What a place is Bahari View Lodge in Zanzibar! I have never had such friendly service, and so attentive as well.
The decor of the rooms was beautiful, I'm never slept in such an ornate bed before!
The locals who worked there were quite friendly and made every attempt to practice their English a bit and engage with you.
The property is sitting on a beach of white powder coral sand surrounded by a lovely tropical garden.
Bahari View Lodge consists of about 15 rooms some of which are detached and some in a terrace. It also has a outdoor pool, restaurant and beach bar.
All of the buildings are of traditional design with coconut palm leaf thatched roofs.
On our arrival we were very warmly greeted by the manager, Christine and we immediately got a good feeling about the place.
Our cottage was right on the beach overlooking the Indian Ocean with a decent sized balcony, well presented room with comfortable beds and a shower room.
I would describe Bahari View as a medium class lodge but with the excellent management by Christine, has higher aspirations.
She was always around to answer any questions, deal with any minor problems and generally just for a friendly chat
. She has a good knowledge of the island and makes excellent recommendations for places to go and see in Stone Town etc.
The bar, where we spent most nights playing cards and drinking wine, was right on the beach but although you had sand under your feet the furniture was comfortable and the welcome and service from Mohammed was excellent.
The restaurant was decent enough with attentive service from Christine’s staff. Breakfast consisted of fruit juice and a tropical fruit salad, tea or coffee and then a choice of cooked to order breakfast items or cheeses and cold meats or muesli.
My only criticism would be the dinner menu. There was a three day rolling menu and it should have been seven days so the likes of us who stayed a full week could see a different menu every day.
Bahari is slightly secluded and although there is an Italian resort next door it is very quiet but good enough to go for a drink for a change of view.
This is a quiet resort for a relaxing holiday so bring plenty of books and sun tan lotion and do what we did, relax and enjoy true and genuine Zanzibari hospitality!