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“lovely place, great staff, some minor issues”

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Ora Resort Nungwi Lodge
Ranked #10 of 34 Nungwi B&B and Inns
Reviewed 10 July 2013

Nungwi Lodge is attached to the main my blue resort. Is is reasonably priced for what you get. The bungalows are in the back of the main resorts but they are still a stone throw away from everything, including the beach, that is fantastic. The breakfast is 10 USD so I would advice not to buy it on the website when you book, where they will charge you 10 EUROS instead. It is simple but ok.
The rooms are spacious enough, beds are King size and all with mosquito nets, TV and AC. They have problems with water and electricity. Everyday before going to shower we need to check if the water was there. Electricity was tripping all the time, but maybe it was only in our room. The rooms smelled like stale and of some background detergent I think(or maybe mosquito repellent...not sure).
The bathroom was clean but very damp all the time because there was only a very small window and the steam wasnt going anywhere.
The staff is lovely, everyone very welcoming and kind and trying to make the best out of your holiday.
They normally accept credit cards but the machine was not working (they said it depended on the central bank offering the service and not on their machine).... however they accept either USD or EUROS in cash. There are 2 places in Nungwi where they change money to local currency but the rates are outrageous.
Rather go to Stonetown for a day tour and change there or use your ATM card to withdraw.
Mainly it is a couples location, very quiet and relaxed. No entertainment. But we didnt miss it as we where there to relax. It was still not peak season so All the hotels were half empty.
The restaurant offers lunch and dinner on a fixed menu with multiple courses for 25USD. We ate there twice. Not impressive but ok. If you want a real espresso they will have it at the bar for 1.5EUR.
They were renovating a fitness center and a massage area.
The swimming pool has a hydromassage area.
The real problem is that they do NOT have a telephone number, they dont have a phone actually.
All the staff uses mobile phones and there is no way to get hold of the hotel if you need it and you are far. That is a problem.
All in all I would advice it for a short relaxing getaway.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

We booked our room in "Nungwi Lodge Ora Resort" through expedia at 470$ for 7 nights.
The lodge is actually Bungalow on the beach of the Ora Blue hotel - so starting from check-in , through the whole stay including dinning - you get a 5 star vacation.
The rooms was huge with good A/C, a huge double bed, mosquito net and everything you need. We had a very nice balcony and direct access to the beach (actually much better than most pricy rooms at the resort).
The only bad thing about the room was that it was very old and it smelled. Nothing we did removed that smell, opening all the windows and doors is not really an option since you are on an island. But it didn't bother us too much, you get used to it 2 minutes after entering the room and it's totally worth the very low price.

The resort itself is amazing - it's a very small resort (more an hotel than a resort - for me this is a huge plus). The beach is very nice and they pamper you with fresh fruits during the day. The pool is really nice and the bar next to it is very cool.
Every night there is a different show on the beach, all of them local groups perfoming and there are some really amazing shows (the fire one is a must-do).
I would say that 80% of the guest are italians and so is the staff and for us it was nice even though we are not italian. The best thing about the resort being Italian is the food... It's delicious. We didn't like too much the local food, so it was a great option for us.

I stongly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Yaelle H
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

My husband and I stayed here in March for 3 nights. We didn't realize that this was part of the My Blue Ora Resort which is a large Italian resort. We typically like smaller hotels than a big resorts, in all it wasn't too bad. Most people were on the beach so the pool was very nice. The lunch buffet is mostly Italian which is $20 euros and very bland. We didn't eat at the resort after that. There are some good resteraunts a 5 minute walk away on the public beach, better food and way cheaper. The rooms were not too bad, clean, comfy beds, could use a little up keep but in all not bad, but nothing exceptional.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank IdiotsAbroad2012
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Run down resort - big flashy reception but with little behind the scenes. Uncomfortable sun loungers (with the scatchy beach towels you are given) on a fake, poorly maintained beach above nungwi beach - the only ones with a nice view or sunshine are roped off for particular rooms -odd. Sunbathing on nungwi beach itself is nice but many hawkers. Pool is in a shaded area so, no good for sunbathing there.

Staff not friendly.

Rooms fine but in a shady area so no point having a 'sun terrace'. Saltwater showers mean you never feel properly clean.

Food so so, nothing special and up at the back of the resort so no ocean view or ocean breeze. Drinks overpriced -£2 for a bottle of water - which is the only option for drinking water.

Well priced and nungwi is a lovely beach which is a mst see but I couldn't wait to leave this resort to go to the other resort we had booked for our stay in Zanzibar.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Longhaul30
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OraHotels, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Ora Resort Nungwi Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2013

Dear Guest, we paid attention in all words you had written.
We cannot believe you are so unsatisfied in all the elements of the stay. We are forced to suppose that perhaps you were wrong to choose this destination.
The beach in front of the hotel, that you describe as a shabby one, is the pride of the hotel and all the below comments, both positive and negative, have described it as the best beach in Nungwi. The local sellers are out of this private area.
Sun meets the pool with shaded and sunny areas. Of course to follow the sun you should move yourself too.
The staff is always friendly with polite people. Kindness and availability are the two acclaimed elements in a lot of remarks.
It has come to our knowledge that our General Manager had not even one warning or complaint from you during the stay.
At the end we wish to inform that the mineral water has the same minimum price in all the hotels in Nungwi and we can compare its value with that of all other countries where it is not locally turned out.
Best regards.

Manuela Nascimbene

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Reviewed 7 January 2013

What I liked:
1) Nice semi detached bungalows - spacious and clean
2) Really close to the beach
3) Nice beach and great sunset views

What I didn't like:
1) No WIFI in room
2) Electricity kept being interrupted - the longest time was for more than 6 hours as they have no generators
3) Really briny water in the shower - skin still felt sticky after shower
4) Strange staff - came to check on the TV, and subsequently carried the TV off without a word of explanation and not to be seen again.
5) Really far from reception area - which is where you need to ask for pool towels

Overall, for the price we paid, it was good value for money. Since we didn't have to work and be on computer, absence of WIFI was not a big deal. For those who need it, there is paid WIFI in the reception. Not that many channels on TV and with poor reception, the missing TV was fine with us. A bit of a long trek to LangiLangi for good reasonably priced food, but well worth it. So all things considered, we still enjoyed our stay at Ora Lodge.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank earthworm88
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

Stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in October.
Pros: very friendly and hospitable staff, amazing beachfront area and beach, comfy and secure accommodations with huge bed and shower, delicious food in restaurant
Cons: nungwi beach is over 1 1/2 hour drive from airport/stonetown, restaurant onsite is pricey

Very much enjoyed our stay here, would come back - beautiful beach very relaxing

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank jlw014
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

We stayed at Nungwi Lodge Ora Resort MyBlue for five nights at the end of our three week trip in Tanzania. Accommodation in Nungwi seemed expensive and we were delighted to be able to book MyBlue for just over 40GBP per night (room only).

Our initial decision was whether we should pay the additional amount for breakfast at the resort. We decided against this as there were plenty of places in Nungwi to eat and we were glad to be able to eat away from the resort. LangiLangi does an excellent breakfast buffet for 10,000 TSH and is only five minutes away.

The resort itself is predominantly visited by Italian all-inclusive holiday-makers. It very much caters towards the Italian visitors; any reps on site are Italian and many of the notices are written in Italian. This isn't a problem but if you are English-speaking and looking to meet new people, perhaps this resort wouldn't be ideal - you'd be more likely to meet people in Nungwi itself.

The room we stayed in (308) was only a thirty second walk from the private beach area that the resort has created. This area is only accessible to western customers - any hawkers are banned from entry. This makes for a more relaxing atmosphere. If you visit to public beach, you'll iommediately be hassled by vendors selling everything from carvings to sunset cruises. It gets a bit tiring after a while as they even follow you in to the sea to speak to you. After a while they remember who is more receptive and who isn't and they will leave you alone. This is a problem in the whole of Nungwi though, not exclusive to this resort.

The room itself was well-appointed and had a mosquito net which the staff turned down every evening and put up in the morning. They also visited the room each evening to spray for mosquitos.

The bathroom was large and had his and hers sinks which was a nice touch. One thing we didn't appreciate was the salt-water showers. The water from the taps/sinks was fresh water yet the showers were salt water - we couldn't understand why. Also, the temperature of the shower fluctuated day-by-day - sometimes it was hot, sometimes it was luke-warm. The bed itself was a massive king-size and very comfortable - no complaints there.

The hotel charges 5 EUR per day for wifi access which we thought was a little steep. There is a mini gym and pool table which we made us of. We didn't eat in the hotel so couldn't comment on the quality of the food. There is a swimming pool and a water jacuzzi which we didn't really use.

The tide comes in and out twice a day (in at 8AM and 4PM four about three hours a time when we visited in September). The sea is crystal clear, like glass but the water is a little colder than on the east coast of the island.

When the tide is out, you can walk down the beach to Nungwi town centre. We ate at Flame Tree Cottages, Cinnamon, Magi's and LangiLangi - all were of a good quality. When the tide is in, you must walk through each resort to make your way up the coast. There are little wooden gates which you can open to walk through.

Water at the resort was 2 EUR a bottle and a Sprite was 1.50 EUR. We paid in TSH when checking out.

If you don't book breakfast with your room, it is 10 EUR per person - very steep for what it was. Go to LangiLangi instead.

All-in-all, for the price we paid we were happy with our stay at MyBlue. It is a little out of the way of the other places (20 minutes to Flame Tree Cottages and 10 minutes to LangiLangi if walking through the resorts) but we were happy with the walk. For a similar price we found out that we could have stayed at Amani Bungalows which looked very nice and was in a better location - I'd suggest pricing the two!

A little tip - save paying ~45 USD for a taxi to Stone Town and take one of the local dalla-dallas for 2,500 TSH per person. Ask the hotel how to get to the main road (ten minutes walk away) and flag a dalla-dalla with number 116 in the window. You want to go in the direction to your right as you approach the main road. Jump on and hand over the money when requested.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Nungwi, Nungwi 2651, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Nungwi
Hotel Class:3 star — Ora Resort Nungwi Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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Ora Resort Nungwi Lodge Zanzibar Island

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