The end of summer is already looming in the North hemisphere. Luckily I was able to spend a few relaxing and warm days in Zanzibar at the end of August, just before attending a conference in Dar Es Salaam.
I found bliss in a small lodge located on Sazani Beach located on the North East tip of the island.
Sazani Beach in Zanzibar at sunset
Only 10 rooms are available in the lodge which make the stay very intimate and peaceful.
Upon arrival, the manager Alif gave us a tour and the history of this lodge, the first built on this beach in 1996. He was often around to see if we were enjoying ourselves and help if needed, always remembering our names.
The lodge prides itself in its environment-friendly measures: for instance they use solar power to heat the water, and to provide electricity for lights, fans and electrical items. In concrete terms, we didn’t have hot water for the shower the first night we were there. To me this was not an issue but you’d better be warned 🙂
Second warning: you can only get wi-fi at the reception but that is a blessing in disguise because it compels you to disconnect and re-center on the present moment.
More information about Sazani Beach lodge hotel
- 12m² bedroom with private bathroom
- View on the sea
- Terrace shared with another bedroom
- Tea awaiting for us on that terrace in the morning
The restaurant serves Swahili spice fusion cuisine with local flavour, specializing in seafood and barbecues.
The menu for lunch and dinner changes everyday based on the fresh arrivals. They always make sure to offer 4 options per meal, including at least one fish, one meat and one veggie. At breakfast, they serve you a plate of various fruits (mango, lemon, bananas…), a juice, coffee or tea and cook eggs different ways based on your tastes. What a great way to start the day, enjoying the view over the sea!
Shrimps and avocado salad
Probably my fav part of the hotel after the room. Sandy floor and a number of cocktails made by an amazing barwoman! Open all day until 10 pm.
Although they are two adjacent hotels on the left and the right, Sazani Beach lodge is located in an area that is truly quiet. We hardly met anybody while walking down the beach!
The next door accomodation options are more conventional in the sense that you find there a swimming pool and some other activities fit for families. Sazani has a specific vibe that matches with honeymooners and tourists with simple needs.
You can book a massage at Sazani but I personally tried the Peponi spa of the next-door RAS Nungwi hotel. Approved!
Beach activities can also be arranged on Sazani Beach too.
The place is isolated from the Nungwi Village, a short taxi ride away or 20-minute walk east (better drive) where you’ll find the hustle and bustle of the restaurants and music bars and you’ll watch the sunset.
What I liked
- Perfect environment to slow down and relax
- Friendly personnel who made our stay special, a far cry from the resort-like mainstream hotels
- Food is incredibly tasty
- Great eco-friendly approach
What I liked less
- Payment process: it was booked via an external online booking site but the hotel sent an email almost three weeks before the arrival for 90 dollars to be paid via PayPal. As it wasn’t really explicit at the order, this seemed very much like a scam and required to contact the hotel, to double-check. Surely this can be improved.
- No window pane: the light goes through as soon as the sun rises (4.30 am when we were there).
Did you find this review useful? Would you stay at Sazani while in Zanzibar? Which other hotel would you recommend?