Reviews of Unguja Lodge
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Landing at Zanzibar airport, we were driven south past the Jozani Forest, the endemic home to the red colobus monkey, and on to Kizimkazi, a fishing village near the tip of Zanzibar. The driver turned onto a dirt two track road and I could not help but to believe he was lost. Then shortly we pulled up to an unassuming gate and were allowed to pass onto the Unguja Lodge property. A beautiful, giant baobab tree guarded the views as we unloaded from the car, but our jaws dropped as we entered reception. The dining area and bar, a shaded patio lounge, a lovely swimming pool, and well-manicured landscaping were back dropped by the turquoise waters of Menai Bay Conservation Area. Absolutely stunning!
We took full advantage of the water based activities – a sunset sail aboard a dhow, diving in the nearby coral reefs, and snorkeling with the bottlenose dolphin. Some reviews have argued that the snorkelers are stressing the dolphins, but my observations did not support this. The dolphin we observed could easily swim off, which he eventually did, but only after hanging out for 30 minutes playing with a sea snake that he had caught.
The villas at Unguja Lodge are open with great views and well-spaced for privacy. The rooms are unconventional and simple, but a little dark for my taste. We opted to spend our downtime around the pool and the lounge rather than in our villas. The hospitality was wonderful, as was the food.
Unguja Lodge review
This lodge could be paradise, very difficult to draw a picture but just imagine what you think paradise could be like and it will fit that image. !Read more about the whole beach holiday
A very tranquil place
Quiet, friendly and private. A very special place..
We were pleased with the diving and snorkelling but disappointed with the swimming with dolphins.
The lunch offer needed to be clearer.
Unguja Lodge review
Lovely place built on a low coral cliff on the edge of the sea. Deserted sandy beach of the purest white. Thatched cottages scattered around the luxuriant tropical grounds. Swimming pool. Water based activities, which we did not use.
All in all, thoroughly recommended.
Unguja Lodge Review
Unusual design of the individual lodge, comfortable and with excellent views of the sea. Delicious food and extremely willing and helpful staff.
Professional and well organised diving instruction by Nick and his team.
Very interesting village walk with Aziz which we can thoroughly recommend. Unfortunately, we could not visit the ancient mosque because of an unforeseen event.
Peaceful stylish retreat in unspoilt Zanzibar
A wonderful place to relax . Peaceful, very comfortable, very friendly, lovely wild life touches, just what we needed to unwind.
Swimming with dolphins a must. All snorkel gear could be hired, but it is not a patch on other snorkel/dive destinations we know.
Peaceful Relaxing Unguja Lodge
We enjoyed 4 very relaxing days here after being in Selous on safari. It is owned and run by the delightful Elise and Ralph who are so welcoming and involved in the day to day running of the lodge. They have a great team who work for them.
There is a dive centre on site which we made good use of - snorkelling , day sailing on a dhow out to a tiny island ( sand spit really !) for lunch and great snorkelling. The visit to the local village was a fascinating insight into real life on Zanzibar .
This lodge was a welcome beach break at the end of our safari. The cabins, pool and dining area were comfortable and the staff went to great lengths to ensure our comfort and security. Our cabin was open air, with monkeys visiting frequently so it had a tropical feel.
Our use of the beach was limited to walks, due to the presence of sea urchins in the water, but we enjoyed the pool, especially our niece. Although there were other guests at the lodge, we had it to ourselves the whole time. We wanted to snorkel but were put off by some small jellyfish.
The food was simple and good. The view from our room was lovely. My husband went on the village tour and loved it -- we all went to The Rock restaurant which is not to be missed.
Beautiful bright well cared for and relaxing
We wished we had stayed here longer, and come straight from Safari without going to Mafia. Very relaxing and lovely friendly staff. enjoyed the wildlife especially the colombos and blue monkeys sharing our place with us. Watch out in the morning! they steal your tea and biscuits!
Owners very hands on and activities organised from Dive Centre very varied, if not a little pricey. Enjoyed learning to dive with Nick and snorkelling over coral reefs
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Wonderful location. Excellent for a couple of days to unwind and relax - a long way from anywhere else.
They also had the allergy advice but the waiter was overruled by the chef when he gave him my order for plain chicken skewers and plain rice and served me chicken and green pepper skewers, with rice and mixed peppers served in half a green pepper!!!!!!!! Male owner came across and thought it was funny - when I was a bit upset and annoyed he just laughed and said 'These things happen' , but they shouldn't and needn't have happened. Ellese(?) was most upset the following day and gave assurances that it would not happen again and didn't understand how or why the chef had contradicted or ignored my request for plain/ non-pepper food.
Everything else, including future meals, was lovely and very enjoyable.