Needing a quiet and relaxing holiday we were thrilled to have chosen Chapwani, thanks to all the accurate reviews here. It is a friendly, and clean place - albeit with rustic - yet charming - touches. We found our bungalow (right on the beach) to be simple and exactly what we needed. Folks looking for (I think) unnecessary add-ons like complimentary shampoo etc, telephones, aircon, TVs, should opt for elsewhere. This is a hideaway that oozes "chilled". We were glad to be here in a mid-to-low season, as having people right next door may have encroached on our expansive lazing about. At half board we found the food to be carefully prepared - although after seven days breakfast of fruit and pale eggs did get a bit much. Supper was only fish - so the fish allergic should be aware. Staff and service is unobtrusive, attentive and very friendly. So lovely to have our last night set up by candle light on the beach - with Lobster. And if you want to avoid the draining haggling of Stone Town - we found the on-island boutique to be quite reasonable and I got most of my souvenirs there. Being October it did rain 2 of our 7 days, but did not affect us as much as we thought - the ambient temperature generally remained the same. Snorkeling is technically possible, but unfortunately not great , as there is very little to see, over fishing and dug outs propelled by poles have all but decimated the reef - so heavy duty snorkeling fans may find more joy on the mainland - although what we saw of the mainland resorts (Paje in particular) made us extremely glad to be on Chapwani. One last thing - I do sincerely recommend ear plugs - my partner had never used them in his life, but gladly used my spares due to the nightclubs booming almost all night across the bay, especially on weekends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chapwani Private island is the perfect spot for those seeking a small quiet lodge with good food on a beautiful peaceful beach with Stone Town (Zanzibar main town) and all its facilities just 15 minutes away by boat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chapwani Private Island Zanzibar