From the moment we were picked up from Pemba airport we got the feeling we were going to be well looked after, the boat trip to Fundu with Farki was entertaining, he is such a happy chappy. Arriving and walking down the long jetty was like being on the red carpet at a film premiere, you instantly felt very special. We were greeted by Hamas and Lizzy, they gave us a brief tour around and then we were shown to our room on the beach front.
The accommodation was as per the website description, glamping in style, our bed was very comfortable, the bathroom albeit a bit small was very nice and well stocked with goodies, there was a very spacious deck area with a hammock and sun loungers.
The resort its self is very spacious and beautifully designed in a sympathetic way to the surroundings, the wooden and sandy walk ways, along with hand made wooden and thatched structures that cover each tent give it a real Robinson Crusoe feel. The term 'barefoot resort' is completely true, the only time we wore anything on our feet was on the village visit.
The beach is gorgeous soft white sand, the sea was lovely, clean and warm and if you snorkel to the end of the jetty you will see all manor of beautiful fish. Each room has its own authentic hand made parasol situated on the beach with 2 sun loungers, and because Fundu is so spacious we were never overlooked.
Within the main areas of the resort most of the furniture and soft furnishings we were told, are locally made on site, and I can believe it as the resort employs approximately 110 staff! Although you would never know it, they seem to get everything done around the resort without being seen by the guests. The owners heavily utilise the local people in all aspects, from management through to house keeping and the reward for this is happy staff who genuinely seem to enjoy their jobs, which intern makes Fundu a great place to stay.
The majority of the food is locally sourced and of good quality, because everything is so fresh it makes the restaurant menu fairly short on choice but it does change every day. The change of location for evening meals every day works really well, it could be the restaurant, or by the pool, on the beach for a BBQ or the bar on the jetty. We found all the food to be very good through out our 7 night stay with the exception of the beef, this was a bit tough and over flavoured with chilli. It was only at the pool did we have the same lunch choice twice and that was because it was so nice.
While we were there we did quite a few of the activities on offer, snorkelling over the coral reef on Misali Island was very exciting, just make sure you use plenty of sun cream as you will be in the water for over an hour. The dolphin safari is a fantastic, the sight of dozens of dolphin jumping in and out of the sea was amazing. The spa is pretty small but the Balinese massages were very good. The village tour is enlightening too, but be prepared to feel very humbled at the simplicity of living conditions.
After the rigours of a safari, Fundu is the perfect location to wind down and completely relax, we absolutely loved the time we spent there and would love to go back, which says it all.
- Also Known As:
- Fundu Lagoon Pemba Island
- Fundu Lagoon Hotel Pemba Island