Beautiful gardens and attentive staff!
MEREMETAMy spouse and I stayed at the Meremeta lodge for 7 nights. We were visiting mafia island for scuba diving (with dive planet), and to swim with the whale sharks (organized through Meremeta with Afro).We travelled around Tanzania for a month total, including Safari (4 different hotels) and climbing Kilimanjaro (two different hotels and of course camping on the mountain) and Meremeta lodge had the most stunning grounds of all the places we stayed. The flowers and palm trees were gorgeous and tropical. The fresh dill on the gardens smelled incredible. The sunsets and starry nights were beautiful too. The room had a king bed with a comfortableMosquito net. The room had ample hot water with good water pressure. There was a closet with hangers and shelves as well as a desk and chair. We really appreciated having water to clean the sand off our feet at the front door, as well as the outdoor clothes drying rack to dry our bathing suits and towels. Breakfast was generous with fresh bread, crepes and muffins daily. Eggs were served a la carte and there was fresh fruit, fresh juice, coffee and tea daily. The dining area also had comfy couches with pillows which were greats for lounging. We ate dinner at the hotel for four nights, at a fixed cost, dining on three course entrees which included 1) shrimp starter, lobster, veggies and tomato sauce pasta and gelatinous passion fruit dessert, 2) pumpkin ginger soup starter, whole pan fried fish, coconut rice and vegetables and doughnuts, 3) samosa starter, calamari, mashed potatoes and zucchini, and fruit salad, 4) shrimp and aioli crepe starter, Chicken in sauce, coconut rice and salty green beans, fried bananas. The staff were highly attentive, thoughtful, and proactive. Meremeta was always available to assist with trip and excursion planning and to offer helpful tips, connections and advice including transport. On our first night, we wanted to swim in he ocean and he always personally offered us a ride which was delightful! Since this lodge is located within the marine park, there is a marine park fee associated with staying at Meremeta lodge that you must be prepared to spend (including the days you do not access the marine park). It’s a conservation fee which we were happy to pay as avid scuba divers. Overall, we rate this a five star stay! Thank you Meremeta. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!The one thing I would point out is that I thiught compared to the local economy, I thought $15 USD/PP for dinner was a little bit pricey. If you go to Kilindoni we were fully fed for $10USD total. But with that being said you also need to pay to get to and from Kilindoni, so factor that in. Also, please note that Tanzanian hospitality staff rely on tips for their earnings. Please plan accordingly and be as generous as you possibly are able.