good - cheap and cheerful bad- NO marine life left outside the hotel as in early reviews good-- rooms are big bad - balconys have huge hammocks so you can't sit and enjoy the view or have a drink out there good - very clean- our maid was spot on. bad - reception Staff was a bit benny hill good - breakfast was decent for Africa bad - evening meals were underwhelming - i only ate aa little of mine. good - swimming pool was amazing bad -it closes at 6.30 good- sound of the ocean bad - the rubbish on the beach and village and everywhere good - lots of smiling kids bad- the beach boys trying to scam us. good - wifi bad - enough that i would not reccomend to anyone.
I cannot recommend this beautiful oasis highly enough. I tested positive for Covid at the end of my safari and came here to quarantine. These people took such good care of me, bringing me food to my room and treating me with kindness and discretion. Once I was able to emerger from my room I was amazed at the beauty of my surroundings, the pool, the gardens, the lush garden paths and the tide influenced ocean right there in front of me. But without the crowds. This place is set away from the touristy part of Nungwi Beach- you won’t find night clubs or restaurant variety. But what you WILL find is the awesome hospitality that the Zanzibar people are known for.
This is just an amazing place to stay . On arrival the staff welcomed us in such a way that we already felt at home.our room was super clean and the view from our room was just superb . Special thanks to Khalid and khamis and all the staff for our our trip as a memorable one. Will definitely be back again 🙂
Everything about Mnarani Beach cottages in Zanzibar is wonderful.. First of all the location on Nungwi Ras on the northernmost point of the island. The hotel is discretely tucked away round the corner from the local market and Mnarani Turtle Sanctuary. Set in lush gardens, a short walk from the friendly reception takes you to a breathtaking view of the pristine turquoise sea, white sailed dhows drifting across the horizon. At high tide the sea comes in under the hotel deck and you can swim off the steps, at low tide the sea retreats and the long sand bank is a perfect spot to loll in the warm clear water. Or you can swim in the pool with a view of the sea. We were upgraded from a sea view cottage to a double storey villa, a few steps away from the sea. I was incapacitated after an accident and the manager, Margaret, thoughtfully arranged for our supper to be brought to the villa where we ate on the verandah. The bar area overlooking the ocean was a great place to spend time watching the tide come and go and the Cinnamon Spa offers the most wonderful massages. The restaurant offers fruit and eggs breakfast, lunch and dinner with a varied menu. The fish curry was my favorite. Mnarani is located next door to the lighthouse and at low tide you can walk around the point to the next bay to explore the dhow building beach fish market and quaint little beach cafes and restaurants. Further on is busy Nungwi beach with all its tourist attractions and beach touts. But for me, Mnarani Beach cottages are perfect in every way, beautifully situated, quiet and relaxing, incredible staff and service. All in all, the best holiday location in Zanzibar.…
We stayed at the bungalow which is great as it is right at the beach, the bed was okay, the AC was a lifesaver as it was really really hot even during the night time. The bathroom however could use some improvement as we didn't feel comfortable enough to shower without our flip flops on. The staff is great, very welcoming and accommodating, very much enjoyed the massage at the spa there.
First of all, the resort is in the middle of nowhere. All of the interesting island activities and excursions are AT LEAST a 1.5 hour one-way drive away (some even 2.5 hours), which means anything you want to do will eat up the whole day riding in the car. The resort itself does not offer any on-site activities to make up for this fact. There is one very small pool with only two umbrellas for shade, and a single pool table. The bar and restaurant charge everything in USD, and the cheapest alcoholic beverage is $6USD. There are LOVELY double hammocks, a group of low swinging single beds, and one large bed, all overlooking the ocean which are quite nice, but the wind that whips up off the water is very strong all day and night, so it's impossible to play cards or a board game to pass the time, either here or in the bar area. All of this would be fine if the location were more central to other activities, making the resort more of a jumping-off point to other things... but it is so isolated, it just ends up being pretty boring - UNLESS your goal is to lay in a hammock and do nothing else for a week. There is no beach at all unless the tide is out, and then it is fun to walk on and explore for at least a 1/4 mile straight out. But there is no "leisure beach", so to speak, where you can lay down a towel and let the kids splash in the surf. You can walk about 100 metres to the left when the tide is out and find an interesting area where locals build boats, and cows hang out on the beach.... and then walk a bit more to where there's a large Hilton and behind it is a large square filled with tourist trap shops. The food in general was meh, but the breakfast in particular was just sad. Really the saddest breakfast I've ever had at any resort. VERY few options and every option was gross. We stayed in #3 Mahamba and the air conditioner was broken. When my husband brought it to their attention, maintenance came in, pushed a few buttons, and immediately left without waiting to see if the situation was resolved. It was not. My husband called them back, explained that he is an engineer and the problem was with the unit, not "operator error", and it still took two days of them ignoring us and just pushing some buttons on the remote before finally moving us to another room, #1 Mahamba, which had excellent air conditioning. So our first two nights were miserably hot with very little sleep, for which we were not given any compensation. Finally, the cleanliness of the toilet area in both rooms left much to be desired. In our first room, there was an actual CHUNK OF FECES on the handle of the toilet spray nozzle. We felt horrible pointing it out to the maintenance woman, so my husband used our own antibacterial wipes to clean it off... when he continued on to clean the hose as well, the entire rag was brown. It took three antibacterial wipes to get the nozzle and hose clean. The second room toilet wasn't quite as bad, but both rooms had what was clearly fecal matter overspray on the wall next to the toilet. I regret not taking photos to share with this review. I blame myself for not doing more research on the location of this resort, but it still kind of sucked. The staff were very kind. My 8 year old daughter would like to add that the rope swings were fun but barely a few inches above the ground, making it difficult to actually swing.…
During the past twelve years a or so...I have been to Mnarani several times. The best things are two. First the location and atmosphere. If you love silence and nature, here the sea sings for you with the birds and bush babies. Secondly the service. All workers are friendly and easy going. They make you feel special and at home. This general sense of relaxation coupled with the locals around makes it a unique place to have a holiday. Whether to rest aching bones, exercise and swim, i once came with my children and they did not want to leave. That sums it up. I have recommended to personal friends and they never feel dissappointed. The owner should be proud of this very creative business.
We have visited the mnarani beach cottages. It was very good experience. Everybody was very friendly. The food in the restaurant was tasty. Service stewards Fatma and Ibrahim were very kind and attentive to us. The barkeeper Andrew was making very good drinks. Mustafa was our guide. He is professional, friendly, funny. We enjoyed our vacation in this hotel, especially with Mustafa 😊
I had been wanting to come to visit Mnarani for some years as the owner, Nassor is a personal friend of ours. I was welcomed warmly by the experienced staff who explained about the Cottages in great details. I would say that it is the staff that make the place a warm and friendly place to come to. Most of the staff have been there for many years and so it is like they are welcoming you to their home as they take pride in what they are doing and this can be seen in every aspect of the upkeep of the property. I stayed in Mahaba house, room no 2. A lovely spaceous room with a beautiful bathroom. The ocean views and gardens make for a very restful time indeed. The Cinnaman Spa offers full body treatments. I had a full body massage and after a day of walking around StoneTown, it took away all my aches and pains. The food was simple but delicious, like home cooked meals and again the service was great. If you like water sports, kayaking, sailing and snorkling etc, all these things can be arranged. I visited and swam with the turtles at the Turtle "hospital" next door Mnarani which was quite a treat. All in all, it was a great stay, although far too short and we will definitely be coming back for a visit in the future.…
Trully breathtaking rooms, i had an absolute worldie of a time at Julie Cottage. Great swimming and chilling area, need to update the menu and pool table sticks. Aside from that, the area is really big real nice, and the people are very nice ..