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“Character and comfort beat luxury” 5 of 5 stars
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Mvuvi Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kiwengwa Beach, Kiwengwa, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Kiwengwa
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“Character and comfort beat luxury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

The resort was a bit too difficult to find but the moment we were welcomed by Hany we knew this was IT. A guest entering few minutes after us told us this was her 10th!! time she returns to the resort. The place was indeed superb.
Run by an Italian-Egyptian couple, Silvia and Hany, who beyond being very hospitable, keep this 6-rooms resort unspoiled and they seem to be the only ones who manage to do so. They wouldn't compromise with the 'one size fits all' style that has taken over nearly any other resort. The decor is loyal to African style - from the stunning straw roof to the crude, yet stylish, wooden towel holders and shell soap dish.
The Italian cuisine is equipped with local ingredients. You won't find the abundance and luxury found in a 5 stars hotel (we booked one in advance for a couple of nights) but the quality can't be beaten. Nor can Mvuvi's atmosphere. Plates include many pastas with nothing but fresh fish, sea food, fresh tropical fruits. All done with a perfect Italian touch - never too fried or spiced, never sacrificing quality for abundance.
The whole place feels like a summer villa of one big family. A lot thanks to Silvia's and Hany's personal attention to every guest. You don't like any of today's lunch starters? - will tuna carpaccio do? Silvia actually checks out daily during breakfast with everyone about any special requests for lunch/supper/afternoon activity/room comfort. You'll find your way there even if you are a veggie or staying away from sea food.
The tea time continues the same line. Guests gather for tea and cookies while Silvia and Hany small talk with everyone, yet making sure everybody's needs and wills are met. They will organize snorkeling/diving tour on the best time for a fair price (Hany is a dive master who knows very well the sea, its tides, weather changes, underwater sites), advise on anything they know about the Island and just pass the little time off they have with the guests. All in a friendly, not just professionally polite, manner.
Don't expect a pool, its a tiny one. There's a magnificent ocean right there.
I spare the words about the serenity and beauty of the beach and water - check out the photos.
I never came back to the same hotel twice due to chronic curiosity and need for change, Mvuvi Resort will probably be my first deviation from this habit.
A little difficulty the place poses is the inability to pay or book with credit card. The bank transfers, mandatory for booking, not only are annoyingly expensive but also quite complicated, especially if done not from Europe.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

We felt very welcome. Clean, alert service, helpful, wonderful white an blanket beach (innocuous for children!). When Milly (owner) is there, she can help in each situation because she was living there over a long time.
Sometimes the air-condition was falling out but only for a short time. This had to do with the electric-maintenance on the Island. The hotel could tide over this break always after a while with their compressor.
In 1 hour car drive the stone town (main city) is accessible. The hotel can organize a shuttle to the town and back.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2010 via mobile

I stayed there almost one month and cam suggest it to everyone who looks for a real alternative to the big club hotels in kiwengwa. With only six very charming rooms, you are threated in a very personal way from the staff and hotel manager. the food is delicious (italian and fresh local dishes/seafood) and the terrace restaurant offers nice view over the sea. the hotel is directly at the beach. the rooms offer safe, fan, very spacious bathroom with shower, bed with mosquito net and is furnished with local products. the prices seem to be very affordable.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kiwengwa Beach, Kiwengwa, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Kiwengwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kiwengwa
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kiwengwa
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kiwengwa
#3 Family Hotel in Kiwengwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mvuvi Resort 4*
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Also Known As:
Mvuvi Resort Zanzibar/Kiwengwa

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