Our group of 14 (we all live in Arusha, Tanzania) arrived at Samaki Lodge on December 10, 2013. The lodge staff was extremely accommodating, from picking us up at the airport, to helping us bake a cake, to popping popcorn for our movie night. The rooms were clean and comfortable...the air conditioning was a blessing in the heat and humidity of Zanzibar in December! The food was excellent...we had two individuals with special diets, and there was always plenty of food for them to choose from. The children loved having the choice of two pools to swim in. The lodge also arranged for two tours- stone town and spice tour, which were enjoyed by our group.
As this was our second time to visit Samaki Lodge, we were pleasantly surprised that there were even more amenities provided now than before. There is free wireless internet in the lobby, evening entertainment (LOVED the acrobats), and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks. The staff are kind and attentive. One member had her air conditioning break late at night, but the repairman arrived quickly and had it working with in minutes.
The beach at this time of year was quite lovely. There was some seaweed on the beach, but it did not hinder swimming. Some of the group complained they were overwhelmed by locals trying to sell them souvenirs and tours. However, this seemed to vary by the time of day.
Overall, our visit was wonderful. Our four nights passed way too fast. Everyone in our group would give Samaki Lodge two thumbs up (and even three thumbs if we had them!). Giuseppe, the hotel manager is extremely gracious and has set the bar high for hospitality. The value for the money we paid is excellent- I don't think it could be beat. I look forward to returning in the not too distant future.
- 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