Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Just 6 rooms and suites
Only when you book with Chic
Room upgrade (subject to availability)
Early check in/late check out (subject to availability)
Uzuri Villa is a boutique hotel in Zanzibar designed and built by Sandro Gurioli, an Italian designer, together with his wife Elga Giannini. It is small but beautiful with just 3 suites and 3 junior suites.
Uzuri in Swahili means “wonder” and when you arrive you'll be mesmerized by the landscape, the villa and the setting. Sitting directly on the beach on the outskirts of the fishing village of Jambiani this hip hideaway is where you'll want to simply relax and enjoy the Indian Ocean, ideal if you like to be away from the crowds and be off the beaten track.
You’ll appreciate the authentic furnishings and interiors of the Villa, food prepared with love and passion – all the comforts of a boutique hotel, starting with a heartfelt welcome.
Breakfast is included and then lunch and dinner are decided by you as and when you want. There's no menu as such as the meals are made for you so just let the staff know what you like and together you can make up the menu. The selection of freshly-caught seafood is fantastic and includes crabs, prawns, and lobsters.
You can take your meals anywhere you like, on the beach, in the living room, by the pool or in the large private garden.
The villa or individual suites can be rented by the day or for as many nights as you like. Built in 2013 by local workers, using local materials and furnishings, the villa combines modern features with African style. Uzuri Villa Boutique Hotel is situated directly on the beach, on the outskirts of the fishing village of Jambiani.
Indulge your senses with a romantic dinner or a relaxing massage directly on the beach. This barefoot chic hideaway has no dress code and is all about the simple pleasures of a luxury beach holiday; listening to the sound of the sea, dipping your toes in the water, dining with your feet in the sand.
The garden is directly on the beach and the sea is just a hop and skip away from the pool. Keep an eye on the tide times. as when it's low tide (usually around 12.00 p.m.) the sea retreats back to the coral reef and exposes the bottom of the sea allowing you to take a walk in the water up to the barrier reef.
There are plenty of trips to enjoy during your stay and it's worth doing a couple if you're staying 5 days or more. The sailing rip on the dhow as well as a trip to Paje beach are at the top of our list as well as a day trip to Ras Nungwi (the top part of the island) with Sazani beach and breathtaking views. This journey is about 2 hours drive, so we suggest you do it a couple of days after your arrival.
How to get there
The villa is located about an hour drive from the airport of Zanzibar on the east coast of the island. Private transfers to and from the airport are organised by the hotel.
The airport is disorganised and the unloading of the luggage is still done manually by putting all the cases on trolleys and then delivering them directly to the tourists. This can be very chaotic especially when several flights land at the same time. Do not panic!!!! Just be patient and wait for your luggage to be delivered. Luggage won’t get lost and you can help by describing your case to one of the people there, or by giving them a small tip.
Tipping is forbidden in the airport but some staff might still ask you for tips, telling you will avoid the security control: try not to give tips in the airport, just be kind and resolute and walk away, nothing will happen to you. In any case, if any of the airport staff asks you to open your suitcase for a control, do it immediately: it is always a very quick check which lasts a few minutes
Zanzibar airport is 1 hour away.
VISA on arrival: once you have landed, you have to queue to clear customs and get the VISA. The tourist VISA costs 50 dollars (Euros are also accepted, but it is not convenient as they usual exchange dollar/euro at 1.1 rate).