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Flame Tree Cottages
Ranked #15 of 17 Hotels in Nungwi
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Kinsale
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“Our visit was all we wanted and then some.”
Reviewed 21 April 2009

As a group of six, we spent Easter week-end at the Flame Tree Cottages. We rented two cottages that had comfortable sitting rooms as well as the air conditioned bedrooms and bath. This modest priced hotel lived up toits website and the reviews we read from Trip Advisor(and chose it due to the reviews). The food was delicious and we were sorry that the one night we ate at a local restaurant the meal was only mediocre. Staff were friendly, patient with our many questions/ requests and most helpful to set us up with drivers who took us wherever we wished to visit. We hope to visit again and will share this great find with others who wish to relax at a beach and only visit Stone Town for a day visit.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 March 2009

Flame Tree is in an amazing spot, right on the beach. The beach is clean and the water clear. The rooms are very comfortable but need to be standardised. Some rooms have a fridge, others do not. Some bathrooms have shelves, other don't. etc. The food is also very inconsistant. I understand that various staff need to have the opportunity to cook for training purposes, but that should never be at the guests cost. I think the potential is amazing and has been partly reached. If the owners spent a bit more time training and bringing the local team up to spead, the results will speak for themselves. Having siad that, I would go back.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 January 2009

We have just come back from Zanzibar, having travelled round the entire island for almost 3 weeks. If you are going to Nungwe in the North of the Island to enjoy the fine beaches/excellent water quality at this location and an intensive, large, hotel/club is not really your idea of getting away from it all - then I would reccommend staying at the Flame Tree Cottages.

Flame Tree is made up of a main house (hosts and internet reside) and a realatively small number of holiday chalets/cottages for holiday rental on a largish plot located directly onto an unspoilt part of Nungwe beach.

The accomodation is clean and you do have a sense of having your own place to stay rather than just a room. Especially pleasing was breakfast which is served directly outside you front door within the shade of the porch.

The evening menu and food quality, hygiene is also very good and is a reasonably priced menu.

The hosts Seif and Elizabeth will answer any questions you have, whilst just letting you get on with your stay.

If you fancy a variation in nightlife the rest of the Nungwe hotels and restaurants are a 5-10 minute walk down the beach.

Enjoy!

  • Liked — Non intensive resort, good location, clean, breakfast area, food
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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St Genies de Fontedit, France
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Reviewed 18 January 2009

We loved it here, and they do have a beach! What is that writer thinking of?! White, glorious and in spades. The service was wonderful, and the breakfasts were sumptious. It's not cheap, but nowhere good is, and the gardens, hammocks and sheer 'loverlyiness' would be hard to beat.

Stayed December 2008
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 2 November 2008

This place is great. We spent 5 nights in Flame Tree and would go back in a second. Comfortable, low-key, perfect. Amazing food.

The owners Elizabeth and Saif were very helpful and full of advice. They also loaned us some playing cards and a game on the one rainy day we had which turned out to be great, napping and reading. The rooms we spacious, comfortable, and clean, so it was no problem to have one non-beach day. Flame Tree is concerned about your experience and want to make sure you have a nice stay.

Staff was friendly and eager to get to know the guests. Waking up in the morning to find breakfast all set up was a nice part of the experience. Fresh bread for toast, eggs to order, fruit, and coffee or tea. Hammocks and loungers in their beach area provided a great area for sun bathing and reading. Swimming was great too. Walking out onto the reef at low tide was a nice part of Zanzibar.

We took the sunset snorkel cruise from Flame Tree as well as a day trip to Nemba for snorkeling with lunch on an adjacent beach on the north tip of the island. Grilled fish, served with rice, fresh fruit, and kachumbari.

It's a really short walk to so many Nungwi beach bars and restaurants. Its also a close walk to other beaches and restaurants/hotels with more people/music.

All of the beach restaurant menus are similar but we thought the food at Flame Tree and a restaurant called Fat Fish the best. At Flame Tree the most notable dishes were the bbq (fish, chicken, and steak), crab cake starter (on special some days), garlic prawns, fish in lemon caper sauce, and their grilled banana with ice cream dessert. The food here was great, and its served in a relaxed fashion, either at a table by the water or served on your private porch.

Fat Fish (down the beach) had a large balcony overlooking the water. They also play music and videos on a big movie screen. Their best dishes were the chicken biriyani, shrimp curry, fish burger, and pineapple fritters. All amazing!

If you have time a trip to Stone Town for the night is well worth it with the night seafood/street food market. Biggest crab claws I've ever seen, served with lime and chili sauce. Shopping is great too.

Flame Tree was the perfect honeymoon, and a great place to stay in Zanzibar.

  • Liked — The relaxed atmosphere
  • Disliked — Cash only
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2008

We found Flame Tree Cottages via google, and booked directly with Flame Tree through their website. We spilt our stay in Zanzibar into 4 nights here (situated in the North of the island near Nungwi), and 3 nights at the Ocean Paradise Resort. Booking Flame Tree was straightforward via e mail and sending a bank transfer. The place itself is beautiful. We stayed in Rose Cottage: basic, hot water and very clean. Breakfast was included and served on your verandha. We had dinner there once and it was delicious. We wanted to try other eating places, and there were many to choose from withing 5-10mins walk along the beach front (I would recommend a restaurant called Cinammon). Seif and Elizabeth (the owners), were very nice and helpful, as were the rest of the staff. We had no problems with organising a late check out. If you like diving/snorkelling, this area is the plce to be based, with many operators to choose from. All in all, i would definately recommend Flame Tree Cottages.

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  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Welwyn
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Reviewed 18 October 2008

Four of us stayed at the Flames for 3 nights in African Tulip and Oleander. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, finding it a welcome change from the humidity of Stonetown. We were relaxed and chilled out when we left, thanks to the tranquil atmosphere and unfussy but great service. Definitely not a package tour experience!

We arrived early, and our rooms were still being cleaned, but they didn't skimp just because we were waiting. Grateful for the welcome fruit juice. Our room was large and airy with excellent a/c, fridge for chilling that all important water, kettle etc. Bathroom was spotless.

The owners both checked we were settling in ok and gave us helpful tips on things to do, Seth in particular gave us some good info on the area and made us feel welcome.

Breakfast on the verandah was lovely (although being woken up at 6.30 with them setting the tables up was not quite so good). We had no problem with service, in fact all the staff were keen to help, and even keener to clear away empties (but this seems to happen all over Zanzibar). DInners on the beach front seating area were stress free, try the bbq, the bananas at the end are great! Good standard of cooking.

Swimming can be a bit scary when the tide starts to go out - there is a strong cross current, and there is some seaweed, but just go round the corner to the left and it's fine.

Cards aren't accepted so go armed with plenty of cash (dollars)

  • Liked — Clean room, friendly staff
  • Disliked — Didn't take cards as payment
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
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Property: Flame Tree Cottages
Address: Nungwi, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Flame Tree Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Flame Tree Cottages. A small 16 room beach hotel in a private garden. It is one of the newest developments at the quiet end of the North West Nungwi tourist area, which boasts some of the nicest beaches in Zanzibar. We are beachside & West facing for perfect sunset views & it's a close walk to numerous restaurants and bars of Nungwi. ... more   less 
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