Jafferji House & Spa
Stone Town, Zanzibar
Jafferji House and Spa
Jafferji House oozes Zanzibari character. The childhood home of its Zanzibari photographer owner, it’s a stylish boutique hotel adorned with antiques, artefacts and photos. If you want somewhere small, quirky and special, this is one to consider. If you like clean lines and mod cons, perhaps it’s not for you.
Built in 1912, Jafferji House is a traditional Zanzibari townhouse that has now been in the Jafferji family for three generations, and is currently owned by Javed Jafferfi, a respected photographer. The property underwent an extensive restoration over 3 years, opening as a hotel in 2012. The sumptuous interiors feature intricately carved wood, richly decorated plasterwork, colourful stained-glass windows, numerous antiques and ornaments, and, of course, the owner’s photographs.
Each of the 10 suites has its own character, drawing inspiration from Zanzibar’s history, well-known local personalities, and the family’s travels. They all have mod cons such as TV, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning.
There are 2 restaurants, the cosy Mistress of Spices Lounge and the rooftop terrace with its commanding views, both serving aromatic Swahili cuisine. There are plenty of places where you can sit and make yourself at home, including the courtyard and terrace lounge.
Cinnamon Spa offers massages, body scrubs and beauty treatments using local natural ingredients.
Jafferji is a great choice for anyone who likes a hotel that is a reflection of its environment. It’s not bland and ‘standard’, it has a character and quirks. Service is not seamless, you might bang your head on low doors, it’s in the middle of the bustle of Stone Town so it’s not totally quiet, but hey, this is Zanzibar, and we love it.
Times to Go
The dry season runs from December to February and again from June to October, but the hotel is also open in the rainy season when there are less tourists.
Jafferji House & Spa highlights
- Sympathetically-restored mansion
- In midst of historic Stone Town
- Luxuriate with a spa treatment
- Lavish Swahili-style suites
- Rooftop restaurant
- Eclectic artworks
Jafferji House & Spa location
Jafferji House and Spa
- 10 suites
- Open all year round
- Children of all ages welcome
- 2 restaurants
- 3 courtyards
- Sitting rooms
- Laundry service
- Cooking lessons
- Painting lessons
- Drumming classes for children
- Coffee ceremony
- Range of island excursions
Jafferji House & Spa rooms
There are 10 suites, comprising 5 signature suites, 3 superior and 2 superior deluxe suites, located on the 1st and 2nd floors. Each is individually decorated according to a particular theme, including a Freddie Mercury suite. All have air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, TV, phone, bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers. Some of the bathrooms are within the main room, ie not screened. The larger suites can sleep up to 3 people.
In addition to the 21 lodge rooms, Arumeru also has six junior suites with a luxurious amount of space 45sqm and benefit from an additional private verandah. The walk in shower is larger than the one in the lodge room and the rooms also have wifi.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.