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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Matemwe, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago

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Very good - based on 33 reviews
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LukeField...
Antwerp, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
183 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Pictures are genuine, even nicer in reality”
Reviewed July 28, 2018 for a stay in July 2018
1
person found this review helpful

The location is amazing, Matemwe is a non-touristic village on the east coast of Zanzibar and Vila Tulia is tucked away between the green ribbon of bush and palm trees that hug the powdery white sand beach. You’ll need to rent a car to get there and around.
The house has 3 big bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and shower, a large living room and large kitchen. Outside a large terras with table and a private swimming pool. The owners description is accurate and pictures are less nice than reality.
A cleaning lady is passing by daily making up the beds and wiping floors to get the beach sand out, the pool is cleaned daily, and a couple of Maasai guard the property 24x7.
Groceries is a bit of a challenge as the there are very few “supermarkets” around and the few that are there are limited in choice. Buy fruit and vegetables at the many street stalls on the roads, western things should be bought in better stocked supermarkets in Zanzibar city. Nungwi, 25 min away has a bakery and 2 small supermarkets that have some stuff.
Very good communication with the owners upfront, good information brochure, and in case of questions the owners are available to help and live next door most of the time.
Strongly recommended.

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Management Response
23 Sep 2018
Dear Luke, Many thanks for taking the effort to write your review. It is greatly appreciated. We hope to see you again at Villa Tulia.
Kind regards - VT Team
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pawelmm
Warsaw, Poland
2 reviews
“Wonderful place, excellent holidays!”
Reviewed April 21, 2018 for a stay in April 2018

It is a beautiful place where you can forget about the fussy world outside. Hosts are friendly and very helpful. I would love to came bank for a logger stay.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Sep 2018
Drogi Gościu, Bardzo Ci dziękujemy za miłą recenzję i cieszymy się, że Twoje wakacje w Villa Tulia sie udały. Do zobaczenia następnym razem, który - miejmy nadzieję - nastąpi już niebawem. Serdeczne pozdrowienia z rajskiej wyspy - Team VT
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giga56
Warsaw, Poland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“I love this place and I hope that I will visit Villa Tulia again !”
Reviewed January 17, 2018 for a stay in November 2017
1
person found this review helpful

If you like to be in a beautiful and quiet location, this place is ideal for you. I definitely was looking for something like that! No more than 20 meters from our residence there is a wide and beautiful white beach. I loved sitting on the terrace, contemplating a gorgeous view of the ocean. The bungalow is nicely decorated and very comfortable even for six people. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Nearby, on the beach, there is a small restaurant run by Muhammed who serves simple and delicious food. We also visited Marina, a surprisingly peaceful, beautiful resort with bungalows, swimming pools and great bars and restaurants. They have a diving and snorkeling centre and organize trips to a coral reef with instructors. They made my reef snorkeling a fantastic experience, giving me all the opportunities to admire the beauty of the reefs and feel safe at the same time. After snorkeling, it was great to have an excellent dinner and a very special passion fruit drink☺

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Management Response
19 Jan 2018
Thank you! You are most welcome anytime soon!
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Agnieshka...
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
“Perfect place for a quiet and relaxing vacation”
Reviewed December 21, 2017 for a stay in November 2017

Ten days spent at Villa Tulia was like a dream: a quiet, relaxing and rejuvenating vacation on the most beautiful, clean and white, soft sand Matemwe beach.
The nicely decorated, comfortable and well equipped house is both secluded and right on the beach. The accommodations are perfect for up to 6 people. The very friendly owners next door, access to a refreshing swimming pool and a short distance to a local bar as well as to a wonderful beach-based restaurant at Mohamed's, make this a destination that we want to go back to.
Great place to relax and to observe the fishing village local beach life taking place in front of ones eyes.

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Management Response
23 Sep 2018
Dear Agnieshka, Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Tulia. We hope to see you back some time soon. Meanwhile, kind regards - VT Team
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Gina149
Hamilton, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Private Paradise on the Beach”
Reviewed October 22, 2017 for a stay in October 2017

This was a last minute rental as our hotel lost our reservations the day before we left for our trip. Booking was easy, and Justyna was quick to respond to all of my e-mails. The price ended up being considerably cheaper than our original hotel, and we got so much more!

The home took our breath away. It was much more than we expected, and the pictures do not do it justice. We are the adventurous type, and had to be mindful that time spent relaxing in the hammock, staring at the ocean, easily got away from us... it is easy to literally sit there all day soaking in the scenery. The beach was quiet (Except for a wonderful Friday evening football game among the locals). The sunrise was amazing start to each day.

Being able to make our own breakfast in the morning, and dinners some evenings made the trip feel more like home. There is a green grocer and a butcher in one of the nearby villages, but you will have to get most of your groceries from Zanzibar Town. There is a fishing village nearby for fresh fish and plenty of restaurants that are just a short walk along the beach.

Matemwe is quite a trek from Stone Town... we rented a car for $180 for the week. Driving was stressful in the busy areas, but in all, it was worth it to have the freedom to be able to explore the entire island. It took between an hour and an hour and a half to get to town, depending on traffic.

We felt very safe here... having security 24-7 was an added bonus! We will definitely be staying here again!!!!

Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
22 Oct 2017
Thank you so much! You are most welcome anytime soon!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Kentuckyb...
Kentucky
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Amazing place and service”
Reviewed October 2, 2017 for a stay in September 2017

We just spent 4 nights at Villa Tulia. Beautiful place. Directly on beach. Had Muhammad cook our breakfasts and dinner, and he did an amazing job. We liked his cooking so well we went down to his restaurant and had lunch one day. He assisted with setting up tours and they were also wonderful! Snorkeling and a Stone Town tour is a must do.

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Management Response
23 Oct 2017
Dear Guest, thank you very much for staying at Villa Tulia and for taking the time to write your review. It is greatly appreciated.
We do hope to see you again some time in, hopefully, near future.
Best wishes from Jacek, Justyna & the rest of VT team
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fpastusia...
Warsaw, Poland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful place to rest and experience the ocean beach of Zanzibar.”
Reviewed September 26, 2017 for a stay in August 2017
1
person found this review helpful

Located on the very coast. The ocean is sometimes 25 meters away from the house (at high tide). A tasetfully decorated and traditionally designed very conveniant home. Unlike the organized tour: you call the cards. You have the ocean and the beach at your feet. You can buy and cook food, or take advantage of local restaurants. One thing missing is the Internet - although some may find it an added value. I hope you will enjoy it!

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
23 Oct 2017
Dear Guest, Many thanks for staying at Villa Tulia and taking the time to write your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed.
Indeed, internet so far has not been offered at VT but - here is good news - we have found a solution and from now on all of our guests can enjoy the connection to the outside world free of charge and with no data transfer limit.
Best wishes from Jacek, Justyna and the rest of VT team
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