Reviews of Unguja Lodge
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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
Unguja Lodge review
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.
Average is probably a little unfair as we did have a lovely time at Unguja but there were just a few things which spoilt things. The most important being the food. We felt that there might have been more than one chef in charge as the quality was incosistent to say the least. Breakfast was mostly good, although some days eggs were hard and bacon was fatty and undercooked but ok. we did not eat the set 3 course lunch but the a la carte menu was okay. Dinner was the low point of the day and whilst they say 3 choices of main course, it would be chicken in coconut sauce with rice, pork with coconut sauce with rice or vegetables in coconut sauce with rice!
Of the 6 nights there was only one where we thought the main course was good and that was when we asked for the tuna to be rare. It came pretty much medium but every other fish was overcooked and chewy. The tuna ceviche and crab starters were also good. There were one or two nights - the green curry comes to mind which were really not good at all. Desserts poor, starters mixed. Overall disappointing especially as there were not any alternative to dine out for a change.
Elsewhere, the pool area was lovely, would not recommend taking young children there given the main clientel are older or honeymooners. The bandas were fairly basic but grew on us and were functional. The diving/water activity staff were very good and very nice and were great with the children.