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“Great Value beach getaway” 4 of 5 stars
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Mbuyuni Beach Village
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Jambiani Village, East Coast of Zanzibar | at the beginning of Jambiani Village, Jambiani, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Jambiani
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Great Value beach getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

Located in Jambiani this is one of the first 'resorts' as you enter the small village. The setting is very relaxing and romantic with small bungalows a few steps from the beach.
The rooms are well sized and comfortable, very good value when you compare to similar places. The attached restaurant serves reasonably good food which is pretty well priced, a mix of seafood, local and italian dishes is usually available.
The beach out front is pretty good, not the cleanest in Zanzibar but still alright. There is also a smallish pool if you want to swim as the sea here isn't really deep enough and there is too much coral. All in all great value and an enjoyable stay.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

Staff were very helpful, left large amount of dollars in their care with no problems.
Rooms were basic and spacious, slept well inspite of a noisy bushbaby.
Wifi worked well when the power was on.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon from 4th-12th June 2011. We chose the hotel because it looked like it was in a beautiful location, was away from all the crowds and tourist areas, and very reasonably priced- and we were right!

We arrived at the hotel and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and the location was paradise. The pool was also a big bonus as that area of sea isn't very easy to swim in due to the coral. The restaurant was very reasonably priced with a good selection of food, and there is wifi in the restaurant too which is brilliant. Stonetown is about an hour away by taxi ($50) and the hotel manager is very good at booking taxis and excursions- a must-see is the Spice Tour in Kizimbani, where you go round a spice farm and they cook a meal for you at the end. It was $35 each for the taxi there and back and the tour as well- very good value. Also walking to Paje is a nice trip, the Supa Duka shop there is brilliant, it stocks drinks, food, ice cream, toiletries etc. and is only a 25 minute walk from the hotel.

There were blackouts while we were there but we were expecting that and it wasn't a big issue, we took torches with us, and the hotel staff put a little kerosene lamp on our porch so we could find our way over to the restaurant. We had hot water every day, but the showers weren't very powerful so had to use a little bucket to tip water over our heads, which wasn't a problem. There were ceiling fans in the room which was great. If we had to pick up on something that could be improved, then it would have been nice to have a TV in the room- but that's the only fault we could find and we didn't really miss it too much.

We did have an issue with ants coming into the room on a couple of occasions but the hotel manager was extremely kind in getting us bug spray to get rid of them (even at 10pm when we had to disturb him!!!)

Overall the hotel was fantastic and very reasonably priced, and would definitely recommend this place to anyone we knew going to Zanzibar!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

We stayed here for 5 nights in June 2011 and greatly enjoyed our stay. Shehe and the rest of the staff were very friendly and helpful arranging visits to Jozani and snorkelling trips. The food was excellent and very reasonably priced and the pool is a massive benefit when the sea can be difficult to swim in. There are also loads of pleasant places to sit and relax.
The room was large and comfortable with a pleasant veranda and hot showers. The only issue was that we appeared to be attacked by dust mites from the bed and ended up with an annoying itchy rash. No-one else staying there seemed to be affected so it may just have been our bed, and the rash did go after a few days so I wouldn't let that affect your decision.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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amour100, Manager at Mbuyuni Beach Village, responded to this review, June 14, 2011
Thanks very much for the feedback, We will make sure to put more works on those few issues raised.
Many thanks!
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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2011

We stayed there for 6 days. The place is run by a family, the staff is very attentive, nice and ready to help with everything. We haven't seen a place like this in whole Africa! The rooms are clean and well mainianed. There is hot water in showers! The ocean is just outside of the rooms, at night you can hear it clearly! Mbuyuni Beach has its own restaurant with fresh food, decent prices, great waiter Mirage and manager Amour! We'll come back there for sure!

Room Tip: The best are double rooms (with Zanzibar beds)
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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amour100, Manager at Mbuyuni Beach Village, responded to this review, June 14, 2011
Thanks very much for the positive feedback,
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2011

My bungalow was very clean with interesting artwork on the walls. The water was very hot for the shower and the basin. It was wonderful to sit out of an evening and watch the moon rise and listen to the waves pounding the shore. The restaurant food was adequate and reasonably cheap but the service was painfully slow. Breakfast (included)was good despite the free wasps with the jam!

The newly built swimming pool was a huge bonus as the sea was often a long way out and difficult to reach over the stony beach. It is a pleasant walk to the village of Paje where there are some useful shops (Super Duka), wind surfing and more restaurants and hotels.

The cleaners did an excellent job and the staff were ever helpful in arranging trips and taxis etc. The free internet access (with wifi if you have your own laptop) was another plus.

All in all a great place to chill out and enjoy the sun and the peace and quiet.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2011

that was the best hollidays we have had since we travel,a great area,very clean bungalows,hotel,marvellous staff ,very nice swimming pool and the cook mirage was wonderfull,we ordered what we want, we will go back in this very quite hotel.
that was the best for me simple,clean,very good food and the excursions were great with our miki the organizer.
a beautifull souvenir!!!!
thank you so much for everything mbujuni

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jambiani Village, East Coast of Zanzibar | at the beginning of Jambiani Village, Jambiani, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Jambiani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Jambiani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Mbuyuni Beach Village 2*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mbuyuni Beach Village is located on the east coast of Zanzibar, right at the beginning of Jambiani village, 4 minutes drive after passing Paje village. ... more   less 
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