About Vanilla House

VANILLA HOUSE is a small 4-room-house with a local character. The house is situated on Zanzibar Island, on the very Indian Ocean, on the coast of East Africa. Zanzibar is an autonomic part of Tanzania - the kingdom of safari: wild animals and traveling among them.

We invite you to the authentic African Jambiani village. Vanilla House has been built by Dorota Katende, an author of -Dom na Zanzibarze- (-The House on Zanzibar-) book.

I created the house in Zanzibar style with the elements wove from palm leaves (makuti), with typical Zanzibar furniture such as carved large sultan's beds.

It doesn't have a hotel standard, apart from double rooms, every part of the house is for joint use, and in the house there should not be more than 8 persons, with such personality traits as: willingness to understand other culture, tolerance, cooperation in the organization of time and order. On the terrace above the house in the makuti shade you can admire the breathtaking ocean view. You can spend here whole days reading books, benefiting from local massages, drinking wine, lazing around with no rush.

There are 4 rooms, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen where the cook bustles about. Everything is very simple, but sufficient enough to rest from the civilization. In the Vanilla House you can, if you want or even sometimes by chance, become a witness or even a creator of a history - the content of second part of the book: -Dom na Zanzibarze- (-The House on Zanzibar-).

In the Jambiani village various bars offer cold drinks, on Fridays or Saturdays music and dance. We also recommend diving in the nearby diving base.

Important information - my friendly dog Fila, very often lives in Vanilla House- so please take it into consideration if you have an allergy or you don't like animals.

Meals in Vanilla House.

Breakfast (from 8 to 10 a.m.): fruits, fresh juice, eggs (scrambled eggs, omelette - the cook asks which one would you like) or pancakes - and bread, butter, jam, coffee, tea.

Dinner (from 6 to 8 p.m.): fried, grilled or stewed in sauces: fishes, octopuses, squids, czasa (a kind of shell, similar to mule) with rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cooked bananas, manioc (cassava) and different salads (usually with tomatoes, paprika, avocado, papaya, spinach and carrots.

You can also order a lobster or shrimps (prawns) for extra charge (please, arrange it in advance with the manager). Cost for 1 kilo of shrimps is about 25 USD, and 1 kilo of lobsters - about 40 USD (depends on season). The meat, lobsters and shrimps are purchased in Stone Town, please order them on one day in advance.

In Vanilla House there is usually a possibility to order beers, dry red or withe wine. Please let us know earlier if you would like to have specific beverages in the fridge. You can set a menu with the cook or let him choose the courses for you, from the most fresh products, especially those fished out by fishermen on the same day.

Prices in Vanilla House, per day :

Double rooms with breakfasts - 48 usd;

Single room with breakfsts - 30 usd.

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You are warmly invited

Dorota Katende

phone +48 793 785 028

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