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 Travelers’ Choice Award 2014

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


“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 Travelers’ 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.


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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Aquarius Divers at Ras Nungwi

We extend a warm welcome to Aquarius Divers, the new name for the PADI five star dive centre at Ras Nungwi, once more under the direct control of Ras Nungwi management. As one of the few hotels in Zanzibar to have it’s own in-house diving and watersports operation, originally established in 1996, we are able to offer a seamless, professional and high quality range of marine activities to our guests.

Aquarius Divers is staffed by a team of experienced professionals including two instructors and one dive master. In addition to scuba diving at over 20 dive sites, the centre also offers dive courses from beginner to dive master level, snorkelling, sailing dhow cruises, kayaking and big game fishing.

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TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2013

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

Now in its eleventh year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ 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 Travelers’ 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 Travelers’ Choice winners.”

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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012

We are pleased to announce that for the second year running, TripAdvisor has awarded Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel the prestigious Certificate of Excellence award, recognising our 4.5 rating as an exceptional achievement.

Of course, we are very proud of the award, and most grateful to all our guests who have taken the time to review us on TripAdvisor.

If you have stayed at Ras Nungwi and would like to share your experience, please fill out the form below. Thank you!

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New Ras Nungwi Special Offers

We are delighted to announce two new special offers, both applicable on certain dates during the months of March, April and June 2012, and subject to limited availability.

Dine, Sail & Spa

Stay a minimum of five nights from $110 per person per night and receive the following complimentary services, valued at up to $250 per person:

  • One four-course beach dinner per stay at the Ubora Restaurant & Bar.
  • One private sunset dhow cruise per stay
  • One spa treatment per stay at the hotel’s Peponi Spa.

This package is available to all but ideally suited to couples who can indulge in a candle-lit beach dinner, relaxing spa treatment and romantic private sunset dhow cruise, with the option to join a Zanzibar Seafari full day excursion instead of taking the private dhow cruise.

Relax, Refresh & Rejuvenate

If you want maximum relaxation with the opportunity to truly de-stress in peaceful and beautiful surroundings, look no further than our Relax, Refresh & Rejuvenate spa package. Stay a minimum of three nights from $150 per person per night and choose a daily treatment from a range of 18 available at the Peponi Spa.

Full terms and conditions, and details of other great special offers, can be viewed here.

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Weddings in Paradise

Ras Nungwi is an ideal beach wedding venue and we take great pleasure in arranging small, unique and intimate occasions that will provide a lifetime of amazing memories. With the turquoise Indian Ocean and white-sanded beach providing a stunning natural backdrop, our tropical paradise is perfect for wedding parties ranging from 2 to 30 people.

Whether it’s a religious or civil ceremony, or a renewal of vows, we have the wedding planning expertise and experience to make your special day a truly wonderful one. All weddings at Ras Nungwi are tailor-made with a degree of flexibility and attention to detail only possible at a small boutique property.

All paperwork from registrar to certificate is arranged for you, meaning that you can concentrate on enjoying what is a truly exciting and romantic time. The marriage certificate issued in Zanzibar is recognised worldwide.

A huge range of options are available including delicious canapés, champagne and cocktails from the hotel’s Ubora Restaurant & Bar. Dining choices include candle-lit beach dinners for two or larger celebrations with family and friends. We can also make arrangements for flowers, hair and makeup, photography, spa and beauty treatments, live music and more. Our highly individual approach means that your wedding will be unique and all about you.

We often recommend, subject to budget, that our Ocean Suite be booked for the wedding ceremony and reception. It is luxurious, spacious and private, and also makes for the perfect honeymoon retreat. Another option is to exchange your vows on a traditional sailing dhow before returning to the hotel for a reception on land! Whatever your preference, we are here to make your wedding day a truly special and unique occasion.

Please contact us for more information and a tailor-made wedding quotation.

Photos by Aisha Gothey

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Ras Nungwi refreshed

We are delighted to announce that Ras Nungwi opened its doors for the new season yesterday after two months of substantial renovations and maintenance work. The hotel is looking lovely and we are very pleased with our beautiful new roofs, much improved kitchen and revitalised gardens.

The hotel is completely refreshed, as are the management and staff, and we look forward to welcoming you to our piece of paradise.

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Preparing for the new season

Zanzibar’s wet season is well and truly upon us and Ras Nungwi is closed for the months of April and May. A huge amount of maintenance work is being done to refresh and renew the hotel in preparation for our next season.

Notably, the makuti (palm thatch) roofs over the hotel’s main areas and sea view rooms are being rebuilt and freshly thatched and the work that is already completed is beautiful! A lot of skill and manpower is going into this project and its progress is truly a marvel to observe. This level of work is only done every ten years although simple re-thatching is generally done every five years.

Big improvements are being made to our kitchen, whilst the garden, helped by the seasonal rains, is being prepared for our next season.

During the closure, our staff have a chance to take a well-earned break, normally a month in length, taken in two groups. The other month is used for training and helping out with all the essential closed season tasks at the hotel.

We look forward to welcoming you to Ras Nungwi for the new season commencing 1 June 2011.

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