“A luxurious city oasis just 30 minutes from Dar's airport - ideal for sophisticated stopovers on the way to or from Tanzania’s glorious safari parks and islands”
The 8 ocean-facing suites are light and extremely spacious, with similar styles and layouts. The minimalist theme means interiors are fresh and uncluttered, but photographic prints, modern African carvings and textured lamps add characterful detail. Walls and linens are white, with pops of colour in the tiles, bedspreads and fresh flowers. It’s grown-up interior design.
All suites have mosquito-netted kingsize or twin beds with views of the rustling coconut palms dotted along Oyster Bay beach (best from the upper-floor rooms). You also get a desk, a flat-screen satellite TV and a lounge area with a sofa and coffee table, where you can recline and read up on your upcoming safari or island visit. The luxurious bathrooms offer freestanding tubs, large walk-in showers and double sinks, as well as bathrobes, bamboo-ladder towel rails and top-quality South African toiletries. They’re semi open-plan, but the toilets are hidden away. Louvred shutters and French doors let in sea breezes and lead out to private balconies, and there are ceiling fans and air-conditioning if you need them.
If you’re coming with a family, you can book a pair of suites (one a double, the other a twin) that, while not interconnecting, are set apart from the others for privacy. Extra beds and baby cots are also available.
Meals are convivial affairs served in the candlelit dining room or out on the veranda, although you can request a more private spot if you prefer.
The food is healthy and vibrant, with an emphasis on quality produce. The menu each day is set, but it’s tailored to guests’ preferences and vegetarian options are available with advance notice. For example, if you’re coming from a safari you might be keen to try some fresh seafood, but if you’re on your way back from Zanzibar you might fancy something meat- or vegetable-based for a change. We enjoyed super-fresh lobster served with a selection of colourful salads, including beetroot and avocado, as well as homemade bread and a dessert of tropical fruit kebabs. Other popular options include seafood platters, prawn curries and fresh snapper cooked over an open fire.
Breakfast, served at a time to suit you, is equally delicious - perhaps coffee and cake if you’ve just landed, or something more substantial like fresh fruit salad, cereals and eggs cooked to your liking. Afternoon tea is also available, and the huge array of drinks covers everything from South African wines to Pimms to top-label fizz.
If you’re staying for a few nights and fancy a change of scene, staff can recommend and book local restaurants, and organise transport. All sorts of international cuisines (from sushi to Italian) are available in the area, which is popular with expats and diplomats, or you can stay African and try Ethiopian food at nearby Addis in Dar.
Children of all ages are welcome, although you might feel self-conscious staying in such a serene setting with boisterous toddlers. An extra bed or baby cot can be added to all suites, and 2 suites (a double and a twin) sit slightly apart from the others, providing a very private option for families who book both. Mealtimes and menus can be tailored to kids, and there are books, board games, TVs and a WiFi connection to entertain them once they tire of the pool.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available