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Filao Beach Zanzibar

Chwaka Bay East Coast Tanzania
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#107 of 281 hotels in Zanzibar Island
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Filao beach Zanzibar is an authentic embodiment of style and purpose. It has been designed and developed to reflect pure elegance, simplicity and sophisticated comfort at its finest. Just 30 minutes' drive from the airport and UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone town, the resort is nestled on the Eastern coast of the enchanting island of Zanzibar. The architectural character of the resort blends perfectly with the natural settings of the mangrove, lagoon and Indian Ocean beyond.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Shuttle bus service
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Paul D wrote a review Apr 2020
Farnborough, United Kingdom9 contributions5 helpful votes
Have been meaning to review but with everything that`s going on put it on the back burner !1 My wife and i stayed at the Filao for 10 nights at the beginning of March and have to say what a fantastic time we had cannot fault anything the staff here are second to none every member works towards one goal and that is to make sure the guests stay is a never forgotten experience food is very good i have to give mention to Chef Esther who prepared food especially each evening for my wife as she suffers from coeliac disease James the food and beverage supervisor is worth his weight in gold to this establishment as are Catherine and Rosie in the restaurant have to also give praise to Cholo and Lawrence at the beach bar both were fantastic We were impressed how quickly our problem with the air conditioner was resolved one evening problem was rectified within an hour if there was to be a complaint it would be that the storage in the room was limited but really and truly that would be being very picky finally if asked would we return the answer would be YES and you cannot get a better rating than that many thanks to all the staff for a fantastic holiday
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from Resort19624385606, Guest Relations Manager at Filao Beach Zanzibar
Responded 29 Apr 2020
Dear Paul, Many thanks from all of us at Filao Beach Zanzibar. I am thrilled to know that the professionalism of our staff made an unforgettable vacation for you and your wife during your stay at our resort, I will share this with Chef Esther, James, Catherine, Rosie, Cholo and Lawrence for their outstanding and fantastic service they provided. We promise to keep our best service instant and more. I am taking this opportunity to welcoming you again and again at Filao Beach Zanzibar in the near future Warm regards Jacqueline
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Debbie E wrote a review Jan 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa3 contributions
Quite a disappointing stay due to misleading advertising. The Deluxe Ocean View room was nowhere near the ocean and a tiny view of the sea at a stretch and the room was very dark.. Aircon was weak and humidity is about 90% each day. The hot water cylinder had to be replaced on day one as it was broken. Lights in bathroom were not working and replaced on day 2. The beach as advertised is misleading as you cannot swim in the sea. There is a 45 minute boat trips 3 times a week to another resort beach which is offered, but dependent on tide conditons. Many guests shared similar comments on this lack of information. Resort is about an hour away from Stone Town and taxis charge about a 60 dollar fee for a return trip. Resort should offer free shuttles to guests to Stone Town once a day. Food was average and if you don't have an all inclusive package, it can be very expensive as there is nowhere else to eat close by. Staff are however excellent! The off-road dirt road to the resort is shocking and can't see why it has not been improved upon. Overall a very disappointing stay and sorry, wont be back.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Resort19624385606, Guest Relations Manager at Filao Beach Zanzibar
Responded 22 May 2020
Dear Devans08, Greetings from Filao Beach Zanzibar. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for sharing your comments with us on TripAdvisor. I do apologize that your stay was not up to standard. All your comments have been taken positively and shared to the management accordingly to be worked on. Thank you again for your comments With warmest regards Filao Team
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Alisha wrote a review Dec 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed for 5 days and had a wonderful experience at this resort. The pros with this place is that it is calm and quiet, also amazing staff that are very charming and nice. The only con was that the WiFi didnt work any day during our stay.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Resort19624385606, Guest Relations Manager at Filao Beach Zanzibar
Responded 29 Apr 2020
Dear Alisha, Warm greetings from Filao Beach Zanzibar. I am glad that you had a wonderful experience during your stay at our Resort,I am also happy that our staff were amazing and charming enough to make sure your stay goes as smooth as possible. I am sorry about the WiFi and thank you for letting us know about it so that we can work on it to make sure it works properly..On behalf of everyone here,I warmly welcoming you again anytime you visit Zanzibar to stay with us. With warm regards Jacqueline
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augastine wrote a review Dec 2019
10 contributions
We really enjoyed our stay, very kind staff and the last night they had amazing traditional dancers. The food was great!! and affordable Nice calm mini-beach....you need to take a free boat ride to the actual beach front
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Date of stay: November 2019
Room Tip: careful in choosing the beach front, garden view is abit hidden
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Response from Resort19624385606, Guest Relations Manager at Filao Beach Zanzibar
Responded 29 Apr 2020
Dear Augastine Thank you for taking your precious time to write your comments and experience about your stay at Filao Beach Zanzibar. I’m also glad that you enjoyed programs we have here ,calmness of the place and food was great. I will share this with our adorable chafes to keep their good work. Please come again soon. Regards
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08012017 wrote a review Nov 2019
7 contributions1 helpful vote
Filao beach is the one of the best hotel we’ve ever been, the service is wow!!!!!! The food, the team and the manager halfan is amazing, Dativa she’s a real princes and we really appreciate all that she’s done for us. it was a vacation like paradise, we so glad that we came here and recommend this hotel from our heart. We love you filao team, Zehavit and yaniv from Israel ❤️
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Resort19624385606, Guest Relations Manager at Filao Beach Zanzibar
Responded 29 Apr 2020
Dear Zehavit and Yaniv, Many greetings from all of us at Filao Beach Zanzibar. I thank you for choosing our hotel as place for your vacation and im also thrilled that you are glad that you chose Filao because of the service our staff provided you with. We really appreciate for rating our hotel the best ad we promise to keep it the best always. We would love to see you coming back again in the near future. Best regards Jacqueline
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Frequently Asked Questions about Filao Beach Zanzibar
Which popular attractions are close to Filao Beach Zanzibar?
Nearby attractions include Uroa Bay (7.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Filao Beach Zanzibar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Filao Beach Zanzibar?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Filao Beach Zanzibar?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Filao Beach Zanzibar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kambakocho Bar & Beach Restaurant, Sai marce restaurant, and Kae Funk Sunset Beach Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Filao Beach Zanzibar?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Filao Beach Zanzibar have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Filao Beach Zanzibar offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Filao Beach Zanzibar?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mtoni Palace Ruins (13.3 km).
Does Filao Beach Zanzibar have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.