We stayed at Chumbe just one night in early December, and we sure wish we could have stayed much longer. Key points:
--amazing snorkeling. Because the reef is a protected area, it has been spared the damage evident in other parts of Zanzibar. Its coral is very healthy and as diverse as the marine life below.
--the staff are remarkable. they are, of course, well trained in hospitality related duties in making guests feel comfortable, welcome, and of top priority. what impressed most about the staff is there extensive knowledge of conversation issues in Zanzibar and the eco-system of the very unique coral Island of Chumbe. For anyone who has taken a spice tour or an game drive in Africa with modestly knowledge staff, this place is like 1000 times better.
--the best seafood I've had in Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa,...maybe anywhere! which says something, because I've spent a good deal of time in the region over the years. The spread is diverse, drawing on the best fresh and local ingredients.
--the environment itself is wonderful. the beach is gorgeous and the water--a perfect temperature and crystal blue. but after doing a nature hike around the island, you will find there are dozens of wonderful places to relax with your family, your loved one, or by yourself and experience different parts of the island.
The most important element of this place is that they do the eco-tourism thing right: from natural, low-impact bath products, solar-supported electrical infrastructure, and much more. Importantly, when you support this place, you know that you are supporting a project that protects this beautiful environment, is investing into training and skills for their staff, continually providing top-notch services which have only improved over the years and ensures that it will be there for years and years to come.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Chumbe Island Coral Park Hotel Zanzibar
- Chumbe Island Coral Park Zanzibar