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Diamonds Gemma D'ell Este

This is one of Zanzibar’s largest hotels.  Although it does offer a lovely cheap rate on all its room categories, the ambience and European-party induced character it has adopted make it reason to look elsewhere if you are after some sort of peace.  In fairness to the designers, the rooms are well hidden from the bulk of the property but once you’re at your room, you are evidently in one of many large blocks.  If you are looking for a big hotel, we much prefer to use Breezes which offers a better quality product at about the same price.

Diamonds Gemma dell Este - The Facts 


Diamonds is located on the north west of Zanzibar about an hour’s drive from Stone town, which is a 20 minute flight from Dar es Salaam.

This hotel is one of the recent, goliath hotels that have begun to spring up in the northern parts of Zanzibar.  The hotel is made up of around 150 rooms, all with air conditioning and traditional Zanzibari interiors.  It is located on the north western peninsular of Zanzibar on arguably the best beach that there is.  The benefit of being over on this side is that the tide does not retreat as far as on the east coast, and you can watch the sun setting as opposed to rising.

The main area, central to everything, is made up of three interconnecting pools and a restaurant/cafe on stilts over the water.  Food is a central theme in the hotel with a pizzeria, an a la carte restaurant and a the main restaurant.  With a good dive operation and a beach that stretches for miles there are also plenty of water activities to consider. An option to consider after a long safari.
 

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Guide Price: $285 per person
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