I was completely in love with this hotel. Really beautifully done rooms, right on the beach if you request, wonderful hammocks to lie in, yoga mats to use or lie on, gorgeous sunrises, great beach to walk or bike on at low tide. The staff are incredibly attentive, friendly, and helpful - they can take care of anything you need, and the prices they charged for activities, airport pickup, etc. were quite competitive (get the airport pickup - a driver who doesn't know the place will never find it). They are very protective of you, and really make sure that you have a fantastic stay. I don't quite know how to capture how beautiful this place is, and what a good job Upepo does in allowing you to appreciate it fully, from well-placed and designed seating, lovely and charming room decorations, a lovely outdoor dining area, etc. Very highly recommended.
Things to be aware of (I'm hesitant to say cons, since these are the sorts of things to be expected in a small beach hotel, but do be aware before you book): 1) There is no hot water, and it is a salt water shower. 2) There are a fair number of bugs in the room. Generally not distracting (though there were a bunch of tiny ants in my bed at one point, which I was not a huge fan of). They have great mosquito nets though (the structured ones that you don't have to fuss with and tuck in), and the wind generally keeps the flying bugs at bay, but if you would be upset by seeing some bugs on the bathroom floor, this might not be quite the right place. 3) Food takes a very, very long time to be prepared. They say 1 hour, but it's often more like 2. The food is really tasty once it arrives though! And I didn't find that any of these things interfered with my enjoyment or love of Upepo, since I was prepared for them by other Trip Advisor reviews, but it is a good idea to be prepared for them.
- 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 Island/Bwejuu