Ratings based on 49 Verified Reviews

4.1 out of 5
88% of guests recommend
3.9 Room cleanliness
4.3 Service & staff
3.6 Room comfort
3.5 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler

On the beach, rooms eh.

Posted Aug 22, 2015
Pros: The best part of the hotel was the bungalow where you took meals. It was right on the water and one of the nicer ones on the beach. I preferred to spe
Location: It's right on the beach so very convenient.
The rooms were mediocre. If they had slightly brighter lights, that would have been helpful in making it a bit more appealing. There were also lots of power outages and the generator either wasn't on or they didn't have one -- which also meant no running water to shower or flush toilets. It was a little too "budget". The staff was very nice. Flora the waitress was great and helpful. The location was also good.
4 out of 5
by Frank Davis from Mwanza, Tanzania

Great place to stay

Posted Apr 14, 2014 on Hotels
Very relaxing. Rooms were basic but clean. The staff and management were friendly and efficient. The food in the restaurant was fine and the menu changed daily. It's a quiet, peaceful location (just what we wanted) about an hour's drive from Stone Town. The beach is clean, though swimming isn't easy because of the tides. Would definitely stay here again.
4 out of 5
by B&L from Toronto

Great honeymoon destination

Posted Feb 24, 2014 on Hotels
My wife and I recently stayed here for two nights on our honeymoon. The location is wonderfully tranquil and the owners were very helpful. Wish we had more time to stay longer.
4 out of 5
by Swetha Balla from London

Great location and fantastic service!

Posted Oct 15, 2013 on Hotels
I loved the Twisted Palms. It is off a non-touristy beach which gives the feeling of having your own private beach. The place is run by an Italian couple who are very friendly. I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for somewhere quiet and affordable. The only problem is that it is a good 3 hours away from the tourist beaches and an hour from central Zanzibar. But all beaches are almost 1 to 2 hours away from the town centre anways.
1 out of 5
by Ted from Topsham, Devon, UK

A roof would be a good start

Posted Jan 5, 2013
Pros: The beach
Cons: Leaking roof over my bed
Location: On a long white sand beach stretching out as far as the eye can see on either side.
I would not recommend The Twisted Palms, despite it being on one of the world’s most perfect beaches. Almost all of the beach huts are actually up a steep hill the other side of a muddy road which are reached by a steep set of concrete steps, which are fairly lethal on the way down if they are wet. There was a huge tropical downpour on the one night I was there and the roof of my hut leaked, dripping water directly through the mosquito net onto the pillows and bed. When I mentioned it to the owners they shrugged their shoulders and did not seem alarmed. I know the charm of the place is its simplicity, but I don’t think it is overly fussy or bourgeois to expect a hotel to provide a roof over one’s head. The hotel is also subject to regular power cuts, which effectively stop all water supplies, meaning that a bucket of water has to be kept in the bathroom in the event of an outage. I would also mention the lighting both in the rooms and the restaurant, which was so poor it was almost impossible to read anywhere after dark. It may tell you a little about their attitude that the only viable place was just beneath the till. In addition, between packing at my last hotel and leaving the Twisted Palms, almost certainly en route between the two, I had money stolen. Once again I found the attitude of the owners to be disturbingly callous. The only practical assistance being to allow me to pay for the taxi they had booked my by credit card.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Atlanta, GA

Great relaxing stay without the usual hassles

Posted Aug 1, 2012
Pros: Staff and restaurant
Cons: the bathroom attached to the room, because there is no door, sometimes emits a slight sewage smell
Location: beautiful, well kept beach with very big tides, so swimming is only possible a couple of hours in the day. But a beautiful, isolated feel
A VERY relaxing stay at a part of this long beach that is quiet and largely devoid of annoyances often experienced on beaches in East Africa. The restaurant is usually superb with a menu that changes every day. The staff and the Italian managers of the place are professional and personable. Just wonderful. Visitors should note that this place is within a short distance of a number of other places on this strip of beach so even if there are no rooms available, going to its restaurant at least is worth the effort. In the end, highly recommended.
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Twisted Palms Lodge

Posted Jan 30, 2012 on Hotels
A wonderful little place, with lots of charme, the nicest staff, the sweetest owners and the most relaxing part of the beach. We were very satisfied and will definitely recommend it.
5 out of 5
for Couples
by A verified traveler from Exeter U.K

Fantastic location - great staff and owners

Posted Sep 16, 2011
Fantastic place to stay, not the sterile 5 star resort many stay at but a true paradise in i east Zanzibar beach region.Owners and staff were fantastic and most helpful, food great even for a vegetarian like me. Please stay here if you want to relax and experience true perfection in tranquility,hospitality and price.
5 out of 5
for Families
by A verified traveler from Cwmbran, Wales, UK

Simple paradise in tune with local community

Posted Aug 22, 2011
Laura and Renato have created a superb, back to basics beach lodge which also appeases my eco-tourism yearnings. Their description is honest and accurate, so if you want a simple no-frills beach holiday right on a paradise beach, this is the perfect place. The rooms are right on the beach - we didn't need to wear shoes, except for leaving the lodge, all week. The rooms are beautifully rustic and traditional, with mosquito nets (rooms were sprayed in the evening too). Nothing in Africa is built to perfection, but that is the charm. Very comfortable beds, furniture mostly made out of rough wood (this is the 'Twisted' Palms). Bathroom basic and functional. The restaurant serves simple but excellent and tasty food, usually fresh from the locals who fish directly off the beach. The Zanzibarians are lovely people, very friendly, but poor in comparison to the lodgers, so tip! The lodge is nominally guarded by some Maasai in traditional dress, but in reality there is little risk. The Maasai usually end up playing football on the beach in the evening, in lieu of anything much better to do. Go to see the Colobus monkeys in the Jozani forest - they are fantastic. The snorkeling and SCUBA is excellent too, but I would go on an organised trip to a lagoon, where the waters are deep around the reef and go at a time of day so that the tide doesn't create a strong current. Don't go to an up-market hotel, Twisted Palms is far, far better and you will feel more in touch with Zanzibar :-)
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Buckinghamshire

Zanzibar - beautiful seas!

Posted Jul 25, 2009
My husband and I stayed in one of the beach front huts in July for 14 days. The room was simple & spacious. The bedding was clean, changed every other day. The room was sprayed for insects every night and the bed made up. A major criticism of the resort was the shower. The water trickled out, ran out completely, wasnt working or was cold. We had 2 days of hot water in total. We spoke to the owners daily about the shower and they did their best to appease us but this became a major encumbrance. The resort is set back from a beautiful beach front with the wonderful constant sound of the ocean, sea breeze and friendly staff, including the reassuring Masai security. Whilst the menu choice was limited, the food was freshly prepared and cooked well.There was no meat on the menu, cold drinks occasionally and no ice.The resort may be limited by generator power, storage may have been a problem. On our first night we were warned not to walk to the north past the Sunrise resort as men with machetes hide in wait in the bushes ready to rob you of watches, cameras etc. We did not hear of any problems whilst we were there but the advice was welcome.Hosts, Laura and Renato were friendly, arranged transfers from the airport and excursions. We went on the dolphin trip twice which was amazing to see wild dolphins below us whist snorkelling in the sea. Recommend the dive school at the nearby hotel Breezes run by Paul Shepherd. A friendly no frills resort ideal if you are travelling on a budget