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Jambiani White Sands Bungalows
Lisbon, Portugal
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11 reviews
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“very welcoming place”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

lovely loaction right on the beach inside the village - convenient for nearby bars and restaurants. evening blackouts are disturbing - for some time generator is working, but on the night of his leave, and had to sleep without a fan hot).

the restaurant has a good wi-fi connection and there's a laptop for guest use.

Room Tip: choose sea view bungalows - they are worth to pay a bit more
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Jambiani-Whitesand, Owner at Jambiani White Sands Bungalows, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and for your good remarks about our beach location.

On electricity, there is general maintenance by public utility company to replace old cables,which is going on. However, we have in place a generator as power back up and we are now installing Power inverter as another source of electricity to back up in case of power failure. We hope the exercise of cable replacement to be completed by end of Feb-13
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Johannesburg
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

I stayed here over my December Holidays and what a pleasure with our stay, it is definitely a great place to stay for a great price. We stayed there for 7 night and had no problems at all, Ussain and Abate where very welcoming and friendly and did not hesitate to help us with anything, when we needed our room cleaned, to rent a scooter, to go diving or whatever the case was they were always ready to help and always on the phone to find out any info we needed.

We stayed there on a half board basis and the food was always a nice home cooked meal with their potato chips being VERY VERY GOOD!!! The breakfast was very big and enjoyable and just generally a great value for money and a very enjoy stay.

Thanks Ussain and Abate you were of great help and we had a very enjoyable stay.

PS: The ladies would like some cupboard space if you can.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jambiani-Whitesand, Owner at Jambiani White Sands Bungalows, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and for your positive input! I have passed a message of your appreciation to Ussain and Abate and they are grateful for your kind words.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the food. We took a note of the cupboard and we will add the facility in each room as we continue improving our beach bungalows.

Thanks Again!
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

This is the worst accommodation that my boyfriend and I have ever stayed at. We have traveled extensively, on several continents including Africa, and are not high-maintenance people. However, I felt unsafe at the Jambiani White Sand Bungalows, due to the extremely unfriendly approach of the owner.

Here are the main things that we disliked:

1) After checking into our rooms, we decided to go check out the beach. The owner yelled at us and met us on the beach. He wanted us to check in immediately. Given that we were already on the beach, we said we would be right there after checking out the beach, He asked us how long that would be, checked his watch, and agreed to give us exactly 15 minutes.

2) When we checked in, my boyfriend had the entire amount for one night in his hands, at the view of the owner. My boyfriend asked for a receipt before paying. The owner told us that this is not how things are done there. We needed to pay now and would get a receipt in the morning, at breakfast. Given we had been yelled at already, we did not feel comfortable with that. The owner then told us to "Get out!". We were shocked... all we wanted was a receipt, we had the money ready. After asking him if he was serious and really wanted ready-to-pay guests to leave, he changed his mind and in an upset manner went to grab his receipt book.

3) While receipt-writing, the power went out. This upset him further, he became even more annoyed and complained that this happened every night there!

4) After we finally paid and got our receipt, he insisted that we come out to eat dinner. By that point, we felt he was unstable and really did not like us. I was worried about eating his food to be honest.

5) We ended up staying in our room whispering (they only have screen on the windows) because we didn't want to stir him up any more than he already was and we could hear him walking along the beach, arguing with other guests as well.

6) We settled in our room and at some point I lifted my pillow! I found a big piece of coconut under my pillow!!! :(

7) The next morning, my boyfriend told me we had to go through our bags carefully, because he saw cockroaches during the night. He killed one of them, but missed the other one he saw.

In my opinion, the facility is fine (minus cockroaches and coconut remnants), but the owner is aggressive and in my opinion on the edge of a breakdown. I would STRONGLY advice people to stay away, particularly women traveling alone. Had I been by myself, I would have been completely petrified.

We had planned to stay there 3 nights. We got up before the sun after our first night and decided to walk until we ran into a taxi to find another place! Once we did, we came back for our bags and checked out. Even then, the owner was extremely persistent about us having breakfast there... he said it was his job to take care of his guest and he needed to feed us. While this could seem like hospitality, he was forceful and made us feel extremely uncomfortable!

This is the first time I feel compelled to write a review on any travel site. But I am very unhappy about how the owner of this place treated us and wish to warn other possible guests. I am also very surprised to read the positive comments left by other guests and also the polite responses left by the hotel management. They are all very incongruent with the experience my boyfriend and I had. Except for the one review titled "AVOID!".

We ended up staying at the Queen of Sheba in Pongwe! It was lovely, simple and normal. The kind of place where the hotel management doesn't force you to clean up and/or eat if you are not ready to do so! Simple things, you know!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jambiani-Whitesand, Owner at Jambiani White Sands Bungalows, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and for the two positive points given on our location and rooms! As owner of White sands Bungalows, I take each customer complaints very seriously. After all, customers are the one who keep us in business! Having said that, I will politely disagree with the comments made since the person referred to is not me as the owner. Please check our reviews. Our main objective is to ensure that our guests are having an enjoyable beach holiday and carry with them the good memory of our Zanzibar Island. I would like to comment on the points raised as follows:

Coconut in the room: Zanzibar Island is blessed with many palm trees and yes there are a lot of coconuts. The locals use coconuts for cooking and to make all sorts of products, but we don’t keep them under our guests pillow. In addition, we do have full time housekeepers that clean the rooms on daily basis and upon request..

Pest Control: During low season, we do minor repairs and maintenance as well as conducting pest control services when there are no guests. This is the first complaints we receive on the issue since we have taken over the property and as I mentioned earlier, we do treat each complaint seriously.

Thanks again for writing a review

Kind regards,
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

We arrived from Stone Town in a tourist minibus. We asked to be taken to the Shehe bungalows (which is next door) as we were on a budget. The driver (as seems to often be the case) had other ideas and took us to a guest house before bringing us here. We are so glad he did because this place is beautiful and we fell in love with it. We were able to get a bit of a reduction in a sea view bungalow as it was off season.

The room had everything we needed. It was very clean and bright and they offered to clean it every day. The bathroom was nice. The decor was simple and elegant. The view was amazing.

Breakfast was the best we had during the holidays and included fruit and fruit juice and pancakes - always plenty to fill up on.

The staff were kind and helpful and did everthing they could to accomodate us.

We were supposed to stay for three nights but ended up staying for 4 and would have stayed longer if we had brought more cash- you have to go back to stone town for the nearest ATM and none of the hotels in Jambiani would change travelers cheques.

Off season, Jambiani is a great place if you just want to relax, swim, eat and enjoy the surroundings. We loved staying at the White Sands and really recommend it!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Jambiani-Whitesand, Owner at Jambiani White Sands Bungalows, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and thank you for your kind remarks about us. We are glad you had a wonderful time and I will pass the message to the team to encourage them to continue the good work to make sure our guests have enjoyable holiday in Zanzibar!

Best Regards!

Thank you again (Ahsante Sana!)
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Aachen, Germany
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at the Jambiani White Sand Bungalows this October and would recommend it to anyone (google its name if interested). The beach was very nice, the water just beautiful (though swimming is tide-dependent), and the surcharge for the seaview bungalows definitely worth the cost (they are literally on the beach). Overall, we were very satisfied with our surroundings.

What made the experience in Jambiani truly special, however, has to be contributed to the manager of the hotel, Mr. Hussein: He was always very friendly and extremely helpful, and he made sure that we always felt like the most welcome guests. His attention to our needs (sometimes even before we could ask for anything) really was exemplary.

Room Tip: Get one of the seaview bungalows, they are absolutely worth the surcharge. Preferably one that is fu...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jambiani-Whitesand, Owner at Jambiani White Sands Bungalows, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are glad that you liked your stay at Jambiani White Sands and enjoyed the beach. I have passed your kind remarks to Mr. Hussein (our manager) and he is grateful for the comments. This will further encourage us to continue making our guests more comfortable at White Sands.

Thanks again (Ahsante Sana!)

Best Regards
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Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

Really enjoyed our stay here. We booked in for one night originally and then checked out the other hotels up and down the beach, and were very happy to stay on in white sands. Staff were very friendly, restaurant was above average though not amazing- but very pleasant to eat in with good tea masala. Breakfast was varied - it would be nice if they also did filter coffee. It was lovely and novel to have hammocks on the beach. Rooms could do with somewhere to store your clothes. Nice extra touches such as putting flowers on your bed. Felt like you had privacy even though bungalows are quite close together. Recommend this place.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Jambiani-Whitesand, Owner at Jambiani White Sands Bungalows, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and for your valuable input with regards to filter coffee in addition to the instant one we currently offer and also the place to store clothes as we currently have hangers on our beach bungalows.

Thanks again (Ahsante Sana!)
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

I stayed here for 6 nights and wished I could have stay longer! Situated on the beach, the bungalows are an excellent place to get away from everything. The bungalows have all you need to relax and enjoy the beach. The beachside bungalows have a verandahs with tables and chairs, and there are sunbeds and hammocks nearby. The staff are really nice and very helpfull. Breakfast was included and was a nice start to the day. The beach out the front of the bungalows and slightly further south are the best in Jambiani. Highly recommend staying here if you wish to chill for a few days.

Room Tip: Select the seaside bungalows. They are slightly more expensive but worth it.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Jambiani-Whitesand, Owner at Jambiani White Sands Bungalows, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
We are glad that you had an enjoyable time with us and thank you very much for writing a review and for your kind words about our place and Jambiani Beach.

Thanks again! (Ahsante Sana!)
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Property: Jambiani White Sands Bungalows
Address: Jambiani Beach, Jambiani 254, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Jambiani
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Jambiani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jambiani White Sands Bungalows 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jambiani White Sands is located right on the beach in the quiet tropical village of Jambiani on the South- East Coast of Zanzibar Island. About 30 to 40 mins drive from Zanzibar Airport, the Ferry and the Stone Town. Situated on the picturesque white sandy beach washed by clear azure waters, Jambiani White Sands is the place to enjoy the sun, the sea and the tranquility of nature the Spice Island of Zanzibar has to offer. ... more   less 
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