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“Untouched Beauty all around”
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Very good
20 reviews
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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago

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Very good - based on 20 reviews
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Lauren D
1 review
“Untouched Beauty all around”
Reviewed 12 December 2017 for a stay in November 2017

Words cannot begin to express the splendor, exquisite untouched beauty and hospitality of this little piece of paradise. We stayed in the Cottage, with its own pool and private beach. The cottage offered 2 large and very comfortable bedrooms with king sized beds, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, lounge and large patio. The 3 meals per day were delicious and the portions significantly generous. The beach is literally on your doorstep and the views are the best I have come across, across the globe. But what sets Zi villa apart from any other establishment on the island, is the warm, personalized and superb staff and service, coupled with peace and seclusion ( you will not see another foreigner in site... only the blissfully locals who live off the see). I celebrated by 40 birthday at Zi Villa cottage and was given a surprise dinner, completed with fully decorated dining no table, with palm fronds and fresh flowers, a seafood platter second to none, and a personalized birthday cake!!

Staff personally took us scuba diving, swimming with turtles and dolphins and touring on the island. We honestly have made friends for life and my streaming tears onleaving was proof of this.

We cannot wait to return to Zanzibar and there will only be 1 place on the island we will stay.....,
Zi Villa all the way!!!!!

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Management Response
14 Dec 2017
Hi Lauren,
it is always very gratifying to get feedback from guests and thrilled to say your experience is not unique.
i am due to travel there with my family next week and will be sure to pass on your kind words to the staff who pride themselves on going the extra mile. I am also sure we will enjoy a similar experience especially with Christmas around the corner . It is truly an enchanted place and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Kindest Regards
Allan.
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Libby P
United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Charming rustic beachside villa”
Reviewed 7 November 2017 for a stay in October 2017

This is a spacious and interestingly decorated villa, clad in the local coral under a palm leaf roof, typical of eastern Africa coastal properties. The garden was immaculately kept and the pool area was delightful with most welcome shaded areas. The beach was just a steep flight of steps away.
The villa staff were kind and helpful, with George being a thoughtful and resourceful host. The chefs worked hard, making almost everything from scratch, but we were surprised at how hard we had to work to coax some seafood out of the kitchen, despite watching bucket loads of freshly caught fish being unloaded daily on the beach. The South African wines and local beer were great accompaniments to the meals.
We enjoyed snorkelling and a beach BBQ lunch on a stunning nearby beach and a second trip on a sailing boat was a particular highlight.
However, we were alarmed at the frequency of unannounced and rather intimidating visits from the local government officials (10 in one visit) which felt like an invasion of privacy. No doubt these visits are made to all villas but they will have the effect of deterring tourist from Zanzibar if they are not careful. Perhaps they could apply their resources to improving the appalling road which serves the beachside properties.
The wiring in the villa was infuriating with most sockets being of the extra large 3 pin circular variety which were incompatible with all travel chargers so we were obliged to raid the living areas for the limited supply of useable adapters.
There were one or two other niggles which make this a 4 rather than 5 star review but overall we all enjoyed ourselves in this beautifully located villa.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
9 Nov 2017
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Trip Advisor.
We agree the visits from the Hotel inspectors are too frequent and annoying and will put this to the minister .The plugs are South African Plugs but will get more adaptors made up so there are some in each room.
We hope to welcome you back in the future.
Kind Regards
Allan.
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TheFoodie...
Tiptree, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous villa with friendly and helpful staff”
Reviewed 26 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017

Stayed in this wonderful villa for 4 nights after a safari holiday, perfect place to relax. We were a group of 2 families with 4 children between 10 - 14yrs, pool area is lovely, beach great, though do need to be careful of sea urchins. Kids loved playing in the waves on the beach when tide was in. All the staff were really lovely and looked after us very well without us feeling they were around all the time. Food excellent, had a great snorkelling trip with delicious seafood bbq. Made good use of the excellent pool room and bar!

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
27 Aug 2017
So good to read that Zi Villa lived up to expectations,
Pleased to confirm that permission was recieved from the authorities to remove the Urchins in front of the house so one can now walk and swim without wories of getting spiked.We hope to welcome you back in the future.
Kind REGARDS
aLLAN.
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Siva P
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Home from home”
Reviewed 7 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017

Visited Zanzibar for the first time in a 2 family group - loved the island, history and people and the house is truly rustic and out of the way. This was a large part of the charm for us, but may feel a little isolated for others.
The people at the house (George, Sam et al) were wonderful and made the holiday truly special.
Views from the Master Bedroom terrace over Mnemba island were spectacular, so it was strange not to have seating up there from which to admire this, but that is a minor quibble ...
One major tip: don't exchange USD at the airport as the exchange rate is a rip off and almost everyone takes USD freely.
Do visit Mnemba Island, Prison Island, Jozani forest and a spice farm - most of these also help local communities.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
8 Aug 2017
Hi Siva,
thanks for the positive feedback and for the suggestion to add more seating to the upstairs balcony which i will ensure happens during my visit next week.
Totally agree that the island has a lot to offer other than just the beach if one has time but must admit that many of our guests are happy to relax and just enjoy the sea, the pool and the views in the time they have available.
We hope to welcome you back in the not too distant future.
Kind regards
Allan.
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vangovend...
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely stay and good food!”
Reviewed 24 April 2017 for a stay in December 2016
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Do yourself a favour and go visit this piece of heaven on earth! Staff is friendly, food delicious, relaxing stay with a beautiful view!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
8 Aug 2017
Awesome to hear that that your holiday lived up to your expectations.
i am heading up there on Saturday and am sure your kind words will motivate the staff to continue there efforts with vigour .
look forward to welcoming you back.
Kind Regards
Alan
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