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“Gorgeous place - and wonderful people” 5 of 5 stars
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Mamamapambo Boutique Hotel
P.O.Box 695, Jambiani, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Jambiani
London, United Kingdom
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“Gorgeous place - and wonderful people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

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!

Room Tip: Because we booked last-minute we couldn't get a seaview-room, but honestly didn't feel at al...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Having been to Zanzibar previously I was keen to go to a different part of the island and Jambiani and Mamamapambo did not disappoint. The hotel is beautiful, with the attention to detail surpassing anything I have seen anywhere else. The room was large and the bed extremely comfortable. The beach on the doorstep was perfect for swimming and we went for long walks along the beach and felt completely safe. The fresh seafood everynight was delicious and all of the staff were extremely friendly and happy to help. Fabio and Stefani were always on hand to answer questions/have a general chat and really made these few days something very special. We certainly hope to return one day and cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

[Voor Nederlands: volledig eens met de beoordeling van Josvanbuuren. Zie voor meer info de tekst al daar. Deze is zeer compleet.]

This is the best place to be on Zanzibar, when you want to relax (swim, read, eat, do nothing, etc.), make day trip or two (Stone town, spice farm, diving, etc.) and don't want to be a number in a resort. The hotel is located in a quiet town, which also means there are less/ only a few hawkers.

This small and new hotel is run by an Italian couple (Fabio and Stefania), who have a great feeling for quality and style. The 5 rooms are very clean and of western standard. The food from the little restaurant is of high quality, affordable and the evening menu changes every day. (These Italians live up to the expectation that they care about good food :-) They've hired the best local staff, which makes the food, service and day-to-day communication very pleasant.

Take into account that there is no big bar around. But the drinks/ cocktails in the hotel are good and if you want to have some contact with 'others', the hotel is that intimate that you can easily strike up a conversation (and have a drink) with other guests and/or Fabio and Stefania.

There is also no swimming pool, which makes sense for such a small place. But if you walk 5 minutes on the beach, there is a small resort which has a nice swimming pool. You can stay here all day, as long as you buy a drink once in a while. And 2 minutes further down the beach there is an even bigger resort with a bigger pool. So use the facility of this resort and go back in the late afternoon/ evening to this great hotel.

Fabio and Stefania, thanks for the great time!

Room Tip: There are two seaside rooms on the ground floor which are right at the beach (incl. a nice porch and...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

My wife and I recently spent a week at Mamamapambo.
We were looking for a really laid back, beach bum, type of week. We did not want TV, telephone and internet access.
This is just as well because they didn't have it.
Perfect.
Our room, on the upper floor, was just right for us. A uniquely designed bedroom and bathroom with a very special outside balcony area overlooking the ocean. This space was designed for comfort and relaxation.
The food served was of good quality with a daily-changing dinner menu which took its theme from the setting with a lot of fresh seafood and also daily pasta dishes (Italian owners). You are not going to get travellers' diarrhoea here.
The village (spread along five kilometres of beach) was a working, rather than tourist, place. Men went fishing and women, seaweed farming. If you have travelled much in Africa or Asia most places frequented by Western tourists have a significant hassle factor. Not this place (Jambiani). It was a pleasure to be here and meet the local people. Worth the visit alone.
Other attributes of the beach and the owners have already been covered so I won't go over the same ground again.
What surprises me is that there are so few visitors from where I live (The Gulf). Many go to the Seychelles or Mauritius (probably because of direct connections by the local airline).
For a fraction of the price they can get to Zanzibar with a very easy connection in Muscat and then a direct connection with Oman Air.
You don't have to go to our particular sleepy resort as there are plenty, more lively, in the north of the island.
But go, definitely. Great experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Having spent a full two weeks at Mamamapambo ,i thought i must write a review.....I am a frequent traveller who has stayed in the official best hotel in the world in Dubai....but let me tell you this place comes pretty damn close...Fabio and Stef have thought long and hard about everything in this hotel , the african chic decor was lovely , great big double rooms ,comfy beds ,and large bathrooms...the food is really tasty and fairly priced...maybe one of the best eating places in the area,,,but this is a hotel/guest house with a difference, from entering to leaving our every need was met 100 per cent nothing was too much trouble from different meals to advice and help....Stef went out of her way to make my wedding anniversary special ,which was a really good unexpected gesture.thankyou so much....i had to cut back on my meals as the portions were too filling ..all the staff have been selected to compliment the way stef and fabio treat you...thankyou omar (the gent ) beka ,doula , juma, rwandzi,kombo selema and the masai izaca...these people made my stay wonderful again ,ask them anything and they try the best to please...practical info....all rooms have a good hairdryer ,towels for the bathroom and the beach,european type sockets as well as shaver point...they have mosquito nets around the beds ,mosquito rings and sprays (but i must say the mossies were nearly non existent,)no swiimming pool but one of the biggest in front of you known as the indian ocean ,if u want an alternative ,about 5 min walk along the beach to the left are three hotels that will let you use their pool if u buy a drink there for about two euros Bahari view,Spice island and Pakachi,for the adventurous motorcycle /scooter hire at Bagdad cafe for about 10 euros a day he even gets your driving permit for u...bring sea shoes for the urchins again not loads but a few about....walking in the village is 99.9 percent safe bring a torch....thats all i can say ...except if you want a great hotel ,this is it thankyou Stef and Fabio ...Glynn and Michelle Nottingham England

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

great hotel and atmosphere, lovely owners and beautifully located, i would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who's looking for a place to relax. 100% value for your money! a place you feel at home...

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tel aviv, israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

It has taken some time but I have been waiting to give a review from the minute we left.
Staying at the Mama Mapambo was one of the best guest experiences we have ever had!
Beginning with the place itself, its beautifully designed and decorated. You can tell from the moment you walk in that someone really loves this place and as soon as you meet Fabio and Stefania you understand you are a guest in someone’s fantasy come to life! The kitchen and eating area are adjacent a magical inner courtyard open to the sky in the heart of the villa and have an incredible sea view , surrounded by the 6 rooms. The rooms all have their privacy but the heart of the place makes it feel warm and cozy. This place brings sophisticated, exotic and warm into one. As we didn’t book in advance but simply popped in... they didn’t have a room free for the six days we needed. At first we thought we'd look for another place but after we saw the rooms we immediately understood we were willing to move from room to room just to stay. It was the best decision we made. We got to try all three types of rooms and the atmosphere! All the rooms are comfortable, spacious and elegant and designed with the topmost care and attention. The one we loved best was on the balcony facing the sea because of the sitting area outside, but all were great.
This place is like a home away from home. With only 5 guest rooms, you can enjoy a quiet relaxing intimate atmosphere - just what we wanted. Fabio and Stefania were amazing hosts, interesting, funny and gracious. We would recommend this place to anyone we liked (and keep people we don’t like away ;)! Hopefully we will visit Zanzibar again and if so we will clearly stay here again!! Thanks Stefania and Fabio for a wonderful time!!! S&G

Room Tip: All the rooms are beautiful but if available, a sea view makes it perfect!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O.Box 695, Jambiani, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Jambiani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Jambiani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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