Zanzibar Hotels

Ras Michamvi Beach Resort

This small two star resort is located on the Michamvi Peninsula on the east coast of Zanzibar, near the small fishing village of Kae. This part of the peninsula is comparatively quiet. The hotel offers a half-board package, with lunch available on request.

Accommodation at Ras Michamvi Beach Resort

Ras Michamvi has only 15 rooms, 8 with sea-view and 7 with views of the hotel grounds and gardens. The hotel offers basic but comfortable accommodation. Rooms are spread between four coral stone bungalows with tradition makuti (palm-thatch) roofs perched on a rock elevation over the beach. Each room is en suite with bath and shower. Rooms have air-conditioning, ceiling fans and mini-fridges. They are decorated in Swahili style. The Bungalows share wooden terraces.

Food, Drink and Service at Ras Michamvi Beach Resort

The hotel’s restaurant overlooks the ocean. Panoramic views are afforded by its traditional open design. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is tasty and fresh. Tropical fruits, a selection of breads and eggs to order, fresh juices and tea and coffee are all on offer. Dinner and lunch menus change regularly with African and European options available. Fresh fish, meat and vegetarian choices are standard. There is not much in the vicinity of the hotel and snacks are not readily on offer, so it is advisable to stock up at mealtimes. The hotel offers the option of candlelight dinners and often hosts barbeques on the beach.

Staff at the resort are remarkably friendly. Barmen are likely to give Swahili lessons, while waiting staff will go the extra mile to ensure your tastes are satisfied. The hotel cleaning staff do a good job too. Although the staff lack the precise training of staff at higher rated, more luxury establishments and can seem slower, their relaxed and personal attitude does make for an enjoyable and calming stay.

Things to do at Ras Michamvi Beach Resort

Ras Michamvi is very much a place to go to relax and enjoy the near silence of a beautiful beach. This beach is stunning but natural (sea weed, shells, sea urchins and pebbles are to be expected). Though one cannot bathe at low tide there is plenty to explore in the rock pools and living reefs. The hotel also has a sea view pool, and massages can be arranged. Excursions snorkelling and diving as well as to the Jozani Forest, spice plantations and Stone Town can be arranged. As the hotel is remotely located such trips can work out costly.

How to get to Ras Michamvi Beach Resort

The resort is rather cut off. It is about fifty minutes drive from Stone Town or Zanzibar Airport. The hotel can arrange transfers from either, or one can take a taxi or hire a car. The number 324 daladala (primitive truck-come buses) runs from Stone Town to Kae but only very early in the morning. Travel by daladala is not recommended for those with a weak constitution as they can be very busy and uncomfortable

Much of the coastline of this peninsula has been developed to reflect the luxury requirements of Western travellers. However, the surrounding villages and the roads reflect the poverty of Tanzania. Although hotel websites may advertise these places as ‘charming and traditional’ they may simply appear run-down.

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

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