoKono Beach Resort Zanzibar Island/Michamvi