Zanzibar Hotels

La Gemma Dell' Est

Located on the North Western Coast of Zanzibar near Nungwi, La Gemma Dell' Est is a large 5-star resort offering a wide range of facilities. This is the perfect escape for those wishing to relax and un-wind.

The Hotel offers a variety of rooms and services from The Presidential Suite (5 bedrooms, large communal living area, office, butler quarters and private pool with sea view terrace), to more simple (and affordable) Deluxe Sea View Rooms. These are the standard accommodation and feature King Size or European Twin Canopy beds with mosquito nets, individually controlled air conditioning and ceiling fans, international direct dialling telephones, stocked mini bars, coffee and tea making facilities televisions with satellite international channels, in-room digital safes and luggage racks. All rooms are en-suite with marble bathrooms with walk-in showers, double hand basins, hairdryers and shaver plugs. The rooms are supplied with electric current: 220 V AC, 50Hz.

Food and drink at Gemma Dell’ Est

The resort boasts an all-inclusive service with breakfast (0700 - 1030) lunch (1300 - 1500) and dinner (0730 - 2200) provided. Two of the resorts 4 restaurants are included in the all-inclusive package, The Pavilion (main restaurant) and the Coral Cove Snack Bar and Pizzeria. Both eateries offer good quality and varied food. There are always vegetarian options on offer. House wines and local beers, limited cocktails and soft-drinks are included in the package also. The Pizzeria must be booked in advance through the hotel reception.

The Sea Breeze Restaurant offers an al a Carte service and is more formal (one is expected to dress for dinner). This restaurant is not included in the package but the food and service come highly recommended. For a romantic and memorable night of luxury dining, this is a first rate alternative to the resort’s buffets. The Beach Grill is another special option. Food is served on the beach in a unique setting with tables set up on demand behind bamboo screens and drapes. The seafood on offer is exceptional.

The resort has a number of bars including an oriental coffee and tea bar open until midnight and the lobby lounge bar which can be used as a business centre and has WIFI access. The Sunset Bar is the main hub of evening activity, all house wines, beers and local spirits are inclusive with premium drinks available at an extra cost. There is live entertainment (both traditional and European) programmed throughout the week

Things to do at Gemma Dell’ Est

Though the hotel is not the most suitable choice for those looking for an action packed break it does offer a number of on-site facilities as well as excursions (for an extra cost). Those wishing to explore and sightsee often opt to spend a short time at La Gemma Dell' Est for its beach, diving, sports facilities and tranquility either before, or on returning from, an adventurous trek or a Stone Town city-break. On site facilities include a tennis court with flood light, daily recreation and fitness activities and open air gym, swimming pool, water sports centre, PADI diving centre and MVUA Spa. Kayaks can be hired for no extra cost and sailing boats may also be acquired for a fee. Excursions include coach tours to Stone Town and Spice Tours.

This is not the best resort to travel to with young children. Though staff will be very accommodating and extra cots / beds will be provided and the resort offers a babysitting service, there are no special activities for children and no playground either.

The Hotel’s beach is private and spotless, fulfilling all expectations of white sand and blue sea. Towels and beach umbrellas are available from the resort for no extra cost. The resort’s extensive jetty is renowned for the wonderful ocean views it affords. The hotel’s pools are also well maintained and of a good size. The tropical gardens which surround the hotel are charming and lend the resort a less sterile feel.

This resort is clean and well-cared for and staff are very friendly and obliging. Service in the restaurants is good and all staff have a clear grasp of how to create a relaxed yet luxury ambience.

Other facilities offered at La Gemma Dell' Est include: 24 hour reception, concierge, porter services and luggage storeroom, currency exchange, first aid and in-house doctor on call, laundry service, baby sitter service (costs extra) and baobab congress centre. The resort accepts all major credit cards.

Getting to La Gemma Dell' Est

The resort is located approximately 1½ hours drive from Stone Town and Zanzibar’s Airport. Hotel transfers are easily arranged for a fixed fee. Otherwise one can arrive by taxi or hire car, shared minibuses (these leave Stone Town twice daily) or risk a number 116 daladala (not recommended for the faint hearted). The road is predominantly tarmac, but the last leg of the journey is somewhat rougher.

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