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SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar

Matemwe, Kigomani 4749 Tanzania
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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#1 of 3 hotels in Kigomani
2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
SeVi Boutique Hotel is situated on the NE part of the spice island of Zanzibar, directly opposite of the spectacular atoll of Mnemba, a fantastic diving and snorkeling area. With only 13 Bungalows and one Villa nestled amidst our lush tropical gardens, located directly on an isolated bay, you enjoy the exclusivity of your personal piece of paradise. Unwind with stunning views of the Indian Ocean that unfolds from turquoise to ocean-blue and the pristine white sand of the beach. A setting, not only to reconnect with loved ones but also with your inner self. When the tide is low (twice daily), a “reef walk” is an excellent way to explore the oceans treasures and admire the amazing corals revealed. Our staff will be happy to organize this for you. When tide is high, you can swim and snorkel right in front of the hotel. Take a dhow and enjoy crystal water snorkeling or join our in-house PADI center for a diving trip through one of the world’s most famous underwater reserves.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Walking tours
Shuttle bus service
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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English, Swahili
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Mehdi M wrote a review Jun 20
Dubai, United Arab Emirates13 contributions
What a place!! Everything was perfect! Rooms, staff, food, management, landscapes… We felt at home and it was very difficult to leave after spending there a couple of days. We were living in a postcard and got all the stress out. Asante Sana Ashraf, Georges, Dainess, Sharida, Hussein, Juma, Khamis, Violet and all!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from George at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar, Owner at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar
Responded yesterday
Dear Mehdi, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful review. It was a great pleasure having you with us and we all look forward to welcoming you back to SeVi soon! Sunny greetings, George & the SeVi Boutique Hotel Team
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heydommer wrote a review Feb 2020
Hayward, California37 contributions16 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
BEST HOTEL FOR YOUR ZANZIBAR GETAWAY! My fiancé and I traveled here and fell in love with SeVi Boutique Hotel. The best part - THE STAFF! George, Ashraf, Dainess, Oscar, Esther, Jackline, Abraham, and the many others who made our vacation a dream come true! + Always genuine, greeted with a smile and conversation about the trip + Always welcomed after excursions & trips + Best Customer Service 24/7 + Transport planning + Effortless day/night excursion planning + Special dining per your request + ALWAYS felt safe in & around SeVi + ALWAYS BOOK TAXIS THROUGH THEM - they were cheaper than any alternative + Spacious & Clean accommodations + Complimentary massages! + Beautifully kept grounds + BEST SAND BEACH IN ZANZIBAR - Sand was like cooking flour. Amazing white powder + Tons of hammocks/beach chairs to lie in + Super clean pools - there are many - with towels provided + Beach access! Also, raked clean from any seaweed from the night before :) **friendly cats to pet as well for animal lovers. Say hi to “Jambo” within the grounds :)) Dainess & Oscar at the front really went above & beyond! You must ask for them along with Ashraf. 🙏 Felt like a home away from home. CAN’T WAIT TO HOPEFULLY RETURN!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
3 Helpful votes
Response from George_SeVi, General Manager at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar
Responded Feb 21, 2020
Dear Dom, thank you so much for this awesome and detailed review. Genuine Hospitality is written with capital letters in the heart of SeVi and I am thrilled to read that we managed to offer you an all around great Zanzibar experience. Reading that our guests felt like home away from home means so much to us, we can't wait to welcome you back soon! On behalf of the whole crew, I wish you guys all the best and send you lots of sunny greetings George & the SeVi Team
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Anmar H wrote a review Jun 9
Sudan4 contributions
The place is warming, calm, and very romantic atmosphere. The people were welcoming and lovely . The waiters were great at serving us specially Rashid, he is so helpful and ready to serve any orders or request we did. Ashraf the operation manager was great, he did very well in making the place more comfortable for us and ready to serve our needs, even the phone chargers 😉.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t eat meet there, bring any special needs as it’s very far from the city, target the garden...
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Response from George at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar, Owner at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Anmar, thank you very much for taking the time to share your SeVi experience with the fellow traveler community. We are happy to read that you enjoyed the vibes and atmosphere, we hope we will be able to welcome you back in the near future. Till then, we wish you all the best! George & the SeVi Boutique Hotel Team
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Bella wrote a review May 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates31 contributions6 helpful votes
The hotel was beautifully decorated, with well manicured gardens and landscape. The bungalow's design was beautiful like a perfect tropical paradise. The hotel was small and has a lot of privacy. The staff were so hospitable and helpful. They were attentive during breakfast and lunch. The front office staff was so sweet she helped us arrange transportation to Nungwi twice. We were offered with complimentary massage, unfortunately we weren't able to use it as we had other plans. The price of the hotel is comparable to a 5 star hotel but lacks some 5 star amenities/touches. The bed linens were of poor quality, filthy with stain marks, no duvets/comforters and we had to use our own blankets just to get through the night. No lotion included in their bathroom amenities. The water from the sink smelled so bad. The mezzanine floor was useless as there was no furniture in that area. The food was just alright; we had lunch in the restaurant once then ate somewhere else afterwards. There were a lot of cats and every morning I see them sleeping in the hammock hence I never used it again. Sometimes they even jump on your lap while eating at the restaurant. I am not against cats but this is not something I expect on a hotel this expensive. But the major letdown for me was that although the hotel is situated in front of the beach, it was not swimmable at all! It was very dirty, full of seaweeds/sea grass and sea urchins. Even when we tried to walk to the nearby village it was still the same. If you want to swim in the sea, you have to pay extra to go to Mnemba Island or to Nungwi 😅 Also, keep in mind that at around 3am-4am you will be woken up by the prayer call from the mosque of the nearby village. It was not a bad hotel but if I have to do it all over again, I would stay in Nungwi.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from George at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar, Owner at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Bella, thank you for staying with us, your comments are appreciated. We wish you all the best! George & the SeVi Boutique Hotel Team
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J_Henderson93 wrote a review May 2021
36 contributions48 helpful votes
Our stay in the Sevi Boutique Hotel was definitely positive. The tranquility of the place, the incredible staff and the food (lunch and dinner) are what gives this hotel such a renowned reputation, and I concur with that. All staff were incredibly helpful and friendly from front desk to the restaurant, we really appreciate their efforts throughout our time there. I would thus recommend them to be congratulated and thanked on my behalf to whomever reads this. We have stayed in 5 hotels around Zanzibar previously, and it is fair to say that we have stayed in higher quality hotels elsewhere. The main reason for this is the bungalow. The bungalow we had was sold as 'beach view' but it should be renamed 'restaurant view', it is set back from the beach and lacks privacy and intimacy (you can see inside the bungalow from sitting in the restaurant). Within the bungalow, the space is huge but has questionable features. There is a bizarre upstairs gallery which consists of a large desk and chair, but also two single beds, one with no mattress and one with. We didn't use this space once. The bed is comfortable but was let down by the linen. On our first night I had to request to change it as it was stained in numerous places and had many holes in, thanks again to the great front of house staff for helping us so quickly. Also, half way through our final night, I noticed what looked like a blood stain on the bed sheet in the corner. Not what you expect considering the price paid. The bathroom is also large but also lacks quality. The shower had no hot water when we arrived, I asked reception if we had access to hot water as I know it can be of premium in the area, and they told me they would switch on the very hot water for us. Again as grateful as I am for this help, the 'very hot' water would only last 2 minutes maximum, so we had short showers throughout our stay. The cleanliness in the bathroom also was disappointing, the floor was often wet because of condensation and humidity but didn't seem to be draining anywhere quickly, and there were dead bugs in the bathroom for the duration of our stay (despite staff entering the room twice a day). Not much to say about the breakfast, it was nice with good variety, however the fruit juice was watered down and the pancakes often undercooked and poached eggs overcooked. Again this wasn't a huge deal but it highlights the lack of quality executed. All in all, we had a nice time at Sevi but it didn't quite tick all our boxes considering the expectations we had reading other reviews, and for the price paid.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Response from George at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar, Owner at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear J. thank you kindly for this positive review, your kind words on our Team are greatly appreciated. I would really like to look into the issues you mention in detail, your input could possibly help us improve. Therefore, in case you have a few minutes, it would be great if you could drop me a line at the email address of our hotel. Just a couple of quick replies to clarify 2 issues: 1. The "bizarre upstairs gallery" you refer to, is the mezzanine, clearly to be seen on photos online and it is meant as a working space (hence the desk and chair) and ​extra space by tripple/quadruple occupancy. 2. "you can see inside the bungalow from sitting in the restaurant" With bungalows spaced at least 15 meters apart from each other, ​with trees and greenery between them and with the nearest of them being 50+ meters from the restaurant, (even farther for the sea view rooms) I believe that our bungalows offer privacy to the maximum extent possible. I am truly sorry this didn't suffice in your case. We will try to find solutions for further improvement though. Once again, many thanks for being with us, the crew send their best and I personally look forward to you contacting me George & the SeVi Boutique Hotel Team
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$144 - $320 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandKigomani
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Frequently Asked Questions about SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar
Which popular attractions are close to SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar?
Nearby attractions include Matemwe Beach (1.9 miles), Bandas Live Music (2.2 miles), and Muyuni Beach (1.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bin Jabir Restaurant, Furaha Local Restaurant, and Seles Beach Bar and Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar have an airport shuttle?
Yes, SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Tumbatu Island (9.8 miles), Datch Excursions Zanzibar! (9.7 miles), and Fukuchani Ruins (6.6 miles).
Does SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.