Zanzibar Hotels

Neptune Pwani Beach Resort and Spa

This large 5-star resort is situated on Zanzibar’s east-coast. It offers superb Ocean views and a comprehensive range of facilities and services. The resort offers B&B, half-board, full-board and all-inclusive packages.

Accommodation at Neptune Pwani Beach Resort and Spa

There are 150 deluxe rooms and 4 VIP suites. The deluxe rooms are all either sea view or sea side. They are all en-suite with large bathrooms and double sinks and all have TV’s, hairdryers, mini-fridges, tea and coffee making facilities, phones and safes. Those opting for a VIP suite can choose the décor; Indian, Zanzibari or Colonial. The VIP suites have two private balconies, private Jacuzzis, lounge areas and their own mini-bars. All rooms are a good size, very clean and well-cared for.

Services offered by the hotel include laundry and babysitting (at an additional cost), 24 hour front desk, currency exchange and an on-call doctor. There is also a business centre for those requiring internet, photocopying, CD writing or fax facilities. The hotel has WiFi connection. It is accustomed to hosting conferences.

Dining at Neptune Pwani Beach Resort and Spa

The resort boasts two restaurants, a snack bar (where evening entertainment is often put on), lounge bar, coffee bar and two poolside bars. Food on offer is top quality. The buffet is very generous and the menu is varied. Fresh meat, poultry and fish options are always available. Restaurant staff will go out of their way to make sure that your needs are catered for. Any special requirements will be addressed willingly. There is also an al a carte restaurant specialising in local seafood. Inclusive packages include one trip to the resort’s pizzeria (highly recommended). The range of beers, wines and spirits on offer is good, but be aware different bars serve very different drinks and chose accordingly. As ice is a top luxury on Zanzibar drinks may be served warmer than westerners are accustomed to. Don’t feel scared to ask for extra ice.

What’s on Offer at Neptune Pwani Beach Resort and Spa

Staff at the hotel are incredibly friendly and very attentive. Though the resort is large staff members pay great attention to detail organising special touches for those celebrating birthdays/weddings etc. Their positive attitude encourages the positive vibe at the resort. Reception staff are also very knowledgeable and are on hand to help organise/ book you on excursions and recommend activities.

As far as things to do are concerned, the resort is renowned for its swimming pools, and boasts one of the largest on Zanzibar. Sports that can be arranged include a variety of water-sports; kayaking, snorkelling, diving, wind-surfing, as well as beach volleyball, table-tennis, beach exercise sessions and water gymnastics. The resort also organises a variety of other entertainments such as live music, discos, acrobatic shows and African folk dance as well as markets. Excursions to the Jozani Forest, Prison Island, Stone Town and the spice plantations are easily organised in association with the hotel.

Though the beaches are idyllic this is a tourist region that has been developed intensively over the past decade. This means that village touts are well-accustomed to taking to the beaches to try and lure tourists into buying their wares. They are not threatening however, and can even prove interesting to talk to. If you wish to be left alone just say “hamna asante” (no thank you).

Getting to Neptune Pwani Beach Resort and Spa

The resort is located in Kiwengwa, a region that is renowned for large-scale tourist resorts. It is approximately 40 km (about 35 minutes) from the capital city of Stone Town. The nearest village is easily accessible on the number 117 daladala (a Toyota Hiace mini-bus) from the capital. This is the least comfortable method of transportation as the vehicles are uncomfortable, old and usually very crowded. Taxi from either Stone Town or Zanzibar Airport is a far simpler option. Alternatively transfers can be arranged through the resort and many packages include these anyway. The roads leading to the resort are tarmac and generally good.

Much of the east-coast around these parts has been developed to reflect the luxury requirements of western travellers. However, the surrounding villages and the roads reflect the poverty of Tanzania. One must be prepared for the fact that the country is still developing.

Though the tourist industry has proved a destructive force in many parts of the country, it is also important to bear in mind that many resorts and hotels are now contributing to funds to support locals in their regions and that eco-tourism projects are advancing throughout Zanzibar.

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