Ngalawa Beach Village Zanzibar was a super place to stay.
Very unusual & quaint setting. Just the right place to relax & unwind.
The rooms each had their own entrance & porch in a 4 plex style thatched building(2 up,2 down).
The rooms were clean & roomy.Even a day bed. I can't say enough about the meals. SUPERB.
Enjoying 'high tea' or a drink in the beach view lounge/bar was an unexpected luxury.
The staff were attentive & Owners Sadru & Joanne made us feel so very welcome.
I would highly recommend Ngalawa Beach Village. It's a GEM
My group had just finished a week out in the serengeti on safari. We were on our way to 3 days in Zanzibar and arrived at Ngalawa Beach Village as part of a prearranged tour.
My expectation was of a nice place like the Serena hotels we had stayed in and was blown away with the simple beauty and elegance seen from reception.
From there it only got better as we meandered along the flower filled paths to our "huts".
Each being a 4 plex with a covered porch, large bedroom/living area, and large bathroom, with a/c, lots of hot water, and great showers.
Each room is very sound proof and quiet.
At night the staff turn down the bed and arrange the mosquito netting while you at supper, and turn on your porch lights.
A Massai warrior patrols the perimeter while you sleep and the property is secured by a high fence, no lions and elephants here.
Sadru and Joanne are very attentive hosts, checking on food differences (one of our group was vegetarian), entertaining us, making sure we had everything we needed, arranging a guide for us in Stone town, complete with ride, ensuring that we knew the water was from their well and treated so we could brush our teeth in it, that lots of the food was grown and harvested on sight or purchased locally, and introducing us to lots of special drinks in Lilly's bar.
The beach was a small area but there was no one else there and too hot to sit anyway so a quick dip in the Indian Ocean then back in to the beautiful swimming pool and then under the shade trees to watch the red monkeys perform.
They are apparently quite rare but are totally at home in the many fruit trees (orange, lemon, lime, etc) that Joanne harvests for food and drinks.
The 4 meals a day are all haute cuisine. Even tea with crustless sandwiches and cakes (or lemon meringue Martinis). I brought home pictures of the food and everyone thought they were from a very high class restaurant (which of course they are, just more laid back).
I can't say enough about the beauty, tranquility, friendliness, and relaxation of Ngalawa.
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