Zanzibar Rock Resort

Zanzibar Rock Resort

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4.5
#51 of 139 small hotels in Zanzibar Island
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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The Zanzibar Rock Resort is a small ECO FRIENDLY resort on a coral rock in the ocean. Thanks to our position you can relax yourself and enjoy the fabulous nature of Zanzibar. The hotel has been recently constructed, using materials that are respectful to the environment and maintaining an authentic African style with European comfort.
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Free breakfast
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Jambo103 wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited The Rock restaurant as a last treat to round off our holiday. The experience is so worth a visit and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Yes, it's slightly expensive but you have to accept this is the price for dining in such a unique location. This was probably one of the most talked about visits of our holiday that all my friends commented on. We loved the experience and would recommend a visit if anyone is holidaying in Zanzibar.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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SunAndFoodSeeker wrote a review Apr 2016
Abbotsford, Australia
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stay in an awful of a lot of hotels for work and I wanted something more natural/eco and less artificial for this stay over the Easter long weekend. Zanzibar Rock Resort was just the medicine I needed.

Sit in the bar area sipping a drink with the cooling sea breeze in your hair and just watch the tide race in and out over the sand flats - it's mesmerising. Then when the tide has come in enough, take a dip in the deliciously warm sea to freshen up before going off to read a book on a sun lounger until it's time to eat... That was how I spent the time - bliss.

The location is hard to beat:

- it's on the ocean side of the island so the breezes are refreshing and the water is clean

- Pongwe beach is known as one of the very best beaches on Zanzibar and the resort is literally perched on a tiny rocky island IN the beach. It is also truly beautiful with white sand and turquoise water - no filters or photoshop required...

- all the beaches on Zanzibar are tidal, so at low tide it is a bit of a walk (for the love of god - take beach shoes, not flip flops, there's sharp things in the sand and lots of rays in the shallows) out to water deep enough to swim in - but it only needs to be half tide to be able to swim directly off the island. Though there isn't a beach on the island, there are steps down to the water and sun loungers everywhere.

The villas far exceeded my expectations... They are completely naturally constructed from branches and woven palms - really expertly done. They are large and airy with big four-post beds draped with mosquito netting and they also have ceiling fans - no energy-hungry aircon here.

There is a separate toilet and a shower room. The water pressure in the villas is very low (my friend reported the same in his villa on the other side of the island) - but that isn't a problem when you are swimming in the sea at least twice a day.

Although the resort is 'eco' that certainly doesn't mean it's dirty. The whole place is incredibly clean with absolutely no mould or mildew to be seen or smelled anywhere (my pet hate). There are also far fewer flies and mosquitos here than anywhere else we were in Tanzania. I did not see a single cockroach on the island either.

The restaurant/bar areas are the same very natural construction and set out on the outer point where the sea breeze keeps the heat down and the beer and cocktails flow freely.

The food served was simple but really really good... You can tell when the cook just loves food. I had all sorts of things from the menu and took advantage of a fresh catch of prawns that was made into a delicious curry. Zanzibar is the spice island after all, the flavours were fantastic.

My friend is vegan and I couldn't believe how amazing the staff were to actually create a daily changing menu of completely vegan food for him. Just incredible - he was extremely impressed.

The guys Abdul and Noah were so awesome. We were frequently the only people on the island and they were so friendly it really made the weekend great.

Tips on finding the resort: go to the Northern end of Pongwe and lookout for a small white sign with "Zanzibar Rock Resort" on the beach side of the road - it's easy to miss. Then drive all the way down the tiny sandy road and then get out and keep walking straight until you get to the beach and you will see it. Try to time coming and going with low tide, though there is a boat they can ferry you with.

Electricity on Zanzibar: this is a tiny African island, as such, expect the power to go out fairly often and stay off for long periods. Don't forget that means no wifi, charging devices or using ceiling fans while it's off . I'm actually glad there's no backup generator in the resort, it would destroy the serenity. Just make sure you do what you have to on the internet and recharge everything whenever it's on.

A note on getting around: taxis on Zanzibar can be daylight robbery, I mean trying to charge USD $160 for an hour's drive type of robbery... My advice would be to either pre-arrange a driver to take you wherever you want to go at a daily rate, or renting a car and driving yourself. It's not quite as hair-raising as some posts I've seen suggest, but do ensure you have all the proper paperwork as well as some spare cash on hand... And beware the unmarked hidden speedhumps...
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Date of stay: March 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Surm P wrote a review Jan 2016
Nice, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay was short but it was worth every cent of it.
Our room were clean and very comfy. Shower had nice hot water, mosquito nets were all fine.
We enjoyed good food , nice swimm and cold beer :)
We would love to Come back on day!
Thank you Sandra & CO!
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Date of stay: August 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Almgren4711 wrote a review Feb 2017
Stockholm, Sweden
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, cocktail, starters were good, the sea food platter fabulous. The place is one of a kind. Nice waiters, good English. Loved it. Wish I could come back, but it's a long way from Sweden for a lunch 😎
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Orangelons wrote a review Oct 2015
Mumbai, India
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you're looking for a place that cuts out the noise n fuss, where you can just drift off n sleep or read a book and feel rested and at peace, this is it. All you hear all day is the sound of waves against the cliff face and maybe a gull flying by... Sunbathe undisturbed by day, count the shooting stars by night.. you read right. The sky is so clear by night (unless you get a bright moon looming over) and if you're lucky you will even spot a few fireflies!! Can get magical :) The entire place is lovely and well maintained, warm and friendly staff.
The rooms are clean, earthy and comfortable with a little sit out. Most of the cottages face the sea and sea breeze just lulls you into a blissful state and also keeps the rooms cool and airy. Juices are nice and staff is very accommodating with personal requests.

On the flip side: If there's a full moon happening, you may want a room that doesn't face the ocean front cuz the sea can get rough and the sound of crashing waves can keep you up at night.
The free wifi is only avble at the reception area but otherwise its a good thing cuz it keeps your phone quiet.
The restaurant isn't bad but the menu does need a bit of sprucing up! The food is priced in USD and may seem a bit pricey for an otherwise budget place. For a one night stay we ending up spending almost the room price on food for two, so you might wanna head out for dinner.
Also, the tide comes in and surrounds the rock in the evening so you will have to wade through water with a torch to get out.
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Date of stay: September 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Avoid ocean front rooms during full moon periods
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John G wrote a review Jul 2015
Worthing, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A real taste of Zanzibar. Beautiful views and walks along the beach - friendly & helpful staff - tasty local food - unique local design rooms - on an island at high tide - never to forget. Also an insight into how the local people live.
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Date of stay: July 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: East facing to get sunrise!
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Response from Sandy C, Direttore generale at Zanzibar Rock Resort
Responded 11 Aug 2015
Dears, thank you very much for your review and we are pleased that you have enjoyed in our small paradise. We hope to see you again here! Best regards, All staff of Zanzibar Rock Resort
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Tierneigh P wrote a review Feb 2015
Sydney, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here for a few nights in January and was very pleased with my stay. Room was lovely, very Balinese style. Restaurant and bar was simple, but delicious. Location was the highlight of my trip- how often do you come across a resort on a coral reef? Swimming great. Only thing is no wifi, but you can visit one of the resorts within walking distance on the mainland to access wifi.
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Sala T wrote a review Sept 2016
Mexico City, Mexico
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Overpriced Food and Not really enjoyable
Quality was okay

Staff was really Nice! The best Service we had in whole Tanzania. But unfortunately food didn't taste good...
Would not recommend it !
Sometimes you feel like a walking Atm in places like this
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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kooldom wrote a review Aug 2016
nj
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Walked over from pongwe bay resort for lunch at low tide. People were nice but didn't speak English well only Italian. They try hard but the food was just ok and service was pretty slow. Only three places to eat in the area so give it a shot!
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Date of stay: August 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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nitaloots wrote a review Mar 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
What a magical, unique place! Cannot be beaten with regards to location. Stepping right into the calm ocean from our balcony, the best cocktails made by friendly Noah, best views in Pongwe, not being incessantly harassed by 'beach boys'... but compared to other (higher ranked) resorts we stayed at, the food, drinks and city tax was excessively expensive.
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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susanna asked a question May 2018
Varese, Italy483 contributions96 helpful votes
Ciao. Qualcuno può gentilmente passarmi il sito web di questo hotel? Grazie
Orangelons wrote a tip Oct 2015
Mumbai, India31 contributions14 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid ocean front rooms during full moon periods"
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John G wrote a tip Jul 2015
Worthing, United Kingdom28 contributions52 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"East facing to get sunrise!"
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JenniM77 wrote a tip May 2015
Windhoek, Namibia17 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"the rock hotel only has 5 rooms, one family unit is about to happen!"
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Andrea W wrote a tip Sept 2014
Manchester, United Kingdom58 contributions32 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The beach house was great over looking the sea and close to the restaurant"
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R 1,867 - R 2,460 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zanzibar Rock Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Zanzibar Rock Resort?
Nearby attractions include Kiwengwa Beach (7.0 km), Uroa Bay (6.9 km), and Kiwengwa Caves (7.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Zanzibar Rock Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Zanzibar Rock Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Zanzibar Rock Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kambakocho Bar & Beach Restaurant, The Island - Pongwe Lodge Restaurant, and La Base JungleKite.
Does Zanzibar Rock Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Zanzibar Rock Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Zanzibar Rock Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Datch Excursions Zanzibar! (6.8 km).
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