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14 reviews
Mapenzi Bungalow
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Inside the Bungalow
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Lunch on the Veranda
Relax on the veranda
French doors to the patio
Veranda
Veranda
Bar/chillout area
Pool and Bar/chillout area
Swimming Pool
Sunbeds in the Garden
The wildlife in the garden
Paje Beach a few minutes walk from the bungalow
Paje Beach
Forodhani Gardens, Stone Town
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Bungalow -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Paje, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago

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TheMiller...
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Best holiday ever!”
Reviewed 5 January 2012 for a stay in December 2011
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This bungalow is the perfect place to stay if you want to get away from it all and really enjoy the peace, quiet, sunshine and charming atmosphere that Zanzibar conjures up. You are tucked away just behind the beach, close enough to pop there and visit lovely restaurant and bars (all very chilled and untouristy) and the AMAZING beach but also hidden away from everyone else. You really feel that you've found your own little piece of Zanzibar! Even though you are in the grounds of the owner's house - you never see anyone, except for the wonderful Masai who guards the compound and the lovely gardener/maintenance man - it's so peaceful. It is a basic bungalow, but it's clean, it's got everything you need and we really loved it for its simplicity. We didn't do much cooking because it was so lovely to be on the beach at night but we ate lunch there often. The owner is really easy to deal with and makes the whole process of booking/paying/arriving smooth and effortless. Highly recommended.

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Liked best: Location and quiet
Liked least: Very hard pillows!
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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LauraNico...
London, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely charming and beautiful place to visit”
Reviewed 3 December 2011 for a stay in November 2011
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My boyfriend and I stayed at the bungalow for a week in November. It was absolutely beautiful and quaint, a perfect place for us to relax and spend time together. The house was clean, and charming and had everything we needed to make our stay perfect.

The location of the bungalow is perfect, allowing you the option to part-take in the evening events on the beach with easy access, but not interrupting you at the house if you want a quiet night in. We made good use of the shops along the main road and found that it was easy to get any last minute things required for cooking.

John is an amazing host and a very generous man. Anything we needed we were able to call him or ask for his advice. He went above and beyond what we had expected.

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND MAGICAL!

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Liked best: Location- easy walking access to everything
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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Minster, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 November 2011 for a stay in March 2009

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: airpoirt
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
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Lula M
Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania
1 review
“Fantastic spot 5 mins from the best beach on the Island unbelievable value for money”
Reviewed 29 October 2011 for a stay in December 2010

We stayed in the bungalow for two weeks in Dec 2010 and absolutely loved it…we loved it so much we went back a second time in May 2011 for another wonderful stay.
The house is situated less than 5minutes from the best part of the beach in the area. The sea on the east coast is amazing from Jambiani to Bweju but Paje has the best beach. The area also includes some great beach bars such as The Dhow Inn or Jambo bar and also some wonderful restaurants. We ate one night in a small restaurant on the beach and it was so romantic and great food and service.
The bungalow is in a secure garden with the main house over to the side. It is very peaceful , safe, clean and in a beautiful garden. It is also very private. The house has got a lovely patio which we loved to sit early evening and first thing in the morning. Surrounded by the fantastic garden. The bedroom has a seating area and a comfortable double bed. The kitchen is small but has everything that you need and the bathroom is the same. The property is really the best value in Zanzibar and we have traveled around and looked and stayed in many other places. We found the housekeeper so friendly and he showed us where to shop etc and also did shopping for us. He got us bikes, introduced us to so many people , got our car fixed for us and took us to the local disco! Everybody was so helpful and it made our stay just heaven.
We stayed the last two days of our trip in The Breeze but it was so package tour that we much preferred staying in the bungalow .
I am surprised to see a negative review as we would highly recommend it as the best value on the Island
Anne and Raphael

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Liked best: The garden
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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TamisCana...
Victoria, Canada
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“Don't be fooled - disgustingly dirty!"”
Reviewed 24 October 2011 for a stay in September 2011

We stayed only one night due to the extremely dirty, unsanitary conditions of the property. We had rented the property for a week but left soon after we arrived, as the conditions in the bungalow were disgusting. This included clumps of old hair in the sink, moldy cupboards, a broken toilet, dirty fridge, floors, counters and loads of bugs due to the gaps in the door and the holes in the window screens. (We tried to keep them out by stuffing toilet paper in the gaps but it didn't work). The fridge was also moldy and sticky inside and out and had remnants of food left in it. The amenities listed are not factual. There is no hot water, no internet, no living room, no 'bedroom', no en suite, no stove (only a hot plate with one burner working, that we could tell). There are no usable dishes or cutlery, the pots and pans were corroded and rusty, there is no seating, and no safe. There is a TV but no service. We were subsequently told there was a locking cabinet but this didn't work either. The sheets on the bed were clean but the bed uncomfortable as the pillows were rock hard, however this may be personal preference. The directions we received were useless as piles of dirt, rocks, bricks and debris blocked the road. The only beach access was through a nearby hotel and we were informed on arrival that we were expected to purchase food and drinks to “pay for the privilege”.

WARNING - DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE REVIEW DATED OCTOBER 10

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Liked least: The unsanitary conditions
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
27 Oct 2011
What can I say. The bungalow was cleaned the day before but some items were missed. I offered to rectify this but this lady had clearly decided she wanted to leave so I refunded her money. The other comments in this review are just not correct. I have had many guests at the bungalow over the last four years and nobody else has made comments like this. The other reviews, made only a few weeks earlier, reflect the true situation.
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