Paradise Beach Bungalows in Zanzibar is an absolutely wonderful place;We only intended to stay 2 nights then move around the rest of the island but we loved this place so much we couldn’t leave.
The staff is lovely; they really make the place with their professional but warm approach.
Saori the Japanese owner makes the
most amazing sushi and sashimis which are out of this world and we couldn’t get
enough of it.
When talking with some of the beach boys - on telling them where we were staying commented "oh yes mama Saori - she is firm but fair!"
Importantly she has a good relationship with the locals and they respect her.
The other food on the menu was always fresh and tasty and the miso soup was like a tonic that cured all ills.
There are lots of animals about but they are well cared for and we did not have any trouble with bugs or fleas.
It really adds to the atmosphere of the place as not just another beach resort. Mama Saori keeps chickens (and you get their fresh eggs for breakfast) and turkeys and looks after some dogs and cats.
My partner is allergic to pet hair but we were never bothered by the animals. There was even regular morning visits by a curious monkey.
We loved its location - it is very walkable along the beach into the main part of town and there are plenty of hotels and restaurants a short walk along the beach that we went to for lunches.
The part of the beach in front of the bunglaows is one of the best, it is actually better to swim in than the beaches close into town as there is a kite surfing area there that makes it a bit hazardous to swim - but great to watch the surfers!
We stayed in 3 different bungalows and liked the beach front bungalows Bob and Ntare best.
Each bungalow has 2 beds which are a little small for 2 people in one bed but we just pushed the beds together.
The bathrooms are basic and often the water pressure is not great but we were fine using the bucket and jug supplied.
We did not need a/c as the ventilation was so good in the beach front bungalows.
There are lots of spaces to just chill out, on your bungalow patio, on the sun beds or hammocks on the beach front or in the shade in the dining room or lounge.