Amani Beach’s history
Amani Beach was once a traditional fishing village, without any contact to modern civilization. Illumination came simply from the moon and stars. It was named by its inhabitants as Amani meaning “peace” in Kiswahili because of the feeling of complete calm and tranquillity that enchants the area.
Mango trees scattered around the grounds are signs that people once lived here and, within the indigenous forest, the ruins of an ancient mosque are rumoured to be found.
Down the beach, a shipwreck provides a clear reminder of the area’s trading past. Folklore has it that this was a merchant ship from the former Czechoslovakia that lost control on a reef. All the crew and cargo were rescued by the local inhabitants and our neighbouring village, Cheka, is supposedly named after this event.
An inspirational moment
The idea for Amani Beach Hotel developed back in 1995 when our chairman, Lelio Picciotto, and his wife, Tatiana, came here from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They came looking to find a special place on the shores of the Indian Ocean where they could create a unique holiday destination, a place to experience unspoilt nature and escape from everyday life.
One evening, they were stood watching the sunset from the cliff top above Amani Beach. They looked down at the unspoiled white sand and palm trees and saw for the first time the turtles that had chosen to make Amani Beachtheir home. They knew then that they had found that special place.
Lelio and Tatiana also discovered that the owner of this piece of land was a compatriot, Sergio Valente, with his wife Gerry. They lost no time and created a Tanzanian company called Val Investments Ltd, which is the owner of Amani Beach Hotel.
A boutique beach hotel in harmony with nature
With the partnership formed, the owners set about building a boutique beach hotel which worked in harmony with nature. They wanted to create a something discrete yet captivating, traditional yet luxurious and modern yet sustainable.
They decided to only construct ten beach bungalows within the tropical gardens and to leave ample space for future extension if desired. This judgment ensured that guests would receive the level of service expected from a world-class hotel with the tranquillity, calmness and privacy expected from an exclusive retreat.
The owners’ shared vision was not only to be one of the best hotels in Dar es Salaam but also to be one of the best hotels in East Africa.