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#1 of 24 in Matemwe
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4.7
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4.8
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4.7
Value
4.6
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Villa Kiva is located on the long and white sandy beach of Matemwe on the north east coast of Zanzibar. Matemwe is well known for the absence of big resorts and mass tourism. It is a part of the island where it is still possible to share and live the local life, walking through a local fish market and having a relaxing time on the beach. Just in front of Villa Kiva there is the atoll of Mnemba Island where it is possible to admire the amazing reef and colourful fish both snorkeling and scuba diving.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Kids stay free
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Diving
Hiking
Snorkeling
Fishing
Children's television networks
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Spa
Couples massage
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Doorperson
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Minibar
Bidet
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Safe
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Mid-range
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Dutch, Italian, Polish and 1 more
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Oscar wrote a review Mar 2022
Stockholm, Sweden9 contributions7 helpful votes
We had a nice room with a great sea view balcony. The setting was nice with easy access to the ocean and two swimming pools in the back. Housekeeping was perfect. Really nice place! Two downsides however: the restaurant was ok, but not more than that. Some of the staff never smiled - not a big problem, but an would have been an easy way to improve or experience.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Sou1686 wrote a review Mar 2022
69 contributions68 helpful votes
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Villa kiva is a tucked away oasis in Matemwe village, the village itself is very untouched by tourism, meaning there are few restaurants/bars nearby. The hotel has everything you need; snorkelling equipment, reef shoes, great food, drinks, games. We had breakfast and dinner included, breakfast was fresh fruit, bread basket, and a main course, and dinner was a 3 course set menu which usually had one vegetarian, one fish and one meat option. The food was absolutely delicious, especially the fresh fish/seafood. During high tide you can swim/dip in the sea, but there are sea urchins so you have to be careful. All of the staff are so welcoming and friendly, I would definitely recommend this hotel if you want a quiet relaxing holiday.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Bring cash as there is a 3% charge on all debit/credit cards and no atm's nearby.
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Thys G wrote a review Mar 2022
Pretoria1 contribution
Fantastic - the staff make this Villa - it was so nice always seeing smiling friendly faces and really going out of their way to achieve service excellance - well done !!! I would recommend to anybody and from this location there is lots of other stuff to do like snorkeling walking oon the beach etc
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Kathleen M wrote a review Mar 2022
15 contributions8 helpful votes
What a lovely property. Quietly tucked away with wonderful amenities, great food and a beautiful beach. I could have spent much more time at this lovely property. The room was very spacious, clean and comfortable. I had a lovely massage in the spa that was private but surrounded by nature.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Robert wrote a review Feb 2022
3 contributions4 helpful votes
perfect place to relax and have a piece of mind ..Great location in front of the beach.Staff help you out to find anything on the island what you need: trips, taxi,beautiful garden, well kept and maintained Thanks a lot to the entire team for a lovely stay.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Sharif H wrote a review Nov 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates23 contributions1 helpful vote
The staff are really friendly and customer oriented. Special thanks to Francisco & Edwin. The knew were were honey mooning so they upgraded us to a nicer room because we did not like the smaller room we booked online. Areas for improvement: To be fair it seems they are already working on renovating their rooms since few rooms were locked up and work was going on inside them but the only Comments we could think of is the toilet ware and shower accessories is a bit rusty. New ones would be nice. The pool would require a bit more attention and cleaning. Other than that beautiful place, amazing staff, great food and very good location!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Matamwe in general is a quite place. Opt for fullboard.
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mystimas wrote a review Nov 2021
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We had a lovely stay at Villa Kiva. Matemwe is a quieter village with a few local restaurants and shops around. You can walk out on low tide and snorkeling/diving at Mnemba is very close by. The rooms have everything you need for a comfortable mid to long term stay - kettle, fridge, wardrobe, desk was all provided. Staff were friendly and responsive, including the owners who stay on site. Only downside was the Wifi which was a little slow if you need to do some remote work.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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kralikovabarbora wrote a review Nov 2021
Bratislava Region, Slovakia1 contribution
I loved absolutely everything about this place, starting from the location, ending with the staff :) everything on spot, breakfast delicious and also dinner. I would definitely come again and recommend to all my friends
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Dai Dai E wrote a review Nov 2021
Toronto, Canada56 contributions15 helpful votes
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Simply stunning. Every hotel staff was kind. Loved how every night someone comes to spray bug spray. Good selection of food. I did the half board and menu was different every night. Food reasonably priced. Beach not busy. Two pools to choose from plus there own private beach. I wish I could stay longer. Breakfast menu/spread was amazing. Loved the pancakes.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Volker W wrote a review Nov 2021
Mannheim, Germany18 contributions9 helpful votes
was there in october 21 for 2 weeks.the hotel is very charming and has a relaxed flaire.the rooms where very clean(thx to the cleaning ladies).well the bathrooms needs a bit renovation but they where clean.the breakfast in the morning was very good and served very fast.the view from the dinning room on the indian ocean was overwhelming.we booked halfboard and the dinner was ala cart.i must say the dinner was ingredible good.all the employees in the hotel where absolutly friendly( miss u guys).so the 2 weeks where very good to calm down and relax.but there is no big action(like bars or clubs arround).all i can say is thank you to all of the staff.great people.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: if u wanna quiet and relaxed time there,it is a perfect place
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PRICE RANGE
$83 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandMatemwe
NUMBER OF ROOMS
27
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Frequently Asked Questions about Villa Kiva
Which popular attractions are close to Villa Kiva?
Nearby attractions include Matemwe Beach (0.4 miles), Bandas Live Music (0.7 miles), and Muyuni Beach (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Villa Kiva?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Villa Kiva?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Villa Kiva?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Villa Kiva?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Villa Kiva?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bin Jabir Restaurant, Furaha Local Restaurant, and Seles Beach Bar and Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Villa Kiva?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Villa Kiva have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Villa Kiva offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Villa Kiva have airport transportation?
Yes, Villa Kiva offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Villa Kiva?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Italian, Polish, Dutch, and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Villa Kiva?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Datch Excursions Zanzibar! (8.3 miles) and Fukuchani Ruins (7.7 miles).