Reviews of Kikadini Villas
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Kikadini Villas review
Villa Pwami was very nice. It will be even better when the swimming pool is ready (soon). The "butler" Marcus was most professional, skilled and friendly.
The cleaning was the only minus - not when it comes to the result but the cleaners were a bit too careful, so we had to wait for an unnecessary long time before they were ready.
The owners were very helpful, for example we had an unforgettable sailing and snorkling tour to the coral reef on a boat with two young friendly and professional local guys, recommended by the owners.
Kikadini Villas review
It's hard to describe our feelings when we saw our very own private villa on the beach of white, white sand - other than to say we felt very special!
Shortly after a chef arrived and cooked us a fabulous sea food meal - perhaps the best we had anywhere on the island. From the lovely roof top terrace watched the comings and goings. This is perhaps the nearest we'll get to being treated like the rich and famous without needing to break the bank.
Relaxation & rejuvination at Kikadini Villas
Kikadini Villas is beautiful and well appointed, and appears the most luxurious resort in Jambiani. The villas are constructed beautifully. The staff is attentive and accessible, but at the same time try to offer their services "at a distance" for privacy. The staff consists of a housekeeper, John the affable host, a waiter and the chef. The personal chef provides excellent food, cooking in your villas' kitchen at any time you specify. Half-board is standard, but you can request lunch, which is $13USD per person. After sampling several local hotel restaurants, we came to believe that the food at Kikadini was far and away the best, and by the end of our stay we were taking all our meals there.
We stayed in Villa Maroc, which we enjoyed immensely. We had the entire villa to ourselves. There is a fantastic second-story patio, with beach chairs where we had complete privacy.
The bedrooms all have a small refrigerator, and have beautiful beds romantically decorated. As nice as the beds look, they are not as comfortable some of the extravagant bedroom sets we've seen at high end bed and breakfasts. There is great furniture as well, but one important omission is a room safe. Each villa does have a stereo that plays CDs, but there is no radio, television, or even telephones.
The stretch of Jambiani beach by Kikadini villas is not private, and can be populated by fisherman, seaweed farmers, and freelance tourguides ("beachboys") of Jambiani village. It is a beautiful stretch of beach, with a great deal of tidal variation, so swimming needs some degree of timing.
The resort itself does not organize activities, but at your request can provide a reputable local guide for snorkeling, village tours, dolphin tours on the south of Zanzibar, and tours of Jozani forest. Solicitations for such services by "beach boys" are common, and you are free to make arrangements on your own, but the the staff prefer to steer you to guides that they trust. They also discourage bringing outsiders into the compound, such as the numerous beach women who offer henna painting and massage.
The villas are generally very quiet, and when not busy, the resort seems desolate. There is a primary school nearby, and though the owners erected a large wall as a sound-barrier, the sound of children permeates the air at times during the day. Though this did not bother us at all, in fact is was quite pleasant, this may potentially turn off some guests who want absolute quiet. Besides this though, the villas are very quiet, and there is no road or traffic noise whatsoever.
The resort lacks a restaurant and a pool, which would be very nice. These amenities are in the process of being built. Each of the villas has a wireless internet connection, which is generally slow by western standards and during peak hours may not be functional. The village features an internet-connected computer which amounts to a single laptop in a small one room building. The cost is 3000Tsh for 30 minutes. Besides a few corner-shops, there is little that the village offers in terms of commerce.
The resort and Jambiani is also very isolated, about 70-90 minutes from Stone Town. This is a consideration when planning excursions.
Overall we had a fantastic time, the staff was wonderful, the food great, and the beach gorgeous.