A truly lovely place with lovely people running it.
From my very first enquiry email to Francisca I knew I would love this place! Her super enthusiastic and friendly response and her quick replies made us feel very welcome.
Even the drive to the lodge is fantastic, passing local villages and through the last remaining jungle- beautiful old trees, would have loved to hike through it if i had time! It is very remote! So once you arrive, you would stay till you depart.
We went mainly for the diving, which is AMAZING! I would have happily stayed 6 to 10 days, to dive, chillout, watch amazing sunsets with a drink in hand! It's the perfect place to forget everything! Lots of deep walls, gorgeous dive sites and very friendly dive centre staff! Though remember to chill out, nothing starts on time... Hakuna Matata.
The rooms are rustic and huge, good value for money. The food is also great, especially considering how remote the lodge is. We had outdoor dinners with the rest of the guests under the stars, every one gets to know eachother, then usually a fire burning for after-dinner drinks.
The best part is the staff, so friendly and accommodating, always ready to chat or help. I had a surprise planned for my boyfriend and the staff were all in on it (even the guests were sworn to secrecy and they gave me a alias name!) So much fun, and was so pleased with the staff being so accommodating and helpful! It went off without a hitch!
So I would definitely recommend this, and would love to visit again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kervan Saray Beach Lodge is now the newly upgraded Gecko Nature Lodge a series of large airy bungalows beside the sea. Started as simple accommodation for divers , the Gecko Nature Lodge has evolved into a comfortable lodge for scuba divers, birders, sea kayakers, adventurous souls, as well as yoga retreat and a place to relax and unwind. A upgraded bar, pool, restaurant and expanded deck, allow our guests to really relax. new secret hideaways with Hammocks and DayBeds ahve been created providing privacy and serenity for our guestsThe Hotel is also home to Swahili Divers, Pemba’s first PADI 5 star dive centre and recently the first RAID center, The Gecko Nature Lodge is owner managed 100% of the time ... more less
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