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“disappointment in the service” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Andy's Karibuni Romantic Garden

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Andy's Karibuni Romantic Garden
East coast | three km north of Bwejuu village, Bwejuu, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #11 of 12 hotels in Bwejuu
1 review
“disappointment in the service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2007

Rooms are pleasant, setting is beautiful, unfortunately during low tide the water is extremely shallow , and when it is high tide
there is so much seaweed that they are everywhere.
Dogs and cats are lovely and friendly.
No hot or warm water in the bathroom. Electricity is supplied by a generator and only on rare nights.
The rubbish bin was not emptied for nearly a week and the towels provided were not changed either for the whole lenght of stay.
Food is not so cheap as she thinks it is, we had more delicious and a lot cheaper dinner at DAR airport.
Do not expect much advice from Andrea as unfortunately she would not know the know-how of the excursions or trips, neither the costs .
If you plan just to relax on the beach and walk around your accommodation it is the best place, but if you wish to see as much of Zanzibar as possible than I think the best is to stay in Stonetown as most excursions start form there /e.g. Chumbe Coral Park / .

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2007

Uff! What a relief from the letdown that was our previous lodging. We stumbled over Andy's Karibuni while trying to escape the incessant beach hawking that made our stay in Jambiani almost unbearable. After a sunset stroll on an almost empty (and 100% tout-free) Bwejuu beach, followed by a magical dinner at Andy's Romantic Garden restaurant, we immediately decided to switch quarters.

German-Hungarian owner Andrea has found just the right mix for anyone looking to get away from the usual all-inclusive resort setup that sadly seems to dominate this part of the island. Karibuni's basic but bright and clean bungalows are sprinkled across a large property with lush tropical vegetation, with the main reception/restaurant building set near the beach. All units have showers and are furnished with mosquito-netted beds and African furniture, prints, and paintings. If you don't happen to catch one of the bungalows with a direct view of the sea, don't despair, as it's only a couple of steps to the beach.

Business was slow, so we had the place to ourselves, except for two staff, Andrea, and her two friendly dogs. Breakfast and dinner was served in the semi-open restaurant under a straw-thatched roof. Diverse African artwork and bric-a-brac on display (and sale) added even more to the charm of (almost) al fresco dining tropical style.

Andy's Karibuni lies right in the heart of the Bwejuu lagoon, which makes for excellent snorkeling and swimming. If you feel like venturing beyond the lagoon, the scuba diving station at nearby Breezes resort will be happy to take you there.

To wrap it up, the main drawback, or should I say advantage, is that the place is hard to find. Set roughly 500m before the Breezes resort, it's easy to miss the turn off the main road. If coming by car for the first time, make sure you have someone pick you up there.

  • Liked — Location, location, location! And the friendly atmosphere, of course.
  • Disliked — Without transportation, you're a little out there.
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: East coast | three km north of Bwejuu village, Bwejuu, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Bwejuu
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Ranked #11 of 12 hotels in Bwejuu
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Andy's Karibuni Romantic Garden Zanzibar/Bwejuu

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