My review is also coming a little late. I've stayed with 2 of my best friends in Mamamapambo in January, for 10 days all together. My friends and me (three girls travelling alone) can only recommend this little jewel to everyone. It as a small beautiful hotel (6 rooms tops) with an amazing view and particular attention to details. Rooms were extremely cosy, always clean and tidy, hot water, great shower, perfectly working internet balconies and therasses with most amazing view of Indian ocean, and great food espacially lunch menus. Everything was organised perfectly and to minimal details from our arrival to our departure. The aesthetic details and organisation, as well as the sense of privacy being a small resort, makes this hotel completely different (in a good way) than the rest of the hotels offered in the area. Apart from Paolo, the owner, who was always there to answer to all of our questions this hotel has also an amazing local staff and great tour guide. My special thanks goes to Shawal, Francis, Sabine and Amina who all made our stay absolutely unique.
About the place, we've went almost all around whole island, still i found Jambiani to be one of the nicest small villages where you can hang out. It's far less touristy as the north which we found to be a great advantage of Jambiani, still if want to party it is more than possible (especially from Thursdays till Sundays), you just need to inform yourself a bit with the locals or hotel staff because it's more chilled and hidden. Close to the hotel there are variety of small restaurants, some local places which we found particularly charming and little rasta bar if you want to chillout with refreshing drinks and enjoy company of locals.
We did lots of excursions that hotel offers (almost all of them) with our tour guide, and they were all great. from scuba diving, to spice tours, prison island and the most amazing Paradise island tour..basically you get the chance to stay on the atoll in the middle of the Indian ocean all by yourself and all to yourself!! I'm guessing that it was the best white sandy beach I've seen so far.
And even if not possible to take the paradise island tour, the sand stripe just in front of the hotel o 5-10 min walking distance more south, is amazing as well. I'd recommend to go snorkeling also just in front of Jambiani. It's worth it.
All in all, me and my two girlfriends were more than happy with our stay, we define this trip (it was a part of a bigger trip including Tanzania mainland) one of the best we've ever done. And even as 3 girls (all about 29 years old) travelling alone, we had absolutely no problems whatsoever, the locals can be sometimes a little pushy but all in all with good common sense, you can have great time and do almost everything feeling completely safe, not only, feeling like being at home. Thank you Mamamapambo again. I will definitely personally come back and I strongly recommend it to anyone considering to going to Zanzibar. If I could i would fly tomorrow again.
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