Africa Fashion Guide
A social enterprise promoting sustainability within Africa's fashion and textile industry.


June 2nd, 2013

Tanzanian Treasure: AFG Shares Boutique Experience In The Heart Of Dar

Jacqueline Shaw founder of Africa Fashion Guide traveled to Dar Es Salaam with Africa Fashion Guide Project Coordinator Aisha Bignall to research for business, and whilst there experience luxury life in Tanzania. Many of our readers often ask us where to stay as well as which companies to visit whilst on their African business trips. We are here not to only work with you on production and sourcing needs in Africa, but also to share our travel experiences in the continent along with Africa Fashion Guide’s suggestions of places to stay.

Ever had a boutique experience in an African hotel? Well all eyes on the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel located in Dar Es Salaam on the edge of the Peninsula. This is the only hotel that offers a fantastic sea front view when eating from their cosy, beautiful garden located near the bar. Guests are wowed by the up, close and personal view and sounds of the calm sea accompanied with an ice cold Kilimanjaro beer or a nice Margarita with a fresh Calamari salad.

‘Karibu’, meaning welcome in Swahili is exactly how Africa Fashion Guide felt from the hospitable reception team and the very attentive bar and restaurant staff adding to the boutique feeling. Luxury oozes from its surroundings with furniture from Zanzibari culture and rooms mixed with old and new, adding to the boutique vintage vibe. Every inch of detail caught our eye from the beautiful interior to the colourful floral grounds which surround the hotel, all credited to Tanzania’s tropical landscapes. There is also a dazzling pool to dip in to cool off from the 30 degree hot Dar sunshine.

The best rooms are the ‘Karibu’ & ‘Dhow’ Suites which are well decorated capturing the mix of African and modern contemporary design in equal amount. The free- standing spacious bath, with vintage furniture carefully placed throughout the room, along with the bold colours from the bed linen are striking and most pleasing to the eye.

The Best Western Coral Beach Hotel also offers a Business Centre with complimentary wireless connection, ideal for catching up on emails and to conduct meetings. Complimentary daily newspapers are on hand to read whilst relaxing in the onsite bar or restaurant. And if you like to keep fit, Best Coral Beach Hotel offers a Fitness Centre to enjoy at your leisure. For those who are interested in visiting the centre of Dar, Best Western Coral Beach Hotel plan to expand the boutique experience off the Peninsula this summer. For an update, more details to follow next month.

Best Western Coral Beach Hotel, Dar Es Salaam

Best Western Coral Beach Hotel, Garden View

Best Western Coral Beach Hotel, Sea View

Best Western Coral Beach Hotel, Swimming Pool

Best Western Coral Beach Hotel, Garden


Best Western Coral Beach Hotel, Inside Hallway

Best Western Coral Beach Hotel, Pictures of Zanzibar Culture

Best Western Coral Beach Hotel, Reception Area

If you are a real foodie, Best Western Coral Beach Hotel have recently opened a new restaurant ‘Le Bistrot’ collaborating with Alliance Française. We had the honour of attending the opening alongside guests including The British Council, BBC Africa and many Textile & Sourcing Organisations. It was a great opening to what promises to be an excellent dining experience in the central of Dar Es Salaam. The food has a certain je ne sais quoi in terms of the explosion of flavours. From platters of Smoked Fish Canapés to Dates wrapped in Bacon followed by Crepes filled with Nutella & Cream, all culprits leaving guests wanting more. You will definitely feel luxury pouring from the decor which fuses the vibrancy of Africa with that of a French tea party, not to forget the fabulous view from the top floor restaurant which oversees the Golf course. ‘Le Bistrot’ provides the ideal location for golf players to relax after a long day on the course.

Le Bistrot Restaurant, Dar Es Salaam

Le Bistrot Restaurant, Dar Es Salaam

Le Bistrot Restaurant, Dar Es Salaam

Le Bistrot Restaurant, Dar Es Salaam

Le Bistrot Restaurant, Dar Es Salaam

Le Bistrot Restaurant, Dar Es Salaam

There are lots of entertainment and places to visit to suit all tastes located in and around the Peninsula of Dar, which are also very close to the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel. If isolation is what you are seeking, Bongoyo Island will provide in abundance. From Slip Way pier it’s a 20 minute boat ride away. There is also Coco Beach which is lively with local Tanzanian music. Not to forget Oyster Bay lively strip with its many bars. Africa Fashion Guide’s fave place Elements bar a buzzing night spot perfect for socialising, filled with lively souls with a good mix of contemporary music.

You will find the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel boutique experience continues 5 minutes away at a place called Slip Way. You can travel there by ‘Bijaj’ which is similar to the Indian ‘Tuk Tuk’ and is great for short trips and in-keeping with the local travel experience. This area is filled with small shops with the likes of local brand store The Green Room with amazing finds like Nyumbani Design’s Jewellery & Homeware products along with a great boutique atmosphere. Kenyan made travel bag company Sandstorm, Tanzanian owned ‘URU Diamonds’ and Kenyan tee shirt company ‘Oneway’, who are all real advocates for pushing fashion as a business in the heart of the peninsula.

Bongoyo Island, Tanzania

The Green Room, Slipway Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

 The great feeling of the boutique spirit of the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel & the Tanzanian buzz of life is what brought Africa Fashion Guide to the metropolis of Dar Es Salaam. Rest assure this is a place we will definitely re-visit. Africa Fashion Guide will always be thankful for the welcoming souls of Tanzania.

Asante Sana from AFG.

For more information to visit the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel please visit;

Author: Aisha Bignall – AFG Project Coordinator / AFG UK Contributor

and Jacqueline Shaw  – AFG Founding Director




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