Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est
What We Love
- Experience the pure paradise of Zanzibar with an all-inclusive beachfront stay in an elegant suiteTaking advantage of the beachfront location with a refreshing dip in the sea
- Admiring the beautiful views across the Indian Ocean from your private terrace
- Making the short journey to the nearby fishing village of Ras Nungwi and its turtle sanctuaries
What To Know
- The hotel has regular theme nights – go for the Swahili dinner in the African Village
- Regular daily activities include volleyball, soccer, and water aerobics, while evening entertainment brings out the DJs and live music
- WiFi is only available in the reception area (beware, it's rather weak)
Thanks to its trading past, there’s a unique combination of Arabic, African and Mediterranean influences on the dreamy pristine shores of Zanzibar. Add to that some of Africa’s most impressive coral beaches and full-moon parties and you’ve got the perfect paradise destination. Wile away your days at Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, a tropical haven boasting a beachfront setting, sunset views and live music.
Located on the north-western tip of the island, this luxury resort makes the most of the north’s unspoiled landscape and stunning beaches. Private terraces are a feature of every guestroom and suite, allowing you to soak up the tropical scents of Zanzibar as well as Indian Ocean views, while the restaurants serve up local and Mediterranean dishes alfresco. After a long sun-kissed day, take your pick from the spa’s treatment menu, with therapies that use natural ingredients such as spices, wild honey and unrefined sugar. This is a resort truly as inspiring as its surroundings.
How to Get There
We planned to finish our honeymoon in this (allegedly) 5* star hotel - quod non. Unfortunately, the hotel was terrible: the room was dirty and the walls were full of mould, the shower was broken and the whole structure was in a very bad condition and neglected (see pictures). We were shown other rooms that were unfortunately in the same poor condition, the main problem was dirt and mould. No surprise there were stains on all the pillows because the housekeeping, when re-cleaning the room, treated the pillows and furniture very poorly, basically throwing them out of the room on the dirty floor.
Since we did not want to stay in a room with mould for 6 nights (which is also dangerous from a health point of view), we decided to anticipate our departure. The only nice thing was the beach.
Firstly the positives
Beautiful setting on white sandy beach, with azure waters. The stilted pavilion out into the water is simply stunning for drinks at sun down.
The gardens which surround the rooms are well maintained and very pretty
The food for all inclusive was good
The staff were friendly and helpful, apart from at the beach bar when it took forever to be served, unless , as it appeared, that you were someone who tipped them well.
Sun loungers tatty, no cushions and only 1 towel allocation per guest
Evening entertainment was generally good but did not like the evenings where guests were harassed into getting up to follow a dance routine- this is not a UK seaside holiday camp!
Rooms definitely need a refurbishment particularly in bathrooms. Mould in shower and sealant needing replacing. Water had egressed under mirrors so they too need replacing. When there was heavy rain water poured into our bathroom from ceiling and shower water level increased and flowed over the top . I know the hotel is under new ownership so they may well have a plan for refurbishment.
The beautiful beach setting is spoiled by the beach sellers that you have to "run the gauntlet" through to get to the sea. One morning i looked up from my sun bed and there were 23 waiving T shirts, bags etc at me. There was also, very sadly, locals with monkeys on leads. These monkeys will have had their mothers killed and then been taken. They were sad and pacing up and down on their leads yet still people were so ignorant that they were having photos taken. Until people are educated about this monkeys will continue to be killed and cruelly treated. Animals belong in the wild. The management of the hotel should get security to control what goes on on the beach in front of the hotel
We stayed here for a week after some safaris and gorillas in Eastern Africa. The rooms are dated but beds comfy, clean and quiet. Ok ocean views from room, higher up may be better we were on the lower level. The food was excellent, lots of choice and delicious.
The best part was the beach, lots of chairs, the swimming was great too, watch out for sea ur hind out near the swimming rope but the water is so clear you can see them easy and there wasn’t too many while we were there. Compared to the other hotels in area, I think we had the best beach and swimming area. The sellers on beach stay down by the water and are friendly but don’t bother you.
The dive shop at the resort was great! Diving was pretty good. We also used the SUP which were great. And they organized a dolphins swim, snorkel trip for us for same price as beach guys that was great.
The drinks and bars were great. The sunset bar was amazing everyday for drinks, saw dolphins out there a few times.