My family and I recently spent a week at Karafuu.
It was amazing - from the time I arrived and got handed a welcome cocktail to hugs from the manager when I left. The staff are all so willing to make sure you have the best stay and are just happy, hospitable people. Moses and Freddie greeted us at every meal and made sure we had enough to eat and drink, that the meal was satisfactory and that we were having a great time. It was even organized for my mom's recently purchased local outfit to be cut and hemmed for the traditional dinner.
Beatrice was at the front desk and was absolutely fabulous in explaining all the items included (as well as those that were not so we wouldn't be shocked at the end of the trip). A corporate team of 100 people arrived while we were there and it was all handed wonderfully and we watched from the pool side as 100 pieces of luggage were set up in the correct rooms. Amazingly it didn't make a difference at the resort that we went from 30ppl to 130ppl in a day.
As for the location, it's about 45min from the airport on the east coast of Zanzibar so if you plan to be in stonetown and surrounding town areas a lot on your trip, it may be better to stay closer to the west side. I believe the beach is nicer on the north side but that it's busier with more resorts and tourists so it depends what you are looking for.
I look forward to going back someday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On a deserted white sandy beach, at 65 km from Stone Town, lies Karafuu Beach Resort and Spa, an international five-star hotel, winner of the World Travel Awards as Tanzania Leading Resort and Africa Leading Beach Resort 2011 .It is one of the most luxurious hotels on the east coast of Zanzibar, where, even during low tide, it’s possible to enjoy a comfortable swim in the ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Karafuu Beach Hotel Pingwe
- Karafuu Hotel Beach
- Karafuu Resort Beach
- Karafuu Beach Resort And Spa Zanzibar Island, Tanzania