Unguja Resort is an up market small scale hotel in Kizimkazi on the southern tip of Zanzibar. Accommodation is in 12 spacious private bungalows, each with its own terrace with views over the Indian Ocean or tropical gardens. All bungalows are beautifully decorated in Zanzibar style. There are 6 sea view villas, 3 baobab villas and 2 family villas.
The resort has a lovely garden with old mango and baobab trees in which many indigenous animals find their home. The rare red colobus monkeys often come and play. A nature trail leads down to the white beach. In the middle of the tropical garden is a large swimming pool, where guests can relax while enjoying the services from our bar and restaurant.
There is a dive centre on site. After diving or snorkelling, watching dolphins or after a relaxing day on the beach guests can make themselves at home in the bar area overlooking the ocean and enjoy an excellent cocktail made with fresh fruit.
The restaurant serves an excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner. The chef makes use of many local Zanzibar ingredients such as fresh seafood and exotic spices. A private barbeque lunch on one of the small deserted islands near the southern coast can be organized for guests.
Open: Year round.
Location: Set on a small coral cliff, just a few steps down to the white sandy beaches on the southwest tip of Zanzibar.
Rooms: 11 luxury villas, 6 facing the ocean, 3 with views of the garden and 2 family houses. All are open to the breeze, have large bedrooms, bathrooms and outdoor showers. There's a lounge and a veranda
Activities: There is an en-site PADI centre offering day trips, full courses and snorkelling. Day excurions to Stone Town and to Jozani Forest can be arranged, there are guided walks, village visits, sunset cruises, dolphin excursions and spice tours.
Facilities: The main lodge is where you'll find the restaurant with open dining area, the comfortable lounge and the sparkling pool with loungers. Steps lead down to the beach. There are attractive gardens, with lots of birds, monkeys and lizards.
Dining: Meals are served in the dining area or restaurant.
Children: The camp welcomes children of all ages.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is a mobile reception, telephone and fax facilities (local charges apply)and complimentary Wi-Fi, accessible in the main areas.
Unguja does regular village, beach and reef clean-ups, protects indigenous wildlife on site and pays Menai Bay conservation fees for every guest. Water is a big problem in Zanzibar & the lodge often buys a truck of water for the village. They also contribute to education & medical projects.
"Where do I start?! We've just returned from a fantastic 10 nights at this lodge and can't find a single negative thing to say. Despite arriving on a wet Monday, the welcome was warm and friendly. We had villa 10 and although this was a garden view room, we were not disappointed. The communal areas were open-air and spacious and the bedroom air conditioned and secure. The plunge pool in our villa was refreshing, with a cold beer, after a hot day on the beach. Every day we woke up to find another animal to identify in the grounds and would typically have the monkeys use our upstairs day-bed as a play area. What made this place so special, I can't say without revealing all the secrets. However, it's amazing how the small things can go a long way. While we were there it was announced the lodge had just won an award for best sustainable hotel in Africa. I fully support the award, as they are committed to the immediate area and local village. I would strongly recommend this as the place to stay if you are in Zanzibar, as you get to experience the local culture and wildlife, rather than being in a big complex that could be anywhere in the world."