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Imani Beach Lodge Reviews

p.o.box 3248, Zanzibar, Tanzania

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81%

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40 Total Reviews
  • 70%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 80%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 85%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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80%

Too bad the beach in front is so rugged but a short walk gets you to the sandy section. Hanging out on the lounge chairs on the beach area is uncomfortable for ladies due to the groups of men sitting at the edge all day long. The arrangement of extra tours to the spice plantation and Prisoners Island were great and easily accomodated our time schedule.

  • 20th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)


66%

The price was no that reasonable compared to other locations. It is an expensive Hostel, and for another $20/night you can get fabulous, half-board resort accomodation.The staff did not know what to do when we arrived,so we had to wait for about 30 minutes to find someone who knew, The bathroom in our room was VERY small (No room in shower), door latch broken and it smelled of mold.

  • 21st Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


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97%

A wee gem ! 10ks from Stone Town but feels like a world away. Staff were friendly

  • 17th Nov 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)


94%

Imani beach lodge has its pros and cons but in the end the pros outweighed the cons personally for me which is why I highly recommend them. Clean rooms, the tree house, proximity to the beach, spice plantations and prison island make it quite desirable, not as commercial and touristy as Stone town. Cons were if you planned to come back to the hostel after sun down, you either have to shell out 10-15 bucks to get a cab or take dala dala for much less but walk 1/4 km in pitch darkness to get back.

  • 27th Jul 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


97%

Simon and the staff at Imani were awesome! The place is a little bit outside of Stone Town so you can't really venture to the city from Imani. Aside from that, it's reasonably priced and a very relaxed atmosphere. I would definitely come back!


90%

Overall, descent value for money (though not outstanding). Variety of food in the restaurant was rather low (and the food is not cheap at all), the room smelly in the beginning - probably because it was just the start of the season and the rooms were closed for a long time. After two days everything was alright A disadvantage: there is almost nothing around. The little village close by is good enough to buy some water but for a descent restaurant you have to go to Stonetown. Beach is ok

  • 4th Jun 2011
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


100%

ideal place to explore the island: the Spicetour with Babu was really nice. The Beach is not as nice as on Kendwa but the food is really great!


97%

We stayed 3 relaxing nights at Imani Beach Lodge. Great to relax in the tree house, on the beach beds (lovely sunset views from here too)or wander into the restaurant for food at any time. The rooms were full of character and the beds very comfortable.


97%

In the middle of my trip from Cape town to Cairo this was a flawlessly perfect stop. Simon the owner organised pick up from the ferry and took me to an oasis of beautiful antiques and comfortable beds, excellent food and wine and free wi-fi. Coped with my gluten free issues without any hassle and offered tips on getting the best of from my trip while letting me chill out. Was very happy there and would recommend to solo travellers and couples looking for a romanitc break. Fantastic.

  • 22nd Aug 2010
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • UK
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


100%

We loved the staff. They became our new family for the week and always looked out for us. They were overly accomodating. We have already suggested this place to our friends visiting the area. The beach is secluded with no harrassment from vendors. The beach right outside the hotel is rocky but walk 5 minutes down and its perfect! The tree house was a nice place to hang out at night. It is convient to book tours through the hotel and very close to Stone Town so public transportation was very easy. Se


97%

Excelent place to stay. Away from the crowds of stone town. Nice peaceful place to unwind.


100%

Imani is a top-flight place. Simon and Kristen are eminently welcoming, fun and accommodating. The staff are wonderful, and the property is amazing. A steal for the price. Couldn't more highly recommend them.


100%

You can hardly find better hosts than Simon and Kristine who are always happy to accommodate any wish their guests might have! I have visited a couple of other places on Zanzibar around Stone Town, and these guys definitely top the lot. Highly recommended for anyone still hesitating and making research. Look no further, Imani Beach is the right choice. The food is also very tasty and prices are very reasonable, not to say modest. If I ever visit Zanzibar again, I will only stay at Imani.


90%

Really charming place with great staff. A wonderful spot to relax just outside of Stone Town.


100%

We LOVED Imani! Zanzibar was in the middle of a month-long power outage. But the staff and owners (Simon and Kristin) were absolutely wonderful. Haji, Celestine, Nassau and Tito went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and welcomed. We wouldn't consider staying anywhere else in Zanzibar. Hope to return there soon.


97%

Great place to wind down! Christen & Simon are wonderful hosts and always helpful. Imani is in a really good spot for doing tours on the island (especially make sure you do the spice tour). They're situated right in the local community (wonderful people and it's also really safe). They have wifi/internet available most of the time (this is still Africa :) Their beach is good, but not as top-notch as those on the East coast. The East also has a bit more wind, which is quite good on hot days.

  • 14th Nov 2009
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • (1 review)


100%

Awesome place well run by Simon the enthusiastic owner. Very nice facilities and the place is almost a part of the village (albeit a 5 star bit of it) where the locals strolling on the beach like to stop for a chat. They run their own day trips which were fun and the food served there is tasty


97%

Simon is a great host - very helpful with information or with tours - very relaxing site


93%

This was a great place to stay to unwind for a few days after hiking up Kili. The staff is great and very helpful - I would highly recommend staying here!


83%

I was in one of the outside rooms and it was well short of the $50 pn value that you get in SE Asia, South America and even South Africa... would have got the same value here as $20 pn I paid in Laos in a much nicer room there at a guesthouse...


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