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UtupoaUpepo, our tower on the beach

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Tim & Joyce

UtupoaUpepo, our tower on the beach

2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1.5 baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1.5 baths
Great location
92% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Great check-in experience
100% of recent guests gave the check-in process a 5-star rating.
Tim & Joyce is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.

UtupoaUpepo, our new beach tower, is designed as a song of praise for the local ngalawa sailing culture. You sleep on its top floor, cradled from and by a sea breeze, as close to Matemwe's dazzling beach high water mark as you could ever hope to be.


Cable TV
Hot water
Unavailable: Smoke detector
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide detector
The host hasn't reported smoke or carbon monoxide detectors on the property.
Entire place
You’ll have the space to yourself and will only share it with those you’re traveling with.

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 couch



51 reviews
Emily User Profile
August 2019
Utupoa is one of the most unique and wonderful places I've ever stayed. The rooms and common area are fabulous, but what makes it most special is their hospitality, humor, and the sense of community with other guests. You will absolutely not regret staying here.
Christopher User Profile
August 2018
Seeing the pictures of the tower and the place, I was unsure of the stay at first - but WOW I was surprised when I arrived! The decor of the place was the first thing I noticed. It is decorated in such a fantastic way - lighting and all. At night, it's a particular treat to see…
Elaine User Profile
July 2018
Lovely, quiet spot on a beautiful beach. Tim was always helpful with setting up snorkeling, drivers and sailing. If you chose to eat in, the food is fresh, healthy and very good. Conversations at dinners with Tim and other guests was a highlight of our trip.
Erin User Profile
September 2017
Utupoa is a gem! Such a charming place with an amazing staff, quiet beach location, delicious meals enjoyed family-style with other guests (and our wonderful host Tim!) and just a lovely vibe all around. We loved our three nights here - especially our last night in the tower!
Will And Louise User Profile
Will And Louise
August 2017
As so many of the other reviews indicate on this page, Tim and Joyce's place is remarkable and unforgettable. Their home is clearly the outcome of years of love, family gatherings, and dedication. Everything has personal homespun touches and each room is artfully decorated with…
Moriah User Profile
June 2017
This stunning guesthouse is eclipsed only by the warmth of Tim and Joyce! We stayed four nights in the tower overlooking the sea for the end of our honeymoon, and there is no higher recommendation we could give for a tranquil and whimsical stay! A bit removed from Zanzibar's main…
Tim & Joyce User Profile
Response from Tim & Joyce:
Thank you so much for visiting a Utupoa and for your very generous review. It was wonderful having you and Mark. We wish you the very best for your future together and for your new career. The mothers and babies you will help deliver will be very lucky to have you. All the best…
June 2017
Rosemary User Profile
March 2017
Couldn't have asked for a better host and his team. We stayed in the tower right on the beach and woke up to the most glorious sunrises. We took most meals here and the food was really top notch as well.

Hosted by Tim & Joyce

Matemwe, TanzaniaJoined in October 2012
Tim & Joyce User Profile
458 Reviews
2 References
Tim & Joyce is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Tim was a pilot in the Middle East when we first came to Zanzibar on a flight he was operating. It was 1992, before electricity, tarmac or cell phone networks. We fell in love with Matemwe and have made it our home. It is a home that we like sharing, and are very happy to welcome…
Interaction with guests
As our guests at Utupoa, we invite you also to use our home as your own and, in particular, to join us for breakfast and any other meals, especially dinner at the famous round table. Joyce and I will be around to advise you about transport and tours and anything else you might…
Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours
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Things to keep in mind

House Rules

You must also acknowledge
  • Pet(s) live on property
  • Must climb stairs
  • Some spaces are shared