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“Beach bliss”
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Dongwe Ocean View
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Dongwe
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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Beach bliss”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

We aren't big beach-goers but we loved this one, on the eastern shore of Zanzibar. We went some time ago and I neglected to praise this other fine places we stayed in Tanzania. The hotel is lovely in an unpretentious but plenty luxurious way. We chilled in the room, the balcony, the ourdoor bar/rest, and of course all along the interesting beach.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Lovely hotel with a lovely setting. Rooms were clean and beds super comfortable. Staff friendly and very attentive (a bit too attentive and in a rush to clear the table from dishes when we were still eating).
View from the balcony was great, overlooking the nice pool area and beach.
Food was the best I've eaten in africa, we ate like we had never seen food before (especially the breakfurst buffé).
But would'nt stay there with friends again, a bit too calm and quiet with no activities nearby except books and a tv (but the hotel can arrange several excursions!)
Would be perfect toghether with a romantic partner!
One minus is the low tide, beach doesnt look too nice during that time.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Kichanga, General Manager at Dongwe Ocean View, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
thank you for such a nice review I hope to see you back soon asante sans from all the staff of Dongwe Ocean View
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

This review is long overdue. My partner and I stayed in Dongwe back in December of 2012. To say the resort is relaxing, would be an understatement. Both George and I were able to unwind, chillax, snorkel etc, - exactly what we wanted to do. Our room was very clean and spacious with sweeping views of the wonderful Indian Ocean. Samson was very helpful, as was the rest of the staff. The dinner buffets were very good and incredibly versatile, if I may add (loved the chicken masala!). The only downside would be that the resort is on the east side of the island, and most activities are on the other side which is a good 40-minute drive. We were okay with this logistical challenge, but this could be a pain for other visitors. That said, the beaches are far more pristine and the crowd more upscale on the east side. We paid $10 to Mehmood, a fisherman who took us in his dhow so we could snorkel. What an amazing experience; highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kichanga, General Manager at Dongwe Ocean View, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
thank you so much for such a wonderful review we are really happy you enjoyed it so much asante sana
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

We stayed from 7-14 April 2014 at Dongwe.
Everything … I mean everything!…was more than we could have wished for. We had the middle room on the top floor (room No.108). The room was very comfortable, spacious cupboard space and kept nice 'n clean. The balcony is large and the sea and beach-view is fantastic! The restaurant provided wholesome meals, even an ala-carte menu. The restaurant and bar is situated on the deck right on the beach. Snorkelling was excellent a short way up the beach… we went on a dhow (USD 35 for 2). The hotel staff were attentive, competent and friendly. The famous Rock restaurant just 3.7 km away. We hired 2 bicycles at the reception ( USD 20 / for2 for the whole day) and pedalled our way on the road (not for the weak as your bum pains afterward), but it was more than worthwhile and fun. Tours were arranged promptly through the reception.
Some examples of costs we experienced: Taxi, anywhere on the Island USD 35/person. Beer at Dongwe: USD 4 (500ml). Massage at the hotel: USD 30/hour. Stone Town Tour: USD 90 (for 2), (you pay the guide USD 10/person). Safari Blue, an amazing full day snorkelling trip: USD 120 (taxi, lunch included). Boat ride to Prison Island: USD 40/person. On departing at the airport you are required to pay a Departure Tax of TZS 11,000 / person. Baggage wrapping: TZS 11,500 / suitcase.
Please bear in mind while visiting the Island: Everywhere people expect to be tipped irrespective of service received!

Room Tip: We had the top floor middle room (No.108) which was superb! The room below (we think it was No.105...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kichanga, General Manager at Dongwe Ocean View, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Morning Erika,
asante sana for such a great review and so precise in details for sure your review will help many other travelers.
All the best we hope to see you back . Dongwe Ocean View Staff
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Entebbe, Uganda
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

I went to Dongwe with my wife for our honeymoon. We surely didn't want to leave because the place was worth every dime we spent.
From the time we arrived at Dongwe to the time we left, the staff there ensured we were very comfortable and happy.
We were warmly received and briefed about the place by receptionist (Anita) who was extremely nice to us and very professional.
Our room which was on the last floor was very neat, clean and well organized. The bathroom was also very clean. All the rooms have private balconies (except the ones on the ground floor) and a stunning view of the ocean.
The food was really good! Right from breakfast to dinner, we enjoyed the food. The kitchen staff were really friendly and polite.
Room service was on point and took exactly the time they said it would be delivered. The pool was also very clean and nice.
Dongwe is such a private hotel and even though it was fully occupied while we were there, you never got that feeling of a crowded space. The service is excellent with a personal touch. I remember me and wife had to check out very early but the chef was happy to have our breakfast prepared early enough to suit our schedule.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a quiet, relaxed getaway. Finally don't forget to book a lunch reservation at the Rock Restaurant which is about 5 minutes away by cab from Dongwe Ocean View. You will be glad you did!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kichanga, General Manager at Dongwe Ocean View, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
thank you so much for such a super review we are really happy that you enjoyed your stay with us so much asante sana
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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Dongwe is small, friendly and relaxed hotel right on the stunning Bwejuu beach on the Indian ocean. It is decorated in a minimalistic way, with natural materials. Our room was perfectly positioned, on the gorund floor, just few steps of the beautiful turquoise water and white coral sandy beach. Staff is very friendly, always ready to help, our manager Samson always there, especially when our luggage was missing for six days (it has finally arrived with the help of few other people as well). the stay was so pleasant that we decided to stay for another two days which was set easily. Prices are more than affordable, management shall improve the quality of food and drinks (better choice of wine, cocktails...) and service on the beach during the day. apart from that, it is perfect and I would love to go back again!

Room Tip: rooms on the ground floor definitely!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

After having spent a week here I can definitely recommend it! After having climbed Kili and endured a roughroad-noshower safari our standards weren't really that high but Dongwe exceeded all of them! Staff was very friendly, food was great - especially breakfast - and the rooms and the view and the hotel itself was just incredible. Be aware that this is on the eaast coast though and due to the tides you will sometimes have to go a long way out to bathe in the sea but you can always use the pool like we did. And we had to pay for our wifi but it is a manageable price and it is definitely one of the best hotels I have ever been to.

Oh and also even though it is quite remote from anything, the hotel arranges tours to a decent price too. We went both diving and swimming with dolphins and while diving was well worth every penny, swimming with dolphins was kind of a waste of time since we saw very few dolphins, and when we did there was such a rush to jump in the water and see the dolphins up close. It didnt seem natural.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Kichanga, General Manager at Dongwe Ocean View, responded to this review, 5 March 2014
Super Nice Place is a great title. asante sana hope to see you back
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Property: Dongwe Ocean View
Address: Michamvi Pingwe | P.O.Box 4242, Dongwe, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Dongwe
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Dongwe
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Hotel Class:4 star — Dongwe Ocean View 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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