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“Castaway feeling” 4 of 5 stars
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Makuti Beach Hotel
Bwejuu Road | Jambiani-Paje, Bwejuu 8841, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #3 of 8 Bwejuu B&B and Inns
Leeds, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Castaway feeling”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

After one night in Stone Town we headed south-east in a hire car to Makuti Beach Hotel. Even with a satnav it is pretty tricky to find as you have to turn off the road and head over the sand towards the sea - this hotel really is on the beach! We had three rooms pre-booked so everything was lined up for us to dump our stuff and head for the bar.

The rooms are exactly what you would expect for the price - clean, cool (no aircon or fans), power shower and four poster with mossy net. I had the upstairs room 103, this is as close to the beach as you can get so if you do not like the sound of waves through the night get one further back. Remember that there are daily power cuts on Zanzibar so take a torch or you might end up walking into immovable objects on the way back from the bar.

The staff were really friendly and the single cook turned out an excellent small varied menu for both lunch and dinner. As ever the service is slow, they serve a table at a time and even though we were there in low season all the rooms were taken. The longer you wait the more you drink and the barman was great at keeping us well lubricated. He even took us to a dodgy club on one of the nights after he had finished. For some reason all the bars/clubs seem to play Bob Marley tracks - I never liked him and it began to get quite annoying after 7 nights on the island.

All in all, a really nice 'hotel', very laid back, good staff, great food and plenty of loungers to burn on. Well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Room 103 is nearest the beach.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We spend 10 nights in this lovely resort on the Indian Ocean. We booked this yet undiscovered place through the internet. We were somewhat uncertain whether the beautiful pictures we had seen were really true. However, reality proved to be even more beautiful. We got a warm welcome from Peter and Mabel, the friendly Spanish owners. The service from the local employees was excellent. The hospitality from the always laughing Abdulli, the loyal and service-orinented Hassan and the helpful 'resort doctor', who was important after our youngest son stand with his feet in a starfish, was unforgottable. We can recommend this beautiful place to verybody who liks to have a 'bounty' experience with all the luxury you need and can get in countries like Tanzania.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We spent a week here. It was a great environment to spend a week in. The rooms are nice, clean and comfortable, but what makes them great is that they feel like they are a part of the whole peaceful, relaxed, beach environment of this small hotel. You never feel like you have come "into" the hotel, you feel like you are living "on" the beach. The restaurants menu is limited but changes daily. Some dishes are better than others, but that is what we found at all the restaurants we ate at. The focus on this stretch of beach seems to be on the ocean and beach environment not really on world class cuisine. Resources like water, power, and supplies can still be troublesome for hotel owners in this area of Zanzibar. While I have heard that the more upscale or "well developed" areas of Zanzibar have some better amenities, this hotel and this area feels much simpler and more connected to the local natural environment. The owners live on site and are great.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baku, Azerbaijan
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We stayed at Makuti during high season, a time I dread but it had to be. Happily, the four nights and five days spent with owners Mabel and Peter could not have been better. While there were a number of guests, we never felt anything but calm, relaxed and able to have privacy. Mabel, Peter and the staff are great and by the end of our stay they felt like family. The bungalow was comfortable, clean, and welcoming. My favorite place was the upstairs "lounge", a perfect place for reading and watching life along the shore. The beach is perfect for swimming when the tide is in and for watching coastal life when the tide is out. It could not be better, tide out or in, for jogging or taking long walks. The food was tasty, with sizable portions. We were so relaxed that we had no desire to leave the premises to eat elsewhere, however there are numerous places along the beach to eat should one chose to do so. Also the village of Bwejuu offers a friendly glimpse into Swahili coastal life, A return visit to Makuti is a must.

  • Stayed August 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We stayed here last December. After booking at Mustapha's and having a bad experience there we stumbled across Makuti and after speaking to Peter quickly relocated!
Lovely clean reasonably priced bungalows, right on the beach. Though variety started to become an issue after the 4th day, the food was delicious and the restaurant was the perfect spot to get out of the heat, relax and enjoy the ocean breezes. The staff were all extremely accommodating and made our stay very comfortable, would definitely stay again!.
Gracias Peter, hasta la proxima!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Dubai
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

I think there was a change of management. I have been in the restaurant after the good reviews. But the food was awfull. The menu was very simple 6 dishes and the prizes were very high compared with the other restaurants in the same area.
We ordered: A plate of calamari ( only 7 small pieces with a bit of rice) 10$; it was like gum
. Grilled fish and chips (the fish portion was like a quater of a small fish slice) 10$.
I am sending this review because I am really disapointed.And I wish no one else makes the same mistake.
I spent a month in Zanzibar and this is the worst restaurant I've ever.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

Absolutely everything you could want. Chose Makuti because the reviews on trip advisor made it sound like a perfect plase to sit and read and relax and it totally delivered. Prisitine beach, great food, really quiet - only two other guests there over the Easter long weekend. The staff was super-helpful in arranging tours, etc.

Being able to watch the sunrise from bed was a nice added bonus.

Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Address: Bwejuu Road | Jambiani-Paje, Bwejuu 8841, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Bwejuu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Bwejuu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small and fine, the Makuti Beach Hotel, with only 10 different bungalows located directly run on the white sandy beach of the Indian Ocean.Shoes off and relax, that's the motto for us.Own restaurant, bar and lounge. Daily fresh fish and seafood.Quiet and relaxing atmosphere.To the lively Paje with kite and dive shops, bars and supermarket you walk 15min. along the beach.See you on the beachKaribu Sana - Makuti Beach Hotel ... more   less 
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