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Tanzanite Beach Resort
Ranked #16 of 17 Hotels in Nungwi
Certificate of Excellence
South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“Wonderfull resort at really good price”
Reviewed 22 July 2010

We stayed at Tanzanite Beach resort in July 2010. The staff was very helpfull. The room was large and very clean. The en-suite bathroom is also very large and nice. The restaurant had a nice selection of meals, and quality was good. Don't be in a hurry though (you won't be anyway, as soon as the island lifestyle kicks in ;-) Breakfast (which is included) took about an hour from start to finish, but the view is VERY nice, so no problem. Breakfast is also LARGE (juice, tea/coffee, fruit salad, ommeletes / eggs, sausages, pancakes / chapatti's etc...). The resort is situated about 2 km (beach) walk from the heart of Nungwi, so it is relaxed, but near enough. Most of the area between the resort and Nungwi town has been built up. They have an on-site dive centre.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2010

On my arrival, I was told I had been upgraded to a room with an ocean view - a promising start. Complimentary juice on arrival, information about activities, and a warm attitude confirmed my decision to book at Tanzanite (after reading Tripadvisor reviews) was a good one.
The room and bathroom were clean and comfortable, laundry complimentary, the food (especially the breakfast) generous and quite nice, and the location - right on the water - made better with covered hammocks and an outdoor lounge area overlooking the sea.
What really makes this a resort to return to is the service - it's a family business run by two cousins who are really committed to customer service and you feel it from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. The bar (Bakari) and restaurant staff (Monica) are also gracious.
The location of the resort is more removed, and not in the centre of Nungwi village - this is either a plus or a minus, depending on what you want from your holiday. The staff will assist with transport, tours and other logistical needs, which is also a bonus.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled solo
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Drammen, Norway
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Reviewed 9 May 2010

Our staying on Tanzanite Beach Resort was in the end of a two week vacation in Tanzania. The first week were spent of a safari trip in Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorogoro and Tangerine national parks. After that trip we felt that a lazy week on the beaches of Zanzibar would be perfect.

What we knew on before hand was a little bit frightening was the fact that the power cable from the mainland to Zanzibar was broken so all form of electricity was produced locally on generators in the hotels, which we know Tanzanite Beach Resort had. For us heat sensitive Scandinavians that during this time of year have an outside temperature of -15 °C, and indoor temperature of +15 °C in the bed room. With that in mind, and the knowledge of that just fans were available in our rooms, we arrived to this small, quiet and nice bungalow for our 4 days staying.

The first thing to be informed of where that between 01.00 and 06.30(˜ 07.30) the generator was switched off!!! Yes we where bathing in our own sweat and did not sleep much during this time. Also the stated “power on-time” 06.30 am, was more of 07.00 to 08.00 depending on the mood of the staff (yes it´s Africa, but still…), which was really annoying
Now to the good things! Excellent breakfast made on fresh fruits and newly made pancakes and omelets (more bread maybe would be an improvement). Nice dining hall with sea view and open sides letting the cooling breeze in. The friendly and helpful staff that kept the rooms, area and restaurant clean and proper was superb. It’s a really good choice for those who wants to relax and enjoying just being for themselves. Virtually no insects, since the breeze was always blowing from the sea.
Pros:
• Quiet
• Nice Breakfasts
• Friendly and service minded staff
• Service minded management (discount for lack of cooling)
• 200m to beach
• Close to diving centre (20m)
Cons:
• Electricity not working during the night: No fan = really hot in the bed. (we got a discount for that, but it was still annoying to be informed of that after arrival)
• Rocky beach with a lot of sea urchins (use sandals if you want to take a bath close to the resort)
• 200m to a proper beach

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Helsinki
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Reviewed 21 April 2010

We are so glad that we happend to choose Tanzanite Beach Resort! It was a really positive experience to stay overnight there. First 7 nights, then later 3 nights more because we did not want to go anywhere else. The management and every single person in staff are just wonderful! They are nice, friendly, always in good mood, have good sense of humour and are sooo helpful! They really make the atmosphere great! We felt and saw that they were doing everything they could to make us have a good holiday and to have a nice stay at their place. The restaurant chef is excellent and we had really good dinners here. All services work well and you can really trust on the staff. Free laundry service, free afternoon coffee with snack was included for free which was really nice. We got big problems regarding some other services we had booked on the mainland by another company. The management of Tanzanite Beach Resort helped us very much and we are always thankful for that!. They used a lot of time just for being able to help us. If anywhere, here the staff's and management's service attitude and friendliness is real and you can really, really feel that they are there for you. We have good memories and can definitely recommend this place!

Anuar, Saidi, Monica, Bakari and all other staff members at Tanzanite Beach Resort - if you see this review, our warmest thanks to all of you once again and regards from Finland! We hope we can come back again one day!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Suffolk
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 14 August 2009

We stayed in this lovely place for two nights, wish we had stayed longer. We were welcomed with a drink in a coconut glass and walked down the wooden walkway to our room and the beach. The room was huge. The staff were great, so friendly, happy and helpful. The food was great. Free laundry, free afternoon tea and cake. Quality loungers and hammocks, a fire pit etc etc. Lots of lovely touches.
What made it even more special was there happened to be an African wedding celebration on the night of one of our stays, we were invited to join in with this brilliant experience! But this obviously doesn't happen every week!
Make sure you use the excellent on site dive master for your diving and snorkelling. For some reason if you ask the hotel reception to arrange a trip for you - they use someone from the busier part of Nungwi (commission perhaps???)! You have to travel to that boat, which takes ages, when you can just hop onto the onsite boat 10m from your room!
A fab place, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2008

A peaceful spot to relax and refresh after a long journey from Rome.You find yourself still a little shocked by the Zanzibar airport surreal experiences and the things you see durng the tranfer to the resort....and finally you're there....a warm welcome by the staff with fresh mixed tropical fruit juice....you look around and you see exactly what you expect: palms, white sands and an astonishing sea with all the shades of blue.The rooms are definitely "essential" but clean and with brand new mosquito nets. A touch of kindness is added by the red flowers arranged on the beds whenever the rooms are serviced. The food is quite weel prepared by Mr. Francesco, inventive and accurate chef . I would add more "african tastes" - my personal opinion - but you could always choose among plenty of fresh fish and italian dishes (my favourite: spaghettini cacio e pepe - with a distinctive scent of grated lime rind). A special thank to the staff - Amina, you're the best! - and to Suleyman - you can find him at a kiosk near the turtle acquarium in Nungwi - probabily the most honest "beach boy" in the area : he arranges good trips at reasonable prices with no (common in Zanzibar) unexpected, annoying, price increases. P.s.: Acually the resort is located on the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar, so you cannot see the sunset from there unless you take a walk to the Nungwi village main beach.

Stayed February 2008
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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2008

I was travelling with two friends and we found Tanzanite Beach Resorts facility and staff to be top-notch. We stayed here for two nights on our little tour around Zanzibar and it was not only comfortable but the staff made our stay very entertaining. One day we walked down to a more populated area of the beach and chose to eat dinner and have a few drinks at another bar. The manager of Tanzanite gave us his office phone number before we left and told us if we needed a ride 'home' after dark, to give him a call. We took him up on his offer and someone was there to give us a ride back later that evening when we were ready to call it a night! The area is very beautiful and it would be a romantic spot for honeymooners. It was a bit too quiet for us single travelers but we did visit before the summer school holidays started. I was very impressed with the management and staff of this hotel and felt they made each day special as the meals were good and the service was impeccable.

  • Liked — The management and staff.
  • Disliked — A bit too out of the way....
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with friends
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Property: Tanzanite Beach Resort
Address: North-East Coast | Zanzibar, Nungwi 4036, 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) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Nungwi
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tanzanite Beach Resort is situated on a beautiful beach in Nungwi, on the northwestern side of paradise island of Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation is in 18 tastefully decorated self-contained double bungalows, all with private balconies and magnificent views over the Indian Ocean. Whether you are looking for a special family vacation, a romantic getaway or business with pleasure, Tanzanite Beach Resort makes sure that your stay is comfortable, fun and relaxation.Karibu! Welcome! ... more   less 
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