From the moment you arrive at Sandies Neptune Pwani Beach Hotel Zanzibar until the moment you leave, you are greeted with a friendly face and eager "Jambo!"
The staff are entirely geared towards keeping guests happy and providing them with whatever they require.
They will go the proverbial "country mile" to ensure you are happy!
The resort is kept in impeccable condition, you will often awake to see the gardens being manicured to perfection,
the beach sand raked in patterns and the lounging chairs on the beach being wiped and the pillows prepared to precision.
Whether you are going to spend the day in the sun, by the pool or in your room, a friendly assistant is always close at hand.
Full board option allows you all the amenities and luxuries of the resort, definitely an option to consider.
Treat yourself to
at least one “Jambo-Jambo” (a local cocktail), it is just what the doctor
ordered for the sun!
If any, the “beach boys” do get a bit annoying at the best of times; word of advice, buy whatever they are selling from one (but barter to at least 50% of the original price), something like the carved name boards or key holders, and the rest leave you as soon as they see you have already supported their fellow entrepreneurs.
The water in the lagoon is warm, rather cool off in the pool as you will be closer to the bar, but do explore the lagoon and treat yourself by bringing a pair of flippers and goggles.
The lagoon isn’t
very deep, I’d say 4-5 feet when the tide is out, but the visibility is in
excess of 30 feet! A pair of booties for the coral is a definite!
We did the spice tour and the Stone Town tour in one day. The friendly Zantour representative at the hotel (Asia) arranged it for us.
Our tour guide Atom was everything you could wish for. We are both avid
photographers and he prepared us before we went anywhere by explaining where
and when we could take photo’s as this is a tender matter for the locals. Some
even require an upfront $2 fee for a photograph!
Prepare yourself with lots of mosquito repellent before you go to the spice tours and do not expect to see any form of mechanisation in the spice tour.
You will be taken on a walk-about through the forest where the various spices are grown and be given the opportunity to taste and smell all of the spices. The butterfly-man and fruit tasting after the spice tour is a welcome surprise and really amazing!
Creature comforts at the resort are anything and everything you need, for a resting and relaxing stay.
Take all your usual toys (camera, Nook, Kindle, Laptop) with as you will use them at some time or the other.
You can simply leave the equipment at your lounger on the beach while
taking a walk through the lagoon, it’s pretty much as safe as houses as there
are always waiters taking drinks to other sunbathers and there are security
guards ensuring that the beach boys do not enter the resorts’ property.
Will we go back? It’s a question of when, not if!