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This traditional Zanzibar-style house is located in the Jambiani village, on a private, palm-lined beach. It offers a terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean and a communal living/dining area. Large, carved sultan beds and ceilings woven from banana leaves typify the traditional character of each room at The Vanilla House. Three rooms have a private bathroom while 2 rooms share a bathroom. Breakfast at The Vanilla includes fruits, fresh juice, eggs or pancakes. Dinner is available from 18:00 till 20:00, and various local bars serve cold drinks for refreshment. Guest can relax on the large terrace. Staff can assist with arranging activities such as sightseeing, diving, boat cruises, swimming with dolphins and cooking workshops. Stone Town is 25 mi away from Vanilla House. Julius Nyerere International Airport is approximately 31 mi away.

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Property Highlights

Located in the top-rated area in Jambiani, this property has an excellent location score of 9.3!

Free Parking Available On Site


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Room Type
Number of guests
 
2 twin beds
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1 queen bed
1 twin bed
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1 king bed
1 queen bed
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Guest reviews

Categories:

Staff
8.7
Facilities
8.2
Cleanliness
8.1
Comfort
8.2
Value for money
8.1
Location
9.3
Free WiFi
10
High score for Jambiani
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  • Oliwia
    PolandPoland
    Coziness. I could sit at the veranda all day and just watch the view and sip authentic Zanzibari coffee. The vast ocean is few steps away from the doorstep and this home is definitely located in a heart of Jambiani. Great access to the beach....
  • Gosia_e
    PolandPoland
    Since I read the book who the owner Dorota wrote, I really wanted to visit Vanilla House. And it was as I imagined, even better!!! The sound of the ocean at night...The breeze.. The food... The view... I loved it!!!!
  • Michael
    SwedenSweden
    läget var var perfekt på stranden och personalen fick tillsammans med ägarinnan oss att känna oss som en del av familjen!

Hosted by Dorota Katende od roku 2007 mieszkam na Zanzibarze

8.7
Host Review Score

Dorota Katende od roku 2007 mieszkam na Zanzibarze
The house is decorated in Swahili style with elements woven from the palm leaves (makuti) with typical Zanzibar furniture such as carved large sultan's beds or chairs made from cow skin by local people.
Vanilla House has been built by Dorota Katende, an African Safari & Zanzibar Island guide and author of “Dom na Zanzibarze” (“The House on Zanzibar”) book.
Languages spoken: English,Polish,Swahili

Area info

Restaurants
1 Restaurant On Site

  • Restaurant #1
    • Cuisine
      African
    • Dietary options
      Vegetarian

Amenities of Vanilla House
Great facilities! Review score, 8.2

Most popular amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Beachfront
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Bar
  • Private beach area
  • Breakfast
Bathroom
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bidet
  • Shower
Bedroom
  • Linens
Outdoors
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Beachfront
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Private beach area
  • BBQ facilities
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Room Amenities
  • Clothes rack
Pets
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.
Activities
  • Bicycle rental
    Additional charge
  • Live sports events (broadcast)
    Off-site
  • Live music/Performance
    Additional charge
  • Cooking class
    Additional charge
  • Tour or class about local culture
    Additional charge
  • Themed dinners
    Additional charge
  • Bike tours
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Game drives
  • Beach
  • Water sports facilities on site
  • Snorkeling
    Additional charge
  • Diving
    Additional charge
  • Cycling
    Off-site
  • Hiking
    Additional charge
  • Windsurfing
    Additional charge
  • Fishing
    Additional charge
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Fruit
    Additional charge
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kids' meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
Internet
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Parking
Free public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
Front Desk Services
  • Private check-in/out
  • Baggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • Currency exchange
  • 24-hour front desk
Cleaning Services
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
General
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Pet bowls
  • Grocery deliveries
    Additional charge
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Mosquito net
  • Wake-up service
  • Tile/Marble floor
  • Car rental
  • Family rooms
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
Spa
  • Yoga classes
  • Spa lounge/Relaxation area
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Massage
    Additional charge
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Polish
  • Swahili

Sustainability initiatives

This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules

Vanilla House takes special requests – add in the next step!

Check-in

From 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in

Check-out

From 5:00 AM to 10:00 AM

 

Cancellation/
prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 13 and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 7 years
Extra bed upon request
$5 per child, per night
8 - 12 years
Extra bed upon request
$10 per child, per night

Prices for extra beds aren't included in the total price. They'll have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

There are no cribs available at this property.

All extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in

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Smoking

Smoking is not allowed.

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 12:00 AM and 9:00 AM.

Pets

Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.

The fine print
Must-know information for guests at this property

Please note, Vanilla House has a dog on the premises.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Please inform Vanilla House of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

Payment before arrival by bank transfer is required. The property will contact you after you book to provide instructions.

Quiet hours are between 00:00:00 and 09:00:00.

FAQs about Vanilla House

  • Room options at Vanilla House include:

    • Family
    • Double

  • Vanilla House offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Massage
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Snorkeling
    • Diving
    • Fishing
    • Windsurfing
    • Beachfront
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Spa lounge/Relaxation area
    • Bike tours
    • Bicycle rental
    • Beach
    • Private beach area
    • Water sports facilities on site
    • Yoga classes
    • Live music/Performance
    • Themed dinners
    • Game drives
    • Walking tours
    • Cooking class
    • Live sports events (broadcast)

  • Vanilla House has 1 restaurant:

    • Restaurant #1

  • The nearest beach is 150 feet from Vanilla House. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Check-in at Vanilla House is from 12:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • The prices at Vanilla House may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Vanilla House is 1.1 miles from the center of Jambiani. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.