6 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Excellent potential at Ras Michamvi
"Ras Michamvi has only been open since last year and it has a lot of potential. A stunning location overlooking the sea and really good sized rooms/bathrooms. No other developments get in the way of the peaceful location.
Staff were friendly and helpful.
But there were some 'buts' which the management know they need to address.
Food was only average with little choice. When we were there, the main beach had no sand but sharp black coral. Access to the adjacant nice beaches was not easy and there were no loungers/sun shade on either
And when we were there, there was only one other couple staying which made the atmosphere a little too peaceful!
A big investment has been made at Ras Michamvi but it needs a bit more to make it a really outstanding place to stay."
- Travel date: Mon 26th of January 2009
Still dreaming about this little paradise
"This was one of my trips and a little romance gateway to remember ever. my boyfriend and i were there over the weekend and we had such amazing private time . The hotel itself is in such a great location (East Coast Peninsular ). The rooms were so clean and bathroom was lovely.Nice view facing Indian ocean, great and friendly staff ,excellent services ever. Unique Beach and a fantastic swimming pool . You will never regret your stay ."
- Travel date: Sat 17th of January 2009
Enjoyed Ras Michamvi
"The staff at Ras Michamvi are excellent, they are very courteous and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure guests are happy. The hotel rooms are very spacious and the bathrooms very clean. Our room had a direct view of the Indian Ocean and was in close proximity to the hotel restaurant as well as the hotel pool, which made everything so easy. The resort is a hidden treasure, far from the hustle and bustle of stone town, Zanzibar's capital. The beaches are totally isolated and the whole week we were there, we had the beach to ourselves. The hotel pool is very clean and overlooks the ocean. It is difficult to capture the essence of this hotel in a paragraph, but this resort is perfect for anyone celebrating their honeymoon. I rarely give reviews on-line, but feel compelled to acknowledge the efforts by the staff to make our stay as memorable as it was.
Lucy & John Washika"
- Travel date: Fri 16th of January 2009
"We went to the Ras Michamvi for a few days relaxation after a safari and trekking in Tanzania. We had a fabulous time here. Large clean rooms - stunning views - beautiful sparking swimming pool - the beach is wonderful too. We had black monkeys regularly playing around outside the rooms and twice were lucky enough to see the red colobus monkeys, which Zanzibar is famous for, whilst sitting in the restaurant area. It is only a small hotel and wasn't very busy which made it feel very intimate.
You can only swim in the sea from the beach at high tide but the hotel organised a snorkelling trip for us (would have been useful to have known about the access via the italian hotel along the beach). When the tide is out there are lots and lots of rock pools to search in, for all sorts of sea life. And it's fascinating watching the locals passing by, fishing and bringing in their catches.
We did a spice tour trip and spent an afternoon in Stonetown which was well worth it - the hotel organised that for us. We combined the two trips in one day as it is quite a trek to Stonetown (1 and half hours).
All of the staff at Ras Michamvi are extremely helpful and friendly - very laid back which we found added to the relaxed atmosphere. Apart from breakfast which included really delicious friut, the food was rather disappointing - we were hoping for more spices and fish.
I would love to return here and would defifintely recommend it. I hope it builds up a reputation so that it gets more custom - it certainly deserves to."
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of November 2008
Well looked after at Ras Michamvi
"We chose this resort over one on Kendwa beach after reading some adverse comments on Tripadvisor, and we were more than pleased with our choice.
The hotel offered free transfers to and from Stone Town; the taxi turned up on time at our hotel and it took just over an hour to reach Ras Michamvi on the east coast. We were immediately impressed by the general upkeep of the property, and by the standard of the bungalow. There was a large bedroom, with vast Zanzibari bed and pretty furniture, a great bathroom with all mod cons, and a beautiful terrace overlooking the pool and sea. The raised wooden walkway led to the restaurant, which also had a wonderful sea view. It had a large TV with satellite channels (lots of football and Sky News), an internet room and a pool table. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available.
There were very few guests at the resort, so it felt intimate and the service was very attentive. The food was plentiful -- breakfast especially was delicious. Ask for a Spanish omelette at breakfast -- that is the only thing Zanzibari eggs are good for in any event! Fish dishes were a bit disappointing, although the squid was excellent. Mariam and Mohamed worked hard to look after everyone very well.
The pool was large, just the right temperature and sparklingly clean. At low tide we could walk for miles along the beach, and were able to swim at the large Italian resort about 20 minutes south as they had built a stone walkway out beyond the coral. Snorkelling trips (about an hour away with local boat) are also available and worth doing.
Two small niggles: the lack of cushions for the handsome wooden loungers, which meant that they became torture after about five minutes; and the need for better lighting in the room for reading purposes. The managers told us that they were working to remedy both.
This is a good resort with decent food and warm, friendly and attentive staff. It deserves to be busier."
- Travel date: Tue 28th of October 2008
Beautiful cottages for those who are looking for relax
"We stayed in the Ras Michamvi Beach Resort for 4 days in January 2008 and we simply loved it! It is a new Hotel that opened in July 2007, so it's still pretty unknown to the travel community.
The rooms - especially the cottages with seaview - are simply beautiful, they have local furniture, enormous comfortable beds, spotless mosquito nets, a fridge, a big ceiling fan and a beautiful bathroom. Every room has a little terrace with wooden chairs and the turquoise Indian Ocean lies right at your feet.
You can access two beaches from here, although at low tide swimming is quite difficult. But the hotel organizes snorkelling trips with local boats (dhows) and the swimming and snorkelling here is easy and the corals and fishes colourful and simply stunning.
When we visited there was only one other couple of travelers at the hotel and being such few guests made the stay even more relaxing - but we hope that Ras Michamvi will soon become famous amongst Zanzibar-lovers. The food was good, the mangos juicy and very tasty and the staff always nice and friendly. Also the position of the hotel is good - the famous Jozani forest with its protected red Colobus monkeys is only 30 minutes by car. the hotel can organize car hires.
This is the place for total relaxation in a lovely atmosphere."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of February 2008