The opinions about that hotel are usually as "one of the most luxury hotels around the world". In my opinion, it's not in 100% true. The surroundings and infrastructure is impressive but it is only the first impression. The villas are amazing, huge, with beautiful terrace. However, there are many inconveniences around. First of all, the butlers are around all the time which is very annoying. You have to remember all the time to imform them not to come to have some privacy. On the other hand, when I need a doctor, it was impossible to contact my butler. I think that a perfect butler is someone who is around you when you need this person but if you not they disappears and let you relax in piece and quite. The private restaurant for villa guests is nice but they had problem with the cooks. One of them was a real professional (great person!), while the other one coudn't prepare the simple dishes as boiled potatoes, grilled fish or even the simple steak. It's unbelievable for me in the hotel like this. The other problem with the restaurants we had in the grill restaurant - the steaks were so salty we were unable to eat them... The private beach was quite comfortable, however, there was a renovation opposite so it was impossible to relax (we were not imformed about this fact). Except of the fact that the staff was extremely nice (as people in Tanzania usually), many of them were not professionals, which caused problems sometimes. What I can say with certainty, I've been to a few great and luxury hotels around the world - and I really had much better standard and it costed me much less money. I have to admit that the time which I spent on Zanzibar was not my favourite and that's a pity because for that amount of money I could go anywhere and really relax.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A magnificent private sanctuary of eleven exclusive villas with their own plunge pool and a tastefully furnished terrace, a covered Makuti patio and a large tropical garden to enjoy exclusive privacy and the supreme view over the Indian Ocean and the famous Zanzibar sunset. The villas are named after eleven of the most precious gems in the world to match the modern and contemporary African style architecture. Personal butler service, a private beach and unmatched all-inclusive services accommodate the most discerning traveller with ultimate comfort, privacy and luxury. Literally everything and anything you could dream of is catered for at the very highest level of all-inclusive services including access to all facilities, restaurants and bars of Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est. Diamonds Star of the East is member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Diamonds Star Of The East Zanzibar Island/Nungwi