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Bellevue Guesthouse
Ranked #4 of 14 Bwejuu B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Utrecht
1 review
“Hidden paradise”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

Just a 100 mtr from the beach we found this hidden paradise on a rock. First we stayed at the honeymoon suite and later in a luxury bungalow, both really beautiful local style decorated and with an amazing view at the sea! In the green garden are many places to relax, hang mugs, beach beds etc.

A nice an peaceful place with great food. The breakfast is simple but good (eggs, pancakes or yogurt with fresh juice and coffee (high quality tanzanian) or tea. The lunch and diner are brilliant; fresh fish, lobster, prawn, curries, meat and lovely salads and please try the brownie :-)
All for Zanzibar standards really affordable. It's an expensive island, but here the prices for food and drinks are ok.

The staff really makes you feel welcome, maybe not 100% up to western standards, but they give a really warm and personal feeling. The restaurant and lounge area is also local style and gives you a nice ambiance to completely chill out on your holiday.

Some people complain about the white villa, it is there, but well hidden behind trees. And yes there is a short walk to the beach, but there are 5 beach beds and you can ask the staff for mattresses. Maybe it is a pre that bellevue is not on the beach, the view is better, there shelter for the heavy wind and on the beach this Guesthouse would be more expensive :-)

To summarize; if you look for a small (9 rooms)personal and nice decorated guesthouse, away from the big resorts this could be the place for you. The lovely food completes the package!!

If you like kitesurfing, the owners also own the first kite school on Zanzibar. They arrange free every day transport to the kitecenter in Paje and the downwinders from Paje to Bellevue are Briljant!!!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

We stayed at the Bellevue in October 2011 for 7 nights. The place is certainly a hide-away and very clean. Food is very good, but as the menu doesn`t change very often, it's getting boring after a while. I can certainly share the criticism about the breakfast; it felt like being on an army hike with food rations! The room prices would certainly allow portions, that also satisfy fully grown men! The place is very remote - you can't walk to any other restaurant in the evening and during the day you have to relay on transportation, which is very expensive on Zanzibar. the standard rooms are not very nice but clean and mattresses are comfortable. The bungalow next to the common area/ restaurant is very noisy in the morning; if you would like to sleep longer that 6.00, chose another room. The Jungle room was, for our taste, a bit to creepy crawly; the honeymoon suite looked fantastic, even though we never slept there. The "Bellevue" is unfortunately spoiled by a huge private villa which has been build right in front of the hotel's property. The beach is (for Zanzibar!) not very nice; there are two very old and nasty beach-beds; thats it. We stayed at a couple of small places during our time at Zanzibar, some nice, some not... Bellevue is something in the middle... the concept is somehow not quite convincing. If you enjoy a young, loud surfer-crowd (coming in in the evenings), don't mind paying extra for every tiny little service and planned on not moving far from the hotel anyway - this is your place.

Room Tip: Rooms not located next to the restaurant are quieter; Jungle-Room only for animal-lovers
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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, Owner at Bellevue Guesthouse, responded to this review, July 14, 2012
Hello,

I wonder when you stayed in Bellevue? I hope you can contact me about this, because there was a period that I was in Holland to give birth to my son! Apparently you are so unsatisfied with us that you decide to update your review every time. The pictures of the bathroom was when we had a burst pipe in the bathroom and short after these bathrooms were renewed. We try to do our very best and each and every time we have a bad review we like to let you know that this is never what we are aiming for! I also don't know if you told us when you stayed with us but definitely

Please contact me cause I am happy to refund your stay in Bellevue!!

Kind regards
Melanie Steggink
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Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

After one week of staying in Stone Town, i did my internship here and it was amazing!
When I arrived, i felt very welcome. The whole team is so kind and always willing to help. I had a beautiful room with sea view and zanzibari style furniture.
The food was delicious and there was a lot of variety, home made juices, calamari rings and malaysian chicken wings, you name it!
I also did the sea safari, which is a tour of the local are. The guide is very nice and you have enough time to look around. Also I hired a bicycle and biked along the beach and is also something which i would recommend.
Melanie en staff, heel erg bedankt voor de fantastische tijd, ik heb echt genoten!
(engels is voor mij iets makkelijker dus vandaar)

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

Nice guesthouse. The rooms are clean and comfortable enough. Good restaurant. The beach is not what we had hoped for, not very clean. Also, there is a building between the guesthouse and the beach.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Buckhorn, Canada
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

While we didn't stay at Bellevue, the guests there tell me that the accommodations are perfect. The property is beautiful, nicely decorated with lots of shade and lots of space between bungalows. Just a 2 minute walk to the beach.

We ate many meals at Bellevue and used their services for trips. Melanie and her staff do everything possible to make all customers happy. The food is the best in the area, and reasonably priced. Lots of choice, especially at dinner. Everything is fresh and well prepared. And there are foods on the menu that no one else in the area offers.

She offers lots of day trips, reasonably priced and does everything to make sure you get the service. Her personal touch really makes the time here very special. Even though we are not staying her, they treat us as if we are guests there.

Thank you Melanie, Gabriella and staff for making our holiday even more memorable.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bristol
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

We booked three nights here, and they screwed up--double-booked. They apologised profusely when we arrived, and for the two nights they were double-booked they put us up in a fancier place 15 minutes away. We were completely satisfied that, while they made a mistake, they acknowledged it and took good care of us. So overall that wasn't a problem.
The one night we actually got to stay here was pleasant. The place has character, the staff are friendly, and the food was good. Renting bikes for a relaxing pedal down the beach was great. The only issues are that the place has a fair number of mosquitoes (not a big problem, but be ready), and other than the bar/restaurant there's no real open space for hanging out, etc.
The stroll down to the beach is fine--the house between Bellevue and the beach is a bit weird the first time you walk past (as noted by some other reviewers), but it's really not a big deal.
Overall, recommended.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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Reviewed December 12, 2011

A lovely stay at a really beautiful place. The staff were fantastic, the room was beautiful, as was the location. It had lots of little touches to make our stay there that much better and we couldn't fault it. We'd definitely stay there again!

It was lovely to have somewhere quiet.

Thank you guys for a really memorable and relaxing stay!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Bellevue Guesthouse
Address: Bwejuu Street | Stone Town, Bwejuu, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Bwejuu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Bwejuu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bellevue Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and enjoy the hospitality in our cosy Guesthouse, north of Bwejuu, on the southeast coast of Zanzibar! The area of our guesthouse is a great place to relax and just 50 meters away from the beach. Wake up every morning with the beautiful sunrise and a fresh fruit juice. Discover the delicate food from our restaurant. With local fresh sea food and other fresh ingredients we serve local and international orientated dishes on a daily changing menu!Enjoy our green garden, where you read your book in the lounge area, hammocks or on your own private terrace. Take a nice relaxing walk on the stretched white beaches, and enjoy the spectacular colors and tide changes of the ocean.After you done relaxing go for a kitecourse on the amazing beach and waters of Paje. If this is too hectic let our professional tour guide mr. Mussa reveals Zanzibar's secrets in a Spice Tour, Stone Town City tour or a Dolphin Tour. Go on a Safari Blue, Sea Safari or let our partners take you on their professional organised dive and snorkel trips.We support the local NGO, by organising the Sea Safari where this income directly benefits the local projects organised by the NGO.Bellevue is a small personal Guesthouse, we hope to give you a homy feeling...There is always staff around or one of our management to assist you with any question you may have!Karibu Sana!Melanie & the Bellevue staff ... more   less 
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