From the moment you enter the hotel grounds you know you're in for a delightful stay. A warm welcome and greeting by the friendly staff, followed by a cool face towel and freshly squezed juice which you so desperately need after the long, hot road trip from Stonetown. This hotel oozes chic from the design, layout and colour scheme - with the guest rooms finely appointed and perfect after a day at the beach. The Sea View rooms display french doors that open out to a generous sized balcony where you can relax with a glass of wine or beer overlooking the turquious water of the Indian Ocean. It's a great way to unwind before heading out for dinner. The hotel restaurant offers an exceptional menu or many of the local restaurants all within very close proximity. Each night there is a different menu or themes offered. We were fortunate to experience a Sunday night Seafood Buffet that was set up on the beach at the front section of the hotel. It was a magical setting of decadent tables decorated to perfection on a moon-lit beach setting - and the food was exceptional and of fine dining standards.
By day if you want to relax by the pool or beach side in the hotels beach beds, then there is certainly a comforting aspect to the retreat. You're still amongst the atmosphere of the local movement of beach-boys, Maasai and others wandering around selling items, yet still within the hotel grounds to not feel like must buy something. Great spot to take photos, if that's your passion.
The pool bar food and beverage list is extensive and I couldn't go past the Nicoise Salad that was presented in an edible Pappadum shell with fresh Grilled Tuna and salad. Three words - Delicious, healthy and satisfying. And of course accompanied with a nice cold beer! So top notch for food at the hotel if you wish to relax by the pool or beach side and indulge in lunch with your book in hand, soaking up the sunshine and looking out to a picturesque setting. Truly you will not want to leave this place. I stayed 4 nights and unfortunately was commited elsewhere after this place, otherwise I would definitely have extended for 10 days! A wonderful hotel, magical desitination and the water you can swim in all day long.
There's lots of water sport activities to book if you choose to get active, plenty of beach walks, window shopping etc. Kendwa beach is about a 45 - 1 hour walk along the beach, pending on the tide. We walked in waist deep water at one point, with bags on head! However a beautiful walk and took a local dalla dalla back to Nungwi main town, then walked from there to the hotel (about 5 mins). If you want to kick your heels up then there's plenty of dancing at Kendwa Rocks, a hotel in Kendwa.
Really this place is pure bliss .... plenty of pool side, beach side relaxtion. Zanzibar is a wonderful destination and I definitely wish to return and would stay again at The Z Hotel.
And definitely stay a few nights in Stonetown. Either side of your trip ... you may like to return to Stonetown to shop before departing Zanzibar. Lots of wonderful shopping to be experienced!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This chic, boutique hotel located on the northern tip of the Island, blends contemporary design with traditional Zanzibari features to create a unique, cool and relaxing environment. Set in a lush tropical garden with direct access to white powder beaches and the Indian Ocean, the Z hotel has been finished to an extremely high specification. Each room has floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading onto a balcony, which looks out across the crystal blue ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- z Hotel Nungwi
- The Z Hotel Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Nungwi