Makuti Beach Hotel Hotel in Zanzibar

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We stayed at Makuti Beach Hotel Zanzibar for five nights, and could not have been happier. The location is ideal -- literally you walk out the door from your bungalow in the morning and out onto the sand, with the beach immediately in front of you.

The owners and their staff are extremely helpful and welcoming, and helped us arrange a spice tour, an afternoon in Stonetown, rental bikes, the Blue Safari excursion, and transportation for all of it -- all at very reasonable prices.

The accommodation is gloriously simple, clean and quaint. What makes it is the location. It is right on the beach of Bwejuu.

The staff were all lovely, friendly and really relaxed.

The food is spot on, fresh, plucked straight from the sea and onto the plate and plenty of it. Breakfast included in the price was always fresh fruit, fresh bread and fresh coffee.

The beach itself is a working one, the local ladies grow and dry seaweed to sell to cosmetic companies.

It's fascinating watching them troupe off to tend their seaweed patches in the sea, fill up the bags and then dry it on land.

The local boys from Bwejuu were also wonderful friends with our 3, spending many a happy hour swimming, jumping from the dhows or doing back-flips onto the seaweed on the beach.

Beautiful location, simple accommodation, pole, pole (slowly, slowly), amazing food and fairytale bungalows. Amazing,

I can't recommend the Makuti enough. Thank you to Mabel and Peter for turning our holiday into the perfect, relaxing break we had yearned for.

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