Spur of the moment vacation rental 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.
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.
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!