A wonderful rustic island getaway – with only 7 “bungalows” the island feels like your own private paradise with maximum 14 guests at any time. Other than the guests only the staff live on the island so its really quiet. The staff are exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable – especially Juma no 5! It is absolutely amazing to discover the reef with their expert assistance. They also spoilt us with a special private beach dinner – very romantic. There is lots to do from walking around the island, swimming off the sandspit, climbing the lighthouse, sailing an outrigger, exploring the shores at low tide but the highlight are the breathtaking snorkel trips twice a day – that is if you manage to drag yourself away from all the wonderful sunbeds and hammocks which are scattered temptingly both at your bungalow and around the island. Lots of thoughtful touches from sarongs and a special foot wash at the front door to get off all the sand – because you will mostly be barefoot.
The food is simple but delicious - with a definate Zanibar feel using spices in unusual ways – they even have their own cookbook for those who want to recreate their Chumbe culinary experience – lots of fresh seafood and very creative salads and vegetables and we will not dwell on the coconut cake...
This is the genuine article an eco-lodge which goes beyond recycling towels “greenwash” to ensure that it actually maximises the positive impact it has on local communities through an ongoing outreach and education programme. It also ensures that it minimises its own impact on the environment by restricting visitors to snorkelling rather than scuba on its exceptionally diverse reef and by low impact buildings.
If you like city slick this is not the place for you or if you want huge beaches and a constant party atmosphere but if you want a rustic and romantic escape it is absolutely perfect.There are lovely small beaches all the time and a big sandspit at low tide. I was a bit worried about composting toilets but actually they work well and are not smelly as long as you remember to keep the seat down. I struggled more with the shower which gave good pressure but wet the bathroom floor because it is open. I loved the way everything was made from natural materials even raffia coverings for the water bottles in the rooms. Such a happy atmosphere we made good friends with other like minded visitors and the staff were amazing. I was very disappointed to be rescued from this island I could happily have stayed as a castaway MUCH longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Award-winning exclusive private island, fully managed nature reserve and marine park. Guided tours included through spectacular coral reef, forest and mangrove nature trails, historic lighthouse and visitors' centre. State-of-the-art zero-footprint eco-architecture (photovoltaic energy, rainwater harvesting, solar water heating, composting toilets). Free environmental education programs for local schools. Winner of British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow award 1999, UNEP Global500 award 2000, National Geographic Geotourism Challenge award 2008, finalist Aga Khan award for architecture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chumbe Island Coral Park Hotel Zanzibar
- Chumbe Island Coral Park Zanzibar