I am slightly hesitant to write this review because the Ras Michamvi has been under new management for only 8 days and therefore has the potential to improve. However, the manager has his work cut out for him. If all you need is a bed and a good pool, Ras Michamvi is the right place. However, if you are going on holiday to treat yourself, choose another place. I am honestly, shocked by the other reviews that lead us to book at the Ras Michamvi.
On the plus side, It is on a beautiful plot with an amazing view and just a short boat ride away from Blue Lagoon, an amazing snorkel spot. The pool itself is large and clean. However, everything else was only tolerable.
The rooms are large, but very sparse. There is a small fridge, but there isn't a kettle with tea and no bottles of water are provided. The shower water becomes so hot that it is necessary to turn down the pressure and turn on the cold as high as possible, which means there is no water pressure. Mostly, the rooms are clean, but one day we had "clean sheets" placed on the bed which smelled so strongly of mildew that we couldn't sleep. Luckily they were changed the next day. They also are in need of new towels
As for the public spaces, while the pool was clean, the pool and beach furniture was in major need of an update, there was not enough of it, it was rickety and fell apart when moved and the pads were old and dirty. The "pool bar" was open only once for a few hours in the four days we were there. The internet works in the restaurant, as listed in amenities, but if there is more than one person trying to access it, it cuts out so much it doesn't work. The hotel should try to address this issue before they try to promise internet in each room.
The staff is friendly and welcoming, however, they speak very little English which is only a problem because instead of saying "I don't understand" and getting help, they just say "No" to simple questions. The food was decent, but overpriced for dinner and repetitive for breakfast. One day we sat in the restaurant for 30 minutes at lunch and none of the staff who were there setting up for a large party ever addressed us.
The services/tours they offer are overpriced and can be obtained for half the cost with private companies at the nearby fishing village. Aside from that, after our experience with the hotel, I didn't trust that booking a massage or other "luxury" items would meet my expectations.
Ras Michamvi is more like a backpackers with a private room and should be priced as such. I hope that the new manager, who was pleasant and enthusiastic, is not defensive and instead works hard to address the issues and to make this review irrelevant in short time.
- 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