Details of Casa Del Mar
Accommodation at Hotel Casa del Mar
Casa del Mar has only 14 rooms housed in two buildings. The 8 lower ground rooms are simple and spacious with en suite shower and WC. The 6 first floor suites are split level and include living rooms, bathrooms and a king-
Food, Drink and Service at Hotel Casa del Mar
Though a B&B, the hotel does offer a good restaurant serving a variety of fresh local dishes including an array of seafood, meat dishes, salads and savoury pastries. The menu mixes Swahili and Mediterranean flavours. Food is good and reasonably priced, though it is somewhat less characteristic of Zanzibar than one might expect. As with most restaurants in rural East-
Staff at the hotel are generally friendly and obliging and service is good if a little leisurely by Western standards. However, any major problems with accommodation will be dealt with quickly and efficiently in most cases.
Things to do at Hotel Casa del Mar
The hotel is nestled in a well kept tropical garden which lends it a peaceful feel. There is also a small pool. This is less for swimming than for cooling off after a day in the sun and sea. The beach by the hotel, though not private, is never crowded. It suffers from inescapable ‘beach-
The hotel does not offer TV or internet, but the neighbouring internet café welcomes hotel guests.
How to get to Hotel Casa del Mar
Jambiani is approximately and hour’s drive from either Stone Town or Zanzibar Airport. The hotel will arrange transfers for an agreed rate. Alternatively a taxi will take you there and a shared minibus runs from Stone Town to Jambiani (see Getting Around for further details).
Much of the coastline of this peninsula has been developed to reflect the luxury requirements of Western travellers. However, the surrounding villages and the roads reflect the poverty of Tanzania. Although hotel websites may advertise these places as ‘charming and traditional’ they may simply appear run-
Although the tourist industry has proved a destructive force in many parts of the country, it is also useful to bear in mind that many resorts and hotels are now contributing to funds to support locals, and that environmental projects are advancing through Zanzibar.