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Beachfront, barefoot, shaded beach pagoda
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Beachfront, barefoot, shaded beach pagoda
Fenced off, private beach in front, villa sleeps 12 Direct beach access, private beach
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25 reviews
Beachfront, barefoot, shaded beach pagoda
Fenced off, private beach in front, villa sleeps 12
Direct beach access, private beach
Downstairs beach terrace, beachfront, ocean views
Refresher pool, with a sea view!
Kite lessons, surfing, SUP rental
Surfing lessons available
Dine Al Fresco on the lower level terrace
Pizza or Focaccia?
Chefs fabulous Seafood platters (24hr notice)
Crab Avocado Salad.
Discreet staff, 10 years experience, host on site
Upstairs terrace, amazing views
5 King Size suites, 5 en suite bathrooms, sleeps 12
All beds are King Size, quality linens, matresses
Wet rooms/Rain Showers with good pressure
5 Private en suite bathrooms, soap, towels, linen, reading lamps, cupboards,fans
Gas cooker, electric Oven, Toaster, Kettle, Microwave, Juicer, Blender, Electric frying pan.
Book your tours on site - kitesurfing, surfing, SUP, village walks, spice tours
Housekeeping service -Supporting the local community, village tours available
Lose your heart in Zanzibar
Fishing, diving, snorkeling, SUP, surfing tours available
Blue Safari day trip, Seafood BBQ
Snorkel Blue Lagoon
Jozani forest nearby
Visit the butterfly centre
Kite in the lagoon
Sunset boat cruises
Octopus fishing
Henna, afternoon tea in the village?
Kite from the beach in front of the villa
Fun time on the beach
Sunrise Bwejuu beach
afternoon shadows of coconut trees in the garden
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5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Bwejuu, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago

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jayessayc...
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Disappointing except for location”
Reviewed 7 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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I have never written a review before because I have never felt so misled before. The reviews and photographs of Saffron Beach Villa are misleading. The positive is that the property is right by the sea and by a beautiful beach. The food was also quite good.

Otherwise the property suffers from the following problems.
1) Some of our things went missing including a bottle of red wine.
2) The manager of the house is rarely available and not helpful when he is. For instance, we asked for some more hangers and he looked like the sky had fallen in.
3) The water kept going off. It turned out this was because the manager kept turning it off. Although he told us there was a problem with the pump. We would have been happy to be assigned times for showers but instead we just had to hope the water was on.
4) The owner of the house (the person you correspond with by email) was not helpful either and was not easy to get hold of. She provided no phone number, even when asked and frequently did not respond to my emails for a long time (6 weeks at the longest count after a lot of chasing).
5) The house is self-catered but the chef gets the food for you. We wanted to get food on our first day but despite asking for meals a week in advance, and selecting the items from the menu, this wasn't allowed. Instead we were guided to the next door bar (which turns out was owned/run by the manager of our house).
6) Following on from above, we wanted to buy some beers for the house but the chef wasn't allowed to get these for us when he went to the shops to buy our food. Again because the manager wanted us to buy them at the next door bar at a premium.
7) There is no air conditioning and the fans are pretty poor. The back rooms were stifling at night and not helped by the plastic sheets on the beds. Most of our group could barely sleep.
8) The refrigerator was on its last legs and we had to put drinks in the freezer to get them cool.
9) The paintwork is peeling and the house is pretty run down as a whole (the bathrooms are a bit more modern). Towels are old and bed sheets could be replaced.
10) I specifically asked that there be enough beach loungers for all the people staying, and the owner assured me there would be. However when we arrived there were none. I asked the manager for them, and he said he would need to ask the owner if he could buy some. These never turned up. Instead we had to battle with the bar next door for seating on the beach.

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Liked best: Location
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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
22 Jan 2015
Thank you for confirming that Saffron Beach Villa is a superb villa, in a superb location, served by great staff and a Chef that cooks amazing food!!! Yes, the images and the 12 wonderful reviews speak volumes.. oh and you also said on a great Beach! Yes, the East Coast is a superb location for a holiday.

You didn't have the decency to leave your name, but you booked a SELF CATERING stay, then wanted to order a la carte meals like you're staying at the Ritz... I informed your friend 4 MONTHS ago that the MENU is a guideline for you to PLAN YOUR SHOPPING - so, like everybody else on arrival, you go shopping and Chef does the cooking... instead you arrive and order a la carte (starters, mains, desserts) for 9 guests (to which I had said no a week before you arrived) and to which the staff said NO!!
Staff are there to assist you in your meal planning, but as per our numerous written emails/communication a la carte is not possible. Your feedback here and group communication is inaccurate.

The Saffron Manager is a local Swahili man, who runs the little restaurant next door - most guests love to pop over for a drink or a meal and his name is Ussi (if you had bothered to ask). I am sure he would have loved to have you visit and support his a local initiative, great Seafood food at local prices - You were never obliged, a simple refusal would suffice, no need to make it sound like he forced or threatened you? Swahili are very warm welcoming people and always like to make everyone feel at home..

Again, as a SELF CATERING guest - our Muslim Chef and staff refused to buy your Alcohol. So you're upset...apologies for the inconvenience of doing your own meal and drinks planning and shopping. And seriously - are you saying that paying $3 for an ice cold beer on a stunning beach, is a rip off? You should have asked Ussi to show you the local bars that serve warm beers a few metres up the hill, they're about $2?
I just don't think you get the idea of a Self Catering villa rental, you have to actually organise your drinks and meals! It is not a hotel with waiter service.

So, from this starting point, sadly you were unpleasant and disruptive to our Zanzibari staff who ran up and down all day long to try and please you.

Frankly, your claims about the actual house is unfounded - Saffron is a very well maintained villa, guests love staying in this house as you can tell by 12 previous reviews... It was last painted in July, a new fridge was placed in October and if you don't know the difference between a hygienic mattress cover and a "plastic bedsheet" .........oh and bedding is 400 threadcount Egyptian cotton from a hotel shop in Singapore?

The house was built for good airflow - beachfront with sea breezes, louvre doors, lots of doors and windows, all 5 bedrooms have great natural cooling systems and fans the house has never had air conditioning and not sold with airconditioning. You have the audacity to write such a rambling list, honestly, did you have any time to go swimming or were you checking the paintworks?

Saffron Beach Villa has a large terraced cushioned baraza, a garden swing set, a 6 bed pagoda on the beach and 8 beachbeds.. but our Manager still ran around for more beds? Why???

There is nothing misleading about the images, pictures or reviews of this house!!

It is however Self Catering and perhaps you had to move a lounger from one side of the beach to the other.....you should have been better informed by your group leader and have taken some responsibility for the planning and shopping of your drinks, meals.
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Matthew C
Dar Es Salaam Region, Tanzania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“I wish I could keep this secret, but...”
Reviewed 23 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Saffron Beach Villa was perfect. We stayed 5 nights and will definitely book a longer stay next year. The upstairs has 3 bedrooms with king sized beds and en suite bathrooms. The two front bedrooms are both incredibly bright and have a wall of glass doors that open up onto a covered terrace. Downstairs there are two more large bedrooms and an open kitchen and lounge area. The villa was spotless when we arrived and housekeeping came everyday to tidy up.
We organized a fishing trip early in our stay and caught a 40 pound king fish that chef Abeddi prepared in different delicious ways for different meals throughout our stay.
In October, this part of the beach is slow and calm. There were very few people on the beach which was fantastic. The kids surfed on their boogie boards at high tide, and explored during low tide while we watched and sipped gin and tonics on the villa's upper terrace.
A thirty minute walk down the beach takes you to the busier, more built up, Paje beach where you can find some great places to eat lunch or swim in one of the resort's swimming pools.
Honestly, this is the first time that I have written an online review for anything. Part of me wants to keep this place a secret so I can book it when I want it, but this is such a wonderful spot with such great staff that they deserve to be busy.

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Liked best: the relaxed atmosphere, the large spacious rooms
Liked least: that we couldn't stay longer!
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Veronique...
Paris, France
1 review
“Outsanding location on the beach and excellent service”
Reviewed 29 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

The house is very well located, on the beach with an outstanding view on sea, with few tourists. well equiped and nicely decorated. The staff is really kind and efficient with a very good cooker. the paradise on earth !

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Travelling group: En famille avec adolescent(s)
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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P9013DHst...
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Magnificently relaxing beachside beauty!”
Reviewed 12 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We loved the location, view and personalised service. The fresh fruit, blended on the spot was a great way to start the day. My 7-yr old loved the beach, exploring at low-tide. Also Crazy Mzungo's right next door meant easy access to the bar and restaurant, for those days we needed company. The personal chef was excellent, preparing lovely meals with whatever fresh ingredients were at hand, especially the fish and octopus!

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Liked best: The quiet location.
Liked least: The noisy fan.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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WendySimp...
Cape Town, South Africa
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14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Unforgettable Experience”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
2
people found this review helpful

We stayed at Saffron Villa for 7 nights. There were 14 of us, 8 children and 6 adults. We had the most wonderful time from the moment we arrived to when we left. The accommodation, service, staff, setting was fabulous. Gaby the manager was always on hand to assist and advise us. She checked up on us most days and was most helpful, she even drove one of our party to the local clinic based at one of the hotels. Abeid our chef made the most amazing food. He was always willing and helpful and helped us source all sorts of things for our meals. Beautiful Mama Sheri in her stunning colourful outfits, was there to assist Abeid and to make sure with the help of Mama Bi, that our villa was clean and tidy. We met Jull who gave us wonderful massages, and painted the most amazing Henna on at least 8 of us. She also helped us source clothes and sarongs. Ussi helped with doing a couple of food shops for us, which was wonderful as it meant we could totally relax. We used locals to do most of our trips which included the Blue Safari, swimming with dolphins, and the Jozani forest to name a few. Zanzibar is really a stunning place with friendly people, white beaches, warm ocean, fascinating history (Stone Town is a must). Saffron Villa added to the whole feel of it and we can only wish to return. It certainly is an experience not to be missed!

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Liked best: The friendly staff and the location of the Villa
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children Large groups
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