Charming Pongwe Beach Hotel
Sometimes you understand that you like a hotel by the style of its rooms, the nice location,or the quality of its service,but sometimes you just come to a hotel and get the feeling you don’t want to leave. This happened to Lesia and Julia at the Pongwe Beach Hotel in Zanzibar.
Located in the one of the most picturesque parts of the island paradise, the resort can boast its own quiet beach, eco-friendly villas, and amazing food. You will have a break from the real world in your room with no TV or Internet, so you will forget all troubles and just enjoy. However, you can still use Wi Fi in the public areas of the hotel. Don’t worry!
Lesia and Julia experienced a lunch in Pongwe and it was delicious. They were treated with tomato soup, fresh Dorado with some vegetables, and ice-cream for dessert.
Later, when the tide was high enough, the girls decided to check out the beach. The water was so clear that you could imagine yourself being in a beautiful lagoon. That was one of their favorite beach experiences in Zanzibar.
While you sunbathe or frolic on the shore, the staff from the hotel is treating you with fresh fruits. When the tide is low, you can still swim in the hotel’s pool and enjoy the view.
The Pongwe Beach Hotel is perfect for those who want real relaxation far from hustle and bustle.
Kichanga Lodge - Romantic Zanzibari Escape
A romantic Zanzibari escape, picturesque beach, tasty food, stylish bungalows – all is waiting for you in Kichanga Lodge. Kichanga is a little bit wild but it has such good style and taste.
Once you enter the lodge – you’re greeted by an atmosphere of complete relaxation. We are sure that the first secret to its amazing atmosphere is hidden in the staff working in Kichanga. We were treated to amazing hospitality while staying with Kichanga and felt absolutely at home. The people are so warm hearted and sincerely happy to welcome you and do everything possible to make you feel special and comfortable. They have a personal touch with every each client.
We had a chance to meet the owner of the lodge personally. Nigel Firman is a British- Italian guy who has spent 12 years of his life on Zanzibar. He came to South- Eastern part of the island to open Kichanga while it was completely wild land without roads, fresh water,or electricity. Years of experience have made this place like a slice of paradise.
Another very important thing to note is that Nigel and the management of Kichanga have a charity project for the local community. The idea of the project is to help local people to learn how to swim. It’s not all about business at Kichanga, it’s also about taking good care of people.
The property’s 23 bungalows & villas are perfect for those who love nature and appreciate privacy. Kichanga Lodge enjoys a prime location surrounded by tropical gardens, a picturesque white beach, and the crystal clear Indian Ocean.
Guests will find the bungalows to be very spacious and comfortable, with a private hammock on the veranda where you can stay and admire the sunset over the ocean. Inside of each bungalow there is natural air conditioning – the absence of windows allows the ocean’s breath to refresh the air and cool you off.
Additionally,every room has nice beach amenities such as a beach bag and towels. Kichanga is a great place to clear your mind and to forget about the whole world.
Unguja Lodge & Its Monkeys
Have you ever been in love with a hotel? That what happened to us after visiting Unguja Lodge in the North East of Zanzibar.
Unguja Lodge was a big surprise for us. If you compare it to all classic hotels with usual all inclusive packages, Unguja will look very different. The lodge’s villas are located right in front of the ocean, with some of rooms having strategically missing sections of wall or roof to bring you closer to nature.
The resort’s grounds are home to a lot of monkeys, so you’ll need to be sure to keep your room locked to fend off these cute thieves. Don’t be surprised to come back to your lodge and find that you’ve got a furry guest!
Unguja’s stretch of beach is perfect for swimming with dolphins. You can ask the hotel to take you there by boat and enjoy meeting these fantastic creatures. If you want to go deeper and explore the marine wonders of Zanzibar, Unguja also has its own diving center. So you can even get your PADI certification there.
Of course, this place is not for people looking for parties, but it will be perfect if you prefer to enjoy the serenity of nature in full.
Pongwe is one of the most beautiful areas of Zanzibar. It’s the perfect location for a luxury hotel such as Tulia.
Julia and Lesia from our team recently checked out Tulia, a new hotel in the North East of the island. Villas in this resort are all about good taste and boast a nice mixture of modern and Zanzibari style. They are spacious and full of light. We were impressed by the design and the charming colour palette.
One of Tulia’s selling points is that it is the only hotel in Zanzibar which has water slides! Though the hotel is very peaceful and relaxing, you can still have some fun. You can also take a dip in the beautiful pool with ocean view or admire the resort’s colourful and picturesque garden.
Of course, Tulia also boasts a high level of customer service. This means you can really forget about all of your troubles, enjoy an ice cold drink, relax, and fall in love with the gorgeous Indian Ocean.
Our breakfast on the roof of The Seyyida Hotel & Spa
The Seyyida Hotel & Spa is very cosy and sophisticated. The style of rooms there still reminds you of Zanzibar with some fresh and different details. It is light and welcoming, perfect for travelers who want to enjoy the real atmosphere of Stone Town.
Julia and Lesia from the Shadows of Africa team had breakfast on the roof of the hotel and they really felt like they were at home there. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very relaxing and service is attentive without being annoying.
Breakfast includes fresh fruits and pastries, aromatic coffee, and perfectly made omelets and French toast. As per local culture, the food was served in a simple yet appetizing way. The best part of the breakfast there is the ocean view. You can see dhows going for their morning fishing and ferries heading to Dar es Salaam.
Our tip before choosing this hotel is to check which view you will get from your room. Best of all is to choose ocean view, these rooms have the best view and the most natural light.
Javed Jafferji & His Boutique Hotel
If you are tired of the usual hotels with the usual design, Stone Town can offer you a very special option for your stay. Jafferji House is a small boutique hotel with lots of interesting ideas. The founder of the hotel is a talented local photographer, Javed Jafferji, and you can find lots of his spectacular works decorating the hotel.
The design of the hotel puts you in mind of the house of a passionate traveler. You can find furniture and decorations from all around the world: Morocco, Afghanistan, India, Mozambique, and much more. Despite this eclectic descoration, it still looks very Zanzibari.
Each room is different, so you can choose the one for your own tastes. We really liked the Moroccan styled bath and diverse colors of the suites. The painted walls remind you of Moroccan streets, but the style of decoration will give you the feeling of being in an ancient sultan’s palace.
We were invited for a breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant and were pleasantly surprised to find that in addition to your order, you get a basket with fresh pastry, some local fruits, fresh juice, and a pot of natural coffee. We really appreciate when a hotel is taking care of guests by offering them some extra things.
The hotel also has a roof with a view on the Stone Town; you can even request your breakfast to be served there.
We recommend Jafferji House for people who wish to experience a cocktail of cultures and appreciate unique interior design. This place will inspire a creative person, and we would suggest stopping there for a couple of days.
Our Visit to Maru Maru Hotel
Maru Maru Hotel in Stone Town is priced as a medium property, but their service is definitely closer to luxury.
Julia and Lesia from the Shadows of Africa team visited this hotel with a site inspection and were treated as valued guests. That is one of the ways you can check the hospitality at the hotel. Upon arrival, they were greeted with fresh towels and drinks, a sure sign that this place knows how to greet guests.
Maru Maru is very careful with small details and you can feel it from the first step when you are entering reception and breathing in the fresh lemongrass aroma. The hotel keeps a classic Zanzibari style, carefully adding some modern things like elevator.
The hotel has its own bakery and we can confirm – their bread and cakes are delicious.
Maru Maru is probably most famous because of its rooftop restaurant. It has one of the most stunning views of the city, and it is often used by local television for this reason. When we visited hotel, one Zanzibari celebrity was giving an interview at one of the restaurant’s tables.
Maru Maru’s restaurant is also very popular for the nice food and the romantic atmosphere in the evening. Our team tried some Indian dishes there and everything was perfect. The local chef followed all of their preferences, catering to their vegetarian diet to a tee.
We really recommend Maru Maru for its value of price and personalized service!
Our Experience in Double Tree by Hilton, Stone Town
Last month, Lesia and Julia from the Shadows team, visited one of the most famous hotels in Stone Town – Double Tree by Hilton.
Perfectly located in the heart of the city between old buildings on the tiny street, you can feel a fresh pleasant smell and the air will cool you down from the outside heat the moment that you walk in. The hotel’s pleasant staff will nicely greet you and take care of you from the first minute.
Lesia and Julia were surprised when the General Manager of the hotel, Mr. Philippe came personally to greet them at reception. Afterwards, they proceeded with an inspection around the hotel.
Double Tree by Hilton started welcoming guests in July 2014. So, the property is still very new and fresh. Decorated with a fusion of modern and Zanzibari style, this property is one from the few hotels here in Stone Town to have an elevator. Everything was made with love and soul. Your stay here will be definitely be one of both convenience and luxury.
Talking about bedrooms, the girls can say they are very comfortable. Rooms are large with King sized beds. They even have signature beds. What does that mean?It means that Hilton has their own concept for matresses and pillows.
The bedrooms have been designed in a smart way,divided so that you have a sleeping area, a working area, and chill out area. You have everything necessary in the bedroom - starting with a safety locker and finishing with a hair dryer. All rooms come with complimentary water, tea, and coffee in the room. There is also 24 hour room service/ private dining.
Julia and Lesia would love to highlight the restaurant which is located on the rooftop with a view of the sea and Stone Town. The executive chef, Shafeek is from Mauritius and the restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean cuisine as well as local favorites.
The girls were treated to a delicious meal of crab soup in coconut, prawns with avocado & mango, grilled shrimps, beef fillet chops, and incredibly delicious desserts including ice cream and cheesecake. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?
If there is one drawback to the hotel, it is the lack of a good view from the rooms. Who doesn’t want to enjoy their cup of coffee with an astounding view?
For travelers who are looking for luxury accommodation in a brand they recognize, the Double Tree by Hilton is an excellent option.
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