Karafuu was an absolute paradise on the South East coast of the island. We were transferred from the airport by our travel company, and the taxi driver was extremely friendly and knowledgable. It took about an hour and 15 minutes to get to Karafuu. The drive was beautiful, winding through the dense tropical vegetation.
Once we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by some very friendly receptionist staff who gave us a warm towel and fresh mango juice. It was probably the best mango juice I have tasted! We had lunch and were shown to our room which was amazing, clean and nicely decorated! The garden rooms are looking over the second pool by the Bondeni restaurant. It was fantastic!!
The whole resort is nicely spaced out with five restaurants and two pools. We were on the all inclusive deal, so we visited three of the restaurants. The main restaurant had fantastic buffet food, the pool restaurant or Bondeni was a la carte. We also tried the Italian restaurant on the other side of the resort. The food was all amazing!! There was a range of European or western type food, but some nights they had traditional Swahili and Masai food at the Masai restaurant outside. I advise trying all the traditional food options, they were delicious!
The resort has a dive centre attached to it which is very convenient and the instructor Daniel and DMs are very well qualified and knowledgable. The equipment is also very good quality. We did three dives there and they were beautiful!! The whole experience was fantastic.
We also found a lovely beach bar, called Pweza beach bar just 15 mins walk along the beach towards The Rock restaurant. This is a great place to hang out and grab a drink. They are reasonably prices, and the Kiwi owner is very friendly!
We did a tour to Stonetown and the spice plantations. We arranged this with the locals on the beach, they can be a bit annoying at times, always trying to sell you something, but if you find a reliable one (Adam did our tour), they are really great! He drove us to the plantations and got a tour guide to show us all the spices. It was very interesting! We also tried some of the local tropical fruits, which were out of this world! The tour of stone town was very interesting, there is a lot of history there. Try to find a good local restaurant if you are going to have lunch though. We got taken to a tourist trap by the tour guide near the plaza, and it was not good! Try the Freddie Mercury restaurant for lunch.
Overall we had an amazing week in this paradise! The staff we're very friendly, and we even learnt some Swahili! :) I could not fault the resort! We definitely recommend and would be back any day!
- 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