10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Lovely evenings with movie theater under the stars.
"Nice location just 20 min north of Stone town. Nice and peaceful. Beautiful surroundings whith the houses built around the ruins. Rooms are average but clean. Friendly and helpful staff with personally service from the host couple. Lovely food and wine. Not a very nice beach. The best moment for our family (parents and 13 year old son) was after dinner when we enjoyed the outdoor movie theater under the stars. Paul and Paula are great entertainment....."
- Travel date: Sat 10th of November 2007
Movies under African sky
"We had great time at Hakuna Matata, everything was really super and we enjoyed very much the food prapared by Thomas (waiting for his book). Hakuna is spread out on the big territory, so you can have a piece of Zanzibar for yourself. Conditions are 4 *. We also enjoyed open-air cinema and movies about Africa (such as Out of Africa, Black Hawk Down or Constant Gardner) under African sky. That was something we have not experienced anywhere else. So 5* for Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge and Spa."
- Travel date: Wed 7th of November 2007
A great experience in Zanzibar
"My wife Lin and myself have just returned from Zanzibar, where we stayed at Hakuna Matata. We have travelled quite a bit and the experience we had there is up near the top. All the staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble, Thomas is a first class chef who you can discuss the evening meal with or Rose and Fritz who run Hakuna Matata and are passionate about ensuring you have a good time.
Access to Hakuna Matata is off the main road heading north from Stone town down a dusty track past some local houses to a private 'Oasis by the sea'. It is approx 20 mins from the airport and is a great location as a base for seeing the rest of the Island.The only downside we found was the private beach at low tide when coral and rocks are exposed as the sea goes out but everything else more than made up for it, in our opinion. The water in the swimming pool was always crystal clear.The food was first class,with the restuarant overlooking the sea. Fish is Thomas's speciality and it was always freshly caught .The standard bungalow where we stayed was well equipped with a lovely seaview from it's terrace, a good cleaning service and the mosquito nets were sprayed every night. Mohammed offers excursions, vehicle hire, taxis etc all at very competitive rates. We used him a lot, travelling all round the island and found him to be honest, flexible and a pleasure to deal with. Finaly Rose and Fritz ensured that we had an exclusive feeling throughout our time with them, no problem was too small for them to deal with. All in all we had an excellent experience whilst staying at Hakuna Matata"
- Travel date: Mon 5th of November 2007
Ideal post-safari relaxation
"There are no endless white beaches on this part of Zanzibar's coast. You can still swim in the sea but Hakuna Matata is ideal for those more interested in blissful atmosphere and great staff than sparkling sand.
Built into a hillside above a bay, bungalows cascade down to the beach with varying degrees of sea views (right on the beach or the bigger hilltop bungalows have the best views). Tucked away from other resorts or popular beaches, it's all about secluded relaxation and, under Rose and Fritz's guidance, there's no chance this will ever become a 'typical', overcrowded beach resort (resident donkeys, Paul and Paula, add to the quirky atmosphere.)
Open air dining and lounge provide a beautiful spot to watch the sun set and the fishing boats head out. Thomas and his kitchen make the most of fresh local catches with a sensational daily menu (he will also make vegetarian meals if need be.) For the quality of the food and atmosphere, Hakuna Matata is very reasonably priced.
Boat, diving, beach and spice tours can be arranged but the location is a little too isolated to be able to see much of the island on foot. It'll take you a couple of hours to get to the north beaches and Stone Town is a short drive.
The bungalows are mainly in pairs and we discovered one drawback when we requested to move from a garden bungalow down to the beach -- while the location was spectacular, we heard a lot from the neighbours! Overall, though, our stay at Hakuna Matata was just brilliant."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of October 2007
"We spent 2 fantastic weeks of total relaxation at Hakuna Matata. Rose, Fritz and all the staff made us so welcome and it was hard to say goodbye at the end. Thomas and the kitchen staff produced wonderful food - easily the best tuna we have ever eaten. We are now fully recharged and ready to face the real world again. Thankyou all so much - Duncan & Wendy (UK)"
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of October 2007
"The room was small. The food was ok, nothing amazing and was very expensive. All the prices were different to what they were in the information booklet in the rooms. They do not take credit cards. There was a little bit of white sand on the beach, but there were big sharp rocks everywhere, impossible to walk in the water without shoes. The water was also quite dirty. The path was so rocky that you would trip over all the time. The pool was the worst of all, obviously the cheapest they could get. Tiled with slippery barhroom wall tiles and had very sharp edges.
Definately not four stars and definately not like the pictures.
- Travel date: Sun 30th of September 2007
Nothing but Awesome
"Hakuna Matata - No Problems. Apparently, no name could match this place better.
The German owners of the lodge, Rose and Fritz, and their staff do their very best to make one's stay as comfortable as possible.
The day starts with lovely breakfast at the restaurant right next to the sea. At this place with a terrific view one also can enjoy snacks during the day and great dinner: Thomas is the chef of the kitchen from Hamburg who absolutely knows how to prepare fish, which has just arrived from the sea, deliciously. One certainly mustn't go there if one is not prepared to enjoy days of culinaric high-lights...
During the day one can relax at the cosy beach, which is surrounded by the lodge buildings on the one side and by the Chuini Ruins on the other side. A beautiful scenery. A big plus are the sunbed mattrasses and beach towels provided. Also every bungalow is provided with its own beach-bag - unnecessary to some, useful to others and in any case showing with how much devotion the lodge and its properties have been set up.
Since there are only twelve bungalows the Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge maintains a very calm atmosphere which encourages the feeling of one big family. This Lodge is especially recommendable for people seeking to relax. Nevertheless, not only for teenagers, who want to go out or do a lot of sports during the day, the place might even be too calm. Of course, one can go on excoursions (excoursion manager available at the lodge), e.g., snorkeling, spice-tours (highly recommendable!!), city-trip to Stonetown,..., in order to get to know this lovely island better.
For me (at the age of 20) it basically was the first time to ever go on such a relaxing and comfy holiday, before I was used to club-style holidays - and I have to say, it was a very good contrast.
When I got back home that I actually realized how great this place is and I really miss listening to the shore while falling asleep."
- Travel date: Sun 9th of September 2007
super relaxing and Food in a beautiful comfotable Historical envirement
"After 4 weeks travelling through Uganda and Tanzania we arrived with our 3 children (8-10 and 12 years) in Zanzibar to relax. The Hakuna Matata beach lodge appeared to be an excellent choice. Lovely comfotable bungalows with a beatiful view, build around the ruiins of an old Sultan Palace. If that isn't enough you walk into the Spa and dream away during a splendid thay massage. Every evening we were looking forward to go to the restaurant to enjoy the cooking art of Thomas; Delicious fresh seafood!!
I wish we could go next year again!
Max, Marieke Elke Tess en Daan from the Netherlands."
- Travel date: Tue 14th of August 2007
Haven of peace and tranquility
"When I went to Zanzibar I was very much in need of relaxation and and a place to chill out. That is exactly what Hakuna Matata provided for me. After haven driven over that gravel dirt road you would not expect such a beautiful spot just by the sea.
All the huts are situated in a vast garden with luscious greenery and some scattered ruins that tell the history of the place. Even the standard rooms are fairly big and have all the comfort needed for a beach holiday with your own terrace and everyone has got his personal seaview.
Fritz and Rosie are the greatest host who give every guest a very warm welcome. You can feel the personal touch of them everywhere. They would always come round to the restaurant and chat to all the guests and they can tell you all the stories about Zanzibar very entertaining and quite educative.
My favorite place though was the restaurant and especially the lounge area just above the sea. The perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing cocktail and prepare yourself for a lovely dinner. The food was definitely amazing. I don't think I have ever eaten such a great tuna as I did there. Coming from a hospitality background I have to congratulate Thomas on his great sense of emphasizing the local products and the variety of spices to be found there.
Truly wonderful to relish any time.
I don't understand what the Norwegian guy said about the donkeys. They are so hilarious and sweet that they just add to the overall feeling of being at home.
I would and already have recommened Hakuna Matata to anyone who is going to Sansibar. For me absolutely a have-to-stay-there resort."
- Travel date: Mon 6th of August 2007
"Coming from one week in Serengeti and other parks in Tanzania Hakuna Matata turned out to be a perfect place to stay another week of relaxing. The lodge is situated on the west side of Zanzibar, a twenty minutes drive from Zanzibar City. So you still have the opportunity to visit the town once in a while. Shuttle service is provided. Just make sure to have clear agreements on time and date of your transport with the shuttle service (outsourced).
Some lodges provide a marvellous view on the sea. The site creates a very nice atmosphere. To me the donkeys didn't produce any camping site feeling but was a funny and entertaining facette of this place.
The rooms have been built very nicely. Although not in European perfection (as mentioned below). But what do you expect? I didn't find anything to complain about (maybe except for the mattrasses)
But the most amazing experience is the kitchen. Chef Thomas is a specialist in preparing perfect dishes of fish and seafood. Adorable! Very good selection of wines accompanying the fish. We have never eaten so well for an entire week at any place."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of August 2007