Ratings based on 4 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.0 out of 5
5.0 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
3.8 Room comfort
4.0 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
2 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from UK

Hakuna Matata Beach & Spa Hotel, Zanzibar

Posted Sep 22, 2014
Pros: The location, private beach and small pool, and the staff.
Cons: Menu and quality of the food and public areas would benefit from a 'makeover'.
Location: Overlooking the sea with access to a private beach in a small bay.
A well located small hotel adjacent to the beach 15 km north of Zanzibar Town (Stonetown) off the main track. Supposedly had a 4 star rating but did not have the facilities - No TV/radio, no fridge, no tea/coffee making facilities in the room. Restaurant menu very restricted with few choices for lunch and only one choice for dinner! Lack of character in public areas.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Gloucester, UK

Relaxing, romantic and right next to the beach

Posted Sep 21, 2014
Pros: The food, the atmosphere, the spa and massages prior to our flights on the last day. The sunsets, the swimming, and our private balcony..
Cons: I cannot fault any aspect of our stay, save that nobody knew how to work the telescope!
Location: Very well placed for Stonetown and easy journey to Jozani forest and the beaches of the East or North. Also well located for Prison and Grave Islands.
Our five nights at Hakuna Matata were amongst the most comfortable and relaxed we have spent abroad. From the welcome drink on arrival to the daily assortment of flowers strewn around the bungalow every last detail was cared for. The onsite excursion desk arranged our numerous activities in Zanzibar, from sunset cruise to tour of historic Stonetown, and were accommodating and understanding when we provided our own agenda. The lodge itself shows so much attention to detail, and being sited amongst the historic ruins meant romantic nights in the Sultan's minaret or swimming in the (refurbished) old baths were daily activities. Our private beach was the setting for morning and evening swims, and walks during the day when the tide was out, as well as memorable dinners. The food is exquisite and again the attention to detail is obvious. The staff are friendly and welcoming without being obtrusive. All in all I do not have enough good to say about Hakuna Matata and would recommend this beach lodge and spa to anybody staying in Zanzibar. We had initially considered staying for one night on arrival due to its proximity to Stonetown and the airport before relocating to one of the resorts in the North or East but having visited those areas on excursions I can honestly say we lacked nothing by being on the West coast, and had the added benefit of seeing stunning sunsets every evening. Not only this but our relatively central location meant the whole island was within our reach.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler

This traveler left a rating score only Posted Jul 28, 2014 on Hotels.com
5 out of 5
for Couples
by A verified traveler

This place is fantastic

Posted Apr 14, 2014
Pros: Location, food, staff, views, everything is absolutely charming.
Cons: Add screen doors to the bungalows for a little better cross ventilation.
Location: All the interests of Zanzibar are a short drive away, and the beach is right on your doorstep.
Can't say enough about Hakuna Matata. Fritz and Rose are just a delight to chat with, helpful, and friendly. They treat you like family. They treat their staff that way too, which we really respect and appreciate. The location is perfect, close enough to Stonetown to get their quickly by cab, but charming and quiet in the mornings and evenings. The beach is a stones throw away, and the little tidal bay in front is an endlessly fascinating focal point. You can't imagine a better place to watch the sun set. H-M isn't cheap as places go, but I personally think it is a good value for the money, given the quality and level of service. We ate breakfast and dinner at the lodge each day. Breakfast menu is pretty limited if you are there for several days, but the dinners are fantastic every single night. You basically get what is being served, but be assured it will be top notch.