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North Coast Nungwi, Nungwi, Tanzania – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9/10! (score from 68 reviews)
Rated by guests after their stay at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort.
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BBQ Facilities, Outdoor Pool (all year), Grounds, Terrace, Sun Deck
Fishing, Ping-Pong, Darts, Diving, Water Sports Facilities (on site), Fitness Center, Spa, Massage, Game Room, Playground, Entertainment Staff
Food & Drink
Bar, Restaurant With Dining Menu, Buffet-Style Restaurant, Snack Bar
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
Room Service, Shuttle Service (surcharge), Airport Shuttle (surcharge), 24-Hour Front Desk, Currency Exchange, Tour Desk, Baggage Storage, Laundry, Ironing Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Fax/Photocopying, Hair/Beauty Salon, Souvenir/Gift Shop
Safe, Shops (on site)
From 2:00 PM
Until 10:00 AM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
One child from 0 to 2 years stays free of charge in a crib.
Up to two children from 2 to 12 year are charged 50 % of the room stay per night per person for extra beds.
Up to two older children or adults are charged USD 170 per person per night for extra beds.
The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.
The maximum number of cribs in a room is 1.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are not allowed.
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Located on Kendwa Beach, the oasis of luxury that is Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa offers guests stylish, individually decorated accommodation with a terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean or garden.
Score from 89 reviews Excellent
Situated along Nungwi Beach, Z Hotel features an infinity swimming pool, a small spa and, a restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean. The hotel also offers a champagne and cocktail bar.
Score from 49 reviews Wonderful
Situated a private stretch of Nungwi Beach, the refurbished Smiles Beach Hotel features sun loungers and hammocks, as well as a large tropical garden.
Score from 55 reviews Very good
|Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Zanzibar Retreat Hotel is located in Matemwe. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning and a seating area.|
Very nice location, quiet & relaxing, excellent pools and a fabulous beach. All staff very friendly.
Not really 5* by western standards but then not really those prices either.
Great Food and very well organised buffet and staff well trained in the bars and services. Great Reception once we arrived , we were a group of 3 friends, the All inclusive idea is the best thing we ever did and it really met our expectations. Staff is very friendly and the beach is amazing.
I really enjoyed the beach volleyball, the bar staff & the enthusiastic animation team.
Some of the younger inexperienced bar staff need some more lessons on making cocktails.
*The friendly staff and the warm hospitality. *The daily entertainment schedule.
The resort require a touch of luxury.
All of the staff were simply great, very friendly and helpful people, they did the best to let us enjoy our holiday to the max. John and Michael were great beach bar bartenders, Salim Yusuf and Khamis have been simply great animators, Al-Haji was a very friendly trainee waiter. I would strongly recommend staying in this resort.
There's no internet: - There is WiFi but internet doesn't work (but for a computer in the business area). Bar on the beach with no music.
Room pools & beach
Rubbish on the beautiful beach ie old clothes !
Very pleasant staff, good selection of food at meals. Nice beach and beach side area and good pools Big comfortable rooms, beds made up with beautiful flowers/swan decorations each day
The beach boys are the only turn off. Unfortunately all beaches are public and so you are hassled everytime you walk on the beach to buy tours/souvenirs. A polite firm no thank you usually works
The staff is always smiling and open to help any guest at any time. The staff always greets the guests in the traditional way, Jambo! which made us feel welcomed and very comfortable during our stay at the resort. The location is very good since it's close to great dive sites and it has a long public white beach which is perfect for long walks. If it wasn't for the staff our experience wouldn't have been as good as it was. It has a big garden and a OK pool area (the swim up bar is very nice)
The bathroom wasn't clean enough for being a 5 star resort. Especially the shower, we found moist and mold on the window strips and a lot of dust. The resort is quite big but it's not a true 5 star resorts. We've visited plenty 5 star resorts and Royal have to improve to be able to play in the same league.
Excellent food! Amazing suite! Great location!
The only reason I gave the facilities a rating of "good" instead of "excellent" is that the wi-fi rarely worked throughout the complex. It only works if you are sitting in/near the Reception. The staff are very nice and friendly, however the service is slow.
Staff were excellent!
the staff is always kindly and nice, everything clean and tidy, wonderful sea view from our room, very good atmosphere
food could be a bit better, the beach flu of beach boys, to sell something, this is sometimes too much
Excellent pools, good variety of food and kind and well trained staff. There was a problem with room reservations and we were asked to change the room within our 7-day stay. However after intervention with the management we could keep our room; the problem was handled professionally. Whether it is really 5-star is out of our discussion as we liked to stay in this resort.
I cannot praise the bar, restaurant and entertainments staff highly enough. They were exceptionally friendly, helpful, engaging and fun. Unfortunately their professionalism is not a value shared by their reception staff who were unhelpful, inefficient to the point of being ineffective, uninterested and indifferent when their mistakes were pointed out to them. Although the activities available at the hotel are limited the pools are outstanding. While they are slightly irregular in shape you can manage a very good endurance swim in several of them.
Many of the hotel's facilities were either closed or damaged beyond use. This included the sole double canoe (preventing my partner and I paddling together), some of the gym equipment, and one of the restaurants. I was particularly unimpressed with the fact that for the first half of our stay very little was on offer and you had to really look for the all-inclusive options. However, on arrival of a large group of Italians the services suddenly opened up; mini bars were filled, snacks were offered, activities were promoted. Clearly the hotel was on half measures until they deemed there to be enough guests to mae it worth their while. Despite frequent requests accommodation facilities that were reported faulty were not fixed. this goes back to the reception staff who have an inability to record issues and act against them. Hugely inefficient. Finally, while the hotel is on a very good beach it was often not worth using as you were incessantly hassled by traders plying boat trips, cheap trinkets etc. Regardless of how often or how forcefully you told them 'no', they continued to chase you asking why you will not support their family, why you will not support their country. One US gentleman made a very valid point..do any of these traders pay tax? Almost certainly not. It is they who do not support their country. In all, an expensive place to go for a decent swim. I would avoid it altogether.
Very friendly staff, delicious food, wonderful environment and spatious resort. It was the perfect place to end our holiday in Tanzania after our Safari. Everything is there to relax and revitalize!! If it wasn't for the distance, we would go back any time soon!
lovely white sands beach, lot's of swimming poolswith ocean view, quiet resort
dining place is too smoky, low ( or non) WIFI signal, . beach boys are too pushing - not pleasant
Beach, garden and the pool was excellent. I can assure you that the nature was so beatiful. We fall in love with that image. They have very smiling staff, thanks to all of them.
We stayed for four nights. And everyday the menu was so simple and not enough delicious. They have to expand their menu and change it daily. We got bored of eating everyday the same thing. Lastly, our room was clean but due to the rain it was dropping water from its ceiling. Fortunately it was in the bathroom it did not affect us too much. The facility has to be renovated or restored.
I liked the resort, the room, staff were awesome, the way the resort has been done.
I did not like the food much because it suppose be different kind of cuisine. the breakfast was good but lunch and dinner were not upto the standard with the other hotels.
5 Stars: The pools (exceptional!) The gardens Some of the staff (not all) 4 Stars The staff (because they tried despite they did not know how) The bathroom The bed (very good mattresses) 3 Stars The food in general The rooms The SPA The hotel has many good things that make your stay comfortable; however this is not a 5 stars hotel. For anyone who wants to get there and has never been in a 4 or 5 stars hotel in Europe or US, the experience is very nice and welcomed. Myself I have been in 4 and 5 stars hotels in different hotels in Scandinavia and US and for as much this hotel "try" to give you a feel of a 5 star hotel it is not. If you have been in 4 or 5 stars hotels in a Western Country, keep in mind that Zanzibar has much lower standards and it is impossible to reach those high standards in an island. So if you look for the 5 stars hotel experience (and you know what it is) prepare yourself for a real disappointment. Perhaps this hotel is a 5 stars in Zanzibar according to Zanzibar standards and the Tourist Boarding (better give the hotel in your island many stars so you can squeeze more money from the tourists that will come back in form of taxes). I would give to it definitively better than 3 stars, but a less than 4 stars, it doesn't deserve 4 stars. Still I enjoyed the staying as after I toke a look to the place I lowered the expectations
2 Stars The bars (unattended, poor service mostly due to lack of things) The barman in the pool bar (he was a ghost we have seen only once in three days for few minutes) 1 Star The Water Sport (you don't have a thing there and have to pay if you want to do something) The Gym (completely unattended, dirty, with two Tunturi tape roll machines but they DO NOT WORK and so the gym is like dump) You can stop here but if you want to know more details as why I gave less than 5 stars, here they are for those who want to know them: Please, understand that I don't want to criticize the hotel, but give feedback so that they can know how to improve the service and make clear to those who want to go, what they are going to expect: Food was tasty, but repetitive. The breakfasts had the exact same menu on each day. Very tasty and good indeed and sure I eat well, but a 5 stars hotel "add" that special something every single day. A warning for the Italians (as am I) the staff in the hotel don't know how to prepare espresso coffee (the reason probably is that in Zanzibar the majority of people - staff included - drink tea, so they don't have a clue how to operate an espresso coffee machine. I asked for a cappuccino on the Mapenzi Bar but the guy did not know how to do the milk foam. Later he brought me a coffee and I could taste that it was made with "instant coffee!!!" The next morning I went to the second bar close the beach since I saw written "Lavazza" in the coffee machine. Even the guy there did not know how to operate it and he started to open the "instant coffee" jar. When I explained that I wanted the "real" coffee made with the machine, he started to put "instant coffee" instead of the ground coffee in the machine and he wanted just make hot water pass through it. I gave up and left. Why I tell this is not to complaint, but PLEASE!!! Is this the service of a 5 stars hotel?
Staff incredible friendly and willing to help you. Food and facilities 5 stars.
Ice is expensive in the island but a beach hotel has to have daiquiris! ;) Better and bigger selection of cocktails will be apreciated!
Just the swimming pool was great!!
We arrived at the hotel at 21.30 so we missed the dinner buffet because of flight delays, we asked them to keep some dinner for us as we were very hungry travelling for almost 10hrs. When we reached the hotel, the dinner we got was cold cuts, cold chicken ham salami and some fruits for 275dollars we were paying per night it was ridiculous. We asked for room service and they said it was closed, we could not eat the food they offered us..and had to talk wid the duty manger to get two burgers organized...it was frustrating to get cold plate for 275 dollars we had paid per night. The room looks nothing like what it looks on the picture, old shabby pillow,bedsheet and blankets, definately did not meet the standard of 5star. The curtains were torn and falling out the hook, the room looked far from beautiful and you feel cheated cuz wad it shows on the website is definately not what you get when you reach there. The wash room shower is old and had stains on the window. The food had very limited choice and it was shocking for a 5star resort, beside egg there is nothing really good to eat during breakfast. People should definately not book this hotel,because what you in the pictures is definately not what you get,its a complete low standard hotel with the rip off of money. This was my second trip to Zanzibar, and staying in this hotel had made me not want to come back again!!
Beautiful hotel with nice sourrondings, gardens and pools, wonderful spacious rooms, great bathroom with a large bath tub. Excellent housekeeping staff! Very nice bartenders in the main building and sea restaurant. The manager deserves a special word of appreciation for his attention to detail.
Poor atendence at the beach bar, which was fortunately well taken care of by the manager, Mr. Khaled. The main restaurant has much food variety and quantity, but lacks in quality for a 5 star hotel. The food needs professional help! The service is slow. Being self-service one should expect that cuttlery, dishes and cups would always be plenty and available, which was not the case several times.
Staff v friendly Grounds etc really nice and pool great
Too much jambo - felt a bit forced Only one restaurant - menu v repetitive Shame that only local brands available for all inclusive Some pressure techniques to get you to buy massage/ special dinner
A perfect place to relax and forget everyday stress. The hotel is beautiful! Lots of flowers everywhere! The pools are wonderful! And the staff is efficient and very friendly! Jambo!!!
Not too easy to get to Zanzibar and The Royal...from purgatory to heaven...
Best ovication ever! Everyhing was just perfect, can't think of one think that was not ok! We just came back from heaven and we can't wait to come back with our kids! Friendly stuff, private, every little think you need is there! Newly Internet in the rooms- perfect and also safe in the room as well! Thanks to all of the employees of RZBR to make us sooo happy!!
- Friendly staff - Beach - Breakfast
- Not a 5 star resort. It´s a good 4 star resort but far from being 5. - Too much focus on Italian clients (staff starts any conversation in Italian, most of food is italian, etc). Probably around 90% of clients were Italian, so you feel you are in Italy.
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