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Review of Menai Bay Beach Bungalows

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Menai Bay Beach Bungalows
Ranked #147 of 173 Hotels in Zanzibar Island
Erfurt
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Slow down in a real vision...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

Far from party people, this is a very good pick for having a rest, thinking, reading...
Excellent food for reasonable prices, lonesome beach, mudflat walks, special touristic offers complete this wonderful place.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Martin v
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

This is a place for winding down and getting in the Zanzibarian mood of 'pole-pole'.
Enjoy the magnificent sunsets, walk the totally empty (of tourists) beach and watch the tide slowly stride back and forth. Watch the fishermen work with their boats or todays catch.
If you feel like having more excitement the 'dalla-dalla' nearby will take you to Freddie Mercury's birthplace or the market in StoneTown. Or why not go on a Spice-Tour - all of the island is close at hand but it is up to you if you want to relax or be adventurous.
Menai Bay Beach Bungalows is close to very good spots for watching dolphins or go snorkelling by boat.
The service is excellent and the staff very accomodating.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Travelmother64
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

The Menai Bay Beach Bungalows are recently taken over by a Swedisch couple, and from what I read in the past reviews, they really improved everything about the place! The rooms are right at the beach from Menai Bay, which is such a lovely beach! Unlike the rest of Zanzibar, here you will find no tourists, but still the same beautiful light blue water and white beach. The rooms are basic but nice, and the service is great! The staff is so warm and welcoming, they will do almost everything to make sure you have an excellent stay. And excellent is was! This undiscovered piece of Zanzibar is definitely on my "to do again" list!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank J_bud_traveller
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Aquitaine
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68 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2011

In the middle of the Menai Bay, this place makes you feel as you are completely alone...
The Bay is protected, therefore the landscape around is the most beautiful we've seen.
We stayed 2 nights at this place there but unfortunately, the staff was completely left alone, the manager always being away...
The place looked like it was abandonned and the food was really disgusting and cheap.

We do not blame the staff as they felt as left alone as us, but we have to say the price we paid f ($50 a night) for a place smelling moldy with a broken shower was far too expensive.

There's no other place to stay so we suggest you just come to spend a whole day there, and go back to a place where you feel you are welcome.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Menai Bay Beach Bungalows

Property: Menai Bay Beach Bungalows
Address: Unguja Ukuu, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #147 of 173 Hotels in Zanzibar Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Menai Bay Beach Bungalows 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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