Highlights: Quite a few really. The Rufiji river trip was superb, as was the snorkelling off Mnemba Island. Beach and reef at Breezes were amazing.
Second time on Zanzibar and we really enjoyed ourselves again. As a tropical holiday destination is has a lot to offer and we are amazed that it hasn't yet been 'discovered' by the British! Beaches, swimming, snorkelling are brilliant but if you're after a European 5* experience you'd probably be better off in the Caribbean. I really enjoyed the banter with the beach boys - lots of tourists don't - but they're really useful for sorting out trips etc. Stone Town was a particular favourite but snorkelling off Mnemba was outstanding.
Great location, though some might find it a bit 'rustic'! Quite a bit better than 'camping' though, isn't it! Location is breathtaking and amazingly quiet. Food was generally good but in dark surroundings (I suppose this is welcomed by the bush babies wandering around!) and on the buffet night, they ran out of food! Really breezy in the evenings too but I'd go back in a shot!
Some might find this a bit like a tropical Butlins. First couple of days weren't great - busy and noisy - but then it emptied. Thereafter, loads of space and very relaxed. Food was fine and evening entertainment was sometimes hilarious but unobtrusive. Being 'All Inclusive' really made a difference. Good location for trips to Mnemba and the north of the island. Left my phone on charge in my room one day and the SD card was nicked - have subsequently found out that it was used too - so that was a bit of a downer. Probs with mossies (no surprise) but we'd probably not go back.
This is a nice place but is it 5*? I'm not sure. Still, we had a great time here. Family suite was good but the resort backed on to a lorry park or similar and whilst it didn't bother us, I heard a couple complain about it. Rooms were big and spacious but soundproofing could be improved - hearing downstairs snoring was irritating. Hotel has an intimate feel to it and we were given a very warm welcome by one of the managers, Nizar. Pool is too small for a hotel this size, though, and it was a bit of a surprise seeing all of the sunloungers taken early in the morning. Same problem with space nearer the beach - I wonder what the hotel would be like if full? The beach and reef are amazing with only a couple of beach boys - so if your worried by them, walking on the beach is stress free. Food was really good; the buffets in particular were much appreciated. On other evenings, choice could be a bit limited. I'd happily go back to Breezes (or more likely the Baraza) and opt for the fully inclusive option - the final bill (basically for drinks and a few lunches) was scary.
Simply couldn't be faulted. Support in terms of advance planning, such as hotel and other holiday options, was first class and during our holiday everything went according to schedule and as expected. Jamie did a fantastic job and I'd very happily use Mahlatini again.