We had originally planned our honeymoon in Sri Lanka but couldn't get the hotels we wanted so choosing Pemba Island was a second choice. On reflection I think the Gods must have been looking down on us as this was a second heaven and, for the week that we stayed there, on the five for seven night option, we had the most peaceful and perfect honeymoon that anyone could have ever dream of. We are not young and had both been divorced. We married in Kenya and then travelled to Zanzibar for this holiday.
We are seasoned travellers in African and have stayed in African beach resorts and safaris and our assessment of Fundu Lagoon is to put it on a pedestal at or above the 5 star level we have experienced elsewhere in Africa. This holiday was particularly perfect for honeymooners.
The travel from Zanzibar went perfectly although this airport suffers from a lack of technology and efficiency with boarding but this is Africa after all! We were met at Pemba by two nice young lads who drove sensibly and proficiently fromr the airport to Nkoani where our boat was waiting to take us the 45 minutes to Fundu. The lads stopped to show us the rice fields, the exotic trees and spices as well as offering us bottled water and a guide book of the resort showing what we might expect and when we arrivded - sunset cruises, dolphin excursions, diving and sea fishing etc
Upon arrival at the end of the jetty as seen on the website, our luggage was off loaded and taken by the staff directly to our rooms while we checked in. We went through the usual pleasantries where we were again shown the excursion opportunities, the activity centre, restaurants and resort layout etc. Everything went smoothly.
We were advised that the rustling that you might hear in the leaves alongside the footpaths, particularly at night were crabs, and boy were they enormous when you got the chance to see them.
So what was really impressive - well firstly this resort is not packed with people, there are only 18 units and when we arrived there were only 10 guests so you can imagine the level of service we experienced. Secondly the beach, it was completely empty, no rushing here to get your towel onto the beach. Yes the locals come by as the tide goes out as the women come and collect clams and the men head out to see in their boats to fish. But unlike some resorts, particularly in Kenya, we were never hassled by the locals trying to sell us stuff. In fact they were friendly and nice when we asked to see what they had in the bowls they carried on their heads.
We had booked a Superior Suite and couldn't believe the size of the accommodation dedicated to us. Yes the bedroom is tented but to the highest standard with the most enormous bed sitting beneath the local style thatched roofing. The accommodation has excellent showers with nicely scented soaps and shampoos. The private decking, complete with personal plunge pool, overlooks the beach albeit very privately for those on the beach wanting to view in the opposite direction. The rooms give access directly onto the beach so no awkward drive or walk even to get to the water.
The sea is very warm, almost too warm at times, and we were worried about the rooms not having air conditioning. This is where the personal plunge pool comes to the for - just lovely having a dip in the night if you get too hot - particularly for honeymooners!!
There were not too many excursions and we werenot pestered to part with our money.
Most of the regular activities were included, the sunset cruise etc and a modest cost for snorkelling at the local nearby island.
The location for the evening meals was nicely varied although you could order food in your room. We found that having enjoying each others company all day it made a nice break to sit with others for 'sun-downers' before eating at the restaurant or on the beach or the pier, to meet other guests and learn what they had done and enjoyed during the day.
I found the food perfect, a limited choice but nicely cooked and not too heavy - considering that everything had to come in via the sea.
We loved the dolphin trip and the snorkelling - we didn't dive but those that did said it was fabulous.
There is no mobile phone access and very limited internet so you are really away from the crowds and the bustle of work and other activities.
I took the option to fish for a half day, It was quite expensive at 500$ but having caught a 10kg tune and a dorado of about the same weight it was well worth the one-off experience. I was amazed that they used the 10kg tuna whole and alive as bait to try and catch something bigger - alas we didnt but both fish were given to the chef for the restaurant.
Bearing in mind that everything at this resort has to come in by boat, it is to their credit that the food was always fresh, simple and nicely prepared.
I was bothered by a mosquito bite, one per night, despite using the repellents and keeping the tent closed at night. They just seem to like me - but this did not stop me enjoying my stay.
This resort is honeymoon heaven, quiet and secluded where you can relax, read a book, play scrabble and do all the other things that honeymooner do!! as well as enjoy the Indian Ocean and all the romance that comes with it.
We didn't elect for the 'honeymoon' option although, on our last night, they arranged a personalised candle-lit beach bbq of lobster and prawns with champaign that made a perfect ending to the most wonderful and memorable week.
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