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KIMTE BEACH INN: TREE HOUSE ROOM AND BEACH BAR


Kimte is an interesting and small hotel. It actually has 2 parts on either side of the road. On the beach is a really relaxing bar with fantastic vies of the ocean. Also, next to it is a room that is actually like a tree house. Their website shows pictures of this whilst it was being built. My photo shows the completed article.

The staff are friendly and they have another bar and restaurant just across the road.

They have 7 rooms with hot showers for $45. Dorm room accommodation is $10 with breakfast and doubles (sharing) at $20.

Unique Qualities: They also have a small outdoor gift shop. Even if you are not staying here, stop in for a cold beer on the beach.

*** OPEN DURING THE RAINY SEASON ***

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written May 17, 2008
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SAU INN: THE ONLY POOL IN JAMBIANI

Want luxury in Jambiani? This is as close as you are going to get. The question is - do you want luxury in a simple village paradise? Do you want a pool? If the answer is yes - then Sau Inn is for you.

Located in the centre of the village, they do everything here. In fact, they have the only swimming pool in the area. They have small, but nice gardens enclosed within the walls of the compound. There are 35 self-contained, bungalow-type rooms, each one having their own hot water heater and air-conditioning. They have a large, sea view restaurant and bar. It offers seafood, continental and Zanzibar dishes. Some people say the food is great and others describe it as poor. Must depend on who is in the kitchen. Their rooms look basic on all websites you can book, so I guess you are paying for the pool.

Unique Qualities: The Sau Inn is a centre for Diving, deep-sea fishing (2 boats) and has internet facilities. The on-site dive shop offers open water dives with modern scuba equipment.

They list their amenities as:

* Telephone and fax
* Email services
* Beach volleyball
* Dive shop
* Windsurfing
* Swimming pool
* Deep-sea fishing trips
* Visa, Traveller's Cheques accepted (charges will apply)
* Safety deposit box

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Family Travel, Spa and Resort
  • Written May 17, 2008
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CASA DEL MAR: COOL CASA


The Casa Del Mar is a nice small hotel in the middle of the Village and borders several other hotels. It does have lots of great reviews, but I am afraid I did not stay here. I did, however, find them one very hot day as I walked down the beach. They have a circular and open sided restaurant that is very close to the beach and offers some great views of the Indian Ocean. They do not serve alcohol, but the cokes are ice cold and the staff were very friendly and professional. The hotel certainly looked up to a high standard and they keep their beach and sandy paths cleaned.

Even if you do not stay here, I would recommend at least one evening meal here, just for the atmosphere.

*** CASA DEL MAR IS OPEN IN THE RAINY SEASON ***


Casa Del Mar is a nice small hotel in the middle of the Village and borders several other hotels. It does have lots of great reviews, but I am afraid I did not stay here. I did, however, find them one very hot day as I walked down the beach. They have a circular and open sided restaurant that is very close to the beach and offers some great views of the Indian Ocean. They do not serve alcohol, but the cokes are ice cold and the staff were very friendly and professional. The hotel certainly looked up to a high standard and they keep their beach and sandy paths cleaned.

*** CASA DEL MAR IS OPEN IN THE RAINY SEASON ***

Please note the fantastic pictures are with the kind permission of the nice people who own Casa Del Mar Hotel!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Beaches, Adventure Travel
  • Written May 15, 2008
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NO NAME GUESTHOUSE: B&B ON THE BEACH

I didn't name this place, it just des not have a name. No one was around when I was walking near here, so I could not see inside. Behind the gates are 2 nice enough looking houses on the beach in the southern end of the village. Several guidebooks mention a ‘No Named’ Guesthouse and I think this is the place. If it is, then it is known for being clean, basic, cheap and having 3 rooms available. Never know. If you want more detail you will have to ring them on either: +255 (0) 747 415 064 or +255 (0) 0747 843 021. Omit the (0) when dialling form outside Tanzania.

Nice quiet location on the beach.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Road Trip, Backpacking
  • Written December 20, 2005
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MOUNT ZION LONG BEACH BUNGALOWS: MORE HAKUNA MATATA

EXCELLENT. This hotel is so picturesque, I created this additional tip just to post more pictures. Please see the main tip for details.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written December 11, 2005
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MOUNT ZION LONG BEACH BUNGALOWS: HAKUNA MATATA

This is by far, the best hotel/resort in Jambiani. It is excellent value for money. Your first impression when you arrive is that the complex is like a small botanical garden. Immaculate sandy paths connect every part of the complex and there is really no need for shoes. Hakuna Matata is the pace of life here. The hotel is run by a colourful collection of Rastafarians who make you feel very welcome. Please be patient and ask for things about 1-2 hours before you need them. If you want dinner at night, you need to tell them at lunchtime so they can prepare.

Rooms are large and comfortable. Large comfortable beds have huge mosquito nets and a ceiling fan. There is plenty of closet space. Bathrooms have hot showers, are clean and basic. Leave shoes outside to keep sand out.

The restaurant is very open and overlooks the beach. Breakfast is included and is excellent. Dinner offers very good food in a relaxed environment.

The beach bar is massive and offers games and a book library. They can make any drink you want and have ice-cold beers. Music plays continuously, mostly Reggae, but they take requests or will play your own CD if you ask. Next to the bar is a hammock and several sun beds. On some nights they build a fire on the beach.

The complex is walled in except for the beach. Security is provided by 8 dogs that are let out between midnight and 6am.

The whole complex is a photo opportunity. At night you can walk the beach and see more stars than you will probably ever see anywhere in the world. There is virtually no light pollution and the view at night is incredible. You do not need a torch to walk around at night because they are so bright.

Staff can organise excursions across the island to places like Jozani Forrest, but you have to bargain for prices!

The hotel is owned by Zion Jumba who will organise transfers from the airport, just email him.

*** OPEN DURING THE RAINY SEASON ***

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Eco-Tourism, Luxury Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written December 2, 2005
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