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Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Nungwi
Certificate of Excellence
Guernsey, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“One for the bucket list!”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

Fabulous resort! Staff could not have been more friendly or helpful, from reception to the gardeners. Management, including senior management are also visible and take time to speak to guests to ensure their stay is a happy one. Across the board the service was second to none and could not be faulted. Beach and grounds are stunning. Rooms are large, attractive and comfortable. Rooms, restaurants and bars all spotlessly clean. Food was good and varied, fresh and tasty. Only small complaint was the all inclusive wine wasn't to my taste but that is a personal opinion and there were alternatives wines to purchase and plenty of other included drinks to choose from. No complaints from my husband who loved the local beer. We were in the resort for New year 2013 and were blown away by the level of work that went into creating a fabulous evening (and clearing it away before the sun came up on 2014) - best new years eve yet!!

Would definitely go back and thoroughly recommend.

Room Tip: Block L is very close to beach, beach restaurant and pools with excellent views. We were in L11 - r...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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GM-RZBR, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
Thank you so much for your absolutely wonderful review and very kind recommendation for Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort!

Before I go on, I should tell you that we actually had a hard time deciding which we liked more, the fantastic title you gave our review or your very cute user name!

We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us so much and appreciate your kind remarks regarding our team. We were also happy to hear that you enjoyed our New Year's Eve party, the setting is just so beautiful, it really inspires our best work.

I was sorry to hear that our house wine wasn't to your taste, but appreciate your fairness in commenting so positively on all the other drinks and we're very glad that your husband enjoyed the local beer!

Thank you once again for choosing Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort for your stay in Nungwi. We hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
General Manager
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

Hi,

Overall our stay was very pleasant. We had never booked a package holiday before but were very happy we did. Nungwi is a relatively quiet town, catered to a bit older people.

See a long review below. I've tried to be as elaborate as possible (wrote it while lying next to the swimming pool).

Animation: enough to keep you busy and are useful (morning stretching s at the cliffs, water aerobics and the like) fun, attendance mediocre. There are local and Italian animators. in the evening they organise performances in the theatre, a little boring for younger people

Bars: good selection of drinks. quick service.

Beds: very firm\hard

Beach: clean. with low tides lots of stones at the surf. Still walking 30m to the left or right gives you an easy entry in the water. this is a plus because in the northern part of nungwi (f rom double tree resort) is impossible to swim at low tide because of the shallow reef. At high tide very easy and close to hotel entrance, however, be mindful of the sometimes strong waves and the nearby cliffs. the is no lifeguard on duty in the vicinity of the hotel, and to my knowledge not anywhere else in nungwi, kendwa. the breach over there is a bit nicer but the difference not big.

Beach-beds: there are many and enough, but as everywhere there are those who claim the beds early and leave for breakfast etc.. if you are in need of an umbrella you can just request There are beds across the resort but I favoured those at the 'cliffs' where you have a great view to the north over the beach, the infinity pool behind you and with a cool breeze.

Bugs: close to none (mid January), some flies but that's it, saw one mosquito

Food: diverse and good quality. The buffet changes the menu a bit everyday while the menu at the sea view restaurant doesn't. The freshly caught fish of the day at the later is a great choice for lunch. three times a week they organise a special dinner, at the beach, in the garden, or make it an African special. This is nice to keep the guests entertained.

Safety: there are Masai guarding the place 24\7 and we felt it serve enough to leave or tankers Romney's etc on the breeds while going swimming. Didn't hear of any thefts.

Service: unexpectedly efficient for African standards. Personnel understands requests and quickly follows up, very kind overall, dont ask for tips. Even retrieved a shirt I had lost for me.

Pools: there are multiple and all saltwater, the infinity pool at the waterfront is most used but overall relatively quiet (2\3 of the rooms were booked during our stay, with few kids). Pools are never deeper than 1.5m)

Reception: helpful in arranging place to shower etc at the day of departure but didn't for instance have simple stomach medicine in stock, which requires you to take a taxi into town for 20usd and get it (overpriced of course, 1,5usd apill or smth) yourself.

Touts: are on the beach but don't enter hotel premises, are not pushy, but are in great number s. A quiet walk on the beach is possible.

Room Tip: Rooms on the south-side (the more expensive ones with a partial sea-view) are further from the hotel...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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GM-RZBR, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely and very detailed review of Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort.

We're were so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us so much. We were also thrilled to hear that you were pleased with the efficiency of our service and look forward to sharing that particular remark with our staff.

I was sorry to hear of the situation with the stomach medication and we will remedy that this week. We cannot carry it at Reception, but we certainly can in the Boutique, which will mean that it is readily available to our guests and will not require a lengthy taxi ride. I hope that you will accept my sincere apologies that we hadn't considered this before.

Thank you once again for choosing Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort for your stay in Nungwi, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
General Manager
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
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Italy
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

very good resort,excellent location and service.
we had the suite on the beach and it was great.
the food was OK most of the times,the breakfast not so much.
the restaurant was very good a fresh.
i advise to check several times the prices for trips before ordering from the hotel. the prices are higher more than 200%.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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GM-RZBR, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your wonderful review of Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort.

We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us so much and will share your kind remarks with our hard-working staff.

I was sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy breakfast as much as the other meals. We do our best to offer a wide range of breakfast items to appeal to our many different nationalities, I'm sorry we didn't find the right blend for you. Should you be returning, I hope that you will feel free to discuss your concerns with us as we are always happy to prepare something different when guests can't find anything to their taste among our buffet items.

We also noted your comment regarding the different rates for tours. It is true that the tours purchased within the resort are more expensive than the ones purchased on the beach, however there is also a difference in the offering that may not be readily visible. The companies that we use within the resort are properly insured, have safety standards and inspections and practices. Both their equipment and their staff are properly licensed and trained. These things cost money and that pushes up the price of their tours, but we want to ensure that if we are recommending companies to our guests, we are certain of their safety standards.

Thank you once again for choosing Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort for your stay in Nungwi, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
General Manager
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
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Vasteras, Sweden
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

A prime location to the ocean and beaches. Annoying beach vendors directly outside the hotel area. The food could have been better, some of the food is used for several days in a row, especially the desserts. Never bad food. The Italian Chef raised the place with his pasta. Serving staff could have been more trained.
Best pool area on Zanzibar. Bar spirits of varying quality, mostly poor marks(Indian). Normal spirits at additional cost.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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GM-RZBR, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, 15 January 2014
Dear Thomas,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your kind review of Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort.

We appreciate your positive observations regarding the beaches and pools, we're fortunate to be so well positioned with a beach that is not affected by the tides the way so much of the island is. We're also fortunate that the beautiful pools were designed to feature through such a large part of the resort.

We were sorry that there were other items that were not of the standard you expected. We try hard to be a relaxing place where our guests can simply enjoy themselves and it is disappointing to us when we fail in that mission.

The beach boys are an area that we continue to try to improve. As beaches in Zanzibar are legally public property, it is against the law to remove them. We do try to minimize the hassle by employing some local men to ensure that they only make one approach to guests while on our beach, although it sounds as if they were not adequately controlled during your visit. I apologize for that and we will speak with the security team again.

I was also sorry that you felt that food was being used for several days in a row as that is not the case. It is true that some dishes and particularly favourite desserts are made frequently, but we follow food handling protocols carefully to ensure that food is fresh and we do not risk food borne illnesses.

Thank you once again for choosing Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort for your stay in Nungwi. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
General Manager
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Excellent resort! Beautiful setting, not crowded, private beach, huge infinity pool, 2 more pools, jacuzzi, good food, need i say more. The room we had has to be the largest room we've ever occupied in a resort. The bath is so large, it could be a room in some hotels. Very large bath and shower. we had the ground floor room, overlooking the ocean. Words cannot describe the beauty.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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GM-RZBR, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely review of Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort!

We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us so much. We think the property is beautiful too, but we could be considered biased. We will also pass on your comments to the Chef and his team regarding the food, I know that he'll be pleased to hear that you were happy with it.

Thank you once again for choosing Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort for your stay in Nungwi, we hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
General Manager
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 7 January 2014 via mobile

Had a good meal here. However, we paid cash and the resort charged us over 10% on the going rate for usd to tsh, much more than any rate we've seen elsewhere on the island. Left a bad taste in all our mouths and they've hence lost our future business.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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GM-RZBR, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear Bryan,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review and to speak with me while you were here.

We're pleased to know that you enjoyed the food and the service at the Samaki Restaurant and appreciate your fairness in commending both in your review in light of your other concern.

We have had a discussion and will be revising our exchange rate to come closer to the rates being offered in other establishments around Zanzibar. We hope that might encourage you and your friends to try us again in the future.

Thank you once again for choosing the Samaki Restaurant.

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

We stayed at the resort over Christmas. The best part about the resort is that even though it was fairly full, it never seemed crowded. The was enough space to swim (there are 4 huge swimming pools and the sea!), and no queues for food, drinks etc. The rooms are big and spacious as well.

Dinners were themed. We enjoyed a dinner on the beach, and dinner in the gardens, all with live music. There were also shows at the theatre (Michael Jackson and Acrobatics). The food was good, not amazing (there was one day when a few guests including myself were sick). Due to the large contingent of italian guests, the pizzas and pastas were really really good! The mini bar in the room were always fully stocked, and we generally had fruit delivered to our room.

The other really great aspect about the resort was the staff...everyone has a smile on their face, and greats you with a 'Jambo' every time they see you. And due to the fact that there are at most 200 guests at the resort, they tend to get to know you (and your drinks order!). The staff also get involved in the activities e.g. Beach volleyball every afternoon, water aerobics, Petangue, and actually enjoy the activities with the guests.

A great stay! Well done!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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GM-RZBR, General Manager at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, responded to this review, 9 January 2014
Dear Darryn,

Thank you very much for your terrific review of Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort and for posting photos as well.

We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much and will thank our staff for ensuring that you were warmly welcomed wherever you went on the resort. We're very proud of the entire team and happily share reviews like this at various meetings throughout the property.

I'm sorry to hear that you were sick during your stay. Fortunately this is not something that happens often. We will take the opportunity to remind our Executive Chef and his team to be certain that hygiene standards are rigorously followed at all times.

Thank you once again for choosing Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort for your stay in Nungwi. We hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Kim Elizabeth Bird
General Manager
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
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Property: Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
Address: North Coast, Nungwi, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Nungwi
#4 Spa Hotel in Nungwi
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#4 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#5 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#6 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A spectacular view of the Indian Ocean from almost anywhere on the resort makes this all-inclusive property a wonderful choice for those guests looking for a peaceful and relaxing vacation. Fantastic swimming pools, a beautiful beach with clear, turquoise waters and amazing sunsets all add to the ambiance! The rooms are large, approximately 80 square metres for Superior Rooms and 100 square metres for Suites. A spacious bathroom with a large bathtub, separate shower and double sinks provide luxurious comfort. All rooms include a quiet split-unit air conditioner, TV, fridge, coffee and tea making facilities, a safe and a terrace from which to enjoy the view. The warm, friendly staff invite you to enjoy meals in the buffet restaurant with a varied selection of local and international dishes or a traditional pizza oven near the beach offers a quick snack while you relax by the pool. ... more   less 
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