We stayed for a full week at Samaki Lodge end of July. The hotel has a very pleasant atmosphere, and is located at a beautiful beach. At low tide, the huge beach is very interesting. Locals from the Uroa village harvest their seaweed, and lots of shells, crabs etc. can be found. The staff of Samaki is very friendly and service-oriented. The food is absolutely perfect, and varies from day to day. The chef made a very nice 10th birthday cake for our daughter, which was presented by the full restaurant staff during dinner. Rooms were spacious and clean, and decorated every single day with romantic oleander flowers by the housekeeping staff. The vast majority of the hotel guests is Italian. Samaki is connected to the resort nextdoor (Palumbo Reef, same owner, also Italian guests) which has some more activities (e.g. beach volleybal, table tennis), so our kids prefered to swim and play overthere. The hotel is guarded by Maasai people.
The only drawback is that the Uroa Village has no infrastructure whatsoever for tourists, but there is a small restaurant next to Samaki (called Kaure Sand lodge) where you can have lunch or dinner if you wish to eat outside the hotel. The owner Petra is a German/Swiss lady and very hospitable.
In short, we really enjoyed Samaki Lodge and we can recommend it to everyone seeking a relaxing and comfortable holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samaki Lodge is a "boutique hotel" located on the beautiful Uroa beach, 30 km from the international airport.Samaki Lodge comprises 19 rooms, elegantly and originally furnished while retaining the style of old Zanzibar.A private beach, equipped with beds, tables and umbrellas is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing under the hot African sun.During their stay guests can make long walks on the beach, meet and socialize with the friendly local people, discovering the uses and customs. The area of sea that lies between the reef and the beach allows you to swim in a safe and wonderful language of coral sand that goes for dozens of meters into the turquoise waters. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samaki Lodge & Spa Zanzibar Island, Tanzania