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Spur of the moment

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Very Good 4/5 Score from 5 reviews

Front view of the property facing the sea

House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Spur of the moment is a property with two identical houses adjacent to each other. It is located on the East Coast of Zanzibar; Jozani Forest home to the rare red Colubus Monkeys is within a short distance of the house. Quiet and peaceful, but surrounded by holiday resorts that have restaurants and bars for those that fancy eating out. Small convenient stores are available at the local village approx 1 km south.

The house is privileged to have a beach right at it's doorstep; the top floor landing has a balcony with stunning sea views, the sunset is spectacular to watch from here and the moon as it rises is magnificent . The master bedroom has two double beds, the second bedroom has one four foot bed.

The location provides opportunities for fishing, snorkelling and diving; arrangements can be made for bicycle hire, a trip into Stone town, spice tours or a visit to Kisimkaze renowned for sighting of and swimming with Dolphins.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach At the doorstep
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Zanzibar International 60 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Staffed property, Sea view
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The fridge is small with a small freezer

The single bed is four feet wide

Further details outdoors

External shower for rinsing off sand before enterring the house

Arrangements for Bicycle hire can be made locally

Further details

Arrangements for cooked food and laundering clothes could be made and paid for locally.

Please be aware that this property has two identical houses one of which is furnished and the other is at present empty . The description above is of the furnished house.

The Zanzibar region

The word Zanzibar evokes many exotic and erotic images, it's also known as the 'Spice Island'; it's beaches and climate are idyllic. Zanzibar has an amazing history therefore a visit to the Museum in stonetown is worthwhile, car hire could be arranged locally.

Bwejuu

About two kms north of the house is what's known as a 'lagoon' where there is magnificent snorkelling opportunity but it's advisable to wear shoes or fins due to sea urchins and stone fish.

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Review 1-5 of 5

15 Jan 2013

4/5

"The ocean is so close you can hear the waves rolling from your bed!"

This property was right on the beach front, ideal for some surf and fun.
The white sandy beach was clean and a beauty to behold. The ocean was so blue it was hard to stop staring at it.
My best bit though, was the hammock gently rocking in the breeze on the beach under the whistling palm fronds...
The area is quiet and very private. Perfect for a getaway when you want to shut the world out.
The house could definitely use an uograde of facilities like the fans and fridge.
The care taker is an excellent cook and he was such a help to have around. He had good knowledge of the local area and gave us excellent advise of places to visit, transportation and local rates of just about everything.

28 Jul 2012

2/5

"The place needs work"

Nice location, however the water system in the house needs serious attention. During a 7 day stay we were without water for 3 days, and when water was finally restored the system is so full of silt we… More

Both 2 star reviews although posted separately were written by the same party, therefore my response applies to both reviews.
Have taken on board any constructive feedback and since this party visited there has been a complete overhaul of the existing water system and an updated water pressure pump installed which has resolved the issues highlighted.
The cook top is functioning and fit for purpose but had been disassembled for reasons unbeknown to me. In light of this I have reviewed the current local management process to provide a more robust, proactive approach to providing a high standard of accommodation that is keenly priced. To ensure that these changes meet with my exacting standards I will be visiting the property myself early next month.

16 Jul 2012

2/5

"It became a nightmare"

Subject: Spur of the momentLocation: Bwejuu, Zanzibar, Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania, AfricaTitle: It became a nightmareID#: 133668919The property has strong potential, if properly managed. The loca… More

Both 2 star reviews although posted separately were written by the same party, therefore my response applies to both reviews.
Have taken on board any constructive feedback and since this party visited there has been a complete overhaul of the existing water system and an updated water pressure pump installed which has resolved the issues highlighted.
The cook top is functioning and fit for purpose but had been disassembled for reasons unbeknown to me. In light of this I have reviewed the current local management process to provide a more robust, proactive approach to providing a high standard of accommodation that is keenly priced. To ensure that these changes meet with my exacting standards I will be visiting the property myself early next month.

27 Dec 2011

4/5

"Wonderful location on beach"

The house is in a beautiful location right on the beach with lovely views os the ocean. The beach is quiet enough to be peaceful but with enough activity (fisher-women) to be interesting.

The bedrooms are a good size and nicely furnished (although the beds are quite short - about 1m80) There is adequate storage space but nowhere to hang clothes as the built-in wardrobes do not have rails. The living/dinig area is a good size and adequately furmished.
The bathroom is basic and would benefit from a mirror and somewhere to place toiletteries.
We did not use the kitchen as we employed a cook, see below, who brought a lot of equipment with him. The house has oil lamps and an battery powered lantern. bring torches/flashlights as there are daily powercuts.

We were met at the airport by Hafidh who arranged car hire, trip to an ATM etc. As recommended in a previous review we asked Hafidh to stay and cook for us. This was a very good decision. Firstly Hafidh is a truely wonderful; cook. He really should open his own restaurant. Secondly, the nearby places to eat are of dubious quality or in a beach club and very expensive. We would therefore strongly recommend anyone staying to employ Hafidh. Not only is he a great cook but he is a very very nice person who can help with all manner of things.

We enjoyed Zanzibar. We visited the Jozani forest national park and Stonetown as well as driving to the extreme north and south of thr island. We would recommend renting a car unless you really want nothing more than a beach holiday. (One minor point. I found the constant police check points irritating. We were stopped at least twice on every journey).

28 Sep 2011

5/5

"Great stay, excellent villa, wonderful service!"

We had a group of 5 people who went to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro in August. After such a challenging hike (we made it to the top!), we've decided to treat ourselves to a nice relaxing vacation in Zanzibar.

Making all the arrangements with the owner of the property was extremely easy. Jamilla was very responsive, polite and helpful. She also arranged transportation for us and someone was waiting for us at the airport when we arrived. That someone was Haffid. Let me tell you about Haffid - since we arrived late at night (around 8pm) it was too dark and dangerous for Haffid to drive us to the house, which was approximately 45 min from the airport. So him and his daughter invited us to their house to spend the night! They made an amazing dinner for us, Zanzibar tea and a yummy dessert! After chatting at the dinner table for a little bit, we asked Haffid if he would be kind enough to cook for us at the house for our entire stay (we were amazed with his cooking). He gladly agreed and he never repeated the same dish twice!

The house we stayed in was very nice, newly remodeled, clean and cozy. It's a duplex and we had one part of the house all to ourselves, the other part was unoccupied. Ground floor consists of a kitchen, living room, dining room and a bathroom. The top floor had 2 bedrooms (one bedroom had 1 queen size bed, another 2 full beds), hallway (with an additional reclining couch), bathroom and a beautiful balcony with a gorgeous view! The beach is just by the doorsteps.

Beach: the white sand reminded me of a flour, it was that white and fine! Because of the high/low tides, the seaweed gets on the beach and stays there (tiny minus).

Around: we were very glad that we hired Haffid to be our cook (breakfast & dinner). There are couple of restaurants that are near by (Twisted Palms and Evergreen), but the menu is very limited and it repeats itself. Just to change it up, we would have lunch at Twisted Palms.

Suggestions: Rent a bike and cruise down the beach, check out the surroundings. Make sure to go to Stone Town and either spend 1 full day there or 2 (much better). Spice tour & Slave Cove is a must. Do some research before hand and just walk around the town (self-tour), you'll really enjoy it!

If you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to contact me. I'd be happy to help!
Asante sana!

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Jamila C.

  • 3 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:25 Nov 2014

Based in United Kingdom

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