Our flight was delayed for 5hours, we arrived late. The key broke as I opened the door. My wife's suitcase went missing on the plane. So very bad first night. The suitcase turned up the next morning - then we could relax.
Beach is absolutely great, and Habib is the only guy to speak to if you want to organise tours. After a few days you start to feel isolated, even on busy kendwa beach. It is expensive and tricky to move around the island. I would have liked to explore more.
The hotel itself? Satisfactory. Clean. Rooms are not five star, but they have aircon - which you need here. Bedlinen a bit cheap - not very comfortable sleeping as the week progressed.
Breakfast - very basic. omelette every morning, with some french toast and fruit. there are a few restaurants to choose from. Food is ok, and not overpriced. Having recently visited Mozambique I was a bit dissapointed by the overall quality of the seafood (Moz is so much better!).
People are friendly, language can be a problem.
Beach is AMAZING! Snorkelling was worth the $20US per person, and it included lunch on the beach. Stonetown is also amazing to see, beautiful buildings... the spice tour was cool - I think we have hotter spices down here in south africa though.
Overall I am glad we went. Zanzibar has an amazing vibe, beautiful beaches, amazing history. All of the resorts are very much isolated from the islanders, and this is sad. I would not go back, but I am glad I that I got to experience it.
Kendwa is satisfactory, the gardens are beautiful, and they are building a new swimming pool. Staff were extremely helpful the entire time, management as well. If you expect 5star luxury, you will be extremely dissapointed. If you expect decent, clean and basic accomodation, this is the one for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kendwa Beach resort is located in the North Coast, Zanzibar and is also known as Eden Village. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Eden Village Kendwa Beach Resort Zanzibar Island