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Bungalow -
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Jambiani, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago

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janett00
Bath, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“best location!”
Reviewed January 7, 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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A great little villa right on the beach in Jambiani. Best thing about the location is that this is very much a "locals" beach and not some horrible sterile resort where the local residents are excluded. This meant that we got to see kids playing and some great soccer games each evening - lots of fun. Right between two unpretentious restaurants and with possibly the best "beach shack" restaurant in Jambiani behind it means that there is no shortage of places to eat if you want these - even more unpretentious restaurants within easy walking distance N up the beach. Possible to swim at high tide from about 20m in front of the house - at low tide, a bit of a walk, but provides interesting changing views from the upper terrace (where we virtually lived as it was nice and breezy - less hot than indoors).
The house is modest, but adequate unless you feel the need for luxury ... or aircon - although this would greatly reduce the feeling of "being on the beach". (The house was in line with the price.)
The manager, Issa, was absolutely great! He arranged all sorts of things and checked daily whether we needed anything - a really lovely guy with lots of contacts in the area.
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Liked best: location on the beach and the upper terrace
Liked least: some kitchen equipment could do with renewing as the wear is starting to show
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
15 Jan 2016
Thank you for staying in Jass Villa and for your extensive review. We are really happy that you enjoyed and appreciated the authentic and easy going African lifestyle. Our vision is to have a comfortable but not luxury home where our guests can enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the world. Meeting and interacting with the locals is one of the things our guests appreciate allot. Jambiani is a typical African village with friendly and hospitable people. Thanks again and we hope you will come back one day.
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Cilia
Stockholm
Level 5 Contributor
38 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Perfect for a relaxing vacation”
Reviewed December 12, 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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We stayed in Jass Villa for 10 days and had a wonderful time. It is just like it looks on the picture. We lived in the terass. We had all our meals in the house there. We loved to lie on the sunbeds during the evening and see the stars and then the moon rise from the ocean. I´m picky when it comes to beds but he beds are very comfortable with fans and mosquito nets. There isn´t many mosquitos around as there is always some wind or breeze. Issa helped us with everything we needed.

The house is located on the best part of the beach. There is always things going on at the beach outside the house, kids playing football, fishermen going out with there boats, the women in the village working out in the mornings. There are a few restaurants just next to the house. We liked Hassan and A peace of mind best. All restaurants deliver to the house. We also rented a cook for one dinner. He cooked us an excellent dinner and it was not more expensive then going out.

Altogether we had the most wonderful relaxing vacation.

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Liked best: The location and the terass
Liked least: water pressure
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
12 Dec 2015
Thank you for staying at Jass Villa and your great review. We are really happy that you enjoyed your stay. Yes, the location and the terrace is what makes the house so special. The view of the ocean during daytime and the bright stars at night are magnificent. That combined with the close interaction with the local people who live much of their life on the beach is very unique.
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Travellin...
Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect holiday break”
Reviewed December 10, 2015 for a stay in December 2015
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person found this review helpful

My husband and 2 friends stayed here for 5 days in December. After a busy Serengeti tour for 8 days it was just perfect. The sand is like flour, the water like a bath. The house is clean, spacious, has an amazing deck perfect for lounging. It has a kitchen, it is hard to find decent shops to cook yourself, but plenty of great, cheap restaurants. Enjoy!

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Liked best: The deck, the views.
Liked least: Power outages and trouble with water pressure
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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Management Response
10 Dec 2015
Thank you for staying at Jass Villa and for your nice review. The combo with a Safari and then relaxing by the Beach must be the perfect Holiday. Yes, the shops in Jambiani are very small with very limited assortment. Shopping in Stone Town is highly recommended if you want to cook yourself. Thanks again and hope to see you back again!
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sy97
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic stay in Zanzibar!”
Reviewed August 12, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We recently stayed at Jass Villa and had a wonderful time! Communications with Tobias were excellent, and Issa was very gracious and helpful throughout our stay. Jambiani is a lovely location - peaceful, with friendly local people and stunning scenery. Mubarak prepared delicious meals each day and brought us fresh fruit. Although the villa itself is no frills, it has a fantastic terrace on the second floor with stunning views, which is where we spent most of our time when we weren't on the beach - just relaxing, eating or watching the kids play outside. We're a family of five, with three young children, and Issa kindly reinforced the terrace railing with ropes and netting to make it safer for the little ones. Great location and great place to stay in a beautiful part of the world... our only suggestion would be to perhaps add a few touches to the bathrooms and living room, to make the villa even more comfortable. We enjoyed every minute of our stay in Zanzibar and highly recommend Jass Villa!

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Liked best: The location and beautiful views from the terrace
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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HalifaxGe...
Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed April 9, 2015 for a stay in November 2014
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person found this review helpful

Located on the white sandy beach Jass Villa is the perfect place to relax whether your traveling as a couple or a family,Tobias is the perfect host who will help make your stay perfect whether you want to relax at the villa or venture out and about, would we go back ?? definitely.

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Management Response
10 Apr 2015
Thank you Debbie! We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at JassVilla. We would be delighted to Welcome you back again!
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dtshura
paris
Level 6 Contributor
244 reviews
130 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 626 helpful votes
““Paradise regained / a unique experience””
Reviewed March 14, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
8
people found this review helpful

We were a group of 5 friends and stayed for a week at the Jass Villa. We travel a lot and are not esaily impressed by a new place. This one was a shock. This extraordinary landscape combines the desired cliché of white sand and coconut trees but with a unique intensity brought about by the incredible light. The water's colour was so clear and pale it is hard to describe and we enjoyed the gradual mutation of the sea shore every day as the tide grew high or low. When low, you could literraly hardly see the water, far as it was, disclosing a stunning stretch of white sand scattered with beautiful people picking shells. The wind constantly keeps you alive and fresh in this heat, knocking you out so that you have no problem falling asleep with a serene mind as we were never bothered by any kind of bugs, moskitoes etc., which can ruin your stay (we have all experienced that before). We were greeted and coached by Issa, the charming man in charge, who turned any desire into an instant accomplishment: swimming with the dolphins, going out to a club, finding a great place to eat (even into the jungle). Issa was kind enough to come every day and provide what we wanted to eat three times a day. Moba, our friendly and talented chef, prepared delicious breakfast (pancakes and fruits), light lunches (octopus and salad) and luxurious dinners (oysters, enormous lobsters and delicious fish) for a very reasonable price and a true sense of cuisine. All in all, we had a truly wonderful time at the villa and highly recommmend it to anyone that wants to relax in an unusual place, providing true delight for the eyes and the tongue ! One little thing, beware of the jellyfish which seem to be too fond the swimmers and leave a trace of their firy affection on their skin, especially as the tide comes in. Finally, the villa itself is truly enjoyable though it could be trimmed up a bit, what with a different sense of lighting and a better sense of comfort (especially as regards the bathroom). Truly, highly recommended anyway. Special thanks to Issa and Moba for making our stay smooth and smart.

Travelling group: Avec mes amis
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Management Response
10 Apr 2015
Thank you for your interesting and extensive review. We are really happy that you had such fantastic experience in Zanzibar, Jambiani and Jass Villa! We would be happy to see you all in Jass Villa again.
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MrElmo
Glossop, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Amazing value and a good location”
Reviewed January 17, 2015 for a stay in December 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Not much to add to the previous review. It was everything we needed in a beautiful location and unbeatable in terms of value. Issa was a good chap and very helpful too. Recommended.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
10 Apr 2015
Thank you for your review! We are happy that you enjoyed your stay in Jass Villa and would be happy to host you again.
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