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“Great Place to relax...with nice service” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar

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Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar
Ranked #2 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Paje
Certificate of Excellence
Addis Ababa
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3 reviews
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“Great Place to relax...with nice service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

I travelled with a young child. The lodge is so relaxed adn laid back. It was what I was looking for. The rooms are good and the food was great. The staff are very friendly and reception from reservation to actual stay was fantastic. There were enough people around, some kitesurfers, which kept the place active and interesting without spoiling the calm and quietness of the beach. AND very nice location of rooms. We were right by the beach and enjoyed every moment of it. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get away and is looking for some quiet, relaxed, downtime with affordable price.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Hanseh, Owner at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, 15 September 2013
Thank you so much for your feedback - it's great to hear that you and your adorable daughter enjoyed your stay with us, we certainly enjoyed having you with us! Just like you, we like the mix of guests from all backgrounds and like to keep the atmosphere of our lodge - barefoot and laid-back is our aim as this will guarantee a relaxing experience for our guests.
We hope to welcome you and your daughter back one day!
Sunny greetings from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

I arrived at Ndame Beach Lodge after a selection I did in July. I can only say that for me (a total of 25 days spent between Kenya and Zanzibar) the Lodge was a great surprise and my perfect place for last 6 days of holidays. Alone but in peace with myself. Guests are multi-ethnics (and I am very happy for this).
I had a small bungalow so close to the sand and the beach of Paje (more than the other locations I have seen there) that I could get in few steps the seaside and the spectacular landscape (both with high or low tides). Shining white and blue colors and shades from sky, clouds, sea and sand and - with clear nights - the show of the "moonrise". Very pleasant and relaxing is the persistent sound of the ocean that clashes on the reef.
Excellent personnel (really and truely available), wonderful food (great italian style pizza) in a typical place, and very beautiful and calm "movie environment" bar for cocktails and appetizers on the beach. My preferred cocktails: Mojito and Passion Fruit Daiquiri.
Lonely, perfect location also for kitesurfing, very close to good kite schools (I am a beginner) and long walks on the sands. You can reach in few minutes the simple village of Paje (a lot of soccer matches in the afternoon ...).
Only a suggestion for NBL managers: I hope to find new bathrooms ;-). In any case, the lodge is optimum for quality/price. For sure I am going to suggest an experience at NBL to all my friends and, of course, I will be back there again.

Room Tip: Maybe better far from the reception and restaurant area.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank giampaolo1966
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Hanseh, Owner at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, 15 September 2013
Thank you very much for taking your time to write such a nice feedback! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and it's great that you have been able to appreciate Paje and our lodge in all its beauty - you were certainly lucky to have the spectacular moonrise! Our staff was happy to have you as a guest, and we always like to hear it when our guests comment on the friendliness and helpfulness of our staff - they are one of our greatest assets! Not to forget the beach and our location..
We will certainly take your comments regarding the bathrooms - slowly we are renovating all rooms, and we have already made a lot of progress. We are confident that soon all our guests will find what they are looking for, including your friends, of course.
We hope to welcome you back soon!
The Ndame Beach Lodge team
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

The staff here are lovely, the rooms generous, the food good value, the location beautiful. I found it very relaxing after a few hectic weeks on safari.
There's only one downfall as a single traveller, that is that not one other guest talked to me in two whole days! The staff were very friendly, but if you are a social person looking to meet and engage with others, this is not the place. I may have been unlucky?

  • Stayed August 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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Thank salbie14
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Hanseh, Owner at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
Dear Salbie. Thank you for taking your time to share your observations with us and the travel community at large. You may indeed have been just unlucky, the time was maybe a bit short as well. We have a very mixed community as far as age and work experience is concerned. So often very interesting connections are made between our guests as well as some of the staff learn about a wide range of subjects through conversations. We would love to have you again and I will take personal care to connect you to fellow travelers . Kind greetings. Hans
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Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

Very well-managed hotel with cheerful, friendly staff. Rooms of good standard, ours was right on the beach. Breakfast very good. Lunch and dinner of good standard. Best pizza ever. Beautiful surroundings. Lovely place to relax, enjoy the beach, drink cocktails at sundown.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
Jimmy, thank you very much for your feedback. We love to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and the staff and pizzas miss you! The pizza oven keeps on working for our other guests, but it sure remembers you, just like the staff. We hope that we can see you here again one day, and we promise that we keep the food yummy, the beach cool and the atmosphere laid back and relaxing!
Have a nice day, and all the best from the Ndame Beach Lodg team...
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

We have just returned from a fantastic holiday in Zanzibar which included 7 nights at Ndame Beach Lodge. Initially we had a large family room, but this proved a little cramped for our family of 5, but we were able to move to a row of three rooms, 2 twins and a double which suited us much better. The staff were friendly and helpful, the food was good, and the location is just perfect - it was 10 steps from our rooms to the beach! If we return to Zanzibar we shall certainly visit Ndame again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 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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Thank AnnieOch
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, 15 September 2013
Thank you for your feedback! It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and it has been great to have you as guests. We were happy to change your room - the large family rooms are usually spacious enough, but you are right - with almost grown-up kids it can be difficult! And we are very happy to hear that you appreciate our best features: the friendly staff, the wonderful beach and the yummy cuisine.
We hope that we can welcome you back some day, and if you ever return to Zanzibar: Karibuni Ndame!
The Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

I had a wonderful stay at Ndame beach lodge. The bungalows are rustic and basic, but very clean and the beds were very good. The bungalows are situated in a nice, green garden. The breakfast and lunch/dinner, which were amazing, are served on the beach and there is a nice and charming - but not too loud - beach bar. The staff was super friendly and helpful (thumbs up!). The beach is beautiful and good sunbeds are provided. The owners were very flexible and allowed me to keep my room after check-out time (so I could take a shower before leaving) free of charge. It was a very relaxing experience (in a buzzy country) and I regret not staying there a few days longer!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dorien B
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
Thank you very much for taking your time to provide some feedback. We appreciate any comment and are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us. The beach and our staff are two things that all our guests love, and we like to think of these two as our main features. Not to forget the yummy food! As you agree with us, we hope that one day you will come back and visit us with your friends or your family - we loved having you as a guest, and would love to see you again! Maybe you can stay longer than a couple of days...in return we promise to keep the beach white and fine, the food delicious and the management flexible...
Have a nice day and all the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Hanover, Niedersachsen, Germany
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36 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

We really enjoyed our stay in Ndame Beach Lodge. The rooms are basic, but all you need for some relaxing days. The team was very friendly and warm. Some members of the service-team were not well informed or a bit clumsy, but as we know it is not easy to find good personal and to coach them for european/western standards. So, have lenience with them. We had a long and inspiring talk with Hans, the manager as we travelled through the country of Tanzania for 3 months and it was good to share some impressions.

The food was also brilliant, even if the chief was not there and not only if you compare it to other restaurants in Tanzania. It was really fresh and tasty food. And, as the Lodge itself is, - very good value/money!

The beach is absolutely brilliant and it's only 20-30 metres away from your appartement door.
if you are lucky you get moderate pricing as a student. We had some nights at Teddy's Place before which is about 200m down the beach and was hyped a lot. But it was not. Ndame beats it in every single thought. The whole experience was just from another planet.
We will not forget you!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
Thank you very much for taking your time to give us feedback - we love to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay with us, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed all that Ndame stands for: miles of fine, white sand, a friendly (albeit not perfect) team of staff, yummy food and a relaxing, laid back atmosphere.
Our food is always fresh and comes straight from the market or sea - our F&B Manager has trained the staff so well that they can continue the job while he's on a well deserved holiday. We also continue training and developing our staff - yes, some trainees are still confused, but we will get them up to the level of our head waiter. And as you say yourself, sometimes you have to remind yourself that you are on holiday in Africa - Western professionalism might not always be there, but the staff makes it up with their friendliness and effort.
We hope that we can welcome you here again one day - we will certainly remember you as guests as well.
Have a nice day and all the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Property: Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar
Address: 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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Paje
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ndame Beach Lodge in Paje Zanzibar has been a dream beach holiday destination for more than 8 years. Sun-seekers and Indian Ocean lovers from all over the world come to stay with us. Our 14 bungalows with 31 rooms are strung along in lush tropical gardens on the shores of one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Stretching more than 250 m along snow white beaches, where the warm, turquoise waters caress the shores. From Ndame you can start a variety of activities like swimming with the dolphins, kiting, diving, visiting the local markets, snorkeling, learning about local culture and the spices which grow here in abundance. The Arabs called it the Spice Island. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in our restaurant and bar, have a chat with interesting people from all over the world. At times we accommodate guests from more than 20 countries. A much loved highlight is our bonfire grill below the sparkling stars of the southern hemisphere. In our local style beach bar we serve you fresh fruit juices, tasty cocktails or exotic local drinks for the daring. ... more   less 
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