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

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Bruce D
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Location and Property - some minor issues though”
Reviewed 22 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
2
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Villa Tulia is a great property, on a lovely stretch of beach, isolated in feel but literally 5-10 minutes walk to restaurants/bars. `the bedrooms are large, good bathroom in each, and a good, well equipped kitchen. Decorations and living/relaxing space in plentiful. Cleaned daily by a local lady, guarded by Masai warriors, who are very friendly. What stopped it getting an excellent rating was (and these issues can occur).....
1) No instructions or written advice on where things are, restaurants near, places to shop. It just needs to be a folder.
2) We didn't have hot water in 2 of the 3 bedrooms for the 5 days. Not much fun for the user of the bedroom with hot water!
3) the Fridge was hopeless. Drinks were only basically kept cold in the freezer, food couldn't be kept.
On the plus side, the owners very very helpful, arranging a hire car for us. It costs 75 dollars for airport transfers, so a car at 30 or 50 a day was good value. You do need a car.
`the only ATM's are in Stone Town, an hours drive away, and ATMS were limited to $400K shillings. Restuarants have price lists in dollars and shillings, suggest you bring both and pay in the currency listed - the exchange rate used is poor. Shopping of any note is best in stonetown but don't expect western supermarkets. Bring lots of mosquito repellent (the beds have good nets).

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
27 Apr 2017
Dear Bruce, thank you for your feedback. We would just like to let you know that all issues that you mentioned were addressed immediately. The fridge and water heater are working all right. We have also placed a tips & tricks brochure in the sitting room. By the way, now that we are permanently based on Zanzibar, we can react to any issues much faster.
We do hope to see you back.
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jobaaroy
Oslo, Norway
Level 6 Contributor
87 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very relaxing!”
Reviewed 27 December 2013 for a stay in December 2013

We - 4 children and 2 adults - stayed four nights at Villa Tulia and enjoyed every minute since we arrived. The staff on site had good relations with the children, the chef and his crew suggested good local food for every meal, served on time, and the location of the villa is just as close to the sea as you can get. The preparatory and post-stay communication with the owners was without any problem - very smooth. Highly recommendable!

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Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
27 Apr 2017
Thank you very much for your review. We hope to see you back soon.
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Brielle M
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
1 review
“All the amenities & gorgeous beachfront in a place that blends seamlessly into local ambiance”
Reviewed 13 November 2013 for a stay in July 2012

I have nothing but good things to say about our stay at Villa Tulia.

The location was just what we were looking for -- away from the throngs of tourists in Stonetown, but within a short beach walk to a very charismatic bar (where the Villa tulia owners, Jacek and Bella, have inspired an amazing grapefruit cocktail... mmm), and a couple of nice restaurants. That said, we mostly preferred taking advantage of the kitchen. Nice wide countertops and an ocean view? Yessss. Loved loading up on fresh fruit at local vendors and sitting on the patio drinking freshly blended juice (or sangrias).

The beds were comfortable and the ocean breeze through the window was perfect. Bathrooms are nicely designed with all the basis necessities. We wanted for nothing.

Jacek and Bella were indispensable resources, quick to provide recommendations as to how we can best enjoy our time at their home away from home. The Maasia guards (embarrassingly, their names have escaped me) were friendly and it was nice to know they were keeping an eye on the place when we were out.

Even the local dogs were friendly and charming. Suffice to say, I'd stay again in a heartbeat. Thanks for putting so much thought and love into your dream home Jacek & Bella!

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
27 Apr 2017
Thank you, Brielle. We know it is a long way from Canada but hope to see you back some day.
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Aleksandr...
Warszawa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Dream holiday!!!”
Reviewed 6 November 2013 for a stay in August 2013
2
people found this review helpful

If you dream about exotic holiday in a very calm place and about a lovely cottage on the beach, it’s this place! We spent there 8 nights in August and it was fantastic time for us and our child. The building is next to the ocean, among the palms and others exotic plants. You can lie in a hammock all day and watch changing colors of water, ebb and the flow of the ocean. The wide beach and very soft, white sand is a good occasion for long walks.
If you feel hungry you can visit one of many restaurants with local and international cuisine. The meals are very tasty, our favourite place was Villa Kiva (an Italian restaurant with WI-FI).
The house is very spacious, comfortable and very well equipped. It's very important because you have all what you need!
There are 3 separate bedrooms with bathrooms, a living room and a large kitchen.
You can cook yourself but you should buy all things in Stone Town before.
We prepared breakfasts and dinners because we liked to spend time on the terrace.
A big attraction is a security of this house. There are 3 Maasai men. They are very kind and very helpful.
It was very nice holiday in lovely place.
Highly recommendation!

Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
27 Apr 2017
Thank you, Ola. We hope to see you where the dreams come true. :)
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Natalia K
Warsaw, Poland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great place to relax and forget about everything”
Reviewed 24 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Nicely located, with the view at the beach and the ocean, in a totally wild and quiet place. Far away from bigger villages or shops, the only possibility to buy food (vegetables, fruit, fish, octopus etc.) was to get it from local farmers and fishermen. Big and well equipped kitchen, from time to time problems with warm water and electricity. Definitely a place to recommend, especially for a romantic trip like a honey moon, but as well if you're planning to go on a holiday with a group of friends.

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Liked best: location
Liked least: electricity / water supply
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
27 Apr 2017
Thank you, Natalia. We look forward to seeing you back here some day.
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ula m
Warsaw, Poland
1 review
“Excelent place for the honeymoon trip!!”
Reviewed 3 September 2013 for a stay in November 2011

Wonderful place to stay!
Fresh orange juice in the morning with spectacular view of the ocean!!! This is my first memory:)
We stayed most of the time at the terrace (the hammock!), listening to the sound of the ocean, and admiring the complete empiness of the beach. The house is situated in a way it seems to be the only one at the beach:)
I loved the beautful kitchen, where we prepared seefood bought directly from the fisherman.
I felt safe in the house and while visiting the village, people were very friendly and smiling a lot!
Hope to visit again!

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Liked best: The house and the view and the reef!!!
Liked least: The cost of the flight..
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Management Response
27 Apr 2017
Thank you, Ula. You are always welcome at Villa Tuila. :)
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Paris
Reviewed 29 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Liked best: The location next to the beach
Liked least: The price of excursions
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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People with pets
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
27 Apr 2017
Thank you very much. We would love to see you back.
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