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“Perfect Relaxing Beach-house”
OceanView Villa  Beachfront Villa -Veranda w/Great Ocean Views
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27 reviews
OceanView Villa  Beachfront Villa -Veranda w/Great Ocean Views
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Kiwengwa, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago

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Very good - based on 27 reviews
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Danielle...
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect Relaxing Beach-house”
Reviewed January 11, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

Our family of 5 (incl. 3 young adults) stayed here for a week over Christmas 2014 and it was incredible! The house is beautiful, as are the grounds and gardening surrounding it. The beach is white sand, and compact enough for bicycling which Futari helped us organize. The ocean is incredibly warm and therefore allows for hours of swimming. The food is delicious, and we placed different orders for dinner every night. On Christmas day the staff team made sure that we had a special day, leaving us small Christmas notes and making us a special feast for dinner on the beach! Finally, all of the staff members were incredibly friendly, and always made us feel at home. Given it's slightly secluded nature, this was the perfect beach house for a relaxing getaway on the coast!!

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Liked best: The large porch is the perfect space to lounge with a great breeze
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Jan 12, 2015
Dear Nicole
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 makes 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 the delicious food.
Our true appreciation and best wishes to you and your family!
Lilia & Alex
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Switzerland
Reviewed January 16, 2014 for a stay in December 2013

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Recommended for:
A romantic getaway
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Monmouth Junction NJ
Reviewed August 28, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

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NYC
Reviewed May 9, 2013 for a stay in February 2013
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Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Belgium
Reviewed January 30, 2013 for a stay in January 2013

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Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway
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Dargirl5
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not as described... not what I wanted.. I like swimming in clean water.”
Reviewed January 18, 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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Although Futari and the staff did their best, My friend and I made the best of what turned out to be a huge disappointment with regards the accomadation and location. Much has already been said about the extreme tides and the human excrement and rubbish on the beach in the fishing village right next to Ocean Villa.

There were many features named in the 'ammenaties' section e.g. airconditioning that just didn't exist.. to name but one.... however fair enough there was no mention of this BUT there were no safes in the room. I now see why my question about security pre-holiday was ill received....

for me the BIGGEST disappointment was the very very poor swimming outside the villa... I was dreaming of crystal clear CLEAN water... and what I got was a soup of seaweed.. village rubbish burried in the sand for me to walk on.. and village extcrement a hop skip and a jump away from the villa, despite the gardners constant efforts to keep the patch infront of the villa clear... perhaps if the hotel/villa owners got together they could help solve this problem... I am not sure how the issue of the seaweed farm could be resolved.. but it does impede on the holiday experience..

I won't go on as much has been said about standards... I do hope the owners take on board thier guests comments and work towards improving thier fascility so that people get what they are expecting..

I liked the staff they did their best.. but it was not the holiday I expected and not as described on the package.. I am affraid Kevins review and Jusaja (Finland) were the closest to the truth from all the reveiws I read. The potential is there if things improve.

Good luck as Zanzibar is a beautiful island with lovely people.. so you have all the magic ingrediants to put things right.

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Liked best: Rambo the security dog... singing along with the call to prayer..
Liked least: Cleanliness of beach because villa on outskirts of fishing village.
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Jan 17, 2013
Dear Brenda & Sarah
How shameful of you to write bad stories that do not exists. We do not advertise air conditioning system anywhere, neither in Trip Advisor or on our website. Everywhere in the “Amenities’ section we have “ceiling fans”. We are totally puzzled about your inventions. The same goes about the village beach, please address your complains to the sheha of the village. We have nothing to do with it. Our property is sparkling clean and too bad you missed to see the beauty of our tropical garden and the gorgeous beach in front of our property. How utterly ungrateful you are! Obviously, it makes you happy to ruin other people’s livelihood. One day, if you loose your job, remember what you did to us.
Lilia
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BrendaBo
Kalkan, Turkey
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Extremely disappointing”
Reviewed January 17, 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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Ocean View Villa and Bungalows should be renamed "Ocean Glimpse". The property is set back behind gardens with trees and shrubs, a wall and two fences so that it is only possible to glimpse the ocean.

The amenities described suggested that self catering would be possible but all the cooking facilities are for the use of staff only. The air conditioning does not exist other than in the imagination of the owner!

We stayed for a month and a major concern for us was keeping money and valuables on the property since there is no safe and we often arrived back at the villa in the middle of the afternoon to find the front door open but nobody about. The guard dog, Rambo, was very alert at night but we rarely saw him during the heat of the day. A trip to Stone Town to use an ATM costs 50 USD so regular trips would have been a costly option. Lilia refused to accept weekly Paypal payments for food despite our explanation of the difficulties.

Turn right from the property onto the beach and you are immediately faced by a long stretch of beach used by the the villagers as a rubbish dump and toilet. Furthermore, we were advised not to walk along the beach after dark because of the danger of being robbed. This meant that if we wanted to go out at night we had to use taxis. During the day we were pestered by hordes of begging children and adults trying to sell various good and tours. They would not take no for an answer and were a real problem.

We didn't swim in the area immediately in front of the villa because of its proximity to the filth deposited by the villagers. Instead we walked for 15 minutes in either direction to Waikiki and Villa Dida where the beach was clean. At both places we could swim, eat and drink, use their sunbeds and wifi. Without these places the holiday would have been a disaster. We checked out the cost of staying at Waikiki which was far superior to Ocean View and found that it was comparable.

The saving grace of Ocean View Villa and Bungalows was the staff who are lovely people and did their best to please. Our thanks go to Futari, Sofia, Salama and Babu.

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Liked best: The staff
Liked least: The location and amenities
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Jan 16, 2013
Dear Brenda & Sarah
How shameful of you to write bad stories that do not exists. We do not advertise air conditioning system anywhere, neither in Trip Advisor or on our website. Everywhere in the “Amenities’ section we have “ceiling fans”. We are totally puzzled about your inventions. The same goes about the village beach, please address your complains to the sheha of the village. We have nothing to do with it. Our property is sparkling clean and too bad you missed to see the beauty of our tropical garden and the gorgeous beach in front of our property. How utterly ungrateful you are! Obviously, it makes you happy to ruin other people’s livelihood. One day, if you loose your job, remember what you did to us.
Lilia
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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