Mnarani Beach Cottages is a small, locally owned beach lodge, near the village of Nungwi on the northern tip of Zanzibar Island. It is located on the eastern ridge of the village beyond the Lighthouse, along pristine unspoilt beaches, just over an hours drive from Zanzibars International Airport. Mnarani means Lighthouse in Swahili and this one is the oldest in the whole Zanzibar Resort, built in 1886 and it is still in operation.
Mnarani Beach Cottages is an intimate bungalow retreat, where you can enjoy your lazy days by the sea, fresh local and continental dining and the simple comfort of local hospitality and island life. Privately nestled in a cove near the tip of Nungwi, it provides its guests with a quiet location, with the guarantee of a peaceful, crowd-free beach which is perfect for relaxation.
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Accommodation at Mnarani Beach Cottages
There are 17 comfortable rooms at Mnarani Beach Cottages, situated along sandy paths in the greenery. They're all en-suite with hot water and mosquito nets.
The 12 standard makuti-thatched cottages are small, arranged in pairs and face the sea. They are furnished in simple Zanzibar style and are decorated with fresh blue, pink and white shades. If you're into star signs, you'll enjoy the names of these rooms.
The four new apartments are more spacious and are recommended for couples or families, since the children can sleep downstairs in the lounge and the adults upstairs (in an open-air bedroom). They have a kitchen and one downstairs bathroom
There's also a romantic wooden honeymoon cottage called Mahaba House. It is situated at the edge of the property for privacy and has its own garden and access to the beach. Mahaba is an open-plan, double-storey cottage. There's a kitchenette and sitting room (with cushions on the coir floors and hammocks for lazing) on the ground floor, which leads out onto a large balcony (great for relaxing over sundowners). The bathroom has both a bath and shower (uncommon in Zanzibar). Upstairs is an airy bedroom with a large bed decorated in local style with wooden floors and reed matting covering the walls. Its open to the seabreeze. If you can't go without music, no matter how much you love the sound of the ocean, there's a CD player.
Dining at Mnarani Beach Cottages
One thing about Zanzibar is that they love their seafood, and Mnarani Beach Cottages restaurant reflects this.
Their fish is freshly caught every morning, and comes from the local fish market or direct from local fishermen, which is then prepared for you in traditional Swahili style. If you are lucky enough to catch your own fish, take it to the chef yourself, he will gladly prepare your own catch in whichever way you like it most combined with island spice.
If fish dishes are not your strong point, there are plenty of meat and vegetarian options in their menu to keep your satisfied all day and saying Chakula kizuri sana (the food is very nice) alongside fresh fruits and salads with flavours that might spoil you forever.
Mnarani Beach Cottages also boasts a small bar set among the doum palms at one side of the lodge. Its a great place to relax in the evenings and learn to play bao, a traditional game in Zanzibar that you have to try.
Mnarani Beach Cottages Attractions
Conveniently nearby all the activities offered in the Nungwi area, you wont find yourself short of things to do, and because they are the only lodge development for kilometers on either side, you'll enjoy space and peace, away from the crowds. However if your taste is for more energetic activities, divers will appreciate their close proximity to the Mnemba Atoll.
The beach at Mnarani Beach Cottages is a coral lagoon, changing with the tides as well as the seasons, providing you with one of the finest white sand beaches in the Indian Ocean, where the art of doing nothing on a beautiful beach is one that Nassor Ali and his staff are keen to cultivate.
Mnarani Beach Cottages Activities
Diving trips to Mnemba Atoll can be arranged with Nungwi operators.
Mnarani has a dhow to take you snorkelling or deep-sea fishing (kingfish, tuna, marlin).
You can walk along the beach to see the local dhow builders, friendly people in the village and the fishing market.
Visit Mnarani Aquarium.
Laze about on a sun lounges or hammocks on the beach.
Traveler Rating: 4.8 (out of 5)
Current reviews - 5 posted
Great place & lots of fun
Author: Luke Hatsie
Posted: Tuesday, June 05 2012, 08:35:35
This is a very late review. I stayed at this great hotel in March while I was traveling solo and plan on returning this March again. Food was excellent. Breakfast was satisfying. Staff were wonderful and the accommodation, was quite nice. Because this hotel is not HUGE, compared to many of the other big resorts in the area, we got to know many of the guests and had a grand time. It was like home away from home. Not perfect, a few "bugs" here and there, but it was the staff and guests that made my trip most memorable. So looking forward to returning to Mnarani Beach.
mnarani perfect holiday
Author: Rose Mok
Posted: Tuesday, June 05 2012, 08:43:25
We spent 5day's at mnarani at the beginning from January. We absolutely loved it. We defnitly going back. We just wanted a place to relax and relax. And thats all what we did. We relaxed. I loved reading in the hammock's, hubby love reading in front of our standard sea view room, the view is absolutely stunning!!! staff friendly. Yes rooms small, but what more do you need. we loved it and the view,sea is the most beautiful place on earth!!! we loved it!!!!!!!!!!!
Excellent charming resort with an amazing personality
Author: Jacques Palmer
Posted: Tuesday, June 05 2012, 08:46:07
This is a fantastic hotel above and beyond of what we thought. Me and my wife stayed for 10 days in November 2011 and had the most incredible time! I highly reccommend this hotel
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