∼ There’s no place like home ∼
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.
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.