We had an amazing experience at Upepo. The bungalow overlooked the beach & sea which was stunning. The room had a decent bed with mosquito net, fan, and bathroom. I enjoyed the sea breeze a lot and never felt like i needed AC. During the night we just opened the windows (which have mosquito protection) and slept very comfortable. I think there are just 2 bungalows, which I really enjoyed, it was always so quiet and peaceful there. They clean your bungalow whenever you give them the key, we did it every 2 days.
The hosts were amazing, Selle took really good care of us making sure we were ok and joined us to the lagoon to make sure we were all safe. I had a problem with the ATM in the airport and did not have enough to pay for the room, there was no stress at all and in the middle of the week Rasta & Patrick went to stonetown with us so I could withdraw money from the Barclays ATM (only atm that worked with my card). Rasta also arranged a boat to Prison island from us and both bus-rides, which were not expensive at all.
My diving goggles broke the first day, and one of their guys repaired it in a way it was like brand new, I can't believe how he did that! what a service!
On the 2nd day we rented a scooter and drove to Stonetown which was an amazing experience. On the way back we got lost in the middle of nowhere and the scooter didn't start anymore while it was already dark. We were able to stop a taxi and load it in, and he brought us back to Upepo. Eventually the problem was a switch for the reserve gas which I didn't know that it was there and had to be put on. They gave us a 10$ discount which was almost the taxi ride back and I really appreciated that as I was a little bit fed up with it.
The food was indeed very good, I loved the Calamari, their chips, fish etc. The only food I wasn't too impressed with was the lobster which wasn't that tasty and meaty for me. Also cocktails are not really their thing:) You can see the sea from the restaurant and they also have a little patio to eat and have breakfast right on the beach away from the others, very cool.
I can also recommend to go an evening to eat at Bellevue, which is just a 10 minute beachwalk. It's very cosy there and had very good cocktails.
The beach was amazing. During high tide there is no one! It's sooo calm and private.
I can not understand the negative reviews about seaweed and pieces of pine tries. This is just nature, not litter.
Also the difference between low & high tide didn't botter me at all. We've swum from 1pm until 6pm without a problem. And during low tide you can walk the ocean, which is really cool, but be sure to wear protective shoes (I've experienced the sea urchills the hard way ;) ). You can walk until the heavy waves and there it's a lot of fun to swim.
For me this vacation was amazing to be gone from all the technology and stress in Europe.
I loved the back to basics feeling. In the evening there were a lot of power failures but that didn't bother me at all. It was just cosy, they bring candles to your bungalow, or when you are eating in the restaurant.
On vacation I want to be far away from other tourists, noise, animation, music etc and this was the perfect place. If you are looking for a luxury resort with swimming pools this is not the place for you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Upepo Boutique Beach Bungalows offers the convenience of a hotel with private bungalows on the beach and a great breakfast included in the price. Set on a long white sand beach on the East Coast of Zanzibar, we offer a quiet safe environment to relax. Enjoy opportunities for snorkeling, diving, kite-surfing, or rent a bike and explore on your own. Our restaurant uses fresh local ingredients and serves Zanzibar dishes as well as International favorites. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Upepo Boutique Beach Bungalows Zanzibar/Bwejuu