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Mbuyuni Beach Village
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We visited mbuyuni in june for 4 days as part of our honeymoon. The accomodation is clean and offers good value for money being right on the beach. The staff are friendly and the food is also good value. There is a different menu everyday for lunch and dinner,very nice calamari and octopus..we also liked the swings to relax on the beach.
All in all we would recommend this hotel if you are looking for a cheap but nice alternative.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jullie85
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed here for a few days and even that we knew that this wasn't a 3 star accomodation we expected a litte bit more. At first our room wasn't properly cleaned. When we arrived the stuff from the former guests like water and wrapping papers where still on the floor and after 15 minutes it was possible for us to go in our room well I do not know how people clean there house but when I clean my bathroom it will take more than 15 minutes so a bungalow will take at least more than one hour for properly cleaning. There is a lack of maintenance on the whole estate which I found a real pitty because it has a lot of possibilities if you do it correctly and I surely think that they can make a lot more money if they will do some more maintenance for the whole estate. Even plant some more flower plants to give it a more romantic feeling. During our stay there was no light on whole zanzibar which gave it a certaine feeling because I always travel with candles it was no problem for us but I can imagine that some people can feel a bit unsafe. There is no possibility to swim on the beach. If you walk a little bit north you will find a good beach to swim. The swimming pool is nice but not so big. The food was excellent and the staff very friendly and helpfull. I really hope that the owner will do some more maintenance and make Mbuyuni a better place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Inice K
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We enjoyed a family stay here in early September, 2012 and loved it. The rooms were clean and appealing, the food was great, nice salt-water pool, gorgeous sunrises and the staff was friendly and eager to help. We rented bicycles for a trip in to Jambiani and that was and adventure in itself. We enjoyed playing in the surf but do take flipflops or water shoes because the bottom is rocky in places.

Room Tip: We had the room right at the end near the beach - it was great to go to sleep and wake up to the sound of the surf.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Llynrimsa
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

This is a long overdue review, as we spent several days there back in October 2011... We really loved this place and would definitely recommend it to others. We ended up staying there having seen some of the other establishments in the area.
From what we saw, Mbuyuni seemed to offer the best value for money so we went for it and we didn’t regret. It has an absolute beachfront location, with beautiful white sandy beach, a couple of beach chairs to chill out on, and even a swing! There’s alsa o pool table and a swimming pool. The only downside, if anything, was that it’s about 20 minutes walk from the main village (Jambiani) but that didn’t bother us at all. The rooms were clean and spacious, and not expensive for Zanzibar (at $40 per room including breakfast). The staff were great, very helpful and friendly. The food was typical local-tourist mix and was OK, only sometimes you needed to wait a bit for you order to arrive. But again, that’s not a problem – remember, you’re on holiday in such a beautiful part of the world so ‘pole, pole’ as the locals say, and enjoy your stay!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Julita_i_Wojtek
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

We stayed here for four nights. This place is about half way between Paje and Jambiani beaches which makes it an ideal budget option if you enjoy long strolls along the beach as the white sand and turquoise sea are much more impressive once you get to these locations. The rooms are basic but cleaned everyday if you hand the key in early enough! Don't lose the key as they don't have spares. The breakfasts are more than adequate and include a delicious freshly squeezed orange juice. I loved the hammocks and sun loungers. The medium sized swimming pool is a fantastic respite from the heat and it is well-maintained. The food needs to be ordered in advance as it is prepared on demand and for dinner it is served in a specific time period. However, the meals I ate - prawns, king fish, lobster, cigale - were all worth the wait. Be sure to remember to cost of your food as the menu is erased from the blackboard while you eat and they ask you what you had and what it cost when they prepare the bill!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Ashleigh A
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