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Paradise Beach Bungalows
Ranked #7 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Paje
Maun, Botswana
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70 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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“Truly Paradise”
Reviewed 10 July 2009

After spending a few days in Stonetown, my friend and I rented a car and went off to explore the island. It took us not long to reach Paje, which has the best beach of all on this island. With no planning and pre-booking we were lucky to get a small bungalow, as Jan is high season. Paradise beach bungalows is run by a Japanese lady, and yes, you can get really fresh homemade sushi, depending on the catch of the day. The rate was halfboard which turned out just perfect. Every afternoon, a staff member would come and tell you what was on for dinner, including nealry all ingredients. I found that really impressive, working in hospitality myself. The bungalows are very basic, no electricity, only oil lamps. The room had two massive wooden colonial style beds with mossie nets. The ensuite bath contained a toilet [a bucket with spare water, in case...] and a very basic shower head sticking out of the wall. But hey, who cares! it is sooo quiet and peaceful, just unbelievable. A few Masaai are around, sort of security gards, and some cats / dogs were strolling in the garden. Since the bungalows have no good ventilation, we left the entrance door wide open in the night to enjoy a bit of a frsh ocean breeze. The best was in the evening sitting under the stars, sapping a cool Serengeti or Kili and enjoying the endless shimmer of stars on the night skys. Because of its basic features and simplicity, I found these two days there extremely realxing.

  • Stayed January 2006, travelled as a couple
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Colorado, USA
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Reviewed 15 June 2009

We looked for hours, paying our driver more and more to hop up and down the East coast of Zanzibar Island, looking for a little piece of paradise to share for a few days. After much searching, we finally came across Paradise Beach Bungalows. We started with lunch of coconut fish made fresh by Saori. Fantastic. Saori uses fresh everything - fish from the market daily, herbs and vegetables from the garden, everything is made from scratch. The home made papaya jam is to die for. Our beds were covered with beautiful flowers from the garden on arrival. Saori caters to every wish. And I mean EVERY wish. We were there to celerate a 40th birthday so requested a special dinner of prawns and lobster on the barbie. They bought the seafood that morning, cooked it fresh at our table, made special salads and appetizers, sang happy birthday and even made a fresh banana chocolate birthday cake. Complete with a candle! If you are not an animal lover, don't come here. There are dogs, cats and turkeys that live on the property. All well behaved and they had flea collars when I was there. Remember this is Africa, Zanzibar and the beach. The shower water is cold and lacking pressure, there is no AC and there are fleas, bugs and mosquitos. But that's not what I remember. I remember the beautiful scenery, beautiful people, fantastic food, wading through tide pools, snorkeling without needing a snorkel and relaxing, content moments on the beach. We even had massages in our roof top lounge. $10 an hour including tip with fresh, home made herb oils. Lovely! Thank you to Saori and her staff for making our stay at Paradise exactly that!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with friends
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bensheim
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Reviewed 2 April 2009

I'm somewhat biased because I visit Paradise Beach Bungalows since many years. After having visited many different places on Zanzibar and Pemba I found this place and keep coming here.
I must write this, because of several ratings are claiming the cats and dogs there would be full of flees which is not true as the animals get regulally treated against all kind of vermin. The dogs had at that time a food allergy and the treatment had just begon. The cats are resqued by Mama Saori as some people throw young cats just at the road. They all are castrated.

My opinion of the place will follow:
The Paje Beach Paradise has 11 bungalows which are nicely situated around the main building with reception, restaurant and kitchen. Palmtrees give their shadow for the environment
and there you can sit and have a cool drink and go on relaxing in a hammock.
A carefully cultivated garden is a wonder in the hot climate and sandy soil and is an achievment of Mama Saoris and her staffs daily work.
The main building accomodates the restaurant where you take your meals, nicely furnished with many african handycraft and antiquities and also a library with books in several languages
and you can use it free. An important fact when you think that books are heavy in the luggage.
Rental of bicycles, snorkeling and fishing boats is also possible.
The Beach of Paje Beach Paradise is exactly as its name tells: paradiselike.
Facing the Indian Ocean it becomes the weather, the colours from there. Every day you can observe different creation of clouds and the changing of the colour of the heaven and the
sea. And of course you can wonder the sunrise every morning, as the beach looks to the eastern horizon. Not far from the beach you can see (and hear) the waves brake at the coral reef and when the low water comes you will see people walking on the reef looking for octapus and go
fishing. You can also ask Captain Debwe to take you there on his small sailing boat to go snorkelling and experience the under water world with its colourful fishes. It is a special
enjoyment to glide on the water by sailing on the boat as it is so peaceful and without noice.
On the beach you of course can play games like volley ball or what ever energy you may develop. You can walk along the beach and visit the village nearby or you can dig for tiny
mussels which Mama Saori will change into a tasty meal in her excellent zanzibarian/japanese kitchen. Or you just relax under the palmtrees with a book, perhaps writing in your diary or
painting. In every case you can be sure that the beach by Paradise Bungalows
never will be crouded or that you will be molested by foreign people.
All over you can see wonderful exhibits of Mama Saoris collection of native arts that she has aquired in anzibar and by her travelling in other African countries. And again and again ...flowers.
Saori Miura is a very special person. She established The Paradise Beach Bungalows in 1992 and runs the hotel herself. She takes care of her guests very warmly and is always helpful. She would give you advice in most matters you might face in a foreign country as she
has long experiance of Zanzibar. In her place you really can feel relaxed.
And the staff of Paradise Beach Bungalows will help you to feel comfortable and gives friendly service.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled solo
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Thank mamakuka
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Lyon, France
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2009

Paradise was so lovely; a clean, stretch of white sand beach; warm, clear ocean. A couple of chilled out, healthy pooches on the veranda. When the sun sets, a million stars come out and the waves crash and it is the most romantic setting you will ever come across.

We stayed in a thatch hut as there were no regular rooms left. It was charming and incredibly maintained and neat for a hut...call it a Japanese aesthetic (?--it is Japanese owned, hence the "excellent sushi" reviews). There were lots of mosquitoes but that's what the mozzie net, Malarone and Deep Woods OFF is for, right? Warm shower. Excellent meals. Helpful staff. Bikes you can rent. Hammocks. Cold beer.

I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with friends
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Nairobi, Kenya
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2008

We chose this place because of the sushi and japanese home cooking, and we were not disapointed in this respect, the food was really excellent, though sometimes we had to wait a long time to get it, but of course this is Africa, so pole pole!
The sea front garden is big and very shady, really important for us because we have small children, there are plenty of little funny crabs, my daughter had so much fun with them.
There are lots of cats around and a couple of dogs as well, for those who mind.
The staff is very friendly and helpful.
The rooms were not as good as we expected though, they would need some painting at least... mosquito nets were also old and had many holes, we had to put some tape. The fan was too small and didn''t give much air, and it is very hot at night, pity the windows are not bigger, because there is always a nice breeze blowing from the ocean and if they were I think it wouldn't be so hot and we wouldn't really need the fan so badly, especially taking into account the frequent power cuts! (But this seems to be a problem everywhere on the island).
The bungalows with rooftop terrace are more expensive but actually we found the cheaper ones to be better (we stayed in both) because they are closer to the ocean and it is not so hot inside, and the terrace is finally not too useful, there are so many trees around that there is hardly anything to see from it and you are more comfortable on the hammocks in the garden.
The environment is wonderful, the beach is beautiful, it seems to be one of the less developed in Zanzibar, so there aren't too many tourists and it is very colourful with the local women growing and harvesting seeweed. It is also very good for watersports, a 15 minute walk towards Paje village and there are a couple of diving and kitesurfing places.

  • Liked — The food, the location, the garden
  • Disliked — The rooms
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Thank empanadilladeatun
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Cheshire
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 29 October 2008

We had read great reviews on the web, incl Tripadvisor, but when we arrived the place was grubby, looked neglected, and there was a dog in the bar/dining area which had hardly any fur left and was scratching madly, a cat too, just as bad. No one greeted us and we just sat around waiting for some attention. Eventually we were shown our room, the bathroom was just concrete and looked dirty.
We had not paid, just booked, and so had a very nice Spanish couple who had just arrive an hour before. They knew Zanzibar well and were surprised at the condition of the place, the lack of staff and the flea ridden animals, so suggested we walk up the beach and find another place. We ended up at the Cristal resort and this was clean, professional and excellent, what a relief.
No idea what is happening at this place, but in the UK they would be prosecuted for cruelty to animals, not to mentiion environmental health having a close look at the cleanliness of the place! We met someone who was staying there and said the japanese owner eventually turned up and made good food, but I'm glad we moved on.

  • Liked — the beach
  • Disliked — Flea ridden animal and dirty sofas and bar
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
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1 Thank lynxy
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Italy
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Reviewed 15 October 2008

An overall judgement on this small, cute village is quite positive. Its location in particular makes the main part of it. The piece of the coast between Bwejuu and Paje is a realy paradise, clean, huge, marvellous.

Positive: the Japaniese lady running the village is really nice, polite and alsways available in satisfying her guests. All the swahili staff is very nice and take care of you. Pole Pole, but the do! You can ask them whatever you need and they will meet your requirements, maybe a little slowly as their way of living. Food is very nice, though I would say a little expensive if compared to other places on the same coast. I only refer to meat dishes, cause I do not like fish. But the cusine is nice. Sometimes they may run out of drinks, but they reassort stocks fast.

Negative: rooms might be cleaner. Beds are really small and short. Mattress seem to be quite old and worn. Mosquiitos nets are small, tight and not very clean... this aspect could be highly improved.
Especially as far as bandas are concerned, no electricity is acceptable, no bathroom is acceptable, but you have to sleep on the floor on really not very clean sheets and mattress... Mosquito net is dirty and dead mosqiutos lie on it, while alive ones pass through its holes and feast at night!! I did not like this experience in banda.
Another aspect is that water is running very slow, when running.. and often you have to wait for tank refilling. In any case a shower is not possible, you have to use basins to wash ans store water.
I paid 60 $ a day for a double room (bungalow) and 40 $ for a banda. Maybe the banda might be cheaper.

  • Liked — posizione sulla costa
  • Disliked — poca pulizia e cani e gatti pulciosi ovunque
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
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2 Thank poa1968
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Property: Paradise Beach Bungalows
Address: Paje, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Paje
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Ranked #7 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Paje
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Number of rooms: 10
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