Zanzibar – North
Ras Nungwi is the perfect place to actively enjoy everything Zanzibar has to offer.
Ras Nungwi is a privately owned independent hotel opened in 1996 and completely refurbished and updated in 2006/7. It’s located on the northern tip of Zanzibar Island which makes it perfect for diving and fishing.
The beach here is, like much of the island, very clean, clear and unspoilt. The reef is relatively nearby and at low tide it’s possible to find lots of marine creatures in rock pools and such, however at high tide the beach all but disappears.
Accommodation at Ras Nungwi is in either chalets or lodge rooms each with a private balcony and en-suite facilities (including shower, hand-basin & toilet). All 32 rooms have air conditioning, electronic safe, whitewashed walls and hand-crafted four poster beds beneath voluminous mosquito nets.
All rooms have garden view, air conditioning and hand carved 4 poster beds complete with mosquito nets.
All types of chalet room have a sea view, although the higher category rooms are closer to the beach.
Superior deluxe chalet rooms are located closest to the sea front and have upgraded bathroom facilities, CD players and a few other special touches.
The Ocean Suite
The Ocean Suite is a large detached suite entirely enclosed within private gardens. It has its own plunge pool, spacious living area and a roof terrace.
We found Ras Nungwi to have quite a variety of features, more common in much larger properties. The restaurant was good, using local organic products, when possible, and serving good quality international food with a Zanzibar twist. The bar was well stocked with South African wines and stayed open as late as you would like.
The property includes:
*Designer deck level fresh water swimming pool.
*Mountain Bike hire facility
Two or three times a week there is live music.
Ras Nungwi also runs its own on-site water sports centre. It’s a Gold Palm (Five Star) member of the PADI International Resort Association and includes a PADI dive school.
Ras Nungwi offers a wealth of activities to suit all types. Options include; Scuba, Snorkeling, dhow cruises, kayaking, wind-surfing, water-skiing and deep sea fishing. All activities are organized and run by the hotels own staff from the on-site water sports centre.
In addition to these you are well sited for many land based activities. The hotel can offer darts, table tennis, pool, volley ball and numerous board games. They have a secluded TV room showing international sports, movies and news channels and can offer live music once a week.
A 15 minute walk, or short bike ride (mountain bike hire available from hotel), will take you into Nungwi village where you can get a spot of lunch whilst taking in the Zanzibar way of life in the many bars and restaurants. Nungwi village is also home to a turtle sanctuary and is the Dhow building capital of the island.
Ras Nungwi represents a good balance between the smaller more intimate guest houses and the larger boutique properties. The location is great for diving and the proximity to Nungwi village provides options external to the hotel.
We would strongly recommend upgrading to the Superior Deluxe rooms as these have most recently been refurbished and are better located.
Zanzibar – North
The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort is a well equipped family resort on the north coast of Zanzibar.
The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort is a friendly and lively hotel situated on the north coast of Zanzibar island and boasts a stunning white sandy beach as well as four large swimming pools with a swim up bar and Jacuzzi.
The hotel itself has been beautifully designed with a combination of both Swahili and Zanzibar architecture and comprises of 80 superior rooms and 16 suites. It is set in 20 acres of tropical gardens and offers a mix of modern comfort with unspoilt natural beauty.
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort is:
Each of the 16 suites are located directly on the beach front measuring approximately 100sq meters and face the west which means you will capture the beautiful sun sets over the ocean. All the villas offer complete privacy and are carefully designed merging interior and exterior using natural materials and furnished in a traditional Zanzibar style.
Each of the 80 superior rooms are furnished in a traditional Zanzibar style and are approximately 80sq meters with large balconies where you will be able to admire the beautiful views or simply relax in an oasis of calm.
The facilities and service at this hotel are great, there really is something for everyone, and you will be spoilt for choice. There are four large swimming pools, one of which has a swim-up-bar where you can order your Margarita and sip it whilst admiring the beautiful uninterrupted view over the Indian Ocean, or relax in the Jacuzzi. A fully equipped state of the art gymnasium is also available for the more health conscious guests to use when desired. You can choose to sit back and relax, or join in with many activities organized by the hotels animation team.
The friendly animation team start their programme in the morning and continue throughout the day offering activities such as table tennis, volley ball, beach football, water aerobics, water polo and much, much more. Entertainment also carries on into the evening with a disco or live entertainment where you will be able to see traditional dancers or singers.
Should you be travelling with your young family, your children will never get board as there is a kids club run by the friendly animation team open from 10am to 6pm with a fun-filled entertainment programme for children of all ages.
All the rooms at Royal Zanzibar Resort are beautifully decorated, clean, well maintained and really offer excellent value for money. The staffs are always happy, they all speak good English and nothing is too much trouble. The quality of food in the restaurant is of good quality, served as an open buffet with a wide variety of choice and plenty of fresh fruit.
The resort is quite lively, but there are tranquil spots where you can truly relax in peace. This resort offers something for everyone.