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Filao Beach Resort by Sansi

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7.8

Fair (105 ratings)

Chwaka, Tanzania - 

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3.5 km Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park

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5.5 km Uroa Beach

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6.5 km Marumbi Beach

Hotel Overview

Filao Beach Resort, located in Chwaka, is a destination that has garnered a range of opinions from guests who have stayed there. This resort aims to offer a memorable experience close to the serene and beautiful coastline. Based on user reviews, here is a structured analysis of the positives and negatives experienced by the guests.

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Hotel highlights

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  1. Beachfront Location: Guests have applauded its prime position right on the beach, providing expansive sea views and easy access to the beach.
  2. Friendly Staff: The staff's warm and welcoming attitude has been frequently highlighted, making guests feel at home.
  3. Dining Experience: The resort has received praise for its variety of food options, particularly its fresh seafood, enhancing the dining experience.
  4. Comfortable Rooms: Many have found the rooms to be comfortable and well-equipped, catering to guests' needs for relaxation.
  5. Peaceful Environment: Its location away from crowded areas has been appreciated for the peace and tranquility it offers, perfect for a serene getaway.
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Area for improvement

  1. Maintenance Issues: Some visitors have mentioned maintenance problems in their rooms and around the resort premises, affecting their overall experience.
  2. Wi-Fi Connectivity: Complaints about poor Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the resort have been common, impacting those needing constant internet access.
  3. Pricey: A few guests have found the resort to be on the expensive side, particularly when considering the value for money.
  4. Limited Entertainment Options: The lack of entertainment and recreational activities within the resort has been a point of criticism for some.
  5. Isolated Location: While the serene location is a plus for many, others have found its isolation to be a drawback, particularly when looking for local attractions or eateries outside the resort.

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Extra beds/cribs

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Breakfast included

Free WiFi

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Total 105 Reviews

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RateScore is average rating from most popular providers

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8.0

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7.4

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71 Reviews

8.0 / 10

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expedia

34 Reviews

7.4 / 10

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Words are aggregated from hotel reviews across the web and listed by the most mentions.

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Nature was mentioned 41 times

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Daniel Glenn5 months ago
4/5Google icon

Filao is a super nice place with super friendly people. They let themselves down a little with a few things, like: - their reservation system had not worked, so we didn't get the rooms we'd booked, and we had to wait a few days to get into the right rooms. - we had booked all inclusive with alcohol, but the hotel said not, and we had to go back and forth between travel agent and hotel - no hand towels provided in rooms. (There are beach and bath towels, but nothing else to dry hands on. - water pressure was low in the "citrus rooms" and shower broke in 1 room - the hotel advertises "free trip over the bay" to their sister resort on Wednesdays and Fridays, but in turns out only max 1e guests can take the free boat, and it was already booked, so we had to pay for our own boat ride across. No problem, but don't advertise something less than 20% of your guests can take advantage of! They made up for these things through the hospitality and good nature of the staff. Rooms were clean. Bottled water provided daily in rooms. Some great celebration nights and some activities for those that want to participate. They did a couple of fires on the beach too. None of them went on too late into the early hours. The pool in fine, but was a bit warm for my taste! (We were there in peak temperatures though - late Dec). The bar area overlooking the sea is fantastic and cooled by the breeze. The beach is picturesque but not great for swimming: when the tide is in you can swim but it never gets deep, and there is lots of seaweed floating in this area. The Massai tribesmen look after security and were also very friendly and helpful. The place does feel safe. The food was pretty good. Dinner and lunch better than breakfast in my opinion, but there were always fresh pancakes, and sometimes an omelette station. Always fresh fruit, water juice. The bar is great, with the cocktails fine. Often served in pint glasses, and the alcohol strength varies wildly depending on who makes it so keep an eye on your alcohol consumption! The hotel has an on-site tour arranger who we didn't actually use. There is no shop there, although the Masai sell souvenirs, and there is a small shop I a hut next door on the beach called Gucci 😀 that has some clothes, flip flops, artwork etc. There is also a little restaurant there, but you need to pre-order the day before, as it is not a busy place - but we got some good fish and octopus there. Would I go back? Yes, because I have now reset my initial expectations around some of the amenities and customer service one expects from a European tourist destination, and focus more on the different and superior qualities of a holiday in Zanzibar: nature, people, relaxation.

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Chandre Pasquale3 years ago
4/5Google icon

Staff most helpful and friendly. Everyone, from reception, kitchen to roomservice was very kind and went out of their way to make our stay pleasant. The all inclusive package does cover as much as you can eat and drink, although the breakfast menu could change every other day. A bit monotonous. Scenery sublime, and if you are not going on a trip out for the day, the swimming pool is just as pleasant . It was also nice to have a spa at the resort. The garden is well kept and the lighs at night gives you a slight romantic feel. Entertainent is twice a week. Dinner and show on saturdays and Masai Show on wednesday. Nice to give us a feel of the culture in zanzibar. Rooms clean and neat, but unfortunately the beach is not good to swim in, the water very far out during low tide and during high just a bunch of seaweed, but the surrounding islands, especially Paradise island makes up for this. Lastly I'd like to thank the staff, especially James, Zawadee, Heska, Leon, Alexia and everyone else whose names I cannot remember, for an unforgettable experience. Not forgetting Solomon/ Suleiman for all the transport arrangements, infact all arrangements regarding whatever we needed. Keep it up guys. It will take me a lifetime to forget my holiday in Zanzibar Oops, I almost forgot to mention the Masai, so helpful, and you cannot help but feel safe with around patrolling the premises at night

Hotel Quality

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General Info

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Total number of rooms 18

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What's nearby

Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park

3.5 km

Uroa Beach

5.5 km

Marumbi Beach

6.5 km

Pingwe Beach

43.5 km

Michamvi Kae Beach

43.5 km

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Airports Nearby

Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ)

26.5 km

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Restaurants

The Rock

27.5 km

Kae Beach Bar

30.5 km

Jetty bar @ paradise beach resort

2 km

Zanzi Bar

2 km

The Gong Club

27.5 km

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Prices Around Property

Average Daily Costs Per Person

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Bottle of water 1.5L

$0.4 - $0.4

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Coffee

$1 - $3.6

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Beer 0.5L

$1.1 - $1.4

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Meal, inexpensive restaurant

$2.9 - $10

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Public transport, one-way ticket

$0.2 - $2.2

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Taxi 1km (normal tariff)

$0.5 - $0.7

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Meal for 2 people, mid-range restaurant, three-course

$21.7 - $35

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Bottle of mid-range wine

$4.3 - $10.8

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McMeal at McDonalds

$3.6 - $4.3

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Coke/Pepsi 0.33L

$0.4 - $1.1

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Gasoline (1 liter)

$0.9 - $1.1

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Mobile phone monthly plan

$10.8 - $10.8

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Fitness club, monthly fee

$18.1

Weather In Chwaka

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Traffic around property

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Few vehicles on the road, relaxed and stress-free driving experience.

House Rules

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Check in after 14:00

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Check out until 11:00

Children welcome

No pets

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