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Shooting Star Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Relaxed small beach lodge
- Infinity Pool
- Lovely Gardens

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Overview

Shooting Star Lodge is situated above the white sand Kiwengwa Beach in a lovely quiet spot. Swimming from the beach is possible when the tide is high. One of the original small character lodges on Zanzibar, Shooting Star has a good location, pleasant gardens, relaxed bar and restaurant area and fantastic swimming pool.

In addition to the infinity pool there is a small spa on site and activities such as snorkelling, diving and kitesurfing can be arranged.

Accommodation at Shooting Star Lodge is simple but atmospheric, built in traditional Zanzibari style with white limewashed walls, high beamed ceilings and large windows. Rooms contain hand-carved Zanzibari beds with mosquito nets, are air-conditioned and also have ceiling fans to complement Kiwengwa’s cool sea breezes.

Accommodation is available on a Full Board, Half Board or Bed & Breakfast basis.

The two Monsoon Villas are set on the crest of the hill and apart from the other rooms. Each villa has three floors with two en-suite bedrooms (1 single which can be turned into a twin downstairs and 1 master bedroom upstairs), a roof terrace with day bed and bath tub and a private plunge pool surrounded by tropical gardens. The villas are furnished with traditional Zanzibar furniture. Villas have ceiling fans, are fully air conditioned and tea/coffee facilities as well as mini fridge is at guests’ disposal.

The eleven Sea View Cottages are light, spacious en-suite rooms with airy, high beamed ceilings, large windows, ceiling fans and air-conditioning. All have traditionally carved Zanzibari four-poster beds, with mosquito net canopies. Some cottages have two levels and are ideal for families (1 double bedroom downstairs and 1 twin or triple bedroom upstairs). All cottages have spacious private verandas and sitting areas with stunning views of the ocean.

The three Garden Lodge Rooms have four-poster Zanzibari beds. The Garden Lodge Rooms are all equipped with mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned with ceiling fans and en-suite bathrooms. The secluded terraces have comfortably cushioned sofas and look out to the tropical garden.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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(4.96/5)

  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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