A Home in Mediterraneo

∼ There’s no place like home ∼

Nostalgia

As a teenager growing up in Dar-es-Salaam, I could not wait to get out of the country and experience the world. Ulaya (Europe) was the place to be!  Nonchalantly, I presented my well-founded case to my mother, citing lots of educational prospects (a huge selling point to African parents) at every opportunity possible! Lo and behold, my wishes were granted for that I’ve been living abroad for over two decades. So I was a little taken aback by my feelings as I landed in my homeland over a week ago. I felt like a long lost child who finally found a way home. Upon landing, the blazing heat, the sound of my familiar musical language, the somewhat chaotic non-linear organisation that simply defines us – all provided such a warm welcome. Being a big sentimental type that I am, I couldn’t fend off the sudden urge to kiss the ground. It’s true what they say, there’re no place like home.

Mediterraneo – a peaceful hideaway

As I’ve been living away from my home country for quite sometime, myself and my husband are always on the look out for a peaceful place to stay when we visit my family in Dar. It’s our third time to stay at this cosy Italian family owned hotel. While It’s true that there are a lot of big chain hotels in Dar, for us it is Mediterraneo that has offered us a home from home. It hits the spot in so many ways. From the atmosphere, décor, food to the quality of care that one receives as a guest.

If you love tranquility, then this place couldn’t be ideally located. Away from the busy city center chaos, you’ll enjoy some well earned peace within beach type accommodation, surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens and calming ocean waves (best sleep ever!). For us it’s still the best location for joining our family within the area and at the same time, close enough to Dar central.

Hospitality, facilities & décor – admittedly, I might be biased as I am born and bread in Tanzania. However, as a German, my husband has repeatedly commented on how friendly people are in Tanzania. I’m equally told by the French I’ve met here (currently in Zanzibar) that Tanzanians are the most warm people, wearing the most genuine smiles they’d ever encountered abroad! It makes me deeply proud.

Having spoken to a lot of people in Dar, we all agree that food in Mediterraneo is so fresh and tasty. I became hooked on Sam’s cake but everything is equally delicious, so go ahead and indulge! If you are worried about the calories, there is also a gym at the hotel or better yet, try a jog along the beach as we did, but be sure to do it before the sun is too high up.

Rooms are impeccably cleaned and equipped with AC, hairdryers (yes, such a girly remark but utmost useful!) walk-in showers and the usual basics including mosquito nets, which is a blessing in this mosquitos infested country. I personally love the décor. I think the theme is so intune with a beach style hotel. The rustic old & natural sea treasures, along with the trendy shabby-chic décor – superbly done. Bravo!

What is also great about Mediterraneo is that it is a family friendly hotel which also offers ample intimacy to couples. We enjoyed our ‘us’ time but at the same time we had buckets of fun playing with our nephews and niece. There is a pool as well as a kids play ground which our little bundles of joy appreciated  enormously ♥

I could rant endlessly but I’ll let your eyes and mind wonder through this place. My photos are hardly edited so that you can enjoy the pure natural light. I used my Fuji camera 50mm.

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Karibu Tanzania/ Welcome to Tanzania / Bienvenue en Tanzanie/ Wilkommen in Tansania

Karibu Tanzania / Welcome to Tanzania / Willkommen aus Tansania / Bienvenue en Tanzanie

 

If you happen to visit, I hope that your experience in Mediterraneo would be as great as ours. Any questions or comments please feel free to convey below.

 

Marie x

8 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your vacation experiences with the world :-). Its good to read that you are enjoying home to the fullest and like you said, there is no place like home. You made me laugh about the non-linear organisation of your country, i know some friends of mine from your country and thats what they are, but i love them to the fullest 🙂

    You did choose the right hotel, it really seems like they want to make their guests feel like home, i love the atmosphere and i bet you can really relax there.

    You have wonderful pictures my friend, thx for sharing. I hope you ll be back on IG,if not keep in touch. Have nice days before you go back home and take enough with you to survive till you get back home. lots of luv and a big hug for you. Alex <3

    1. Hello my friend,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Oh yes, we love our chaos here and for some reason, everything works out well 🙂 Sorry I had to leave IG due to lack of time and other personal projects which need more of my attention. I am working on creating a page only for blog alerts, hope to see you there soon 🙂
      Thanks again for writing. I shall post more pictures from Zanzibar in a few days. I wish you a lovely day my friend. Lots of love & a big hug.

      Maria xoxo

  2. I miss you on IG, but i totally understand. I will check on you and your new Blog, hope you are doing good. Big hugs

    1. Hello my dear friend,
      That’s so kind of you, thanks. All is great, just enjoying last week of holiday with my hubby and I shall post something soon;) Miss you on IG too. I’ll be back for blog alerts, there’s already a page set up 😊 I hope all is well with you too. Thanks for writing. Hugs xoxo

  3. Dear Marie, your photos are amazing! It seems the place to be on summer! I’m so glad you’re ok and on vacation.
    I’m missing you on IG!
    Isabel

    1. Hi Isabel, aww thats kind of you thanks! Hope you are having a great summer 🙂 Miss you on IG too! Hope the Ts are all great. Will catch up with yr blog soon 🙂
      Marie xoxo

      1. Hi Marie! Yes, our summer has been so great! The T’s are very well, thanks for asking!
        Hope to hear from you soon!
        Love,
        Isabel

        1. Hi Isabel,
          That’s nice to know, thanks. Yes, I can see that you had a lovely holiday, I did visit your blog, such wonderful pics. I may have commented from my personal account, hopefully I didn’t cause too much confusion.
          Stay well and enjoy the rest of the summer days 🙂

          Marie xoxo

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