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“Very calm and chilled out base to kite surf from!”
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Dhow Inn
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Paje
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Very calm and chilled out base to kite surf from!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

We stayed at the Dhow in July for a few weeks. In short the rooms are awesome (very clean, excellent beds, good shower and spacial), the food is good (there's a wide range to choose from) the staff is awesome (they will help you pick the sea urchins from you feet), the setting is beatiful, the pools are cold and clean (excellent to cool down after a hot day) and the drinks are plenty! For those of you that are looking for something extra, this is the place to go.
All I did was relax in the morning, monitor the tide and then go for a down winder down the reef for a few KM. Then have a drink at one of the resort down the beach and catch a taxi back to Paje. Not something for beginners, but definately something special (for me the reason to come to Zanzibar).
Definately coming back next year and staying here again!
Michiel

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Stone Town, Tanzania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013

Hello,

We stayed @ the dhow inn in july 2013. They had just opened with the new part of the hotel, and it looks great. The rooms are comfy, the pools great (we always had sundowners at the small pool) and the staff is sweet. I've travelled through africa quite a lot, and I must say that they are really professional. Sangeti and his crew at the bar made it great for us, and they stayed open till the last one of us left. The only point I actually have is that the kitchen still needs a little boost. The breakfast is perfect, as are the snacks, but the dinner is not perfect yet. I hear the chef is just in from Argentina, so I think he needs to get used, so that is my only point of recommendation.

For the rest, as I had said before, I'm coming back next year for sure, and I will bring more friends :)))

Greetings,

G

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013

Our 10 days at the Dhow Inn were to say the least EPIC!! We had visited this beautiful resort a couple of years ago and were happy to see that the new and improved Dhow Inn could also be named WOW Inn!! Wow, great, big comfortable room, all with aircon. A super fast an very stable internet connection. Sundowners at the communal heart shaped swimming pool followed by poolside dinner make for a great stay to relax, romance and have TON of fun.

Tip: When you're staying @ Dhow Inn be sure to try out KiteSurfing. A great way to work out, have fun and learn yourself a new hobby for life. I had great lessons at KiteCenter Zanzibar just a 5 minute walk away from the resort. Truley EPIC!

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

Stayed here for a week and liked it very much. The rooms are great around attractive pools with great shelter from the wind. The wall is still up (see below) which means a short wander to the beach where there is no wind break. Watch the security - the safes don't seem to be 100% 'safe' and was it coincidence that my credit card was cloned as soon as I passed the details to the hotel. Anyway apparently the resort in front of the dhow will become the dhow soon and then it will be truly good. Some staff are really good - others confused. Full marks to our hotel driver Nurdin and waitress Anneth at breakfast time.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2013

Went there on our honeymoon. Friendly, varm, professional and flexible staff. They really made a huge effort for making our stay pleasant. We felt very welcome.

They made a special romantic dinner on the beach for us, and organiced breakfast on our terrace. Delicious brekfast, with many options, such as fresh fruit, coffee, juices, eggs and muffins. Cleanliness is great, with housekeeping two times a day with bug-spray. Garden, beach and pool is also always kept clean. The spanish head chef makes good food, (and its said that they can prepare your fish for you if you go deep sea fishing).

The hotel has several small pools, where it is very quiet and comfortable to relax. It is also easy to get to the private beach of the hotel, around 50 meters to walk.

We did two excursions organized by the hotel, one to Stonetown/Prison Island, and one to go deep sea fishing + see the dolphins. Both trips were organized well and good value.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

We had heard from other friends who had stayed there that it will being renovated but promised to be a stunning getaway once finished. We took the plunge and were very happy with the results. Comfortable beds, clean and bright rooms, close to the beach (but with privacy), a nice pool and to top it off, excellent, friendly staff. We even got to meet the owners who were very accommodating and seemed to be working hard to make sure everything was running smoothly and all guests were happy. The vibe was super relaxed. Just what we were hoping. If we return to Zanzibar, it will be back to the Dhow Inn!

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2013

we had heard their food was great and we had seen pictures of the dhow inn before the refurbishment, (that was the exact reason why we had booked a week to stay) but we were pleasantly surprised to find luxury bungalows (with every bunch of bungalows having there own pool). The people were amazingly friendly.......exactly what we needed. Although it was rainy season (it then rains for two hours in the morning) in april, we still had great kiting weather...... and the sun bites like hell, so suncream that body always!!!! Paje is simply paradise..... & we will be back next year, but then for 2 weeks :))) can´t wait!

Room Tip: our superior suite had an amazing super king size bed. worth it for honeymooners :o)
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dhow Inn
Address: Paje Beach, Paje, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Paje
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Paje
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Dhow Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at a 1-minute-walk from the Zanzibar's hotspot beach of Paje,Dhow Inn (4*)provides the perfect scenario for a chilled stay in one of our 28 new, comfortable and full equipped rooms. ... more   less 
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