Me and wife have spent four nights at Dude and Helle’s in January 2013 (we found them reading reviews on TA). It was so good that we didn’t want to pack and move to the next hotel we had booked and If they had room for us to stay we would have probably cancelled the other reservation.
From the very first minutes at their wonderful house we felt at home. Sitting on the patio with other guests, telling stories, watching local kids playing on the rope attached to coconut trees nearby, swinging in the most comfortable hammocks in the guesthouse beautiful front-garden.
The rooms are simple and comfortable. The lack of AC was not a problem – ocean breeze was falling straight through the window. The beach is just steps away form the house, and being in the “second” line has some great advantages. You get no hassle form the beach boys and Masaya selling their crafts on the beach (although there are not so many of them on this stretch of the beach anyway). You also are literally in the village, so you see local’s life as it is, shop in local shops and get to know the Jambiani community.
Breakfast was tasty and various: pastries, toasts, variety of fresh fruits, home made juice and eggs any way you want. For other meals - There is a number of great on-the-beach restaurants nearby. At Dude’s there is a stocked fridge with water, soft drinks and beer, you just write down what you take and square out your bill at the end of the stay.
Dude has his own traditional sailboat and we took a half-day trip on it – great experience. Dude also arranged taxi transport for us and a village tour with a guide.
Judging in it's category - affordable B&B - I can't imagine finging anything better on the island.
Following week I got to travel all over the island from north to south and I found Jambiani to be the most tranquil and friendly place on the island and it’s beaches the most picturesque. If I ever get a chance to travel back to Zanzibar, I fill definitely book with Dude and Helle!
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