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“End of adventure treat at Sele's Bungalows” 5 of 5 stars
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Sele's Bungalows
Matemwe Beach | P.O. Box 3215 Zanzibar, Matemwe, Tanzania   |  
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“End of adventure treat at Sele's Bungalows”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We stayed at Sele's for 4 nights at the beginning of October 2012. It was the most wonderful relaxing vasation spot! The food is some of the best we've had in the continent (don't miss the jumbo prawns with coconut sauce), and the rooms are really good value for money. We also stayed in a few other places in Nungui (Northern part of the island), and while there were more attractions in general, we had a much better time relaxing in Matemwe. The only downside of the area is that there's seaweed on the beach, and it gets in the way of your initial perception of a paradise beach, but you forget about it soon enough. Also, anyone looking for an upbeat area with lots of other tourists - go elswhere.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bozeman, Montana
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

This place was a lovely place with a great chill vibe. Run by an English lady, the food and service were good. We had an open air room on the second floor with two beds and a hammock. Just wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We booked two nights here but ended up staying five and even then we didn't want to leave.

The staff at Seles make the place - very friendly, there to advise and willing to really go out their way to accommodate. We had some good laughs too. Great lads!

The rooms are very clean, the food is fantastic, the beach is on the doorstep, the diving (which is based next door) was very good and snorkeling with a pod of Dolphins left me speechless.

I'm really looking forward to going back next year.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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30 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

Clean but cramped accomodation that were more than compensated for by the setting of the bar/restaurant, the cocktails, the fresh and delicious food and the attitude, service and demeanour of the local staff.
By the point of our trip we had run out of cash and as the only ATM's on the island are in Stonetown we were fortunate that they allowed us to give payment to the taxi driver who returned us to Stonetown. Given the frequency of how often ATM's in Stonetown are out of order it would be worthwhile to invest in a credit card machine even if it meant increasing the price of the Crab Curry to 15,000 Tsh !

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

We stayed 4 days at Seles in early May '12 and we had simply wonderful time. Extremely clean, comfortable room (we stayed at no1) with warm water, king size bed and decent bathroom. The kitchen at Seles is amazing, we ate there every night, and despite knowing the menu back and forth by the end of our vacation, we would gladly have second rounds on all the dishes. Breakfast is just right, but don't expect buffet style - fruit, juice and eggs. The bar is well equipped and gets lively in the evenings when people from outside drop in from along the beach for drinks. The staff is incredible discreet yet very attentive and smooth - it seemed like "No" is not an answer in Seles. On the top of the bar is a great place to lounge and play board games that are available at the bar.
The beach is virtually at the doorstep, the sand feels like powder sugar, ocean is warm and you get to watch the local villagers getting on with their daily jobs. The only downside is that if you want to go for a swim, you have to catch the high tide, which comes in twice a day. We ended up swimming only in the pm.
Overall, don't expect a big party-time in Seles, it's a romantic place, surely it gets busy in the high season, but definitely no resort-style entertainment. This place is laid back, relaxed & romantic in its simplicity.
We took taxi to the airport for about $40 arranged by the staff.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zanzibar, Tanzania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

Excellent food, nice rooms, impeccably clean both indoors and outdoors. Nice touch with the greenery and houses to give a very intimate feeling. And who needs a pool when living practically on a beach like this! We came with two small children and had a wonderful weekend.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

I stayed at Sele's over Easter and it was a perfect retreat to chill out in for a couple of days. I wish more 'hotels' were like this. We stayed in the 'family room' which was absolutely perfect - two double beds - with nets - a little reading area with sea views and a hammock. We couldn't have been happier. Janet the owner is always around for a chat and to provide advice and the staff are friendly and very accommodating. I will be using this as my 'place I always go back to' in Zanzibar from now on (I live in Dar). The food was delicious so we never felt the need to go else where and there is a good array of cocktails etc.

There is a party atmosphere in the evenings - which I wasn't here for - but lots of others enjoyed it.

Matembwe itself is absolutely beautiful - there's not a huge amount going on which is exactly why I choose Matembwe over Kendwa etc. It's the perfect place to go diving from - One Ocean Divers is next door to Sele's, to have a massage on the beach - Sele's can organise - or just to lounge around in one of the hammocks dotted about the place. Sele's have reef walking shoes (highly recommend them as there are sea urgins all over the place when you get further out).

Overall - a great place with a great atmosphere and efficiently run. I'll definitely be returning.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Matemwe Beach | P.O. Box 3215 Zanzibar, Matemwe, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Matemwe
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Ranked #6 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Matemwe
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Number of rooms: 6
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