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Diamonds Star of the East
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Stayed here for 3 nights in March 2014. The villas are as lovely as the pictures but the service was absolutely terrible, as was the food.

The food at the restaurant at Diamonds was never fresh, particularly the fish and seafood which is quite shocking for this region… and for an Italian owned hotel, the pizza was atrocious.

Our butler was rude and hostile and obviously unhappy to be working.

The beach is OK, but I have seen much better and more secluded beaches in Zanzibar.

Definitely not value for money when you add up all the little corners that have been cut to obviously make up the value for money in the all inclusive rate.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank 5starguest212
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We had the rare opportunity of our lives living in a perfect place. Beautiful beaches, extremely cheerful environment, infrastructure of first line, impeccable service, butler at your disposal, ie, all conspired to make our passage through Zanzibar was perfect and I can say it was mainly for this hotel provided us incredible moments. I'd ever seen in over 40 countries and hundreds of hotels that have played such an attendance of sympathy for everyone from the cleaning person, either by waiters, the chef who comes to talk to you, the Manager Renata is fantastic, everyday person comes to your room to understand how this stay and closely monitor everything that is happening, that is, it is really surprising as the Diamonds hit this hotel and how to put the right people to manage the business. We thank Renata again for providing all resources to be our stay dreams and also to ensure their professionalism overcoming our expectations. I can say that this is a trip and a hotel you must visit before you die , would be in the Top 1 of my list. See the photos and check that magical place .

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Douglas A
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

My husband and I spent six nights here in February 2014 at Villa 4. The eleven villas are absolutely beautiful with huge indoor and outdoor areas, large but shallow private pools, indoor and outdoor showers and are totally private. 24 hour butler service is provided and our butlers, Ali and Salum, were attentive, polite and very willing. Restaurant options are excellent with the exclusive Ocean Blue providing delicious high quality dishes, a beach grill offering simple food in a lovely setting, pizzeria on the beach serving good lunchtime burgers, pasta, sandwiches and evening pizzas and you can also enjoy any meals on your private terrace served by your butler. Only slightly disappointment was the seafood restaurant set on stilts in the sea, beautiful location but food rather bland and limited options. The bar under Ocean Blue served great cocktails and lunch is also served on the terrace. The main resort bar is on stilts over the water and is a wonderful place to watch the sunset. The beach is exquisite, white sands and clear blue sea and you can swim at high and low tide (unusually for Zanzibar). The private beach area is raised above the public beach and so enjoys totally privacy and you are not bothered at all by beach boys who anyway are friendly and not pushy. Beach service with towels, pergolas, water, drinks, snacks etc is provided and is excellent. The acting manager Maureen was welcoming, attentive and friendly, as was Renata when she returned and they both ensured that we were looked after admirably. The whole resort was spotlessly clean and the gardens were lovely and extremely well kept. Nothing was too much trouble and many special touches made our stay memorable - beautiful floral displays on the bed every morning, wonderful private dinner on the beach with our own menu and waiter service, breakfast served on our terrace everyday, free and efficient laundry service, full bar in rooms..... heaven! Book at once I promise you wont regret it.

Room Tip: Villas all the same although 2 have Jacuzzi baths inside as well as outside. Some have better sea views than others.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MicheleSomerset
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

We traveled from New York and stayed in Villa #4 at Diamonds Star or the East. A few thoughts:

- The resort is split into two sections; a slightly more down-market hotel/resort and the much higher end "Star of the East" villas.

- Guests of Star of the East have access to all facilities whereas hotel guests do not have all access.

- The villa was fantastic, luxurious and very private with around the clock butler service. The butlers are very attentive and extremely charming.

- The beach is nice, but not excellent. Due to the nature of the tide, the beach is separated by a man made structure from the water (nicely constructed, wooden wall with stairs down into the water when the tide comes in).

- The sand is meticulously clean and very light in color and the water is beautiful, but Zanzibar itself does not have quite the "deserted island" feel of the further off coast indian ocean islands nor the smaller islands just off of Zanzibar (Mnemba, for example).

- There are a handful of restaurants to choose from (one of which is limited to Star of the East guests) and all have simple menus with very good food and South African wine. We found the food and wine to be ideal for a beach vacation - light, fresh, simple recipes (nothing overly garnished or seasoned).

All in all, we found our stay to be delightful and we recommend Star of the East as the ideal starting or ending point for Safari in Tanzania and Kenya.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank egoldstein1
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

Totally Amazing Experience, a working Holiday it was. The food was exquisite, the staff and butlers ever too concerned about our needs and comfort, we couldn't ask for more!! The clear waters with white sandy beaches made a stroll down at the beach a joy!

Room Tip: All rooms are equal, no noise due to the caddy vehicles and scooters dashing up and down..amazing views all over!
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Michael M
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