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Villa de Coco Resort
Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in Jambiani
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Lovely place to stay. Only thing missing is a swimming pool! The owner is friendly and always on hand. Helpful staff and peaceful. Nice beach and close to two small villages which have totally different atmospheres. Totally recommend it as a get away. There is an amazing spit you can walk out into the sea on too...

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Villa de Coco is right on the beach and it's so nice to just walk up and down the stretch, either to the more touristy side of Paje or the local Jambiani village.

The owner, Manuella, is extremely nice and helpful. Able to arrange trips and taxis for you and stopping for a chat. The employees are very polite and helpful, but do not hassle you all the time. The rooms are nicely presented, with good bathrooms and it's a very good cheap option.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank jmm73
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

We stayed at Villa de Coco for 4 nights in late June 2014. From the first moment we arrived we were warmly greeted and given an orientation by Faustin. Not only was Faustin wonderful, the rest of the staff was as well, including Waziri who took our food orders and was very helpful with our personal requests.

On our first night, some of the staff took us to a nearby party where we had a great time. Faustin was our guide for the two tours that we took part in - the Sandbank Tour as well as the Swimming with the Dolphins Tour. He patiently answered any questions we had and anything that we wanted or needed, his response was always "anything is possible!" He even held my hand and comforted me when I was nervous going into the ocean for the swimming with dolphins tour. We dubbed him our "Fairy Godfather" during the trip because anything we wanted to do, however long we wanted to stay, detours we wanted to take, photographs we wanted to take - he was always ready, willing and able to do so with a smile. It was a pleasure having him with us on our tours and we felt very comfortable with him, and he also gave us as much space as we needed.

One issue we had with the tours was that we thought they were a little overpriced and also we lost a bit of money with the conversion from Euros to USD.

The food was excellent as well, including the soups (pumpkin and black pepper and ginger and potato were divine) although, we noticed some minor issues if we needed to make changes to our order. For example, we ordered a spanish omelette with cheese… yet we were presented with a cheese omelete only. Chocolate cake was marble pound cake, no frosting, when I was expecting cocoa chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, but these were small things.

We highly recommend their seafood such as the mixed seafood platter and the tuna sashimi. The fruits were the sweetest and freshest we'd had in ages. Drinks were well prepared and also had a nice garnish. Prices were all reasonable. We feel the staff really went out of their way to make sure we had an enjoyable stay, asking us frequently if everything was ok and whether they could get us anything else.

We did find that our driver spoke little English so at times it was hard to communicate. We were disappointed that when he finally dropped us off to depart at the ferry, he left without so much as a goodbye even though we were quite friendly with him throughout and provided him a nice tip. Overall, we would highly recommend this resort. It's not super fancy, with more of a rustic feel but everything was clean and fresh and the service was impeccable. The bathrooms need a little work though. It had an intimate feel as there were not many people staying there at the same time which we appreciated. If you are looking for a gem in Zanzibar, this is it!

Room Tip: Ask if they are renovating the bathrooms and get a room with a new one!
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

I was met at the airport and driven to Jambiani about 1 hour away. On arrival I was greeted by Manuela, the owner, who was extremely pleasant but apologised profusely due to my room not being ready because of flight complications for the previous people. So she had arranged for me to stay right next door at the next lodge for the 1st night. No problems. I ate at Villa de Coco every day and enjoyed the quality of food, but felt there could have been more African influence. Tours were available and conducted by a very friendly, humorous and informative guide who speaks English and Italian as well as Swahili. The bed was a little bit lumpy, but not uncomfortable, and the rooms all overlooked the garden and the beach. Manuela was always checking on the guests, ensuring that everything was fine - an excellent hostess. Thank you!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 August 2013 via mobile

We stayed there for 5 nights. The room had garden and ocean view- beautiful!!
The room inside is simple, a standart bad and shower.
The hotel is remote from center of the island so its perfect if you want relaxing, peace & quiet.
Dont expect a five star hotel, the charm of this place is in its simplicity and natural feeling. You feel like you live inside a garden with many trees and the ocean is always in front of your eyes- from the rooms and the resturant.
The service is very friendly and the food is mostly good.
Recommended!
If i ever come back to zanzibar im sure ill go there.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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3  Thank Orit_cool
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

It's a great place to chill at specially for honeymooners. The hotel doesn't have much entertainment, but the staff make it up for you. They have a tour guide called Fuastine, he is one of the best in that island, he is a very nice man to stick with for a tour, and he puts so much effort to entertain you, for little money!

Kitchen and food are best about the hotel, the Italian owners put so much effort in that part! They have excellent cooks!

Location seems fine, but its an hour and a half away from Stonetown, but its close to other things such as the spice farms, and the mangrove and monkey forest.

It's a simple hotel, cottage like rooms! I enjoyed my time there. To conclude its a chill place!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Comfortable rooms, right on the beach. The breeze kept the room cool and the well managed staff kept it very clean. I am a vegetarian and there was enough choice in their restaurant. Their homemade spinach and ricotta ravioli was the best pasta I have ever eaten, and that includes 2 holidays in Italy!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Address: Main Road Jambiani, Jambiani, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Jambiani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Jambiani
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Jambiani
Price Range: £52 - £130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa de Coco Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Peace here is at the top: just a lively reception, a romantic restaurant, the bar on the beach and only 11 comforting rooms in 4 pretty bungalows; everything is in perfect harmony with the natural environment, overlooking our luxuriant tropical garden and directly leaned out on the warm water of the marvelous Indian Ocean. Forget the stressful life and let your internal clock takes its natural cycle back! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Villa De Coco Hotel Jambiani
Hotel De Coco
Resort De Coco
Villa De Coco Resort Zanzibar Island/Jambiani

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