Karafuu has been granted international 5 star rating and is one of the most luxurious on the South Eastern coast but we grade it a 4 star against South African standards.
The huge reception area welcomes you into one of the best beach resorts on the island. The structure is a local thatch called "makuti" and coral. This is quite breathtaking when arriving for the first time. The staff are fantastic, always smiling and greeting you with the familiar "karibu" which is welcome in Swahili. Service is excellent and the food from one of the four restaurants is outstanding.
The hotel has 89 rooms, divided into 26 Junior Suites, 35 Cottages and 28 Garden Rooms. The best rooms are the Junior Suites, all with generous sea views situated along the beachfront. These are the only rooms with sea views and are positioned at the top of the slope in the lush tropical gardens. So ensure to upgrade to one of these if a view over the ocean is on your priority list.
The Garden Rooms are a little smaller and situated at the back of the hotel, while the cottages are positioned at the top of the slope in the lush tropical gardens. All the rooms have easy access to the long stretch of beach.
All the rooms have makuti (palm-thatch) roofs and are decorated in a modern style with some Zanzibari characteristics. They are very clean, well-maintained and comfortable. They all have air-conditioners, ceiling fans, mini-bars and telephones. The junior suites and cottages have impressive en-suite marble bathrooms. Each room has its own veranda and the beds have mosquito nets. In order not to spoil the romance of a beach holiday there are no televisions in the rooms. If you need to catch up on news or watch a movie, there's a satellite television room in the main lodge.
We obviously recommend the Junior Suites with sea views, but these are more expensive. If you're not really fussed about the view then the cottages are perfect. If you're not really fussed about the room size or the view, then the garden rooms are just as good.
We highly recommend the cuisine at Karafuu. There are theme evenings, different venues to choose from and you can even have a romantic dinner right on the beach. There is an amazing choice of three restaurants: • the main restaurant serving generous buffets • the a la carte Le Grand Bleu, which serves spicy lobster and other seafood • Masai Village, where you can taste local Swahili cuisine (weather permitting)
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