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“better then a dream”
OceanView Villa  Beachfront Villa -Veranda w/Great Ocean Views
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Very good
27 reviews
OceanView Villa  Beachfront Villa -Veranda w/Great Ocean Views
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Dining on the veranda
Bungalows exterior
Bungalow veranda
Bungalow veranda
Beach Scene
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Kiwengwa, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago

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jusaja
Finland
Level 6 Contributor
353 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Villa on local village beach”
Reviewed December 3, 2011 for a stay in November 2011
2
people found this review helpful

The villa is located on beach well swimmable when high tide. In front is a seaweed cultivation, to left an exclusive Italian resort (no walk-in!) and to right the poor village of Pwani Mchangani. The beach is less appealing than those in south-east (Jambiani, Paje), north (Kendwa) or even near-by (Matemwe, Kiwengwa) Zanzibar though so far much less crowded. However, many new resorts are being constructed near-by, including new bungalows for this villa. On the beach one is continuously faced with souvenir and excursion selling maasai and the village kids begging for money. If you do not speak Italian, most but not all leave you alone.

The village families carry their daily rubbish and excrements to the beach to be flushed by high tide. Fortunately, the villa staff keeps promptly the upper beach front clean from seaweed and other rubbish. Unfortunately, just after the territory one enters into large informal garbage sites filled with plastic rubbish, cans, broken bottles, worn-out clothing, used tires, empty coconut shells, etc. During a two weeks stay we found every day pieces of broken glass on the beach just outside the villa and once even a machete – so you better watch your step.

The villa is fenced from all sites. There is a guardian dog barking (perhaps for reason but need to put something in one's ears) the beach people after sunset as well as responding to the regular calls of the near-by mosque. The villa has a large tidy garden with flowers and trees (watch out for fallen coconuts!) that provide shelter from mid-day sun.

The spacious interior of villa has an interesting collection of beautiful wooden furniture but more maintenance is needed. Not all windows close properly leaving free access to mosquito, mosquito nets have holes, during heavy showers water falls in here and there (through dries with sun), and the kitchen utensils are a bit worn-out. A charge of 35 USD/day is for the use of kitchen! If needed, the staff makes tasty home-made food with prices similar to near-by restaurants. The villa has a power generator that helps with the frequent electricity cuts in Zanzibar. No wireless, the nearest is about 1 km south by the flag of Poland.

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Liked best: location on beach
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Recommended for:
Large groups
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Management Response
Dec 2, 2011
On the positive and sunny side, the beauty of our beach is breathtaking. The expansive beaches of the North-East coast of Zanzibar cannot even be compared to Jambiani.
Our spacious and exotic, private villa and bungalows are set in a lush tropical garden overlooking the Indian Ocean. From our OceanView veranda you can enjoy the natural splendor of the private beach and the awesome & dramatic breaking dawns. No words can describe the beauty of the view of this magnificent Indian Ocean and the cooling breezes touching your skin.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Vikvandam...
Bruges, Belgium
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“better then a dream”
Reviewed August 25, 2011 for a stay in August 2011
1
person found this review helpful

After a very nice safari in Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengti, we came to Zanzibar to stay 6 nights in the Ocean villa. This place is really great. Fantasic villa with very good confort and very nicely decorated. Its location at the beachside in a small village is so beautiful.
And absolutely above all expectations is the staff with Futari on top. Only one evening we tried a restaurant nearby, just to have an idea. All the others meals we took in the villa, where Futari, Lucy en Salama cooked deliciuous plates at low prices. We were so delighted, that we even invited friends living in a luxurous resort not so far away, to come and eat with us and also they confirmed that the (swahili) cooking and the place are outstanding.
Futari also helped us in providing transport (nice driver and good prices) to all the destinations we wanted to. There is far more to do in Zanzibar than we had expected. Being in this villa also allows a very good and friendly contact with the local people.
The dog Rambo is also a great attraction. He is very nice and easily becomes a very good friend. Our children went very often out walking with him.
After our stay in the villa, we stayed 3 nights in Stone Town in a hotel. This was ok and very practical to see Stone Town by day and evening. We think a stay with 2/3 in the Ocean Villa an 1/3 in a residence in Stone Town is an excellent combination.

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Liked best: this is a residence with a great heart
Traveling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Aug 24, 2011
Dear Katrien
Our many thanks for the lovely review you wrote on the OceanView Villa and the staff.
We truly appreciate your time to take to write this wonderful review which make us very proud of our efforts to give our best to our guests.
We are so happy to know that you enjoyed your stay in the villa and Zanzibar. We miss Rambo tremendously.
Our best wishes to you and your family.
Lilia & Alex
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Nice
Reviewed March 6, 2011 for a stay in February 2011

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Liked best: the position
Traveling group: Spouse / significant other
Your age range 45-54
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
Friends getaway A romantic getaway
Older travelers Families with young children
Families with teenagers Large groups
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Cape Town
Reviewed January 2, 2011 for a stay in December 2010
1
person found this review helpful

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
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Traveling group: Family with teenagers
Your age range 45-54
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed September 13, 2010 for a stay in July 2010

Value Rooms
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Traveling group: Large group or tour
Your age range 45-54
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 13, 2010
Dear Hendrik
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your stay in OceanView Villa.
We truly appreciate it and we are so happy you have enjoyed the villa and the service.
Our best wishes
Lilia & Alex
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Kampala/ Trento
Reviewed September 1, 2010 for a stay in July 2010

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check in / front desk Service
Liked best: The beach, the house, the food
Traveling group: Family with young children
Your age range 35-44
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
Friends getaway A romantic getaway
Older travelers Families with young children
Families with teenagers Tourists
Large groups
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Management Response
Sep 1, 2010
Dear Katia
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. Your description of the place and the food is very characteristic. We wish Futari could read it.
With deep appreciation
Lilia, Futari & Alex
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UK
Reviewed March 21, 2010 for a stay in February 2010

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Liked best: Beautiful Property
Liked least: Nothing!
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
Friends getaway A romantic getaway
Older travelers Families with young children
Families with teenagers Tourists
Rugged travelers
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Management Response
Mar 21, 2010
Dear Nick & Shama
Our many thanks for the lovely review you wrote on the OceanView Villa and the staff.
We are so happy to know that you enjoyed your stay. We also miss Rambo tremendously.
Best wishes
Lilia & Alex
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
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