“it doesn’t get better than this!”

This is a genuinely five * top class resort by any international standards. The owners have other resorts on the coast and have put all their lessons into this upgraded example. The site is huge. The bungalows are graded depending on their distance form the beach. Those nearest the beach are the most expensive, though those furthest from the beach are only a minute’s walk away. The rooms (I assume they’re all more or less the same) have a huge bed and other couches, day beds everywhere. There are places to rest outside. Each “villa” has its own plunge pool and sunbeds, plus a reserved spot by the edge of the beach with umbrella and more sunbeds. Waiters are permanently on hand. Our room wasn’t ready on arrival (usual in Zanzibar) and we were kept hanging around in the heat, but a bottle of wine and hand written apologies arrived once we were installed. Food was of international quality. The rates (eye-watering) are exclusive, and allow you a choice of seven red wines, seven white wines and a couple of sparklers. Stray off the inclusive list, though, and you pay through the nose. Half bottles of Chilean in the room will set you back $30. Some of this is petty and annoying. Coffee is free, for example, but espresso and a latte aren’t. The facilities are beyond criticism. There’s a huge pool (if you get fed up with your private one). There’s a library, a decent shop and a magnificent fitness centre/spa, priced accordingly. Sea bathing is iffy. The sea’s warm and often filled with weed. When the tide’s in it’s fine – when it’s out, watch your feet on the coral. Local excursions are fun (e.g. dolphin watching, swimming)

Guest nationality: English

Reviewed December 10, 2010