Considering the price, the hotel did not at all live up to our expectations. With a leaking toilet, moldy sheets and terrible meals, it was the worst possible choice for an engagement. What should have been a romantic get away turned out to be a big disappointment, and we decided to leave the next day.
Service: Good staff, friendly manager, sour owner.
Room: Shared bungalow, parted by thin wall, leaky toilet, broken shower head, dark rooms with only one window for light, hard beds. Electricity turned off at twelve, expect a sweaty night without fan.
Food: Breakfast and dinner is included in the price, but the meals were disappointing as well.We got served Nescafe for breakfast all though Zanzibar exports world class coffee. Nice pancakes, got some fruit and one glass of juice per person. Dinner was mostly overcooked tuna with no sauce what so ever, accompanied by dry rice, with a grilled slice of pineapple for dessert. Lunch, which you have to order in advance and pay 20 USD for, was even worse. Really small portions, and dry fish. Drinks are not included, and they're expensive.
Surroundings: The island has such great potential, but sadly, it has not come to its right with this hotel. Beautiful beaches, jungly areas with lots of birdlife, small antilopes that roam free, and quite idyllic.
The disappointment was in major due to the prices, and the feel of cheap management that wants to extort tourists stupid enough to go there, as there are so many wonderful places to stay for one fourth of the price. One would expect great food and bungalow, as this is easy to provide.
All in all, we got engaged and left for a wonderful place in Paje: Cristal Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chapwani Private island is the perfect spot for those seeking a small quiet lodge with good food on a beautiful peaceful beach with Stone Town (Zanzibar main town) and all its facilities just 15 minutes away by boat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chapwani Private Island Zanzibar