Next Paradise

Next Paradise: Our full report

Rooms
20 Rooms
Traveller's rating
Excellent (100%) From 1 review
Children
Best for 8+
Open
All year

Next Paradise is a 20-room resort situated between Kiwengwa and Matemwe, near the fishing village of Pwani Mchangani, on the east coast of Zanzibar. Owned by an Italian couple, the resort’s décor, food and atmosphere combines their Mediterranean heritage with Swahili influences.

The 20 rooms all have the same basic comforts: air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, WiFi, a DSTV with 16 channels, a minibar, a safe, a telephone, a furnished veranda or balcony. The en-suite bathrooms are equipped with a shower, a hairdryer, a bathrobe and a bidet.

A variety of options are on offer:

  • There are ten rooms near the main restaurant area: four standard double/twin rooms (roughly 33m2), one superior with a pool view, one superior with a garden view, two oceanfront rooms, one beachfront family room and one honeymoon suite.
  • There are six rooms in the garden area located between the main area and the newly built beachfront bungalows: two superior garden-view rooms, two family garden-view rooms with interconnecting rooms, and there are also two panorama suites with ocean views and Jacuzzi baths.
  • Furthest from the main area are four beachfront bungalows. These are the newest and largest rooms (70m2) available at Next Paradise. They feel slightly more private than the other rooms and they also benefit from the newly built swimming pool placed out front.

  • The central bar/dining area at Next Paradise is set under the shade of a huge thatched roof. The reception and bar area is decorated with stylish zebra-print chairs, light drapes and contrasting dark wooden furniture. The adjoining open-plan restaurant is spacious, but not quite as stylish. However, on our last visit we were informed that the lodge had plans to refurbish the restaurant area in 2014.

    There are two large swimming pools at Next Paradise. The first, and more frequently used, pool is found between the restaurant and the beach, running parallel to most of the rooms. It has a slightly separated circular seating area; perfect for relaxing in the water. The other swimming pool is located by the newly built beachfront bungalows, which are set slightly away from the main lodge. Both of the pools have several sunloungers dotted around the outside – although curiously no umbrellas, so there isn’t much in the way of shade.

    Activities at Next Paradise include diving and snorkelling on the barrier reef found near Mnemba Island.Boat trips and deep-sea fishing can also be arranged with the dive centre located nearby. Kite surfing is an option June–October, while day trips to other parts of the island can also be arranged. However, you might prefer simply relaxing on the beach, or by one of the swimming pools.

    Our view

    Next Paradise lacks some of the charm possessed by other Zanzibar beach properties, but it’s still a fun, modern lodge with all of the necessary comforts for a pleasurable beach holiday.

    Geographics

    Location: East Coast Zanzibar, Zanzibar

    Ideal length of stay: We recommend a stay of three or four nights.

    Directions: It’s a 20-minute flight from Dar es Salaam and then about an hour’s drive to the lodge.

    Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

    Key personnel

    Owner: Stuart and Maria Lanza

    Food & drink

    Usual board basis: Half Board

    Food quality: Sadly, we didn’t have the chance to dine at Next Paradise when we visited. However, having spoken to the management, we are able to tell you the following:

    Breakfast is served between 8.00am and 1.00pm in the main restaurant, or on the veranda outside your room. It will consist of fruit, cereals and pastries, as well as a full cooked breakfast for those who want it.

    Lunch is served at flexible times and comprised of a light, simple menu of mainly European food, so expect sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes.

    Dinner is a four-course set menu usually served around 8.00pm. There is always a choice of main course; which will have a ‘catch of the day’ seafood option, as well as a chicken, beef or vegetarian option. We have been told that the dinner menu changes daily.

    Dining style: Individual Tables

    Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

    Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15

    Drinks included: Each guest is entitled to one complimentary soft drink per day; other drinks cost extra. A beer costs around US$3 and a glass of wine about US$4.

    Further dining info: Room service is included at Next Paradise.

    Children

    Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome at Next Paradise.

    Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions at Next Paradise.

    Special activities & services: There are no special activities or services for children.

    Equipment: The lodge can provide a cot.

    Notes: Please note that children are the responsibility of their parents - There are open swimming pools, which could be potentially hazardous.

    Infrastructure

    Power supply: Mains Electricity

    Power supply notes: There is 24-hour electricity and European-style three-pin plugs in all of the rooms.

    Communications: Telephones for internal calls are found in all of the rooms and there is free WiFi.

    TV & radio: There is a 16-channel DSTV in every room that will show sports, news and films.

    Water supply notes: 2 bottles of bottled water is provided in the more expensive room categories.

    Health & safety

    Malarial protection recommended: Yes

    Medical care: All of the managers have first-aid training, there is a medical kit at reception and there is a doctor 30 minutes away.

    Dangerous animals: Low Risk

    Security measures: There is a security gate and Masaai guards on duty 24 hours a day – two during the day and eight at night. There are also 40 CCTV cameras.

    Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers strategically placed around the property.

    Extras

    Disabled access: Not Possible

    Laundry facilities: Laundry is available at an extra cost. It takes around 24 hours depending on the weather and this service costs around $1 - $2.50 per item. Although, as in many lodges, women’s underwear is not accepted.

    Money: There is a safe in all of the rooms and money can usually be exchanged at reception.

    Accepted payment on location: Next Paradise will accept cash in Euros, US dollars, Tanzanian shillings, and pounds. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted, but there is a 5% surcharge.