9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"A beautiful beach front B&B for those with realistic expectations of what you get for $35 a night. This could quite easily be a 5* review. However working back from the beautiful beach front, friendly management, excellent Masai guards etc. the hotel loses a star for polyester sheets. A minor detail? No, major. They make for very uncomfortable and hot nights and we ended up sleeping on towels for the sleep we could get. Byo sheets. The Twisted Palms then loses half a star for its lack of equipment. A couple of cheap snorkels would be a nice addition. The other half star for us goes on the food, which is ok, and some people seemed to like it a lot, but seemed fairly limited to us, occasionally poor and probably overpriced. A short trip down the beach however and great food can be had at Echo Beach Hotel if you fancy a change. They may let you use their pool as well if you're polite! Bottom line, this is a very good value $35 a night, and if they did it up to the standard of a $70 hotel, they'd probably charge $70. Budget means budget. A very enjoyable holiday in a great location nonetheless."
- Travel date: 1st May 2009
Could be better
"Twisted Palms is very relaxing place with friendly staff. No frills accommodation. There are great sunloungers and the sand is beautiful. Perfect for lying on the beach with nothing to do. Bwejuu is about 90mins drive from Stonetown and it is worth stocking up on snacks & aftersun etc before you depart for Bwejuu. The big drawback of the location is the tide goes out a long way so swimming is possible for 2hours either side of high tide (every 12 hours). You might like to wander down the beach The White Rose who allow use of their fantastic pools for Tsh5000/person per day if high tide is not in the middle of the day. The food was generally good but there were occassions when it was poor. No ice was available during our stay and drinks were not always cold (walk 20 steps down the beach to Evergreen Bungalow where there is ice). The room was big and clean and secure, the bed comfortable with mosquito net and a great supply of hot water. The only drawback the bedlinen. Somedays it was cotton - no problem, other days it was polyester/nylon which made for a sticky nights sleep. The excursion to Stonetown organised by Twisted Palms was excellent."
- Travel date: 7th March 2009
Great place to relax!
"We stayed here for new year with my family. The place is beautiful, with a long white beach and of course, a twisted palm. The staff are really helpful and friendly. The owners, Laura and Renato made a new year eve party for the guests that was absolutely great. The food was the best we had in Zanzibar (Italians and sea food a great combination!) Sometimes service in the restaurant might be a bit slow but thatÂ´s how it is in the whole island, so just relax and wait (or if you canÂ´t wait you can always make your order in advice and it will be ready for the time you ask it for) Twisted Palms is really a place I would recommend for having a relax and nice stay at the beach."
- Travel date: 1st February 2009
Twisted Palms - Highly Recommended
"We stayed at the Twisted Palms for four nights in January, and had a fantastic time. The rooms are clean and spacious, and just a few metres from the beach. By far the best thing the Twisted Palms has going for it is its restaurant. It's in a huge hut set on stilts on the beach, and serves up the best food we had in all of Tanzania (think Italian food meets Zanzibari spices), with a menu that changes daily. Highly recommended!"
- Travel date: 22nd January 2009
Wonderful beach hideaway
"We spent 12 lovely, relaxing days at the Twisted Palms - and didn't want to leave. Laura and Renato do everything they can - and more - to make your stay enjoyable and stress free. The bungalows are clean and comfortable, right on the beach. The restaurant is excellent - great food at great prices, served quickly (unlike many places nearby!). The chef is very good as are the restaurant staff - very friendly, efficient and helpful. Asiya, the masai security man is lovely, and very interesting to talk to. He also sells beautiful handmade jewellery from his little stall on the beach - at bargain prices. We particularly enjoyed the New Years eve - fantastic food, good company and nice entertainment. If you are looking for a real 'no news, no shoes' place to relax and get away from it all - this is perfect. We will be back!!"
- Travel date: 10th January 2009
Recommendation for everyone
"After two days in the sunrise hotel we got kicked out because there was no room anymore, after walking down the beach we found the twisted palms! Luckily they had a room available for the last two nights of our holiday! If we would have known earlier about this hotel we would definately booked this for all 4 nights! Besides the fact it was half the price than at sunrise (and the rooms we comparable) the atmosphere was so much better! Great Italian couple that made us feel very welcome! besides that the bungalow was nice and clean the food at the restaurant was really nice. We only had one bad evening with a seafood platter which wasn't that good and which was immediately scrapped of the check! We would certainly recommend this hotel to everyone!"
- Travel date: 6th January 2009
Best accomodations for the price
"We stayed for two nights at the Twisted Palms but would have stayed longer had we been able to. We stayed in a few hotels on our travels (though did mostly comping) and this was definitely the best experience, especially for the money. The bungalow was cheap, clean, large, and seemed to be waiting for us though we did not have a reservation (flowers in the room). The showers were hot (a luxury for us), the view was superb, and the food was good. The staff was helpful and friendly, very approachable, and had no problem organizing a dive trip for us. They accepted credit card which was splendid since there was no easy way of getting cash at the time. Overall, we were very pleased with our stay and would definitely recommend it to anyone traveling to the East Coast of Zanzibar!"
- Travel date: 23rd October 2008
Honeymoon in Twisted Palms
"We stayed 15 days at Twisted Palms lodge, happily and confortably. Nice room by the sea. Shower hot water perfectly working. Top quality (and clean) cotton towels. Excellent italo-zanzibari cooking. Highlight of the Twisted Palms lodge is the restaurant run by italian-trained chef, good quality (the best around) at good price. For sure we'll come back again!"
- Travel date: 27th September 2008
"We had the mixed pleasure of staying two nights at the twisted palm. We were suppose to have stayed three nights, but after two we had had enough. Firstly it must be said that we were the first customers to go there under the new management, but i do not really see how the new management could have improved something. The shower was not working (after two days without a shower we had had enough), the electricity was only working sometimes, the toilet was also only working sometimes, which is kind of disgusting when you never know whether or not you are able to flush afterwards. The rooms did not have enough lightning for us to feel comfortable. The rooms were always rather dark, also because of the unfortunate wheather. When the weather is bad on Zanzibar there is not much else to do at Twisted Palms but read and eat. This is not their fault, but it does not help that it takes them one and a half hour to prepare two dishes of pasta with tomatosauce. There were only two guest besides us. After we had waited for a half hour the two others joint us. They got their order half an hour later. When we complained they explained that it takes a long time to cook pasta and make a simple pastasauce, at which we could only laugh and decide not to stay at the place any longer. It is the last time we pay 50$ for a room where nothing works and the mozzienet has so many holes that it almost does not matter if you sleep inside or outside. It is rather a shame because the sorrundings are so beautiful that who have to make an effort to make guest have a terrible time at Zanzibar."
- Travel date: 22nd July 2008
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