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Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa – Zanzibar

By July 28, 2015April 20th, 2017Travel + Culture

Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge and Spa

During the summer months, I have ample time away from the daily duties, so exploration and discovery are always on the horizon. Living in Abu Dhabi, puts me in the center of everything it seems; some of the world’s most attractive places are within reach. For summer of 2015, avant-garde seemed to proceed my location preferences. The hunt began and I ultimately landed in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Zanzibar is “a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. On its main island, Unguja, familiarly called Zanzibar, is Stone Town, a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic influences“.

Because of its climate and tropical feel, Zanzibar is a popular tourist destination within African, European, and the Middle Eastern communities. This growing and ever diverse travel population seek comfort and paradise within the same package.

Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa offers travelers a piece of island greatness nestled within a village in Bububu.

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Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa is an established lodge community built within the historic Chuini Ruins and is owned and managed by a lovely couple, Fritz and Rose.

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First impressions

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Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa was my first stop after landing in Zanzibar. Transport from Zanzibar International Airport was arranged by the lodge and provided by Swahili Family Tours. The ride from the airport was about 25 minutes, with a colorful route through the bustling villages; down paved and unpaved roads.  Upon arrival to the gated community, I was warmly greeted by property manager, Heike and one of the members of the security team. I was given a tour of the property and took care of the incidentals with one of the Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa team members.

While taking in the beauty of my surroundings, I refreshed myself with a house blend juice.

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Grounds:

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The grounds are impressive. I liked that the grounds at Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa had a natural appearance. While they were neatly manicured, they weren’t “done”. Sometimes resorts and the like can go overboard with precision which disturbs the natural beauty. The Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa has done a fantastic job maintaining an organic appearance.

Amenities

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Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa offers:

  • unspoiled beaches
  • ocean swimming
  • swimming pools
  • relaxing spa treatments
  • home cooked meals
  • open-air cinema
  • games/pool tables
  • planetarium
  • complementary wifi in common areas
  • access to off campus excursions with local guides

Personality & Comfort:

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Space and privacy are two of the first things I noticed about the bungalows at Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa. I’ve slept in so many hotels worldwide and ample space is one variable that I like most. The bungalows are outfitted with a front porch with a table and plenty of seating. This is the perfect place to have coffee in the mornings or enjoy the sunset in the evenings. The interior has traditional African wood detailing, plush seating, closets, desk, and a generous bed with proper mosquito netting. The rustic feel aligns perfectly with the quiet setting, and exceptionally calm aura.

Recommendation

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Because Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa passed the “Reginia’s Burger Test”, it comes highly recommended by me; kidding, not kidding. You know a good burger goes a long way with me, but the lodge has so much more to offer. What ranks high at this location are peace and tranquility. When I arrived, I was at the top of the stress-o-meter. I really didn’t know if I was coming and going with tasks on my plate a mile high. Being able to unplug, disconnect from the constant pressures of social media, emails, and a high-stress 9-5, poolside at the lodge and a relaxing massage at the spa gave me exactly what I needed.

Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa can be enjoyed by all. However, if you’re seriously looking for a lounge community, personal attention, home-cooked meals, and natural touches, this is exactly what you’re looking for. Seeing the owners engage with the patrons throughout the day and having breakfast with us each morning was an impeccable level of service.

If you’re looking for a hotel in Zanzibar, but unclear of where to start, add Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa to the top of your list.

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