A great place to spend time with family and friends in a private atmosphere. Everything you need is easy accessible. The friendly staff do the shopping, cooking and cleaning, while we could enjoy the ocean, the amazing white sands and the pool. We'd love to come back!
I would give 10 stars if possible! The house, pool and beach are so beautiful, but what makes this incredibly special is the host Karin. She went out of her way to make our two weeks a relaxing and amazing time. She thought of absolutely everything, from having snacks for the kids upon our arrival, to making my birthday extra special! She went out and bought sand toys for the villa so that my kids would have things to play with on the beach! The chef is incredible and very accommodating, even when we requested different options for kid friendly food and adult food during the same meal. I really can't say enough good about this place. I really hope we will be able to return!!! It is amazing! You really feel at home and relaxed and that everything you need is taken care of. Thank you Karin for making our holiday the best it could possibly be! Everyone is eager to return.
So thankful for this amazing spot! We had a blast, with a friend and a family of 9 (7 kids). Pool is lovely, lots of fun for the kids! Food is great! Definitely hope to return here again someday!
Thanks so much Karin!
This was our second stay at Garden Villa. We stayed for two nights and had an amazing stay. The house is beautiful and the perfect place to unwind and relax from our busy lives in Dar. Everything was great, Karin was always very helpful but also let us carry on with our stay. Great host.
We spent a week at Karin's villa and wish would could have stayed even longer. The villa itself is fantastic, right on the beach, the pics don't do the house or the setting justice. The location is far enough away from Stone Town so you feel away from it all, but in reality it's only a 90 minute drive. Karin was the perfect host, ensuring all our needs were met, checked on us regularly, but was not intrusive at all. She made arrangements for local snorkeling/scuba (the Mnemba Atol marine park is some of the best coral and sea life we've seen on the EA coast in many years), as well as a walk-about through the neighboring fishing village with a local tour guide. It was all very low-key, and we appreciated the attention to detail which made the holiday stress free, but at the same time quite fulfilling. The house staff were super attentive and helpful. The resident chef prepared wonderful local fare (optional but highly recommended, and works out very economical). He accommodated our last minute requests for prawns, lobster, and fresh fruit juices of varying kinds. The meal times were planned around our schedule, whether an early breakfast before heading off for snorkeling, or a late lunch after coming back from a tour of the local spice/botanical garden. Overall we would highly recommend Garden Beach Villa and hope to return in the not too distant future.
We had the most wonderful four nights at the Garden Beach Villa in Matemwe, Zanzibar.
Upon arriving you walk through the front door and have the most amazing view where you over- look the infinity pool towards the perfectly white beach sand and clear blue sea and realise you have arrived in paradise.
Karin Jonsson welcomed us to the villa and made us feel so at home. She looked after us and was a superb hostess.
Garden Beach Villa offer a wonderful shopping service so that when we arrived our fridge was filled with all the items we had ordered. We did not have to cook as we had a private chef, Mati, who cooks local and international food using fresh produce that he sourced on the island. We had the largest freshest prawns I have ever eaten in my life. We never wanted for anything, everything was fresh, vibrant and exceptionally good.
We spent most of our time around the swimming pool enjoying the sun with the odd trip into the sea. Karin organised excursions like scuba diving, snorkeling, or whatever we wanted to do.
The last night we went to a beach bar called Seles and enjoyed spending time with the locals as well as eating very good food.
The holiday was paradise for sure and we were all sad to leave our little portion of paradise but hopefully we will be back in the not too distant future.
Me and my friends was staying at Garden Beach for a week at the start of March. It was a wonderful start on the vacation here in Zanzibar. Our host, Karin is such a nice person, she was very helpful with everything and advised us on things to try or eat. She's the best! Also the chef, Mati and the "associate" chef Muhammad were both very fun and made very very good food. Everything at this place is perfect, I can't have dreamt about a better first impression of Zanzibar and Matemwe. The place is peaceful and beautiful. I recommend this villa for everyone!
Asante sana Karin :D