- english, swedish, norwegian
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Kiru as house menager was great, he did everything to acomodate us. Hassan our driver was great
Great house with great staff. awesome location.
Amazing location and wonderful house!
We are a family of 5 and spent four nights in June '19. The house is amazing and the staff very kind. The house had not been used in awhile so we had some trouble with ants, broken air-conditioners, water, theft. Although it sounds like a lot they were just small bumps in the otherwise spectacular experience that is Villa Biba. We so enjoyed the wonderful food and we also took advantage of our own personal tour guide. Hassan picked us up in StoneTown and showed us around. We also went snorkling and swam with wild dolphins thanks to him. My only advice is to make sure that the house is always locked but by all means visit this lovely villa.
Wonderfully unique and charming home on the beach
It took a bit of getting used to the home because in some ways it felt a bit sparse and the rooms disconnected, but the uniqueness and charm of the home grew on us. We felt like we were occupying a well preserved architecturally interesting home from many years ago. The two second floor bedrooms that face the ocean are wonderful. (Although one bedroom had problems getting hot water that wasn't fixed during our 3 night stay). The upper level balcony was perfect for the 4 of us to enjoy the view of the ocean as well as the activity on the beach. Our driver, Hassan, picked us up at the airport and gave us a very nice tour of Stonetown before driving across the island to Vill Biba at Jamiani beach. The house master, Kiru and his staff were very attentive and welcoming. A highlight for us was having amazing breakfasts and dinners cooked by a very talented chef, Mao. We also booked the wooden sailboat operated by our night watchman who took us snorkeling. We would love to come back some day!
Beautiful view but totally ruined by the service! Serious safety concerns.
Stay as of Aug/Sept 2018 for nine people:
1-The scenery and layout of the house cannot be beat. We enjoyed that part of the stay very much.
2-Kiru, the cleaners, the cook and the watch guards all did their jobs wonderfully. (See below for issues with the driver though.) The best food we had was at the house, especially breakfast.
3-Even though one room did not have an AC unit it was plenty cool enough.
4-The owner was very accommodating when we asked for additional local guests to possibly visit us.
1-House does not have a back up electricity generator or hot water in every room, sewage backups did happen but were handled promptly. It’s Africa so not fully unexpected.
2-Hassan the driver. With some of our guests being fluent in Swahili and Tanzanian residents for over a decade, we determined that he was charging ridiculous prices for transport. When we called him out on it and arranged for other transportation (ahead of time and let him know) he still came to the airport and made SUCH a scene that I immediately contacted the owner and let them know we did not feel safe with him at the property. Our local friends kept close watch for us, and took the downstairs room. We thought maybe we could all consider it a misunderstanding and we could start fresh the next day but Hassan’s attitude and treatment towards us became worse and worse, especially once he found out we were not personal friends of the owner.
We had to find other modes of transportation/tours because he was so nasty towards us which then in turn made him more nasty. For our safety we decided to not really say anything to the owner because what can they do? They are in a foreign country and they cannot change out the whole staff overnight. Even if they do say something to the staff, they are all related and have constant access to every nook and cranny of the house. So in order to avoid possible retaliation we just ended up bearing it but Hassan did cast a very tense and awkward dark shadow over our whole stay of 8 days. We were never really able to relax which was the whole point of our vacation. So I would say if you can avoid Hassan’s hissyfits by paying his overcharges then your stay would probably be okay. But if you don’t want to be price gouged then stay somewhere else. We regret not just staying in a hotel for more peace of mind. Owner has not responded in 5 days to our complaint
Wonderful stay at Villa Biba
We stayed for 5 nights at Villa Biba in Jambiani from 25th to 30th December, 2017 and loved every minute of it. The villa is situated right on the beach with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. It is a large house with 5 double bedrooms and 4 bathrooms so there was loads of room for the 9 of us. We particularly enjoyed dining on the verandah looking out on the Indian Ocean. The house is tastefully decorated, so comfortable and cleaned every morning.
At the back of the house, you will find the village of Jambiani where you will meet the locals. Everyone was so friendly especially the children who were always happy to greet us.
The staff were wonderful, so kind and helpful at all times. No request went unanswered.
Kiru, the housemaster, looked after our every need and Hassan, the driver, took us on trips to Stone Town, Spice Island, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling and the Rock. Mau, our chef, excelled himself producing some wonderful food for us, his BBQ being a particular highlight.
The villa and staff exceeded all expectations and I would highly recommend a stay in Villa Biba.
Get away, slow down and relax in calm spacious home in primitive locale
Very spacious beautiful house with unbelievable view of sunrise on the Indian Ocean; "mamas" gathering seaweed dressed in brightly colored modest attire; wooden sailboats. White fine sand beach with very little tourist traffic; no motorboats in the water = quiet, clean, calm. Only pollution comes from wood burning smoke as local population cooks their meals. Minimal electricity so house is dimly lit. Low water pressure but we had water and electricity most of our stay. Staff is very eager and available to help. No washing machines so women wash all towels, linens and clothing by hand. Driver is very capable and speaks English. He will arrange boat rides, snorkeling, tours and just about anything. Night watchmen, cook and housekeeper have access to house but there are locks on all doors. This looks like the nicest property along the length of Jambiani beach. The back of the house faces the local town. People are very friendly, children look beautiful and healthy and dressed respectably and modestly. Access is through dirt roads shared by people, children, goats and their kids, ducks and ducklings, chickens and chicks, cows and calves, bicycles and motorcycles, cats and kittens.
Beds are king size, very comfortable and surrounded by mosquito netting. No wifi, spotty cell phone service -- so great for getting away, privacy and relaxation. Ocean water is perfect temperature for swimming and very shallow. A/C units in every bedroom; ceiling fan in kitchen. A primitive, not touristy, not crowded real vacation.