4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a private bar and 3 lounge areas, garden, BBQ
- english, french
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Perfect on all accounts
Had a most awesome stay at this wonderful house just a few steps from the ocean. The house is large and with a great layout for our large family (4 adults, 4 kids). The staff is beyond great! So friendly and helpful and never intrusive. Mohammed is a 5-star chef and ALL of our meals were outstanding. Hatibu the manager/driver is so great. Very professional and a lot of fun to interact with.
There is a reason Raphael and his team get so many 5-star reviews. Thanks for an awesome week.
The ultimate getaway
Rafael and his wonderful team were the best hosts. We enjoyed gourmet chef prepared meals every evening and morning in a beautiful and relaxed setting. Chef Mohamed and his team were lovely. He even prepared our fresh fish catch from our fishing excursion. The home is wonderfully decorated in local style and location right on the beach can’t be beat. We will be back!
Very beautiful house ,with a very charming and professionnel team , very good location, the beach near the house is amazing !
Amazing Villa Experience
What a wonderful, grounding beach vacation! This 4 bed/3bath house was exactly what we needed. With 2 teens and a grown up son home from Uni we were looking for something very lo-key and good value. While the house had wifi on the first floor, overall it was a lo tech vacation. The house is made of block with plaster over it, a style I quite like. The furnishings are local and simple wood and cushions/mattresses. There are fans and mosquito netting. No AC (didn't need it at all), no TV (really didn't need it!) but also no screens so your protection against bugs are old fashioned cleaning, netting, wind, and geckos. I am NOT a bug person, having barely survived Cicada-geddon 1987. So when I walked in I worried I would not be able to handle staying. I was surprised how effective the house and staff were at keeping the place bug free/ light. Speaking of the staff, they were a highlight! We took Mohammed up on his meals for dinner and they were spectacular. One night, over suggestions by our driver/wrangler/POC, we went to the Rock for our anniversary. Obviously we left the kids to eat at the Villa. They def had the better meal! The cleaners were sweet and did laundry for us. Hatibi (driver/wrangler) was prompt and helpful, arranging boat tours for us and being at our disposal for rides even after we left the Villa for the city. The ocean is very shallow at lower tides - you can walk more than a mile out at the lowest. The village has a few shops for bare necessity dry items and fruit. My suggestion would be to bring bug spray, sand toys, beach mats/blankets, and dried snacks (we could find Pringles and cookies at the larger markets). There is a market where we got loads of Ramen/Koka noodles to use as lunch. The restaurants on the beach are convenient but pricey and def not as good as Mohammed. I would use with them for cold beer but not much else. If you are looking for glorified Glamping (with a chef and cleaners) then this is the place! We loved our 11 days there!
Paradise Foe 6 Days
What a lovely place to stay! We were 3 couples ending our 9 day safari with a 6 night stay in Zanzibar to rest and refresh, and had an absolutely wonderful experience. Let me start by saying that the owner, Raphael, answered all of my many questions promptly and had good advice for our arrival. Our plane in to Zanzibar was delayed by several hours and although communication was difficult, he was able to respond to a late e-mail. A couple of minor issues within the facility were resolved by the staff within a few hours. As an owner on VRBO also, I can truly appreciate his responsiveness and communication skills.
Mwendawima Villa is a beautiful place to stay, but what is most exceptional about it is the staff. Hatibu, the manager, greeted us at the airport, and even though we had a car rental, he conveyed one couple and some baggage to the villa promptly. I would not have wanted to negotiate it myself after dark. He had many good pieces of advice for us and met frequently throughout our stay to make sure that everything was perfect for us. Next came Chef Mohammed and his crew. Chef has to be the best on the island as his meals were just outstanding. One would be silly to drive out to an expensive restaurant and miss any of Mohammed's creations. We had lobster two nights by request. Two of our group grew up in Maine and one went every summer as a child and all three agreed his lobster was sweeter than Maine lobster. Every other creation was merely fabulous. One other thing about Mohammed...he is well-known on the beach. When you are being bothered by "Captain" Louis or whomever...just mention that you will check with Mohammed and they tend to disappear. And if you are encouraged to do so, you can bet Mohammed will vouch for that person. Then there were Saidi, Nasra, and Nihifadhi who waited on us, cleaned up after us, and were always smiling, pleasant, and patient. They all are indelibly pressed into our memory banks. We would hope to return someday, just to be with them again!
One last thing...tips are important to these folks. They earned every shilling that we gave them. If you can go to Mwendawima Villa, and I recommend it highly, be generous.
Wish we stayed longer...
This place is incredible! It's literally right on the beach of crystal clear water. The property is lovely. Even though there is no AC, there are fans and the ocean breeze keeps it comfortable at night. I loved the firm mattress and the quality of the mosquito nets. There are so many different nooks to enjoy on the property from the upper deck to the private little outdoor seating areas. I've already been trying to spark interest with my friends for another trip back.
The property is nice, but what made the experience was the lovely staff. Mohammed and his team prepared a hearty breakfast for us. We opted to have him cook for us every night and even added in a lunch on the last day just because we knew we'll miss him so! He made us tons of fresh seafood... Initially, we had planned to go out to eat... But he surprised us every night with some new dish that we decided to not even both with the local beach shacks. If you can have 5 star service in the convenience of your own property, why not?
The daily housekeeping was a pleasant surprise. The property manager, Haribitu (spelling?) was lovely and always available. We recommend the Blue Lagoon snorkeling tour. If we had more time, we would have been interested in seeing the Spice Tour. I guess we'll just have to come back.
Thanks for a lovely time.
Fully serviced beach villa on the East coast of Zanzibar, in the small fishing village of Jambiani.
4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, private bar, 3 lounge areas, large roof terrace over the blue lagoon, kitesurf. Close to beach bars and restaurants.
Mwendawima Villa is for travellers who do not like all-inclusive package tours, crowded resorts but who want their holiday to be authentic in a still untouched area. The villa is 50 meters from the sea, swim in the blue lagoon even at low tide, beautiful walks to the reef, sail in the lagoon on a traditional fishing boat, kitesurf just opposite the villa...
The villa was recently finished in July 2013 and situated direct on a fabulous white sandy beach. It has 4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a private bar and 3 lounge areas. The massive roof terrace overlooks the blue lagoon.
The management team will assist when needed.
The team will come and pick you up at the airport. Possibility to rent your own car.
Possibility to get your own cook for lunch and dinner (just pay for the food)
Possibility for larger group to stay in the adjacent bungalows.