Fire at Ras Nungwi

It is with great sadness that we announce that Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel has been extensively damaged by a fire. The fire started at neighbouring Sazani Beach Lodge on the morning of 4 February 2017, and stoked by strong winds, engulfed our hotel causing catastrophic damage. Mercifully, everyone was evacuated without injury, thanks in large part to the dedicated efforts of the hotel’s management and staff.

Ras Nungwi is a much-loved, award-winning hotel established some 20 years ago and we are devastated by this great loss. It is going to take some time to finalise the details, but we plan to rebuild the hotel as soon as possible. Thank you for the kind messages of sympathy and support. It means a lot to us.

If you have a reservation at Ras Nungwi, we will be in contact but if you have questions in the meantime, please do get in touch. Email is probably the best form of communication as our office facilities were also destroyed.

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Pack for a Purpose

We have been working with Pack for a Purpose for the past few years and during that time, the Nungwi Nursery School has benefited tremendously from the generosity of numerous travellers to the island. These visitors have seen the massive value in using spare space in their luggage to directly benefit the community they are visiting.

We have assisted the school for many years by paying the salaries of a number of teachers and providing clean water from the hotel’s water tanker. The school, which is attended by most of the village’s young children, is desperately short of supplies, and Pack for a Purpose was the perfect complement to our existing efforts. Many of the hotel’s staff members come from the local community and the school not only provides an early education for its pupils, but also frees up many adults to undertake jobs in the island’s growing tourism industry and elsewhere.

Very notably, Anton and Nina Storey from Dubai first found out about Pack for a Purpose when they visited Zanzibar on holiday. They very kindly brought much-needed educational supplies for the school in their luggage and were very keen to visit the school and meet the teachers and their pupils.

They were moved by what they saw and on their return to Dubai, they started speaking with friends and colleagues about their experience and began a collection that was so large it wasn’t going to fit in anyone’s luggage! In total, the collection weighed a massive 114 kg and had to be shipped here by air. Anton and Nina plan to continue collecting supplies for this very worthy cause and their generosity and commitment must be applauded.  This wonderful introduction between the Storeys and the school was made possible by Pack for a Purpose and is the beginning of a very happy and beneficial friendship that will hopefully last well into the future.

We continue to encourage our guests and other visitors to Zanzibar to Pack for a Purpose whether it be in every outgoing email we send, or on the hotel’s website.  All hotel guests at Ras Nungwi who go on a Nungwi Village Tour get to visit Nungwi Nursery School and the hard work and passion of the teachers is clear for everyone to see. It’s also increasingly apparent that the kindness of visitors who donate supplies to the school is truly having a big impact, and this is very much appreciated.

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TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2016

We are excited to announce that Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel ranked number 3 in the Top 10 Hotels in Tanzania this year in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards. This represents our best ranking ever. We were also ranked as one of Africa’s top hotels in the same awards, achieving a ranking of 16. A massive thank you to our fantastic guests who left us reviews over the past year. Without them, and the hard work of our dedicated staff, this wouldn’t have been possible.

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The winners were based on millions of reviews collected during 2015 from TripAdvisor users worldwide.

The awards, given out over the last 14 years, recognize more than 7,000 properties in 97 countries. The hotels are judged based on service, quality and value.

“Travellers considering their next trip can book confidently selecting from these award-winners that have already delighted millions of members of the TripAdvisor community,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, in a written statement.

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Latest special offer

This great new special deal offers excellent value for money. For stays between now and 22 December 2015 and 10 January to 31 March 2016 , we are offering the following, applicable to all room types:

• Pay 3 nights, stay 4 nights

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This special offer is subject to limited availability, cannot be used in conjunction with other special offers and applies to new bookings only.

Please click here for details on this and other unmissable deals at Ras Nungwi.

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Healing Earth Spa at Ras Nungwi

Our Peponi Spa is operated by Healing Earth, a premium spa brand inspired by Africa’s ancient energy, healing traditions and natural richness. 100% organic and sustainable, treatments combine unique blends of indigenous botanical and essential oils, herbs, plants and seeds to harness the wealth of knowledge immersed in Africa’s traditional healing remedies.

Some of the signature treatments available at Ras Nungwi include:

Facial Ceremonies
Reveal your inner beauty and achieve optimal results through the use of our custom tailored skin care ceremonies and advanced treatment procedures. Healing Earth facial treatments incorporate specific massage techniques combined with a botanical blend of natural ingredients, herbal poultices, hot stones and jade crystals.

Massage Rituals
Pamper yourself with a range of treatments, including the Nungwi Hot Stone Celebration, a combination of powerful antioxidant oils and traditional hot stone massage techniques. This indulgent ritual is the ultimate source of relaxation for the mind, body and soul. Another perennial favourite is Couples Indulgence, a full body and scalp massage for two, using only the finest aromatherapy oils, done in the comfort and serenity of our couples treatment room. Choose from relaxing, uplifting, detoxing or hydrating.

Body Journeys
The Healing Earth Body Wrap and Polish is a particular treat – Neutralise, and combat stress and fatigue by encapsulating your body in one of our Healing Earth Body Wraps. This antioxidant treatment will help boost circulation and the immune system. The treatment begins with our signature body polish followed by a wrap such as:

  • Coffee, Cinnamon & Orange Cellu-Low Treatment
  • Kalahari Melon Hydrating Treatment
  • Pinotage Vine Envelopment

Hand and Foot Treatments
Why not spoil yourself with an African Footprint Ritual pedicure and African Handprint Ritual manicure.

A range of day packages and waxing treatments are also available. Our experienced, qualified spa therapists would be delighted to pamper you with these and many other sublime treatments when you visit Ras Nungwi. Please click here to download our spa menu.

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TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2015

Ras Nungwi has once again been chosen as a winner in the ‘Top Hotels’ category by TripAdvisor in its 2015 Travellers’ Choice® awards, placing it in the top 10 hotels in Tanzania. Travellers’ Choice® awards take into account the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and opinions and traveller ratings specific to each award category. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice® winners are remarkable service, quality and value.

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Travellers’ Choice® award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide and are generally awarded to the top 1% of all hotels on TripAdvisor. “These awards recognise the finest hotels across the globe, according to those that really matter – the guests themselves” commented James Kay, TripAdvisor spokesperson, “And with the ability to research, compare prices and book all on TripAdvisor, travellers looking to stay at a Travellers’ Choice® winner can still grab a great deal.”

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We are delighted with our award. Thank you to all our lovely guests who have made this possible!

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Ras Nungwi and the local community

At Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel, we support our local community in various ways including financial assistance for the village nursery school and Labayka Development Fund, an NGO that assists the villagers through a number of initiatives. Other support from Ras Nungwi includes local employment and buying fish, fruit and vegetables from village suppliers whenever possible.

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TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2014

Once again, Ras Nungwi has been chosen as a winner in the ‘Top Hotels’ category by TripAdvisor in its 2014 Travellers’ Choice® awards, placing it in the top 10 hotels in the Tanzania. Travellers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the reviews and opinions of TripAdvisor travellers around the globe.

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“We’re excited to recognize the world’s best properties, based on the opinions of those who know them best – the millions of travelers around the globe who come to TripAdvisor to share their experiences,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “For those seeking inspiration for their 2014 travel planning, this list of spectacular accommodations that received 2014 Travellers’ Choice awards is a perfect place to start.”

We are thrilled with our award and very grateful to our wonderful guests who have taken the time to review us on TripAdvisor. Thank you!

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Ras Nungwi chef wins competition

Congratulations to James Jackson, our Senior Sous Chef, who won this year’s Chef Competition at the Zanzibar Beach and Watersports Festival. The competition was open to Zanzibarian and Tanzanian chefs working in Zanzibar, and consisted of three rounds. A ‘Masterchef’ cook-off format was used and chefs were judged on a wide range of cooking techniques. Many of Zanzibar’s top hotels were represented by 20 contestants including chefs from Baraza, Sea Cliff, The Residence, Gemma Dell’ Est, Spice Island Resort, Mnemba Island Lodge and Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort.

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The management and staff at Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel are extremely proud of James’ achievement in this competition. James started working at Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel as a Chef de Partie four years ago and has proven himself to be a highly skilled chef, eager to learn, and exceptionally creative.

Ras Nungwi’s Ubora Restaurant and Bar, offering cuisine inspired largely by the region, blends perfectly with its surroundings. Using modern and up to date culinary trends, the cuisine focuses on the abundance of organic fruit and vegetables grown on the island while fresh fish and seafood takes pride of place on ever changing menus that take advantage of the fresh produce sourced and delivered daily to the hotel kitchen.

If you have dined at Ubora and would like to share your experience, please feel free to review us on Trip Advisor.

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TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2013

Ras Nungwi has been chosen as a winner in the ‘Top Hotels – Tanzania’ category by TripAdvisor in its 2013 Travellers’ Choice® awards.

Now in its eleventh year, the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards honour the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Unlike any other hotel honours, TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

We are delighted with our award and grateful to our wonderful guests who have taken the time to review us on TripAdvisor.

“TripAdvisor is once again thrilled to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels with the help of more than 75 million reviews and opinions from travelers around the globe,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “From the best bargain hotels to top luxury properties, outstanding service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travellers’ Choice winners.”

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