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Fanjove Private Island
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“Perfect island getaway!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

From the moment we arrived I felt stress, tension and the real world just melt away... The island is beautiful and so tranquil, with only 6 bandas so never more than a handful of guests to share the paradise!

Our hosts greeted us on the beach with fresh coconuts to drink from and then were available to assist with everything from diving trips, Island walks, Dao expeditions to allowing me into the kitchen to join in the cooking (a huge privilege as their chef is extremely skilled!).

If you love water sports then there is diving, snorkelling, kayaking, swimming and more... But if (like me) you are fearful of deep water then the beach is outstanding! Not just white sands and turquoise, crystal clear water but shallow enough all day to enjoy anything from the occasional paddle to a gentle swim to cool off.

What struck us most was the peaceful, calm and quiet pace of life. It was the ultimate relaxation so perfect if you need to get away from it all.

Incidentally, we had sight of dolphins and hump back whales while there and understand there are nesting turtles earlier in the year, so well worth the adventure of getting there!

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

We had 4 days (3 nights) on this unspoilt, perfect, paradise island. We were on our honeymoon, and we didnt want to leave!! We had the island to ourselves, with Pietro, Georgia and their lovely staff looking after all our needs, bringing us coffee in the morning, giving us guided tours, taking us snorkelling when ever we wanted in the surrounding reefs and allowing us to decide on what we did and when we did it.
We couldnt recommend this place highly enough!!! We will definitely return but next time for longer! Its a must visit destination and a photo cannot do this place justice.
its like living in a postcard with amazingly warm and welcoming hospitality. thank you.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

My husband, our 3.5yr old son and I enjoyed a magical stay at Fanjove Island. Getting there was a pleasure, with a quick stop at Mafia Island, or flight soon landed at Songo Songo and from there a lovely boat journey to Fanjove. Approaching the Island felt like a scene in a movie. We have been living (an holidaying) in Tanzania for 3 years and seriously did not know such pristine waters were amongst us here. It is, quite simply, very beautiful. Tidal, definately, as is all of the coast line here so if very low tides are not your thing, Tanzania aint your destination, full stop. However, if you are after a dreamy Island break, with walking adventures during low tides, lagoon like bathing in crystal clear waters, AMAZING FOOD, cold beer (always, we were very impressed, hard to get here alot of the time...) and beautiful bandas with hot showers, then Fanjove is your destination. Pietro and Giorgia are doing a brilliant job, the staff are very lovely, warm, and extremely helpful.
We loved it, and will return, for sure!!

Room Tip: We were in Banda number 5, further around the beach from the dining/bar area. So we could walk the l...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

This is an off the beaten track gem. A small Island with 6 bandas that face directly onto the Ocean. They are clean and perfect if you want to while away a couple of hours during the day to read a book on the upstairs loft day bed overlooking the turqouise ocean. In the evening the sea breeze keeps the place cool (there is no AC). An abandoned 19th century Lighthouse stands guard over the Bay where the communal dining area/bar faces a white sandy beach. The journey to the Island is a bit of an adventure in itself but is well organized. We went as a group of 6 with a couple of kids and had a great time. Food was fresh (all seafood) and all locally sourced The bandas are solar powered for lighting and heating the water. In the communal area you can recharge cameras etc. If you want a few days of relaxing in a stunning setting this is the place to come.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

We were thrilled to be transported to this lovely little slice of heaven in its rawest and most essential form...this is redolent of the Seychelles or Maldives, a very off-the-beaten track and authentic destination for the true naturalist. Whether it is coconut crabs that have your fancy, or stretches of beautiful tide pools at low tide, with an occasional fly-by from a heron or egret, Fanjove provides a highly personal and truly laid back destination, one that inspires true relaxation. Pietro deserves high props for his Kilometer 0 approach to cooking, featuring some wonderful seafood and coconut concoctions. Lovely and original bandas, very comfortable. All you need to pack are reef shoes, lots of suntan lotion, bathing suits, a hat and maybe a couple of gauzy blouses or shorts. Next steps should involve a fuller definition of the diving and snorkeling wonders, searching for whale sharks, even more integration into the blue. We shall return!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

Dar to Songa Songa - 1 hr flight in 5 seater plane. Transfer at Songa Songa by tuktuk to jetty, small boat to larger boat – 1 hr to Fanjove. Transfer by small boat to beach.
Island managed very well by Giorgia and Pietro.
6 bandas, 5 more to be built. 20 staff. Good Vodacom signal.
Banda; Good airy rooms with beautiful 24 hr view on to beach and sea. Some flies.
Eco soap was useless, no lather, take own soap and hair wash stuff. (Told Giorgia!)
Ice for drinks in banda came from kitchen and melted almost immediately.
Only low voltage power in banda from solar cell panel. Therefore no fan, no mains socket (used mains socket at bar to charge stuff) no tea/coffee ability, no hair dryer.
Food first class thanks to Pietro and Harry the chef. Banana curry soup, grilled grouper, stuffed squid, coconut/fish soup, squid risotto in it’s own ink, etc.
Saw coconut crab. Turtle nested near our banda one night and laid 390 eggs! Staff dug up carefully and renested just above spring high water line. 3 good exploration dives, using dow under sail.
Great natural island, with minimal tourist intervention so far (e.g. beautiful shells being washed up by tides all along beach. Turtles nesting within metres of bandas.) Not quite ready for continuous full bookings, offering diving etc – but will get there.
We will return!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

Fanjove exceeded my expectations in every way. I knew that it was eco-friendly and on a private island, but it's much more than that. Fanjove is a paradise. It is completely isolated from anything, creating a peaceful and serene experience. You can enjoy the view of clear ocean waters from your banda (and even bed!). It's so safe and private that I left my banda's doors and windows open the entire time. This allowed me to appreciate the gorgeous views, the ocean breeze in the evening, and literally wake up to the waves and the ocean less than 500 meters in front of me. This is a great place to disconnect - you can walk around the island, go kayaking, snorkeling, diving, or simply enjoy the home-cooked meals and cushiony beds overlooking the gorgeous beach. For a getaway, I highly recommend Fanjove Private Island - and I'd recommend staying for 5 days to really get the maximum the island has to offer.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Fanjove Private Island
Address: Fanjove Island, Songosongo Arcipelago | 25 miles off Kilwa, in the Arcipelago of Songosongo, Kilwa Masoko, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Lindi Region > Kilwa Masoko
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Kilwa Masoko
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The wonderful uncontaminated nature of a tropical island, 20 miles from the coast, is an unexplored tourist destination. There are six Eco Bandas, each with an en-suite bathroom open to the sky for hot showers under the stars; distributed along the main beach to guarantee privacy, each with a view of the ocean. During the day it will be possible to amuse oneself with the various activities..more. ... more   less 
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