Reviews of Ras Kutani
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Rus Kutani. A resort and beaches to die for!
As a final destination after 7 days of game drives, Rus Kutani really was faultless. The management. led by Mark, was of the highest order, nothing was too much trouble and service was always with a very considerable smile upon every face. Attention to detail was of the highest standard. There was always a smile of welcome wherever we went.
We arrived by what might have seemed a very hard and unnecessary two and a half hour drive from Dar es Salaam including a ferry crossing with a seemingly endless throng of locals, bikes laden with coconuts, bananas and mango,produce of every sort, chicken.....and colour everywhere. We returned to the airport by plane in 20 minutes. In no way would we have missed that drive and the ferry,
Rus Kutani was hot yes, but softened by a steady cooling breeze off the sea and fans in the bedroom. at night. We walked the beach and watched local canoes and tiny dhows launch into the waves and disappear beyond the far reef to rerurn many hours later with scarce enough to feed the family.
One of the waiters, lovely John, was our companion and excellent guide to his former village 40 mins walk away, through forest and plantations. The school there is deperately underfunded by the Government with 524 pupils up to the age of eleven and only nine teachers! We were collected at the end by a land rover sent for us. We started at 7.00 and by nine the walk would really have been hot! A very nice and thoughtful touch. This visit and walk should almost be obligatory for guests and I know Mark, the manager, encourages it. The Resort has a policy of direct investement/support into the village on specific organised projects , be it a roof, a repair, things for the school. Money does not disappear into bureaucracy. Guest are asked to contribute if they wish with envelopes in the room. This all says much for the management of the resort.
Food was simply top drawer, the chef having been here all his working life. We mentioned at the start that we loved local mango. These were then especially available morning, noon and night! I stupidly am not a great fish eater which is the staple but beautifully prepared varied diet in the evenings. The result I mwas treated like royalty with a variety of very tasty meet dishes. Excellent!
All in all a perfect way to end our ten day trip. I simply can not understand why Zanzibar should attract beach lovers when Rus Kutani is availabl!
Again our thanks to Ellie at Expert Africa for judging our needs so perfectly and tacking Rus Kutani on to the end of our game drives in Ruaha and Selous.
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An absolutely stunning beach resort and totally luxurious. Our suite was huge and beautiful and we especially enjoyed use of our own subathing area and plunge pool.
The beach was also gorgeous (almost as nice as Pongwe). The food was the most impressive we tasted in Tanzania and the service was impeccable (led by Mark, the very helpful manager).
The beauty treatments were a very nice bonus and (unlike many other places) reasonably priced.
Relaxing days at Ras Kutani
Mark and his team made us very welcome and looked after us very well - private dining on the pontoon on our first night, then on the beach the second added a real element of romance for the first two nights of our honeymoon. The lobster was a definite stand out amongst some excellent meals.
The light rains, really were light with only a couple of 5 minute showers while we were there. And we had the added bonus of being there while the turtles hatched and made their first journey down to the sea!
Relaxing time at Ras Kutani
Ras Kutani is located right on the beach and is a wonderful place to relax after a hectic safari. The staff are attentive and friendly. Although the food was plentiful, not everything was to my taste but then I'm a fussy eater.
We enjoyed walking along the deserted beach and reading around the pool. One of the highlights for us was going to sleep each night with the sound of the ocean in your ears and watching the cheeky monkeys jump from tree to tree. Great place to chill out.
We also enjoyed the experience of travelling to Ras Kutani by car on arrival from Dar es Salaam. It was wonderful crossing on board the ferry to the mainland and then passing some of the little villages before arriving at Ras Kutani.
We returned to Dar es Saleem for our BA flight home using Coastal Aviation flights, but the beauty of this is the journey by rowing boat and jeep to pick up the light aircraft some 15 mins from Ras Kutani.
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very friendly and helpful staffRead more about the whole beach holiday
bare feet luxury - very stylish
A fantastic place to relax - not a lot to do but that's the whole point!
The food is first class and the service very professional - Mark the manager is very committed and the hotel runs efficiently in a friendly way. We enjoyed the forest walk and our bandas were lovley - the beds are enormous!
Unfortunatly while we were there the sea was a bit rough for snorkelling but that just gave us a better excuse to do nothing - it's perfect for couples and honeymooners.
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We were driven from Dar Es Salam to Ras and it took a lot longer then we hoped, we had to wait a long time for a ferry in a very hot car. However when we arrived we were greeted with cold drinks and towels, from then on the stay was perfect.
The beach is amazing, very private big and sandy with reasonable size waves and nice sea protected by the reef to swim in.
The food was fantastic, buffet lunch with lovely salads and meets then a desert, and a full three course meal in the evening.
The service was great throughout our stay.
The monkeys were a problem when we had to leave in the morning as they tried to eat our breakfast as we were packing.
The plane back to Dar was fantastic and a much quicker and nicer option then driving.
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The road across to Ras Kutani is NOT for the faint hearted! Would have been fine in a 4x4 but in the mini bus they picked us up in it was a rather unpleasant two hour plus ride (apparently the pot holes have worsened of late). So advise a 4x4 is booked for guests
The place itself was beautifully done and the suite was well worth it - incredible views - totally chic. Could have done with a mini bar/stock of drinks as was a shame to be on the terrace so far from the restaurant etc without being able to enjoy a cool drink.
Manager was slightly "in your face" - considering it is a small place a chat once a day is quite enough but he was new and seemed to want to have a quick chat any time we passed by - felt rather suffocating. Staff were fine - nowhere near & bEYOND standard but that is to be expected - very sweet and eager to please. Excellent cocktails
Loved the boat ride to the airstrip
peaceful and relaxing
We spent the last 2 nights here and it was simply fantastic! Beautiful location, great rooms, excellent food and very nice and friendly staff.
Imal was up at 6.30 on a Sunday to take us to the airstrip and we were lucky to have him there as the booked flight did not arive at the scheduled time. He was great and he made several calls until he managed to get an aircraft to us. We made it in time to board the BA flight in Dar and we would have missed it without his help!! Great job! He was also very chatty and reassuring.
Whistle stop luxury
We were lucky to make our flight here before the sunset but it meant we had the most spectacular arrival. And we truly felt that this was a luxury resort. Being rowed across the lagoon on our arrival set the stall for our all too brief sojourn. Our hosts made us most welcome as we familiarised ourselves with our luxury banda.
The food was tasty and towards fine dining with the chef enquiring as to our enjoyment. The staff had been highly trained and this showed with quite exceptional service. Perhaps a some of the Tanzanian charm was a little too hidden with a very westernised set-up but for a luxury evening and day relaxing on the beach to end our holiday it was a great experience