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Reviewed 16 June 2010

We spent a week-end in Lazy Lagoon (1 hour North of Dar es Salaam) and had a great time.

Accomodation (12 bandas/bungalows) litterally on the beach, excellent service and good food.

Hard to get to (get a local car and driver) but worth every effort. Thanks to Judith

Date of stay: June 2010
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Thank Mimo52
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Reviewed 1 August 2009

We vistied Lazy Lagoon as part of our honeymoon. We were picked up from Dar Es Salaam airport and the trip to Bagamoyo took around an hour (a good opportunity to view a bit of africa). We were then transported by boat to the hotel, this was amazing and it really built up the excitement of arriving. We were met by the manager on the gorgeous beach with a drink of fruit juice and were told the in's and out's of the hotel. Were were immidiatly put at ease and felt 100% relaxed within minutes of arriving.

Lazy Logoon is situated on a spit of land. The spit is part of a national park and is teeming with wildlife. Including some apparently agressive bush pigs. We never heard or saw these but we were told that walking on the beach at night wasn't a good idea. Mino the resident dog does a good job at keeping them away. Mino was lovely by the way and accompanied us whenever we left the hotel for a walk or kayak, got the feeling he was actually trained to accompany guests to keep the resident wildlife at bay.

The room was unbelievable! it was like being on your own private island! The room had a large bed, deck chairs, a double hamock, a balcony for sitting out at night (the stars are amazing), etc., etc. Every morning tea and coffee can be brought to your room and the entire thing over looks the goreous beach.

There's lots to do. Apparently their are several tariffs and this varies whats included and what is an extra charge. We had everything included so we had acces to snorkelling equipment, kayaks and a windsurfer. The snorkelling is good (there is a small coral reef within swiming distance of the beach, though visibility isn't great. The bar includes a pool table, darts board, cards, books & a swiming pool. On one day we took a double kayak and went kayacking into the lagoon for a good couple of hours. Bear in mind that the tide can be quite strong so a good level of fitness is essential, the manager told us of a couple who went a bit to far and found it difficult to get back to the hotel. You can walk and kayak for miles.

The service was very friendly and one of the staff even taught us a little Swahli. It appeared nothing was too much effort. 5 stars!

All in all everything was amazing. My favourtie bit was pretty much everything! Might get a little boring if you were there for weeks on end but for the 4 days we were there there was the right mix of relaxation and activities.

Date of stay: July 2009
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sonic1981
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Reviewed 15 April 2009

We arrived in the long rains season, but only had one day of rain.The rest was hot, dry and very sunny, but very humid.The service we recevied was very good, food freshly cooked every day, no sitting around on a table to fester in the heat, a menu produced everyday. fresh fish from local fisherman every day. Dinner was served on the beach most nights, which was a lovely experinece, eating under the stars.Staff went out of their way to help. our 2 children 13 and 10 yr olds, wouldn't eat everything, so staff put on pasta from them. The refurnished bandas are lovely. Cleaned every day, but not the bathroom which we felt was a let down.The original description of the hotel, included the use of a laser dinghys, along with kayaks however, very disappointed that the dinghy's were broken, so not available, and that you had to pay to hire them,and the kayaks,payment was not mentioned in the original description, The tide brought in lots of rubbish that needed clearing, and infront of the bandas needed a sweep, this spoilt an otherwise beautiful beach. Beach towels were provided. Tea and coffee brought everyday to our banda, taking tea on the verandah in the morning was wonderful. We saw monkey's, bush Babies, moths, butterflies, etc. the snorkelling was amazing. You could do as much, or little as you wanted, they had books fro guests to use. games for the children to play. our children had a great time, they didn't want to come home. it is a truly wonderful place, we met some lovely people. some of whom we will keep in touch with, and we would go again. The location stunning, watching the fishing boats sailing by everyday. We just stayed on the island, electricity by generator which only came on certain times of the day. went off by 10.30pm, no problems with this. but lack of A/C did make it uncomfortable at night.

Date of stay: April 2009
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1  Thank andysuea
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Reviewed 29 October 2008

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights the 3rd week of June, (so review is well overdue!), after being on safari in Selous. It took about 1hr 40mins by car to reach the Lazy Lagoon from Dar Es Salaam airport and the last leg is by small boat, (you'll need to remove ur shoes!) but it was well worth the journey. This is simply a magical place, so peaceful & relaxing, we were so chilled, every meal was superb, breakfast, lunch & dinner, I second the previous reviewer's comment about the breakfast cinnamon rolls, absolutely delicious! Nothing was too much trouble for the hosts, Dave & Karen, who were excellent, in fact the whole entire staff were great, very friendly and welcoming. We took a half day tour to Bagamoyo which was very interesting, I would recommend this if you do get a little tired of 'island paradise' or just want to experiance a different side to Tanzania. The only 'beware' I would add is to be careful on some of the rocks around the island, we were warned more than once but rather foolishly, my husband still managed to cut the heel of his foot TWICE after going exploring in flip flops!
We thoroughly enjoyed our walks up the beach twice a day, you can walk for miles, and see the most amazing star fish, and we were almost always accompanied by Mino the resident hound!
He 'adopted' us during our stay, and we loved having him hanging around, he would come and sit outside the banda waiting for us to wake up every morning.
I can honestly say I have never felt so relaxed doing nothing, just total tranquility. Well done to Dave & Karen & team for creating what is The Lazy Lagoon and many thks for our enjoyable stay,

Date of stay: June 2008
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2  Thank safarigirlEssex
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Reviewed 23 August 2008

This was the last stop on our honeymoon and was the perfect place to relax in beautiful surroundings after time on safari and exploring Zanzibar. The drive up from Dar takes roughly 90 mins (and is pretty interesting if you want to see a side of Tanzania that you wouldn't on safari or in touristy hotels), then there is a short boat trip out to the island.

The hotel itself only has about 12 rooms and has the whole island to itself! So there are literally kilometres of beaches for just a few guests. We were there at the busiest time of year, and it still felt so tranquil and relaxed. The rooms are very spacious (the beds are huge), relatively well kept, and comfortable. Electricity is turned off at 10pm each night and water is heated by solar panels so isn't always very hot.

The bar and restaurant area are beautiful; the swimming pool is basic, but who cares when you have the Indian Ocean right outside your room! Food was pretty good considering the remote location (much better than what we had in our safari camp) and the management are very obliging with any special dietary needs. Indeed, they, and all the staff, were extremely friendly and helpful in general.

If you are a person who needs activity, then 2 or 3 days here may be enough for you. But if you're looking for somewhere to relax and be as lazy as the name of the hotel suggests, then this is perfect for a longer stay.

Date of stay: August 2008
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Thank fictionalemu
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