We bought a package tour which was all inclusive, upon arriving at the airport you are instantly hit with the locals attempting to basically extort money from you for doing even the smallest thing(carrying your bag 15m). At the hotel the same thing happened, the staff member who walked us to our room, wouldn't leave the room as she was waiting for a tip, I basically had to remove her physically. The room they put us in first was shocking, it stank of mould and the curtains were stained brown. We complained and were moved to a much better room. The room was cleaned every day and fresh flowers put on the bed. The only thing they could do is offer more on the tv than 3 channels all playing soccer. The pool bar is awesome and the pool is really nice. The beaches around the resort are dirty but the My Blue beach is spotless and the section you lay on, which is part of the hotel is also kept spotless. The majority of patrons to the hotel are Italian so there are lots of beautiful tanned bodies lazing in the sun all day. The first day you get there the tour company comes to pitch theire tours, be wary of them! They rip you off badly! They say you shouldn't book with the locals as you will be a victim of crime, whilst this may be true in rare cases, we felt as though the tour company robbed us. The stone town tour was lousy, they promised turtles which turned out to be tortoises and a traditional lunch which turned out to be dry chicken and chips. I later found out that I could have organised a similar tour at a fraction of the price, we paid $75 each and could have done the tour for $15 each if we had booked with a local and used local transportation. This was suntours the same people that pick you up from he airport. If you are going to do any tours take the time to walk up the beach towards the top of the island, there are so many tour companies offering deals and you can do much better than the companies which punt tours at the hotels. However I do recommend going to Stone Town with a guide, the place is rough! I personally didn't do it as I was sick but I heard from everyone that the safari blue was amazing. When buying anything in Zanzibar, bargain bargain, bargain, they try and rip you off at every stage, I would say take the price they give you and subtract 60%. We also found that everything we bought from the Massai market(right by the my blue hotel) was cheaper at the airport when we left. Also try change money at the airport and get as many small notes as you can as you will find everyone wants a tip or they try scam you when giving you change from a purchase, especially carry small notes if you go on the spice tour.
I was under the assumption that I had the best all inclusive deal, however there was an upgrade which was not offered to us, for 50euros extra you can order drinks by the bottle and have all types of alcohol instead of just local and by the glass. This was a let down that the reception never offered us this at the start. The food at My Blue is lousy, breakfast is the same thing over and over, the bacon is so fatty and the variety is small and repeated every day. Lunch is also not great either. They have lots of stuff on offer but it would be better if they reduced the options and focused on quality rather. The dinners were also very disappointing, for being the spice capital, the food was extremely bland and the menu boring. Every day I watched the fishermen pulling out loads of fish and we had only one decent fish meal through the hotel(one barracuda). There was not one prawn on the menu nor were we offered lobster, only the shells and pincers( I would love to know if they just bought the lobster minus the tail). The lack of seafood was a great disappointment to me. If you want decent food go to the various beach restaurants surrounding the hotel, their food is so much better than anything we were served at My Blue. On our week there were 8 other South Africans, 6 of us got sick from something served at the hotel, I am still sick 2 weeks later. STAY AWAY FROM THE ICE AND TAP WATER!!!!!!!!! The ice i'm sure is from the tap water and that's what started me off getting really sick, then I wouldn't breakfast at the hotel, we would go up to a beach restaurant for lunch and I would start feeling normal, then have dinner at the hotel and I would be sick again. I have serious doubts as to the hygiene standards in the kitchen and started to draw a correlation between eating at the hotel and having stomach problems.
My Blue hotel reminded me somewhat of the siege which took place in WACO Texas where the FBI played repetitive music to get the hostage takers to leave there compound. At my blue the music starts at bout 10am at the pool bar, the music then continues in the dining area for breakfast .lunch and dinner and at the pool bar after dinner. They play the same cd over and over and over. Xmas carrols sung by daffy duck and "is it me you are looking for" has been burned into my head and towards the end of the stay I actually could not go and eat in the dining room and face that music again. To the management at my blue please please please by a few more cd's!
The last thing which really irritated me about the hotel! The day we got there the GM came and introduced herself, she was very friendly and seemed like she was very approachable. She is constantly floating around the hotel but not once did she ever come and talk to us or ask us how our stay was, then on our last day whilst waiting for our airport transfer she walked into reception, looked at us and the just walked out. She didn't even wish us a safe journey home, thank us for coming to stay at the hotel or ask us about our stay. For someone working in the hospitality industry that is shocking!
All in all we had a good time and the resort is very beautiful and so is the beach, there is lots of fish life right in front of the hotel so its worth while taking your own goggles and snorkel. If you stay at My Blue budget for at least one meal per day away from the hotel otherwise you will get really sick of the food. The beach boys are always trying to sell you something or get you to take a tour it becomes really irritating but what we found helped was saying that we have already booked and paid through someone else or that we were leaving the next day as soon as they see they wont make a sale they leave you alone. I will definitely go back to Zanzibar but after my experience I would either stay at the Royal Zanzibar or the Sunset hotel , both are situated alongside My Blue. Also if you need an honest guy to help you out or hook you up with a good tour guide ask for Captain Geoff or 007. 007 was like our personal bodyguard to and from the bars and clubs at night, because he is massai he carries a sword/big knife and helped us out when some locasl wanted to cause trouble, the locals are scared of pissing off the masssai. I hope that anyone reading this or going to Zanzibar learns from my mistakes and has an awesome time, its a great place. enjoy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- My Blue Hotel is situated in a splendid scenario in one of the Island's most beautiful spots, Nungwi, famous for sunsets and for the sea. It is about 50 km from the Stone Town airport. My Blue is developed in longitudinal manner and is characterized by an elegant and original tone to allow a relaxing and peaceful vacation. As you get closer and closer to the beach you are overwhelmingly stunned by the many enchanting different shades of blues of the Indian Ocean and of the splendid white, very fine sand. At only 200 km from the Hotel you can find Nungwi's fisherman's village, where you can admire the local craftsmenship and see the many local characteristic bars along the seaside in the vivid Nunwi area famous for nightlife. My Blue Hotel has 97 rooms divided in 5 different categories: Standard rooms, located on the ground floor Deluxe rooms, on the first floor with balcony Mini suite, on the ground floor and first floor with 1 extra bed Ocean View rooms, located on the ground and first floor, sea facing, with 2 extra beds. Every room is furnished in a boutique like decor and has one or more beds with: mosquito net, wardrobe, mirror, desk, luggage holder, air conditioning, internal telephone, digital safe, LCD Television with international channels, mini fridge, hair dryer and make-up mirror. My Blue Hotel offer a lounge area to relax, billiard, darts, equipped open gym and a little Spa with 2 cabins massage. There are different restaurants available for the Clients: MAIN BUFFET RESTAURANT that includes selection of Italian and international cousine with 7 evening themed dinners "MWEZI" BEACH RESTAURANT at extra charge: open from 10am to 10pm offers snack menù , menù light and pizza. Seafood menu, lobster, sushi and sashimi are also available upon reservation. "ALI BABA" RESTAURANT at extra charge: sophisticated Indian, Arabic, Zanzibarian food served in a typical atmosphere comfortable seated on cushions, pool view surrounded by candlelight with opportunity to smoke traditional Shisha pipe. Open for dinner, reservation is required. Moreover it is possible to arrange all kind of excursions and we have a Diving Center where you can go diving, snorkeling, organize sunset cruise and other water activities. External medical service is available. Mastercard and Visa Credit Cards are accepted, 5% surcharge will be applied. Currency exchange is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Myblue Zanzibar Boutique Nungwi
- My Blue Hotel Zanzibar Island/Nungwi