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Blu Marlin by EHFAR

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Resort view
On the beach, sun loungers, beach umbrellas, beach towels
On the beach, sun loungers, beach umbrellas, beach towels
Outdoor pool, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, sun loungers

Overview of Blu Marlin by EHFAR

Blu Marlin by EHFAR

3.0 star property
3-star beachfront resort with outdoor pool, near Kiwengwa Beach

6,6/10 Good

36 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
Kumba Urembo, Kiwengwa

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach
  • Nungwi Beach - 56 min drive

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 67 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Blue Fish Restaurant - 14 min walk
  • Madiba - 16 min walk
  • Msuri - 16 min walk
  • One Ocean - 17 min walk
  • Jetty Lounge - 6 min drive

About this property

Blu Marlin by EHFAR

At Blu Marlin by EHFAR, you can spend time at the beach enjoying beach umbrellas, beach massages, and volleyball, plus you'll have access to onsite kayaking. The outdoor pool provides fun for everyone, while guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in massages. Dining choices include 2 restaurants and the bar/lounge is a great place to grab a cold drink. Other highlights include a snack bar/deli and a terrace.


English, Italian

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 13 units
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 11:00 AM - anytime
  • Express check-out available
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms (speed: 25+ Mbps)


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 8 AM–10 AM
  • 2 restaurants
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Private dining
  • Room service
  • Snack bar/deli

Traveling with children

  • Children's games
  • Toys
  • Beach toys
  • Art supplies

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Beach volleyball
  • Kayaking
  • Motor boating nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby

Working away

  • Conference space (1076 square feet)


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Pool loungers


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 2008
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • An outdoor pool


  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Handrails in stairways
  • Stair-free path to entrance


  • English
  • Italian

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Furnished balcony
  • Individually furnished and decorated
  • Separate dining area
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Bidet
  • Free toiletries

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi (speed of 25+ Mbps)


  • Weekday housekeeping only
  • Access via exterior corridors

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: TZS 2321.34 per person, per night

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of TZS 200.000 per vehicle (roundtrip)
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place.


This property does not have elevators.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Blu Marlin Village
Blu Marlin Village Hotel
Blu Marlin Village Hotel Kiwengwa
Blu Marlin Village Kiwengwa
Blu Marlin Village Zanzibar/Kiwengwa
Blu Marlin Village Resort Kiwengwa
Blu Marlin Village Resort
Blu Marlin Village
Blu Marlin by EHFAR Resort
Blu Marlin by EHFAR Kiwengwa
Blu Marlin by EHFAR Resort Kiwengwa

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Blu Marlin by EHFAR?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
How much does it cost to stay at Blu Marlin by EHFAR?
As of 05 December 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Blu Marlin by EHFAR on 06 December 2022 start from R1 632, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Is there a pool at Blu Marlin by EHFAR?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Blu Marlin by EHFAR?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Blu Marlin by EHFAR?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Blu Marlin by EHFAR?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is TZS 200.000 per vehicle roundtrip.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Blu Marlin by EHFAR?
You can check in from 11:00 AM - anytime. There's a charge for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Express check-out is available.
What is there to do at Blu Marlin by EHFAR and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like kayaking, rowing, and volleyball. Additional recreation onsite includes volleyball. Blu Marlin by EHFAR also has an outdoor pool.
Are there restaurants at or near Blu Marlin by EHFAR?
Yes, there are 2 onsite restaurants. Nearby restaurants include Blue Fish Restaurant (14-min walk), Amour Beach Restaurant (2.9 mi), and Minazi Restaurant (3 mi).
Does Blu Marlin by EHFAR have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a furnished balcony.
What's the area around Blu Marlin by EHFAR like?
Blu Marlin by EHFAR is a short 1-minute walk from Mapenzi Beach and 17 minutes' walk from Pwani Mchangani Beach.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

2/10 Poor

Bullying owner - stay away
The resort itself is pretty decent but what is absolutely terrible is the management. The owner forbids people to bring their food/drinks to the room. I stayed there for one night and wanted to park my motorbike behind the gate which never was a problem in Zanzibar. Initially, I was told that I could park there for 1 USD, which is no problem. Then, they turned around and said it was not possible. After returning from dinner at night, security guard told me it's fine to park motorbike inside for the night. To my surprise, in the morning, the owner was trying to get 5 USD from me. Tried to explain him everything calmly but he just wouldn't listen. He threatened to call the police to which I had to laugh and just left. It's a shame that the owner is such a bully as the hotel is nice otherwise.
Tomas, 1-night trip
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6/10 Good

1-night trip with friends
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2/10 Poor

Terrible Experience
Not welcoming owner and staff, only speak Italian, no sense of customer services, close to the beach but not suitable for swimming, a family run hotel without basic amenities ( not even suitable for 1 star) in rooms, we had terrible Experience, it did not met any of our expectations, no wi fi , no enough power to run room a/c , very basic breakfast (just cookies and bread), no any facilities and transport nearby, nearest restaurant is 15 minutes walk.Do not go by pictures you see in web and nice reviews ( probably manipulated ?)
Jack, 3-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Dont go There on May,so much reiny, everything its weet, stinky...
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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful hotel in front of the beach
If you are staying in Kiwengwa, Blu Marlin is the place to stay. The hotel is clean and very attractive. Nice swimming pool and an amazing view of the beach. Staff is super friendly and helpful. The food it's amazing. You feel like going out to a fancy Italian restaurant every night as per the quality of the food. Opportunities to book nice day trips to snorkel or to Stone town. It's a great place to have a relaxing beach holiday.
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6/10 Good

Quaint. Quiet, close to beach
I had a nice quiet relaxing time. I did not participate in the outside adventures that were offered so I can't comment on the value or experience but the food and service was acceptable and if you are looking to relax for good value it is a good choice
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10/10 Exceptional

only one night
As we only stayed one night, it is hard to say much about the Blu Marlin. It was very nice, good food and they were very accommodating. We did get to ride horses on the beach, they set that up for us too! It was a nice place and the staff were very helpful.
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4/10 Fair

Most terrible service ever!
If you are Italian and want to travel to little Italy, eat poor Italian food, talk Italian and pay in expensive Euro prices, then Blu Marlin is the excellent place for you. However, if you're anything else than Italian and hoping on a holiday in Zanzibar with NORMAL customer service, half decent prices and anything non Italian, then you've definitely come to the wrong place. You need to decide straight after breakfast if you're having lunch and what you're having, and the same goes for dinner. Pasta and pizza (with barely any topping than tomato sauce) is basically the menu, costing you €10. More than 50% of the time the wrong dish was served with no excuse or compensation. Laundry costs €1 per piece for a hand wash. There was a power outage at least 2-3 times a day which also resulted in luke warm beers, waters and air conditioning not working throughout the night. The hotel facilities are nice and so are the Swahili staff, however unfortunately the Italian family owning this place have never understood the principle of customer service or to even put a smile on their faces. The hotel is located at the very end of the Kiwengwa beach meaning you have to walk for at least 15 minutes for any other food options. Thank God for the staff, service and food at Kiwi resort who made our stay in Zanzibar still as enjoyable as possible and reminding us that there are nice Italians as well outside of Blue Marlin. Many other Swedes and even Italians staying here had the same experience and we would therefor not recommending this place to anyone who would like to actually enjoy their holiday.
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8/10 Very good

Nice hotel in a remote location
Small family owned hotel in a very remote location. Direct and immediate access to a quiet beach. Small TV in bar area only. Limited menu in the restaurant and very few eating options nearby. No outside food or beverages allowed in resort including water. No complimentary water in room so forced to buy at very expensive rates from the restaurant. Accommodation was at good value but food was disappointing.
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10/10 Exceptional

excellent family hotel
very helpful, organised and friendly staff. tasty food. superb location.
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