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Mnarani Beach Cottages
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Reviewed 13 October 2008

I stayed here with 3 friends after climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. The rooms and views were gorgeous and the food was very good. Breakfast and dinner were buffets with a good selection to choose from. There were definitely a lot of couples on their honeymoons so the resort was not that lively in the evening, but that suited us just fine. A great place to relax and take in some sun.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with friends
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3  Thank janesegal
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Reviewed 23 September 2008

We stayed at Mnarani on Sept 19, 2008 for one night. We were meeting up with some friends from home after their safari. Everything about our experience with Mnarani was excellent. Before we even arrived I had contacted the resort to see about arranging transportation to and from there as we were flying in. Promptly we received a reply by e-mail from a gentleman by the name of Yussaf, providing details and asking if there was anything else that he could do for us.

Upon arriving at the airport we were greeted by the driver who whisked us away for the approx 1 hour drive north. As we pulled up to the entrance of the place we were greeted with smiling faces by not only the staff at the reception desk but by any of the staff who happened to be walking by.

After heading to our room (the Huba Family Room) we unpacked and headed to the restaurant to get some lunch. Again as we were walking the 100ft or so to the seating area we were pleasantly greeted by all the staff on our way. Lunch was nice as we looked out over the water.

After lunch we decided to all walk along the beach, past the lighthouse and check our the village Nungwi. About 20 minutes later we arrived and checked out aqll the shops, restaurants and such and had a small refreshment before heading back to Mnarani. *Note: we found most of the restaurants closed during the day due to the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan. If you are planning to visit, maybe check when this is so that you will have more choices. It did not bother us though.

Then in the evening we had dinner (buffet) style at the resort. The food was very good. After retiring to our room we sat out on the second floor balcony to enjoy the sounds of the crashing waves and watching the brilliant stars in the clear sky.

Sadly we had to leave the next morning back to Dar es Salaam. Once again the transportation was prompt. In fact we arrived about 15 minutes before we had arranged to leave. The reception staff apologized for the driver not being there yet (again we were early). Not 5 minutes later the driver showed up and off we went.

We have nothing negative to report and we look forward to returning again with more family. Next time we plan on staying longer and enjoying more of this little piece of paradise.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Surfwood
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Reviewed 21 July 2008

We spent 2 nights of our Honeymoon here as we travelled throughout Africa (Kenya down to Zambia on an Overland Truck!). On arrival they upgraded us at a discounted rate because we were on Honeymoon and the staff were friendly and polite throughout our stay there. We stayed in the 'Pemba' room in Zanzibar House, a more deluxe version of the standard accomodation. The room was clean, spacious and with it's own veranda. The views were amazing and the resort felt very private because of the limited cottages/ rooms available. Although it doesn't have a traditional beach we loved the fact you were able to watch the sea battering the rocks just a few feet below us and it was easy (and safe) to simply walk down some steps and into the sea for a swim. When the tide went out we were able to walk along the beach to other resorts where some friends were staying (it only took approx 15 mins). Overall a great place for couples looking to unwind.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank AlfaFella
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Reviewed 19 June 2008

While in Africa my fiance and I decided we wanted to get married there. We called Mnarani 2 days before we wanted to get married and they arranged EVERYTHING!! My husband and I got massages on the beach the morning of the wedding, and my hair done as I looked out at the ocean (I was even able to get traditional wedding henna done!!) We stayed in the beautiful Mahaba cottage and had an amazing sunset ceremony on the beach (with a hand-woven arch, and beautiful flowers) . Followed by an group Dhow cruise with drummers and African punch. We we returned from our cruise there was a beautiful BBQ and buffet dinner prepared for us and our 20 guests (even a chocolate wedding cake!!) and candlelight seating for all 20 of our travel friends on the beach. We finished the night with dancing and a performance by local acrobats! The staff at Mnarani planned and executed our entire wedding and it COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE PERFECT! They are the reason I had the picture perfect wedding!
I whole heartedly suggest that EVERYONE go to the Mnarani Bungalows - you will never forget your experience there!!

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Cryslyn
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Reviewed 26 May 2008

This was simply one of the best places I've ever stayed! The dinners were amazing with fresh seafood and fish cooked Swahili style dominating the menu. The breakfasts were ok..nothing special but filling. Lunchs, including their great seafood pizzas were amazing!

I stayed in a garden cottage and it was great! Occasionally the A/C went down, but it was not long and th hot showers after working throughout Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda in orphanages etc were a welcome relief.

In the morning when the tide was in we went swimming before breakfast and often went snorkeling in the clear blue waters. The staff are simply the best...super friendly and they all got to know you. Zena, the front office manager was wonderful and always eager to please.
We made tons of friends there, and after only eight days we were saddened to leave.
I would recommend the Mnarani Beach Cottages to anyone wanting a relaxing and casual holiday...you will leave guaranteed completely recharged...and will probably want to return!

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled solo
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3  Thank McGill_Tripper
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