We recommend this place very much. Owners and hosts Fabio and Stefania and their team of staff could not have been more welcoming and from our initial - rather last-minute - inquiry to when we reluctantly left after just two days (wishing very much that we were staying for a week like most of the other guests), were friendly and attentive to all the details that made their hotel such a special place to be in.
The hotel has just five rooms, so very quickly one feels rather like one is staying in a private home, though never in an intrusive or claustrophobic way. The bedroom and bathroom were huge, beautifully clean and obviously had been decorated and furnished by someone with wonderful taste and a passion for the colours, textures and art of the place. The bed was incredibly comfortable, and the shower was fantastic.
Ah, now the food...the breakfasts were just wonderful. Lots of fresh bread and pastries, delicious fruit and juice, and very good tea and coffee. The dinner is served at 8pm - this was our only problem as we're greedy early eaters and early-to-bed people (especially when we've got up at 5.30am to go and see dolphins!), so that day we couldn't hold out and walked just five minutes along the beach to a different restaurant. But the dinner we did have at Mama Mapambo was delicious, with elements of the local cuisine such as seafood, and an Italian influence from the owners (a combination that worked very well indeed).
The atmosphere is very relaxed with guests encouraged to dip into a selection of books and games, but trips further afield can be easily arranged too. And we'd echo the earlier comments about getting to know other guests - we really enjoyed meeting the other people who were staying there, and had some interesting conversations over dinner. But there's nothing compulsory about it - it just seemed to flow naturally from our mutual enjoyment and feeling of good fortune in staying somewhere so lovely.
We would love to go back, and fully intend to!
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- Also Known As:
- Mamamapambo Boutique Hotel Zanzibar Island/Jambiani