Stayed here for a couple of nights during November 2009. Overall I'd say the cottages are fine - but just fine. I stayed in one of the beach cottages, which two seconds spent on the website show that are not on the beach (but are on the deck) so that's an unfair criticism to make. The food is fine, the staff are friendly, the views are stunning.
I have two negatives for the cottages. Firstly, the drinks at the bar - which you're forced to buy since it's a long way from the village and there's a $5 corkage fee per bottle for your own booze! - are the most expensive I found anywhere in Tanzania. Bit of a ripoff, frankly. Secondly whilst the cottage was of an acceptable standard (but don't think five star resort), the fan is positioned about the fly net in such a way that no breeze gets through, even on the highest setting. Bearing in mind the humidity here it made sleeping very difficult. I'd certainly consider going somewhere else in Nungwi for the benefit of a better fan or even A/C.
(Did go diving with the Spanish Dancer school - recommended.)
So on balance I'd recommend against staying at Mnarnai Cottages, although it is a very peaceful spot.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mnarani Beach Cottages Hotel Nungwi
- Mnarani Beach Hotel
- Mnarani Beach Resort
- Mnarani Beach Cottages Zanzibar Island/Nungwi