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“Zanzibar Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Kiwengwa
Certificate of Excellence
Perth, Australia
1 review
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“Zanzibar Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

We had booked for 5 nights in July but very quickly realized that we needed to extend our stay to 6 night as we had found paradise! Our bungalow was fantastic and comfortably housed our family of 4 for the stay. We were close to the beach, everything was clean and comfortable.
The service was amazing and the staff were so welcoming to us and especially our kids. All the staff (especially Alex and Francis) were really keen to help us out and learn Swahili and took time out to teach the kids some African games. The food was amazing and the staff always made meal times so much fun because they were so friendly and happy. The scenery was amazing but the highlight for us was just the personalised attention and friendliness of all at the resort to make us feel so welcome. We had an amazing trip - thanks!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nick W
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OPR_SMM, Manager at Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 28 October 2013
Dear Nick W

Thank you for your review and feedback.

We are happy to hear that your family enjoyed your stay in paradise. . . Ocean Paradise.

It’s been only our pleasure to be your host for your family holiday and we trust we will welcome you back in the near future. We will convey your compliments to the team, especially Alex & Francis.

Once again thank you.

Warm regards,
The Ocean Paradise Team
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We arrived after a few days on safari to this lovely hotel, it is situated right on the beach , with lovely views , The Rhonda, round houses , the superior accommodation , by the beach are lovely, well appointed, except for an Iron and ironing board ( of which they only had 2 in the hotel , but the laundry services were very cheap and very quick ) there is even a kettle and bottled water put in your room every day. And lovely flowers put on your bed every day for that extra special touch. The food was lovely and service great, very friendly staff . and the new mananger Samuel will inject some more pzazz into the hotel, just a few extra things needed to make it the 5 star luxury hotel that I definitely think it can be.
Thankyou again for a very lovely holiday of a lifetime. Zanzibar we will definitely be back, really lovely island and great people.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank donnapzazz
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OPR_SMM, Manager at Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Dear donnapzazz

Thank you for your review and feedback.

We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your stay in paradise, Ocean Paradise Resort. It’s been our pleasure to be your host during your holiday.

We will convey your compliments to Mr. Samuel and his team.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Ocean Paradise in the near future and trust you will share your experience with friends and family.

Thank you once again.

Warm greetings

The Ocean Paradise Resort Team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013 via mobile

We - father (68) and son (30) have an 8 night rest in that excellent resort, very near to the sea situated and the fine sand strand before. If you like a pool, you can have, very clean with view to ocean. Nice bungalows and good standard rooms, also with seaview. All very clean, large rooms with veranda and strong water-shower! The staff very competent and friedly over all. But the best was the delicous meals in the evening, allways fresh fruits also to breakfast. - Nice entertaiment at evening and over the day you enough action possibilities, espacially for divers gives a Padi 5* station. Over all we were satisfied and will give 5 stars.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Lutz S
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OPR_SMM, Manager at Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 18 October 2013
Dear Lutz

Thank you for your review and feedback.

We are pleased to hear father & son enjoyed their stay with us here at Ocean Paradise Resort.

We trust you will share your experience with friends and family.

Thank you once again.

The Ocean Paradise Team
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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

My fiancee and I spent two nights at this resort, after our safari in the Northern Circuit and a couple of days spent in the busy streets of Stone Town, and we got the rest and relaxation we badly needed. Everything about this resort is absolutely wonderful. Suits are very luxurious, spacious and pretty. Gardens, brimming with flowers and palms are amazing and so relaxing. Restaurant and the food prepared by master-chefs is one of the best we have ever had. From traditional Swahili meals, to international and Indian cuisine specialties, fresh and wonderfully prepared sea food - everything looks and tastes amazing. The fact that dinners are open buffets means that you'll definitely gain a few extra pounds and be very happy about it! Seriously, the food is definitely one of the highlights of this place.

The beach is really nice and good for sunbathing, beach soccer, relaxing in the sun and all sorts of fun, summer activities, but, unfortunately, because of the nearby coral reef, the water is very, very shallow, so don't expect that you'll be able to swim much. Of course, you could always walk to the reef, as a sort of exercise, and swim your way from there.

All in all - this resort offers so much and is very much worth a visit, especially after an exciting safari.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JankoJerinic
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OPR_SMM, Manager at Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Dear JankoJerinic

Thank you for your review.

We appreciate your feedback and are happy to hear that you had a relaxing holiday with us.

It has been our pleasure to host you.

Paradise Greetings,

The Ocean Paradise Team
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013 via mobile

I have just returned for a holiday of a lifetime, the circular shaped thatched huts/rooms I stayed in were set amongst beautiful gardens and palm trees right by aqua sea and sandy beach. The food was tasty, varied and plentiful. The staff were hard working, polite and happy, they had JAMBO for everyone. The massage I had was the best deep tissue/Swedish I have ever had (and I have had many all over the world), the sail out on the catamaran I had was professional and enjoyable (thanks Ali) and the kayaks were fun.The room cleaning staff were courteous, trustworthy and towels were changed daily along with toiletries and tea, coffee and complimentary water.
The swimming pool was only half full of water with an uneven base and was frequently stubbing my toes while I was trying to swim, I believe this was due to re plastering the pool edges which happened throughout my stay. I did feel a little intimidated by the sales people/Masai who zoomed in on you the second you trod on the sand, however one must remember this their home and their livelihood and they did have a smile for everybody.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Edenequine62
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OPR_SMM, Manager at Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 17 September 2013
Dear Edenequine62

Thank you for review and feedback.

We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us.

We did have an unfortunate leakage in one of our pool’s main pipelines which is being fixed as we speak .We do apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused during your stay.

We will convey you compliments to our team.

Thank you once again.

Kindest regards

The Ocean Paradise Team
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013 via mobile

On arrival we were very pleased as the hotel was absolutely beautiful and in a good position with mature gardens. We were shown to our room/hut which was very close to the beach with security guards at the beach entrances. The room itself was spacious and charming. Tea and coffee making facilities and 2 bottles of water. The bed however looked lovely but the mattress was almost non existent / rock hard. Nice patio area with chairs.
The food was absolutely superb with a massive choice and during dinner there was always entertainment. We were half board but the drinks and lunch were very reasonable and an excellent choice.
The staff were all so lovely, smartly dressed and were always smiling, they work hard, long hours and for very little I believe. I gave tips directly to 2 staff who were ecstatic yet in comparison the sellers that line the beach demand $20 for a scarf.
The pool was disappointing as it was dirty with many dead insects in the water, the water level is very low meaning that over half of the pool you can not swim in and being that when the tide goes out you are unable to swim as it goes out several hundred metres to the reef and not safe to swim in if you like swimming as part of your holiday this is not the place. The beach however is beautiful and stretches as far as the eye can see. You are however immediately set upon by Tanzanian Beach Boys trying to get your money one way or another, you are warned about this and the government are trying to do something about it. Masai walk you up and down the beach trying to get you into their beachside shops. When the tides in it is lovely to swim in and when the tide goes out the locals go to work with the women collecting seaweed and the men collecting octopus and fish. There is part of the beach where there are hundreds of fossils in the wall and ground.
Overall it was a very relaxing place to be an oasis set steps away from the reality of Africa.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank breconjack
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OPR_SMM, Manager at Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 16 September 2013
Dear breconjack

Thank you for your review and feedback.

We will convey your compliments to our departmental teams.

We did have an unfortunate leakage in one of our pool’s main pipelines which is being fixed as we speak .We do apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused during your stay.

The low tide goes far back a few meters, however we offer a variety of activities to keep our guests busy during this time or just relax while sipping on a cool tall drink on our private beach area.

We thank you again for your feedback and trust we will welcome you back in the near future to the Oasis, Ocean Paradise Resort.

Warmest regards
The Ocean Paradise Team.
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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

We stayed at the Ocean Paradise Resort for the middle two weeks of June and had a holiday of a lifetime. Upon arrival I was rendered speechless by our first impressions. The view down from the beautiful thatched roof swept down onto the resort leading out onto a power white beach with crystal clear water. It really was picture perfect.

Upon arrival we were welcomed by such an incredibly friendly staff with beaming smiles (which remained constant by every member of staff throughout our stay) with a cold towel and a refreshing drink. Much needed after a long flight.

Room wise we opted to upgrade to the Superior Garden Room which was well worth the additional cost as this basically felt like we had our own bungalow on the beach! The room was beautiful and had a separate long sweeping bathroom.

With regards to the food we went for the half board option with breakfast and dinner is served buffet style. The choices at breakfast were vast with good mix of pastries, hot foods, cereals and fruit. Dinner is themed every night - Swahili night with local and traditional dishes was our favorite. On our final night we decided to eat at the Al la Carte restaurant on the beach which was simply breath taking with the Seafood food tasting out of this world. The perfect sign off to the perfect holiday.

My rating of the hotel would be a 4 1/2 star property. Once the new spa has been finished and the gym updated (this was the only negative to the resort as its was woefully inadequate) I would give this resort a 5 star rating.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Elliot D
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OPR_SMM, Manager at Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 4 September 2013
Dear Elliot D

Thank you for review and feedback.

We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your stay at Ocean Paradise Resort.

As you have mentioned our new Spa will be opening soon and our gym will move into the Spa area with upgraded equipment.

Thank you once again for the review and compliments. We trust that you will share your experience with your friends and family.

The Ocean Paradise Team
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Property: Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa
Address: Pwani Mchangani | Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa 0000, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Kiwengwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Kiwengwa
#2 Family Hotel in Kiwengwa
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kiwengwa
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kiwengwa
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kiwengwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on Zanzibar’s picturesque North East coast overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean, it is as the name suggests a little piece of paradise. From your arrival at Zanzibar Airport, the resort is a meandering 45 minute journey through un-spoilt scenery, passing typical African villages where the way of life has changed little for hundreds of years. At Ocean Paradise Resort Zanzibar, you will be greeted by a blaze of colour as you sweep down the imposing driveway, saluted by a Masai warrior as you pass through the entrance gate and be captivated as you arrive in reception and look out over the resort and the azure blue sea. Mature coconut palms swinging in the breeze, white sandy beach, beautiful landscaped gardens, traditional style round chalets with pitched makuti roof, a stunning waterfall feature and the largest swimming pool in Zanzibar are just some of the sights that await you. A big smile and the greeting of "Jambo" will be the first words you hear, as you begin to feel the warmth that the people of Zanzibar are famed for. ... more   less 
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