Shooting Star Lodge

Reviews of Shooting Star Lodge

Good(87%) From 27 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 27 of our travellers who have visited Shooting Star Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Miss G & Ms J - honeymoon from Brighton
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 7 nights
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Fantastic honeymooners accomodation

This accomodation was a true highlight of our trip. The location is superbe, right on the beach. The infinity pool a real attraction, as was the food, service and general relaxed and understated luxury of the whole place. The Managers are particularly welcoming and helpful, and the staff extremely friendly and attentive without being too fussy.

I would recommend this place particularly to honeymooners who are looking for total relaxation after a hectic wedding period, or safari.

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Mr & Mrs H - Notts
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Shooting Star Lodge review

Just not our sort of place really.

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Expert Africa comments

We contacted these travellers on receipt of their feedback to have a chat about their trip and for further clarification about the above comment.

They responded that although they thought the accommodation was lovely and the owner was charming, they found that the lodge was full of honeymooners and young families. They felt that they were the oldest guests there. However, having said that, they enjoyed their stay at Shooting Lodge and didn’t want their comment to sound like a criticism.

Mr & Mrs R - Cardiff
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Shooting Star Lodge review

Shooting Star Lodge was a great place to go to start our Zanzibar trip and we were really fortunate to have an upgrade to one of their only 2 suites with a private swimming pool! It was a reasonably short trip from the airport. The staff and owners were always available but discrete and helpful.

Food was excellent and on the first night they were happy to bring our food over to our accommodation for us to enjoy a candlelit poolside meal. The accommodation was well appointed and had great interiors with local colour and furniture. It was close to the beach and well chosen for our needs and preferences as we noticed that further down the beach were some noisier resorts without the style of Shooting Star.

A walk on Kiwengwa beach was great fun and not too much pressure from the local vendors - in particular it was quieter to walk early morning and to get up soon after sunrise and enjoy the quiet at this time.

We had no need or desire for a TV etc but some way of playing some music would have been great - eg to have been able to connect an MP3 although there could be a risk then of being intefered with by other if too noisy?

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Mr & Mrs W on honeymooner from Oxford
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 7 nights
Overall:
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Shooting Star Lodge review

I found Shooting Star Lodge slightly disappointing, partly because our Safari was so brilliant that it had high standards to live up to.

There are many good things about Shooting Star Lodge, its in a very pretty location, the infinty pool looks amazing and the sea view cottages were very good. The staff were good and the bar area was quite socialable and had a mix of honeymooners and families. There aren't really any places around to go out for dinner or lunch as it is really only other hotels further down the beach, so you are pretty much restricted to eating in the hotel every day. Activities are limited to organised excursions or dealing with the local fisherman to organise snorkelling/boat trips.

Our main problem with Shooting Star was that it could have been a lot better with just a couple of extra tiny touches in the cottages - they had some lovely things such as providing baskets to take your things to the beach, but equally there were a few small things that could have been added to make the room a little more comfortable, such as a hook for the towel by the sink (after a week, the towel began to get a bit smelly just lying by the sink).

I also thought the furnishings, cushions and linen in the rooms and restaurant were getting a bit tired and could do with a refresh. The matress in our bed had definitely been there a long time and was incredibly soft, which made it a bit uncomfortable, and the laundry service was really quite expensive and not very good as the clothes came back smelling very musty - a bit of a surprise after our safari camp provided free laundry that came back very clean and fresh.

The biggest problem with our room was that our bed unfortunately had fleas. Despite mosquito nets and repellent we still got bitten a lot during the night and we couldn't work out why. It wasnt until the morning we were leaving when I saw a couple of fleas jumping on me. I mentioned this to the management when leaving and was even more disappointed not even to get a an apology, the manageress just made a note to tell housekeeping and mentioned matter of factly that it was probably the cats that wander around the hotel.

I also feel the management were possibly taking advantage of the location as the bar was more expensive than all the other places we visited in Tanzania/Zanzibar and one of the excursions incurred a $140 transfer fee to travel 60K there and back. This can be shared if other people in the hotel want to do it on the same day but a London taxi probably wouldn't have been that expensive! And it did seem a little strange that there was no negotiation on the price and it was all to be paid to the managers rather than directly to the taxi driver.

I think we were also a little disappointed by the weather - we didn't expect it to be as windy as it was in the afternoons, and it did cloud over pretty much every day from about 11am, and we only saw patches of sun in the afternoon.

The high and low tides however weren't really a problem and we actually enjoyed walking out during low tide, but we did spend a lot of our time by the pool as the sea was actually quite cool most days and without the sun it was a bit cold to go in the water!

Despite this we really did enjoy our stay there as it is a very friendly and relaxing place. It was particularly nice to get a free gift of a bottle of wine and head massage each as we were on honeymoon. The spa was lovely there and they had a good range of wonderful treatments.

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The M family - Hampshire
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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relaxing time at Shooting Star

Very relaxed setting and hotel. Nicely laid back rather than luxurious. Lots of families with children, but despite this good accommodation in "cottages": quiet and private. Lovely setting for dining and sitting.

In general excellent, but I think things got a little muddled because Doreen sorted us out brilliantly when we arrived, but she went off and I don't think there was much supervision for a bit. I thought staff needed a bit more guidance.

We were there in July, and the pool was shaded in the afternoons and quite cool! If I was really fussy, somebody could check the beach for litter: some broken glass.

Diving/ snorkelling excellent: well organised, professional, safe set-up. (I am not a very strong swimmer and was well looked after. Ian and catherine swam with dolphins). Go to see the turtle sanctuary! Also Spice Tour.very interesting.

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Ms O & Mr W - Surbiton
Arrived on: 15-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Shooting Star Lodge review

Very relaxing, very helpful if you wanted advice on any local activities. We had a problem with our roof leaking and it was fixed within a few hours - we were very impressed. The staff will do anything they can to make your stay more pleasant.

The only thing I would say is that if you want to do activities, rather than just relax, it can be a bit limiting because of its location. We did have a lot of mosquitoes in our room and I think they could do with putting some netting between the roof and the walls and possibly all over the inside of the thatched roof, just to try and reduce them but not being a mosquito expert or an architect I don't know how practical that is.

We were made to feel very welcome and it was a very pleasant place to stay. The food was absolutely wonderful.

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Mr & Mrs R from Somerset
Arrived on: 3-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Shooting Star Lodge review

This is the Zanzibar equivalemt of a UK understated country house hotel and we loved it. The setting is fantastic and the food excellent. It was the perfect end to our holiday

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Ms C from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 16-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Shooting Star Lodge review

Arrival and welcome
I was welcomed on arrival and shown the facilities and my room.

Room
My Sea View room was large, spacious and comfortable. The air conditioning was much appreciated after six days in the bush without it. If I could, I would have returned home with my beautiful Zanzibari bed! It was great to have a private verandah with a great view of the sea and a comfortable sofa in the shade on which to relax.

Hotel facilities
The bar area was very pleasant, with comfortable seating with lots of cushions, ideal for relaxing both during the day and with a drink in the evening. The dining area was also lovely. The swimming pool is beautiful. The sunbed space around the pool is limited, but the hotel was not particularly busy so this was generally not a problem. The beach bar is also a great place to relax in the shade.

Food and catering
It was great to have tea delivered to the verandah outside each morning and for me this was the ideal way to start the day. The food was excellent with good choices - always a fish, meat and vegetarian option each evening. Lunch was also good, but I would have preferred some lighter options such as sandwiches at lunch time, when I didn't feel like eating so much. There was also afternoon tea and cakes laid out wich was a lovely touch.

Spa
I had not realised when I booked that there was a spa, so that was a really great surprise. I had a back massage, facial and Indian head massage during my stay. The therapist was excellent and gave great treatments, and the location of the spa, by the beach was lovely.

General
There were a large number of honeymoon couples at the resort, who were unsderstandly wrapped up in themselves. This made it a not particularly friendly atmosphere for the single traveller, so while the hotel was beautiful and idyllic, the atmosphere was not not particularly friendly. Having said this, the staff were all friendly and chatty.

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Mr & Mrs D - Lancashire
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Average
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chill out at Shooting Star Lodge

I have always wanted to see the white sands, turquoise seas that you see in films, Shooting Star Lodge lived up to this, its position on the cliff is breathtaking, with the beautiful long white beach, the lagoon so blue, the waves breaking gently over the reef in the distance! It is one of the places that no description can live up to it you have to see it yourself.

The cottages are cool, clean and very comfortable with plenty of room to relax in. The patio area looking into the garden was interesting as the Bush Babies liked our tree, so we where entertained every evening. I liked the idea of the basket and sarongs for the beach and plenty of towels.

The staff are all very friendly and made you feel most welcome, even though the management where having one or two teething problems with them it didn't spoil our stay.

Eli, and Charlie are aware of the problems and are in trying to sort them out and where very apologetic when things didn't go according to plan.

The food is excellent, with a good variety of local produce. With a varied and interesting menus.

Charlie was very helpful in arranging trips for us so that we could see more of the life on the island, the taxi driver, even though his English was a little sparse did his utmost to take us where we wanted to go and get any information we wanted. The other guide to the Spice Farm was excellent. We really enjoyed ourselves on both trips.

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Mr & Mrs I - York
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
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Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Shooting Star Lodge review

Was good to have a bit of a relax after lots of early morning game drives, and this is the place for that.

Beautiful beach and pool area. Watch out for the sea urchins though as I'm still picking bits out of my feet, a memento!

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