We arrived at the Hotel after two weeks trekking in Uganda and on Safari in the Serengeti.Our room was comfortable and the bed was enormous. The room was acceptable but the bathroom let it down. No towel hooks and poor water pressure were also a small issue. We had a sea view room which although was not entirely of the sea we did have the sea to see! The hotel itself offered most things one would like to have at a hotel and a busy dive/watersports operation too. The swimming pool and umbrellas are a must and was great to have as too much beach and sunshine adds up. The beach is notable because of the security there!. The security issue in Tanzania is remarkable and was a shock as we had encountered NONE in Uganda. To be told by beach security that we could walk one way down the beach but not the other as it was extremely dangerous is sad. However we witnessed first hand security dealing with an "intruder" or beach boy. Enough said! The beach itself though was wonderful and a two hour walk out to the reef at low tide is a must.Borrow some rubber booties from the dive centre.
Shaun the Hotel Manager was helpful indeed and made sure he was on hand to assist us with anything we needed. He also took the time to see us off on departure.The staff generally were either very good or rather average. Mostly very good in fact although service at night seemed to be the poorest especially around the bar area where trying to get a drink was tricky unless you went and got it yourself. Being given a blank envelope at check out for a staff gratuity was unacceptable. I had already tipped throughout our stay on EVERY single drink or meal bought and left money in the room on departure for house cleaning. I also had to fill in a long winded feedback form on check out which I honestly did not have time for but think it should have been left in the room for us to consider carefully during our stay.
Dinner varied from rather good and tasty to poor or to " we have run out of" this or that... Breakfast being a buffet required the usual work to get up and down every five minutes to bring something else you need to the table. A lot of staff lingering around during breakfast which in fact was not helpful but a hinderance. We had just one lunch at the hotel and that was at the beach bar Jahazi. It was excellent!!!,and smashed the hell out of the miserable meal we had up the beach at Hotel Essque.
Tripadvisor is simply that; an opinion offering advice from first hand experience. This hotel was more than fine but seemed to me to be just missing something which i can not quite put my finger on. I think it was lacking in some atmosphere somewhere or maybe it was the staff at breakfast or in the evening time........overall though it is a hotel in a stunning location where the beach is raked at low tide and you have facilities on hand that you need and the drinks are cold!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ras Nungwi is a small and luxurious hotel and spa situated on a breathtaking beach on Zanzibar's northern tip. The professional on-site watersports centre offers diving, fishing and other activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel Zanzibar Island