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Mnarani Beach Cottages
Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Nungwi
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Issaquah, Washington
1 review
“The perfect spot”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

We came from a 5 day stay at the Rift Valley Children's Village where our daughter had volunteered before she passed away. Mnarani was the perfect respite after an emotional trip for our family. The staff was warm and gracious. The food was fantastic and the setting couldn't be beat. Our lodging was perfect and the low-key ambience totally fit the bill. We would definitely go back again. We highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Nassor_Maharouky, Owner at Mnarani Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 6 July 2014
Dear Kathy,

Thank you so much for staying with us, and for telling others on TripAdvisor about it!

We feel honoured to have been part of this very special journey of yours, and pleased that you’ve found in Mnarani what you were looking for. It would be our pleasure to welcome you again!

Best wishes from all of us!
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We stayed a couple of nights in the garden view rooms, they are very small but when their is so much to do outside you don't need a big room, the staff were awesome super friendly and extremely helpful, they would go out of their way to help you organise or make reservations anywhere you like it has everything you could ask for including great views, great pool the best food we've encountered in Africa and to top it off the best priced alcohol. If their was one negative it was their was ants in the bathroom but it was so miner I'm really being picky, their are even some semi friendly rabbits there and a few skinks and geckos.
As for value this place gets a 10* from me I just wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Nassor_Maharouky, Owner at Mnarani Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 22 June 2014
Dear pmcnjg,

Thank you for writing to TripAdvisor about your stay with us! It was a pleasure to have you here, and we are delighted that you enjoyed and appreciated our hotel and service so much.
We hope to welcome you again soon!

Best wishes!
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

I was there last month with my wife on holiday! We really enjoyed ourselves, the hospitality, friendliness and reception from staff was quite good, we loved our family room right in front of the beach with a balcony!
This is definitely not our last visit at Mnarani Beach cottages.
I recommend the place, especially during the low season when the place is not full. It was peaceful and quite.

Room Tip: Get the ones right in front of the beach!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nassor_Maharouky, Owner at Mnarani Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Dear becher k

Thank you for sharing your Mnarani experience on TripAdvisor. It makes us proud and happy to know that you have enjoyed your stay with us, and we look forward to welcoming you again!
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

I stayed just for a couple of days at Mnarani Beach Cottages, on sick leave from my ex-pat job in Dar es Salaam (originally from the UK).

The hotel was great. Being low season it was very quiet which is exactly what I was hoping for. There is the possibility of rain - but that didn't stop me reading my novel, of course, and I live sufficiently close to know what the weather was likely to be.

Room was great. Staff were very helpful. Food was fine - and being able to have soup and a roll for lunch at US$5 (I think) was great, my experience is that you often necessarily have to pay for access to a large buffet even if wanting very little to eat.

I very much look forward to going back with friends and family when I'm in a position to take advantage of watersport facilities, days out, cycle hire, etc. For the time being, the stay was exactly what I was needing - and the two nearby aquaria with turtles are well worth a visit. Thank you, colleagues at Mnarani Beach Cottages!

Room Tip: I'm pleased I paid a bit extra to have a room and a balcony with a sea view - but then I did spe...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Nassor_Maharouky, Owner at Mnarani Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Dear Geoff,

Thank you for your positive feedback! We are pleased you found at Mnarani the rest and relaxation you were looking for, and would love to welcome you back with your family and friends.
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Three of us stayed here for 3 nights in April and had a lovely time. I particularly appreciated the quick email responses from the hotel to answer my queries and to arrange transport from the ferry port. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. The taxi driver from the hotel was there to meet us on time at the ferry port and was very informative. We loved the little cottages looking out to sea and enjoyed the swinging beds outside our rooms and swimming in the lovely pool. Everything in our cottages was functioning OK - the safe, the air-con, the shower, electrics etc, There was also free wifi. It was easy to get down to the beach when the tide went out and we had a lovely walk into Nungwi with a guide from the hotel. We were able to chat with the villagers and buy presents to take home and we had a lovely return walk along the beach, around the headland at sunset.
The hotel and lovely grounds are peaceful. A great place to rest and recuperate. The food preparation and presentation was very good. There are water sports on hand for the more active and a massage parlour. I would definitely recommend this hotel, because they really take care of their guests.

Room Tip: We thought the cottages with a sea view offered the best location, but may be a little small for som...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Nassor_Maharouky, Owner at Mnarani Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 22 June 2014
Dear BuffyScotland,

Thank you for your detailed and favourable review!
We always do our best for our guests, and it’s very encouraging to find it’s appreciated.

All the best, and we hope to welcome you back some day!

Nassor and the team of Mnarani Beach Cottages
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

My 3rd time to Zanzibar so was looking for a place that had a nice beach and beautiful sea. Mnarani is set on a rocky ledge so no beach, but the sea is nice especially if you walk around the corner to the next bay where the sea turns turquoise. Also if you are a good swimmer you can swim right outside the resort but have to swim out quite a bit before it gets deep and the sea takes on that lovely turquoise colour.
The resort is nicely laid out, nice pool, good food and friendly staff. I would not recommend the garden cottages as they are small, stuffy and have a strong damp smell. Really worth upgrading to the Zanzibar House rooms.
The resort was nice and quiet but not far from nightlife if you want to visit the bars of Nungwi.

Room Tip: Request a room in the Zanzibar House - really worth paying a little extra for much larger, airy room...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Nassor_Maharouky, Owner at Mnarani Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 22 June 2014
Dear dangusman,

Thank you for taking the time to write about Mnarani Beach Cottages on TripAdvisor.
We are pleased you enjoyed your stay, and it would be lovely to see you here again some day!

Best wishes,

Nassor and the team of Mnarani Bach Cottages
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

We arrived unanounced at Mnarani Beach Cottages after being totally dissapointed at the resort we initially booked. The lady at reception was very friendly and accommodating. She arranged for us for 2 nights stay at a special rate in a seaview cottage including breakfast and dinner. She also arranged for a taxi to take us back to the other resort to collect our luggage. The rooms were small but very comfortable with a sea view. The swimming pool is really nice and having a drink on the deck and watching the dhows at sunset was an amazing experience. We arranged to go kayaking, to see the dhow building and a dhow sunset cruise, which were all amazing. We kayaked all the way to the next resort to "Gerry's Bar" to have a drink. We also went for a massage / pedicure at the spa and it was really relaxing. We spent 2 wonderful nights at this resort and will definitely recommend it to other travellers. It is easy to arrange any trip from the resort.

Room Tip: Seaview rooms the best!!!!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Nassor_Maharouky, Owner at Mnarani Beach Cottages, responded to this review, 22 June 2014
Dear Roecha123,

Thank you for your great feedback, it is both incentive and inspiration for us if our guests enjoy their time at Mnarani and appreciate our services.
It was a pleasure to have you here, and we hope to welcome you again!

Best wishes,

Nassor and his team
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Property: Mnarani Beach Cottages
Address: North Coast, Nungwi, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Nungwi
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#10 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#11 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mnarani Beach Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mnarani Beach Cottages is a beach resort hotel, located on the northernmost tip of Zanzibar Island in the village of Nungwi, next to the old lighthouse.Mnarani has been independently recommended by The Lonely Planet Guide, The Bradt Guide to Zanzibar and many other East African travel guidebooks. ... more   less 
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