We stayed here for the second time, previous time 2 years ago. Then it was a marvelous place, now it turned even better. The new management has been appointed headed by a French professional Pascal, very competent and amiable person. We have had a pleasant impression that everything is perfectly thought-out to make in the most convenient way for the guests. For ex., in the restaurant you have a choice to pay extra for a seafood plate and the cost of your dinner is reckoned towards the bill.
The restaurant has improved considerably (though it was rather good).
This a very quite and pristine retreat, for those who look not for nightlife and discos, but for relaxation and meditation - that's the place. We liked it much more then much more expensive 5 stars hotels in the neighbourhood (too many people, too much noise).
The situation is marvelous: on the end point of a cape, so they have a sandy beach on one side (to the gulf) and a rocky shore with coral blocks on another, facing the open ocean.
On the sandy beach you are always alone.
You should keep in mind huge tides (get the tide schedule in the Web). There is a marvelous snorkeling during the low tide, the tide zone has a very specific fauna and when the water is shallow, it's easy to observe. Just don't hesitate to go far from the shore, there interesting things to see there (I am an experienced dive master, but even for me there were lots of interesting things). First of all, there are beautiful starfishes of all colors.
But mind the sea urchins. Don't enter the sea without reef shoes.
Beachboys will offer to you snorkeling tours. I doubt it's worth going somewhere: they bring boats with tourists from other hotels for snorkeling exactly in front of the Ras Mchamwi. Here I attach some pictures taken there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Ras Michamvi with his new Austrian Management!!!our beach hotel on Zanzibar's beautiful east coast, is a little paradise harmoniously set in a large natural area with access to powder-white tropical beaches, gardens, forests and a stunning ocean-front swimming pool.We do Quality, instead of Quantity. And you can feel it... Our aim is to cater to the modern traveler, from Kite surfer to food critic to businessman in need of a free broadband connection and everyone else who simply enjoys quality. 8 rooms with sea view and 7 are with Garden view. Relax at this quiet location, feel the tropical sun and the gentle ocean breeze on your skin, look for shooting stars amongst the thousands of sparkling dots in the sky at night, enjoy the freshest fish and seafood served at our open restaurant under a large Makutti roof, explore the stunning natural wonders of the nearby Jozani Forest-Chwaka Bay Conservation Area - in short: come to Ras Michamvi and discover the magic of Zanzibar! All of our 8 rooms have sea view and 7 rooms have garden view. They are located in 4 bungalows on a coral rock elevation overlooking the beach and the ocean. Our new and modern bungalows are built of stone and have wooden terraces, makuti-style thatched roofs, air conditioning, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, mini-fridges, en-suite bathrooms with shower, bathtub, cold and hot water. The rooms are very spacious and tastefully furnished in local style. Three bungalows have 4 rooms and one bungalow has 3 rooms only. Our restaurant is located on top of the same coral rock elevation as the bungalows - hence you can overlook the beach and sea from the round panoramic open building under a big makuti thatched roof. It is the place where you will start the day with a tropical breakfast including fresh fruits and juice, eggs and different kinds of bread. For lunch and dinner our restaurant offers local and continental dishes. There is also a selection of vegetarian dishes. You can have a romantic candle-light dinner at night and feel the true magic of this place when the moonlight reflects on the gentle waves of the Indian Ocean. From time to time we also arrange barbecues on the beach.Service is our succsess,welcome to the most peaseful place on earth. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ras Michamvi Hotel
- Ras Michamvi Beach Resort Zanzibar Island