Some of our staff had the privilege of travelling on an Educational to Zanzibar 2-6 September 2016. We flew on the direct services of Mango after an overnight stop in Johannesburg (flight departs at 7am). The team travelled to experience and visit some of our top selling properties and of course take pictures and do some island excursions and soak in the Tanzanian Culture. Just a quick 3 and half hour flights and you are in Paradise!
Please be aware that the airport is basically just a very run down building. No ATM and no shops in arrivals, just little stalls where you can exchange forex and buy a local sim card. It’s advisable to purchase US dollars before hand. Departures is a little better with a few Curio and duty free shops but very basic.
“Uroa Bay Beach resort was our first stop in Zanzibar. This 3* Value for money property is situated on the West Coast. I would recommend taking the all-inclusive package as there isn’t anywhere else close by to dine. The thatched building and beautiful rooms give the resort a very relaxed feel. The beach in August, September has a lot of seaweed on it at low tide.”- Regine Miller (https://www.igotravel.co.za/holiday/uroa-bay-beach-honeymoon-zanzibar/)
“My Favourite hotel in Zanzibar. Melia is a 5* resort located in the North East coast of Zanzibar at Kiwengwa. This resort is perfect for honeymoon couples as well as families. It is quiet, secluded and very romantic.The dining and service at Melia is absolutely amazing. The service really stood out for me.
Melia has the most amazing Jetty Lounge, One of the resort’s landmarks open for cocktails and dinners.
You will not get bored at Melia, they offer many facilities & activities to keep you busy. The rooms are incredible, they are equipped with large comfortable bathrooms with bathtub, outdoor tropical rain showers (except the Romance Pavilions), private terrace or balcony and most of them have a side view of the Indian Ocean. You can walk to the beach however it is quite far from the resort, they do offer complimentary shuttles from the main Building to Gabi Beach. I will definitely visit Melia again, my highlight was waking up to the beautiful sunset on a beautiful island.” -Kylie Bergset (https://www.igotravel.co.za/holiday/melia-zanzibar/)
“The first thing I noticed about Diamonds Mapenzi Beach were the beautiful Makutis, Swahili for thatched roofs; which provides a traditional Zanzibar feel. Mapenzi beach is on the East Coast which is excellent for non-motorized water sports, and if you want to sip cocktails while on the beach with its stunning powdery white sand and the kaleidoscope of blues the ocean has to offer, then fulfil your heart’s desire. Seaweed does wash up onto the shore due to the tidal variances, but is swept away intermittently. The beach itself is a public beach, and the local sarong salesman will offer you a bargain, but will happily leave you be if you wish to not be disturbed. Nothing gives the essence of African luxury quite like a four poster bed, draped exquisitely with a mosquito net. The décor in the rooms is a combination of rustic African with Middle Eastern influences. I didn’t get the opportunity to eat at Diamonds Mapenzi beach, but if the service of the staff is anything to go by, I can only imagine that it would be a culinary delight. Diamonds Mapenzi Beach gave me the impression of being a resort that is politely unassuming and has just the right amount of luxury to enjoy your holiday, without being over the top.” -Nicole Poupard (https://www.igotravel.co.za/holiday/diamonds-mapenzi-beach-club/)
“Our arrival at Dream of Zanzibar was marked with a cloudburst but this by no means dampened our spirits as we were greeted with cold towels, a lovely drink and umbrellas. From start to finish this hotel inspection didn’t disappoint. The resort is built on a hill with the rooms at the top and rolling gardens going down to the beach, swimming pool and restaurants. If the budget extends to it, there are beautiful rooms near the beach with private pools. At first glance from the top of the hill the beach looks far away but a short walk down the stairs and you’re in the centre of it all. The resort has a very Moroccan feel about it and this theme runs throughout the public areas. There is a lovely big swimming pool and a beautiful beach, as well as many other areas to sit and relax out of the sun if you want to sit quietly somewhere and read a book. There is a small theatre area where movies are played.
The staff were very friendly, always ready with a smile and a cheery Jambo! The décor in the rooms is fresh and welcoming and the perfect place to unwind after a long day at the beach. This is definitely a resort I would recommend and certainly plan to visit again” – Fiona Pieters (https://www.igotravel.co.za/holiday/emerald-dream-of-zanzibar/)
“Azanzi Beach hotel is a little hidden treasure at the end of a bumpy beach road, complete with goats and all. This hotel has a magnificent beach and relaxed atmosphere- a divers paradise. The pool is half enclosed beside the restaurant and it has a pool bar where you can sit in the water an order a drink-wow! We were spoilt with lunch and the food (and cocktails) were lovely. The dive Center is rated number one on tripadvisor and this hotel in South African owned and managed providing a great personal touch for guests.” -Regine Miller (https://www.igotravel.co.za/holiday/azanzi-beach-hotel-zanzibar/)
“Having sold this resort and heard so much about it (and its location in the sought after Northern tip of Zanzibar – I was so keen to see it for myself and experience what Diamonds La Gemma Del Est had to offer.
The deluxe garden facing rooms were amazing – spacious beds with mozzie netting, tv, mini bar with fresh milk for the tea coffee making facility (with nice biscuits!) Each room has its own private terrace with 2 chairs and a table & faces the beautiful manicured gardens and has sea views in the distance.
The bathroom is small (and with the window open, sound carries right in from the passage) and the bathroom has a nice, powerful, instantly hot shower & loo and basin. There are only 4 of this room type that has a bath (subject to request and availability). The amenities are plentiful and the Lemon Verbena and Argan Oil toiletries so divine!
The highlights – Gemma has one of the best stretches of private beach, soft white sand, to swim here is glorious and it appears to have swimming nets in the distance. The beach had abundant brollies and loungers and the huge, undulating saline pool (complete with a little salt water Jacuzzi built into the one side) is just a few steps away. The beach towels are available here and you can swim to the side where the cocktail bar is, or if to walk seems so far – there are a couple of very attentive bar tenders walking up and down the beach are all day – ready to take your cocktail / drink orders & deliver promptly. I loved swimming here and we also witnessed a couple renewing their Wedding vows on the beach and had the most amazing photo opportunities as the sun set.
To dine – there is the main restaurant that serves buffet style (some nights have theme dinners), we chose to eat at the Pizzeria restaurant near the beach (essential to book in advance) – Amazing pizza and service. For a supplement to all inclusive there is an additional sea food restaurant as well as another BBQ restaurant (both also essential to book).
At night Gemma’s ambience is amazing – the wooden walkways are well lit and jetty on the sea is lit up in the most amazing way too. We had post dinner drinks here and danced the night away to the DJ playing music on the dance floor over the beautiful blue Indian Ocean. Overall a wonderful stay here with a lot on offer. On the return Mango flight home, I chatted to a couple who had stayed here a week – they mentioned some issues with the main restaurant (service & supplies) particularly during the breakfast service – but management assured them that they are aware of some issues & are looking at addressing these and helped by allowing them to dine at the private restaurants complementary.” – Amanda Sampaio (https://www.igotravel.co.za/holiday/diamonds-la-gemma-dell-est-honeymoon/)
“After visiting some resorts which we felt weren’t up to standard, it was a nice surprise to arrive at My Blue Resort. Rated as a 4* it definitely lives up to this rating. Welcomed in an open, friendly reception area we then had a look at the rooms and the public areas. The resort has a very laid back feel to it, particularly around the pool, where there’s great music and cocktails to be had. Would definitely book the ocean view rooms as they open right onto a very beautiful white, sandy beach. And the colour of the water is something I had never seen before. All in all, a well priced, and good quality option.” -Brendan Pottier (https://www.igotravel.co.za/holiday/my-blue-hotel-zanzibar/)
“No trip to Zanzibar would be complete without a spice tour. We were taken to a local farm and our guide taught us all about the plants and roots used to make food, medicine and perfumes. No wonder their food is so amazing! Quite a sensory treat with lots of tasting and smelling. They even gave us handmade handbags and jewelry weaved from a palm tree. We were treated to a performance by “butterfly man” who climbs a coconut tree whilst singing and doing terrifying tricks and cuts you fresh coconut for you to drink and taste. A fresh local fruit tasting followed and then you can buy spices and perfumes. Really very interesting to also see how the locals live in such simplicity- a wonderful taste of the spice island.” Regine Miller
“Stone Town was everything I expected, in a good way! Driving into the town you get the feeling that this very ramshackle town holds many mysteries and could tell a tale or two. It’s the sort of place that you either love or hate. I think that every trip to Zanzibar is incomplete without a visit, giving you the opportunity to form your own opinion. The streets are filled with vendors who try to attract your attention and sell their wares. They weren’t as pushy as expected and wandered off when faced with a polite no. Lunch was a feast at the Monsoon Restaurant which serves traditional Swahili food, just across the road from the beach.
A short walking tour took us through the streets where we could get a taste of the town. The architecture has a very strong North African / Arabic influence. We walked past Freddie Mercury’s childhood home and also visited the historical site of the slave market, with it’s monument to the slaves. There are lots of shops and restaurants to explore so definitely worth a visit, if not an overnight stay.” – Fiona Pieters
“Sea Cliff Resort & Spa beautifully located on the west coast of an exotic island know as Zanzibar with unspoiled beauty & tranquillity.
This hotel consists of 120 rooms situated on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean in Mangwapani and offers panoramic views from the lounge,restaurant, bar and recreational area. Sea Cliff offers two infinity swimming pools as well as a children’s pool, both with delightful as well as breath-taking views of the ocean as I personally enjoyed my early morning swim. A superb jetty bar that offers a magnificent place from which one can enjoy a sundowner or sail off on a dhow to watch a romantic sunset. Beautiful restaurants that offers a wide range of different foods from local and international buffets .My favourite, Thai night with aromatic Thai stir fry (super yummy) as well as outdoor on the sea sand casual dining overlooking the Indian Ocean on a private beach for a barbecue. A wide range of recreational facilities such as pool table , 2 tennis courts , squash court, fully equipped Techno Gym, Yoga deck, deep sea fishing and bicycles. A well-equipped water sports centre offering sailing, water skiing, wake boarding, kayaking. I would recommend this hotel for families with children as lots to see and do from their kids club to jumping castles to keep the kids busy while I sit back relax , read a book ,even work on a tan or soak off at Shwari Spa. The highlight for me at Sea Cliff was an un forgetting moment when we got to feed the beautiful stunning horses. Such well-groomed horse that took my breath away. On my next trip, I will be definitely be spending more time at this spectacular Resort.” -Venusha Sing (https://www.igotravel.co.za/holiday/sea-cliff-resort-spa-zanzibar/)
Overall, what a lovely experience- the weather was humid and sunny the whole time. As we got to the airport to leave the heavens opened and our bus driver said the “island is crying”. We certainly did not want to leave.
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