7 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"I had the most amazing experience of my life in Zanzibar! Staying at The Palms was the highlight of our safari experience. The amazing decor, the white sand private beach....the spa...the food...I can go on and on and on about my stay. There is nothing better than waking up with a view of the ocean and walking to your own private banda on the beach and get a tan in total luxury with absolutely nobody around you! Then to have outstanding service with the waiters bringing you refreshing drinks to the beach for you. I've travelled extensively and I can honestly say that The Palms is the ultimate in luxury, relaxation, and exceptional service. All I can say is Thank You for bringing us such an amazing resort!"
- Travel date: 23rd January 2007
Really nice, but a bit over the top?
"This is a really beautiful place & I think the most OTT place I have ever stayed - the ratio of staff to guests must be about 4 to 1 & they are there to cater for everything. The bungalows are incredible - they are basically a full luxury two bed apartment & pretty huge. Everything is all inclusive so you can eat & drink all you like (though it does mean you are a little confined to drinking their wines, which can be restricting). The beach is not very good compared with others on Zanzibar such as Nungwi which was far more beautiful and you could swim at Nungwi without protective shoes, unlike this beach. The sister hotel next door is aptly titled as "Breezes", cos boy, it sure is windy on the east coast. Overall, we enjoyed the stay but just found it all a little too OTT to be as relaxing as other places we stayed such as Ras Nungwi - the fact that there's only twelve guests, staff all over the place, a huge apartment you feel a bit lost in, a plunge pool you simply don't need....it all left you feeling a bit gorged, if you know what i mean....."
- Travel date: 2nd January 2007
Luxury, Privacy, spoiled for life
"As many of the other reviewers we finished our honeymoon with a stay at the Palms after a Safari. From the moment we arrived till the moment we left we were looked after with such care and grace that it was really hard to leave. The staff are amazingly friendly and know when you want a drink before you realise it yourself. They also know when not to bother you and leave you in peace to relax in your own private beach "banda" where you can lounge in the shade or bake in the sun with a beautiful view of the sea and beach. The Villa's are very tastefully decorated with a massive bathroom and dressing room, your own jacuzi on the porch. The food is amazing although way too much. Four courses for lunch and dinner, we only managed to keep up with that for a few days after which we just skipped a few. Special tip: ask for a sundowner on the beach. It is a lovely way to end your honeymoon. Special tip no 2: Ask Siriak to teach you how to play Bao (an african game that is in every villa and in the bar)"
- Travel date: 3rd November 2006
"The final leg of our honeymoon after safari in Tanzania. Small and intimate resort and the place to go if you want to be spoilt with luxury, fantastic food, great service and do nothing. We did not venture beyond the hotel but for walks along a pretty much deserted beach. If you enjoy swimming in the sea, you will be disappointed, but if you want a few days of doing nothing and being spoilt this is the place for you."
- Travel date: 30th September 2006
"We've just come back from honeymoon, which we finished with 6 nights at the Palms. We have both stayed in some wonderful places before, but for beauty, tranquility, service, attention to detail, ambiance and atmosphere, I would challenge anybody to beat it. With a maximum of 12 guests and about 3 times that number of staff, you couldn't be better taken care of. Having the Breezes hotel next door gives you access to the infrastructure of a much bigger operation (diving, tennis, sailing and so on), but you have the intimacy and privacy of this exclusive haven. It may not be cheap, but it is all inclusive and worth every penny. Our bungalow was pure luxury (and huge!), the food was delicious and we really hope that someday we'll go back."
- Travel date: 24th July 2006
The Best Hotel / Resort EVER!
"We stayed at The Palms after a safari in Tanzania. We thought that nothing could top the beauty and luxury of Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and the other safari lodges, but we were wrong! Our banda at The Palms (all 1400 square feet of i!) was amazing, the views were absolutely spectacular, and the service and staff were the best we have ever experienced. We had one of the best meals of our lives there but, more than anything, we were able truly relax and simply enjoy the beauty and wonder of this incredible location. We loved the fact that there are only 6 bandas (so there are only 12 guests in the resort). As a result, we had wonderful privacy and seclusion (which spells r-o-m-a-n-c-e). When we wanted activities, we simply went to the Reefs, which is right next door (you get full use of the Reefs' facilities). We went scuba diving, sailing, etc., next door then, when we wanted to, we simply went back to the Palms for unparallelled luxury and privacy. On top of the luxury and privacy, the staff is the very BEST. They were always attentive, but somehow also managed to be inconspicuous. They must only hire people with ESP, because they seemed to know what we wanted or needed before we did! Perhaps the best thing I can say about The Palms is that it is probably the only place we have ever stayed where we would not change a single thing. It was absolute perfection. the only bad thing about it was that we had to leave!"
- Travel date: 10th July 2006
"We did a safari in the Masai Mara, then went to the Palms in Zanzibar for a week. It could not have been more perfect. The villas are absolutely amazing - and its wonderful that there are only 6, so there really can't be more than 12 people staying at a time. The staff is sooo attentive, the surroundings unreal, and the food was delicious. Although it is expensive, have no doubt, its is 100% worth every penny. Next door is Breezes, which is much larger, and the Palms clients have access to everything at Breezes, the Breezes patrons don't have access to the Palms which is even better. You could not ask for a better vacation place!"
- Travel date: 25th January 2006
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