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Evergreen Bungalows
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Evergreen | Zanzibar, Bwejuu 483, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Bwejuu
Hebden Bridge
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“Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

We couldn't believe the location when we arrived - perfect white sands, turquoise sea, hammocks - all yards from our bungalow door. Quirky fun accomodation - very comfortable. Booked only one bungalow (room) - but they gave us a second room (upstairs) for the children when we asked (no extra charge - but quiet season). Very helpful staff. Comfy bar area - open to beach. Good value.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

The staff was friendly and always had smiles. They were very accommodating with the children even to the point of entertaining the kids (even the owner)! The price is excellent especially considering the fact that you are beach front. When the tide is in at night you fall asleep to the sound of the waves hitting the shore. Magnificent phosphorescence light up like stars in the sand. There are wild Red Colobus Monkeys quietly swinging in the trees outside our room. Jozani Forest is a quick trip (and organized by the hotel) from Evergreen Bungalows. My kids talk about Evergreen Bungalows because they can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

A hidden gem, nicely isolated from bigger towns. Beautiful palm-tree coastline, very nice rustic accomodation and a cosy bar with a very good restaurant offering locally-caught seafood. Idyllic. It's a nice bus trip from Stonetown, too.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Split, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

Evergreen is super chilled spot. Placed after Bwejuu, a bit out of main stream, makes it perfect hide away. There are few types of bungalows, depending on your preferences. I found all of them cute, either you wanna front row, back row, ground floor, open air style upper floor, etc. You have to understand that some things are simply "Zanzibar style" and this is how it is here, it is not hotel specific. Cool thing about it is that you have selection. If you're freaking out because of bugs, then don't take upper floor open air room, as...bugs will be there, you're in Africa!
Food in Evergreen was great and even cheaper then in other places. For example, octopus main dish was TSH10,000 while in other mid range places is more likely TSH13,000.
There is no wi-fi available, but you can get laptop to use whenever needed.
Staff is super nice and relaxed.
If you're couple, they cam make very special romantic dinner for you right there on the beach.
Regarding the price, very basic Zanzibar rule - do not book online. Come there and find your place, you will get it much cheaper then in advance, especially if lower season which is always better to go for if you can make it. Once resorts are empty, they will agree even for USD20 per person including breakfast :-)) Same rule applies here in Evergreen.
Beach is nice, but be aware that "tide issue" is again Zanzibar thing, it happens all around.
You can book nice trips from Evergreen. The problem is that most tourists complain about the prices expecting to pay each thing less then USD3 just because...they are in Africa and USD3 should be a lot of money here. Nope, totally wrong, Zanzibar is not Africa as you know it from UNICEF advertisements. Zanzibar is super pleasant and developed place and has nothing to do with "other Africa" you imagine. Trust me, if you find that "other Africa" in Zanzibar, you would never come back - nobody wants to see hunger and feminine on their nice honeymoon trip.
So, accept prices as they are or simply travel to Asia where you can still get things half price :-)
...most important...enjoy your holidays! Zanzibari people are extremely nice and easy going, so, if you are complaining about Zanzibar.....hmmmm

Room Tip: so many styles to choose from, depends on your preference
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Binghamton, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

In July 2011, three of us spent $80 per night for a second-floor room in a beach-front bungalow. Sleeping was not the most comfortable, as the mosquito nets had many holes, and the ocean breezes did not blow through as we thought they would. Use your bug spray at this place! We dined on premises the first night, and were pleased - but we had better seafood elsewhere on Zanzibar, including the crab at the place just next door. We were very disappointed that a managing employee tried to rip us off big-time by trying to arrange a taxi ride to town (Paje, a few km down the beach) with his friend, for 3+ times what it should have cost. We finished bargaining with somebody else in the area (many "independent" businesses can operate on/around the beach and resort grounds), and the employee from Evergreen Bungalows went out of his way to shut down our negotiations, because we weren't happy with the price that he tried to force us to pay his friend. As on most of Zanzibar, you should do some research ahead of time about reasonable prices to pay for transport, amenities, etc. For example, a taxi across the island from the airport should cost around 50,000 schillings ($30-35 US) - most will try to charge at least $50 - and three of us rented snorkeling equipment (with transport by car and boat out to the "blue lagoon," a few km to the north) for about $50 total.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

Friendly and helpful staff, great swahili style food.
The beach is NOT a swimming beach as the tide goes out miles and the lagoon has many spiny urchins so as long as you are aware then you will not be disappointed.

Not the place to go for anything else but relaxation and perhaps some scuba if the season is right.

Room Tip: quirky rooms, clean and great views
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2011

We stayed 4 nights in Jan 2011. Make sure you negotiate the price We stayed in the beach front bungalows for $80 the couple next door was paying $70 and the couple below $100 for the same type of room.
Pros: Beautiful view from the rooms on the beach, excellent food with different menu options everyday (it takes 1-2 hours to be served, so order in advance...), Peaceful, romantic
Cons: The water is nice for swimming only in the morning (then there is low tide and in the evening the water is warm like in a Japanese bath). Windy in the afternoon. A bit overpriced for what they offer but try to negotiate. Far away from anywhere which is the case for all hotels in the south east side (45 min drive from stone town)

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Evergreen | Zanzibar, Bwejuu 483, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Bwejuu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Bwejuu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Evergreen Bungalows 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel has 14 rooms in 9 bungalows. 5 Double storey bungalows direct on the beach offer 9 self contained rooms, each with a different touch. Furthermore there are 3 garden bungalows. All the rooms have been decorated using local materials to give them a unique Zanzibari feel and come complete with mosquito nets and fresh running water. Coconut wood fixtures and fittings give an exotic feel to the suites. Each bungalow has its own balcony with chairs and a table and all rooms have their own en-suite bathroom hot water.We accept credit cards and we have free Wi-Fi for in house guests. ... more   less 
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