My partner and I stayed at Dolphin View Paradise just for one night but had a wonderful time there and were very impressed. On arrival we were greeted with cool juices and towels at reception. There is lots of local art on the walls in the large reception area, and also a One Ocean Diving and Tours desk. There is also internet access and games, fitness and business rooms.
The architecture is very nice and construction is of an excellent quality. This is continued throughout the resort, from the large infinity swimming pool, bar and restaurant areas, to all the villas.
The villas are definitely the highlight of this resort: they are absolutely huge and finished to a high international standard whilst retaining some traditional Zanzibari features. Each villa can accommodate up to 6 people and ours also had a private pool. There is a huge living area both downstairs and upstairs, and also a huge balcony with wonderful sea views. This side of the Zanzibar also faces the sunset, and the resort has a long jetty out into the sea, so it's perfect for romantic sunset dining or cocktails. The huge villas would also make it perfect for families or groups wanting to all stay together in one villa. It was like having our own holiday house!
The resort also has a lovely private beach and is perfectly located for swimming with the local dolphins. We were out on the water by 6:30 in the morning, meaning that for the first hour we were the only people in the water with these amazing creatures. After this all the other dolphin tours start arriving from the hotels elsewhere in Zanzibar so it can get a bit busy, and we didn't really like the way some of the other boats harassed the small pods of bottlenose dolphins.
To sum up, I would definitely recommend this resort to anyone thinking of visiting Zanzibar. The food, service, staff and location are all excellent, and the villas are wonderful!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dolphin Paradise is designed in respect of the Zanzibari culture to meet the increasing demand of travelers seeking for an authentic atmosphere within comfort, leisure and intimacy.The resort offers 30 stunning Zanzibari Villas with a perfect view on the Indian Ocean. The place remain simple, incense the natural treasure of Zanzibar, friendliness, amazing scenery, historical architecture and offers the advantages of a service minded boutique hotel combined with the extended facilities of classic Resorts. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Zanzibar Dolphin View Paradise Hotel Kizimkazi
- Dolphin Bay Resort Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Kizimkazi