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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The owners run a tight ship here and everything at this resort is exceptional - from friendly service to delicious food, beautiful chalets nestled into tall palm trees and amazing activities you'll remember for life, like swimming with whale sharks and incredible deep sea fishing with experts. This stay was a real spoil and every need was taken of with...

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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

My husband and I have just spent four nights at Butiama Beach and loved it. The bungalow accommodation was clean, extremely comfortable and very tastefully decorated with privacy from the other guests. The food was superb and the choice at mealtimes was good and the portions generous. The staff were courteous and helpful at all times. Snorkelling from a boat...

Thank JackyGawne
Barseback, Sweden
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Beautiful place, situated directly on the beach, which was cleaned every day! Walking distance to Kilindoni, by the fishermen who landed with their catch every day - much activities to watch! The bungalows were great with a big porch to relax on, there was a hammock, couch and chairs to lay down and enjoy the view - colorful flowers and...

Thank Anna E
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 17 January 2017

The minute we decided to come back to visit Africa again we reserved our spot at Butiama Beach. The place is simple and basic but has everything you need and then some. It is the perfect place if you need to get away to somewhere peaceful and quiet. We were there for 2 weeks and dived 10x and 14 x...

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is one of the best beach lodges I have stayed at in TZ and is a credit to owners, Maura and Moice - their hard work and attention to detail shows throughout all aspects of Butiama. The staff are fabulous - well trained in their jobs and very attentive to the guests. The food was excellent - lots of...

Thank SS_TZ
Newton, Ma
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I agree that the whale shark proximity makes the place. Unfortunately the place claims to have a dive shop. While they technically do it isn't on site and is a 20-30 minute drive that they charge you for as well. Rooms are big and comfortable. Food is perfectly fine. I know it is cultural but people serving you food should...

Thank Joe225
San Salvador
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Butiama Beach provided a great setting for a grand family vacation in Tanzania. The day trip organized by the hotel are well organized and priced smart. The drink and food service is excellent, particularly during dinner. In terms of the snack/light fare is good, but is not comparable to the culinary experience of Dinner. The bathroom amenities are great (Inaya...

Thank martinae94
New York City, New York
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Butiama is a nice lodge on Mafia Island, the rooms are simple but functional, and the views are perfectly relaxing. Moise & Maura run the lodge, we didn't see much of Maura but her husband Moise was kind and helpful. The rest of the staff were friendly and quick to say hello and ask how you're doing during your stay....

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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We visited Butiama twice because we like it so much. The beautiful rooms with seaview, the food and the hospitality where just as good as our first visit. Considering the isolation of Mafia island it's really something to be able to offer this constant quality of service, rooms, day trips, and drinks (try the cocktails!). Besides the whale sharks, the...

Thank Ewout I
Hanoi, Vietnam
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Butiama is more expensive but worth it if you can possibly stretch to it. Everything is tastefully finished by lovely Maura and Moyes and the staff are so friendly and helpful. Huge smiles. We always left our beautiful, quiet, private, beachfront bungalow unlocked with absolutely no concerns. Great day trips, floor less organisation. Picked up and dropped off from the...

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Come and experience true relaxation with us at Butiama Beach. Our unspoiled location in a tropical palm grove on the beach has everything you need to unwind, let go, and be yourself. Watch the whale sharks come to feed as the morning sun glints on the turquoise surface of the Indian Ocean. Sail to a pristine sandbank in a traditional dhow, snorkel and dive at some of the richest reefs in the world. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Butiama Beach

Address: Msufini, Kilindoni | PO Box 47, Mafia Island 0202020, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Pwani Region > Mafia Island
Price Range: $418 - $424 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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“Ask for rooms closer to the beach for an unobstructed view.”
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melaniev576, 3 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Choose a room close to the beach for a great view & the sounds of the ocean”
ORO184, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room in the front (closest to the ocean, best views)”
JensC725, 6 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Rooms 3 and 4 have beautiful sea views.”
761jeanned, 22 Jan 2016 | Read review
“All the bungalows are great.”
Jasond677, 28 Dec 2015 | Read review
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