One thing that has always been a great selling point about Ras Kutani Hotel is the location. Set only a 15 minute flight down the coast from Dar es Salaam (but a 2 hour drive, and hence why this area has never been overrun with lodges), this is the perfect place to start or end a trip to Tanzania.
Set in amongst natural forest, running right up to the deserted and untamed beach, the lodge “emerges” out of the trees and almost feels part of the nature here. It is not abnormal to wake up to find a troop of vervet monkeys wandering around outside your room, curious to see what you are up to. It was once possible to even see elephant in the surrounding areas, occasionally wandering down to the ocean to wash, but they have moved away these days.
Each of the rooms at Ras Kutani offers a great experience, with the lagoon and beach rooms being the entry level, and then the fantastic suites, set high up on the hillside, being the best, with their vistas across the bay and cool breezes. The interiors are, again, very well thought out, simple palm matting softens everything down, and the vast beds providing a comfortable nights sleep in the African nature.
The communal areas and service are, again, superb…they now also offer the opportunity to upgrade the rate from full board to all inclusive so you now need not worry about how many of the sumptuous cocktails you take before another great supper! Truly a wonderful experience and recommended to everyone!
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