I spent 3 nights at Sazani in late June, 2013 with a group of six Americans from NYC and California. We had all traveled thoroughly throughout most continents, and were seasoned travelers by any measure. Although we utilized trip advisor, which has always been a reliable source, we didn't know what to expect (TIA?).
We were pleasantly surprised to arrive at Sazani to not find hordes of pseudo-volunteer college students. It was just our group and another visitor, and it felt like our own private resort. It was beautiful. I rarely wore sandals to go anywhere on the Sazani property, and the beach front was a mere 50 meters from our front door step.
Our room (3 person) was very clean, included mosquito nets, and had a recently re-modeled shower. It provided us with everything we needed during our stay. As a previous guest stated, there was only water provided for one day, however there was always water available at any time of the day (3 am in one instance). There was also Wi-Fi in the lobby area, which is convenient for those who enjoy staying connected. The hot water and tea right outside, straddled by two comfortable chairs, made for a lovely wake-up. Have I already stated the view was spectacular?
The staff was remarkably friendly, not because they feared we would write terrible trip advisor reviews, but because they genuinely enjoyed the job they were doing. They organized a nearby SCUBA instructor to offer us excursions, which a few of us took the offer. The boats for off-site SCUBA are anchored 150-200m from the shore line, immediately in front of Sazani Beach. It felt more like a home filled with friends. We enjoyed our private beach during the day, drinks in the evening (ok, some in the day too), followed by remarkable food.
The food was amazing. 20USD/plate was a little steep for the dinner price, but in general Zanzibar is expensive if you want to eat a well prepared meal. If you want a great meal for 7USD/plate, go to South Africa. The staff was flexible and understanding of certain constraints (vegetarians). The fruit was always fresh, and coffee always available. I also highly recommend you order a "Caribou Lou" from the Bar - excellent beach drink with fresh pineapple.
As others have stated, it is a 30 minute walk to some of the other resorts/restaurants down by the beach, and 20 to Nungwi village. Taxis, which the front desk will arrange, to Nungwi village cost a mere 10000 schillings. Taxis to Kendwa (sp?) Beach cost 15000 schillings.
As our group continued our journey to South Africa, David (the wonderful manager) made us the offer to schedule a flight instead of a miserable drive (50min) to Stone Town, and then a Ferry across to mainland. We took him on the offer and it was a seamless process.
Bottom line, if you are a looking for a Hilton, look elsewhere. If you want a beautiful scenery, excellent family-like service, and delicious food, stay at Sazani.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Feel like a castaway at our 10 room beach lodge, a perfect paradise for beach lovers, kite surfers and divers. An oasis of calm just five minute taxi ride from Nungwi's busy strip of music bars and hotels. Our bungalows are designed in a traditional Swahilli style with coconut thatch roofs in a tropical garden setting, each with a sea view and sandy path down to our secluded pristine beach and the turquoise ocean. Stay with us and help us to develop our sustainability ethos to be an environmentally and socially responsible hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sazani Beach Lodge Zanzibar Island/Nungwi