Reviews of Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
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A good, relaxing getaway
Ras Nungwi is the perfect resort if you're looking to completely relax, unwind and spend some much needed sun-therapy on the beach.
The staff are very friendly and there's a lovely spa where you can get pampered with a relaxing massage of your choice. This is not a five star luxury hotel, but it is good value for your money. The food is average and somewhat overpriced.
I would therefore suggest paying for half-board beforehand as we did :)
Ras Nungwi review
About the best hotel we have ever stayed in!
Great food - location - staff - service. (Nearly) everything top class. Maybe just a few newer sheets in the room, but very clean and well maintained.
Great hotel overall. Highly recommended.
Chilling out at the Ras Nungwi
An enjoyable stay at the Ras Nungwi after our safari. We were impressed by our room, the service and the quality of the food for breakfasts and evening meals.
We thoroughly enjoyed the three days of diving with Aqaurius with great service, particularly from Cholo.
Although the breakfast and evening meals were great there was a limit in the range of food available at lunch, particularly when we were only requiring a snack rather than a full meal.
Our room was lovely, particularly with the upgrade received for our honeymoon. However, as we were very close to the sea we could often hear the waves hitting the rocks at night during high tide. It was a lovely view from the room though!
We hadn't realised that we would be so limited on times to walk in to Nungwi during the day to avoid being cut off by the tide - be aware!!
Idyllic beach front hotel
Stayed five nights as a rest from the rigours of the safari. Location was superb and the attention from Shaun and the staff was fantastic.
Lovely swimming pool. The sea was rather too rough for us to swim in.
The only option for snorkelling was to go on an organised boat trip, which lasted six hours and cost £65 which we thought was over the top.
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel review
A good 4 star+ hotel in a great location. Room very comfortable. Good diving facilities but expensive for what is was. Better Irving in Maldives or Sharn.
The hotel should not charge for coffee after a meal at night. No afternoon tea. Food was good with a very pleasant chef.
Overall nice hotel but could have been anywhere in the world. Not special enough to Akers the difference.
North Tip Zanzibar
The best summary of opinion would be what happened. We were only to be there a few days then go on to the Mafia Archapeligo to see the whale sharks. After only one afternoon we cancelled that to just stay at Ras Ngwui for the entire week that remained for us on this trip to Africa. It was an expensive but excellent decision! ( The expensive part was our responsibity as we had to cancel at Pole Pole too soon to our arrival time. That was fair.)
Our accomodations were perfectly lovely - the Oceanfront suite with its own plunge pool, thatched roof deck with sofas, day beds, hammock, air conditioned by the ocean breeze; king sized bed with lovely four post hung mosquito net in king sized bedroom; comfy living room, private beach (the private beach apparently shared with a python from the neighboring mangroves but Sean, the assistant manager got rid of that fellow - probably, might have been another 4 meter one we saw he and of the staff hauling away in one of our last evenings at dinner) was fabulous. The staff was helpful and generous with their time and effort without exception. The dining - breakfastss dinners and snacks were delightful. Our stay was so enjoyable that we didn't do anything else on Zanzibar except laze at Ras Ngwui and take strolls on the beach and wade in the surf. It was perfect after climbing Kili and a safari in the Serengetti.
Chilling in paradise
Beautiful location - peaceful, sea and fresh air all around, so quite a dramatic contrast to heat and dust of safari camp.
Slightly frustrating that swimming and snorkelling from the beach in front of the hotel is not recommended, due to proximity of reef, sea urchins and strong currents.
Quick dips in the sea OK, longer cool offs in good hotel pool.
Dive/snorkel trip to Mnemba Island a high point - well-trained and safety conscious - Emma & Abdullah very helpful.
Rooms very comfortable - quite the largest bed I have ever slept in!
Excellent choice of food in restaurant and well-trained team - Shamir, head chef, was very attentive, informative and in control of his team.
Deputy GM, Shaun, made a point of getting to know the guests, was a fund of useful information and runs a tight ship.
A small but well-equipped gym would be welcome to combat the food and drink intake!
The tennis court looked appealing, but probably need own balls and racquets if a regular player.
Walks along the beach to Nungwi village recommended - large fleet of dhows, shipbuilding activity and fishing, which is of importance to the local community. Some interesting arts & crafts emporia.
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel review
Again, the food and service were excellent. The location was superb. Being at the end of a strip of hotels gave us much more privacy and seclusion.
We found the activities organized by the hotel very expensive and preferred to use a village operator, who proved to be very reliable.
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
After 5 days safari, it was great to arrive to at Ras Nwungi and be able to relax and unwind.
We can't comment on the various trips on offer as our aim was to do very little and this was easily achieved in the beautiful grounds. We stayed 3 nights before moving to Unguja Lodge in the south.
Ras was a lovely hotel but for us we preferred the quieter and less commercial Unguja.
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel-generally great but...
We were delighted when we finally arrived at Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel after a long transfer from the airport because we received a warm welcome, our room was superb and dinner that night was great. We were, however, disappointed by dinner on our other two nights after an overcooked, rubbery fish fillet and a burnt choux pastry bun; this doesn't sound much but the resort prides itself on its exquisite cuisine and, to be frank, we had better food in the middle of the Selous Game Reserve! We were also disappointed that we were not able to take any tours during our stay as it was over a weekend and they were not running. We did, however, take an excellent sunset dhow cruise which we ended up having all to ourselves; we did some snorkelling and had some drink as we slowly cruised round the island watching the sun go down, the highlight of our stay. Honeymooners/couples beware - this is a family friendly resort and we had to put up with the highpitched whining of an American girl for our entire stay!Read more about the whole beach holiday