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“A must for the Bucket List” 5 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Chumbe Island, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #2 of 142 Hotels in Zanzibar
Pretoria
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4 hotel reviews
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“A must for the Bucket List”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We were fortunate enough to spend 3 nights on Chumbe Eco Island recently. If you love nature and want to escape the crowds this is the place to go! The staff were really wonderful and made us feel very much at home and special. Food was great. Snorkeling was awesome. The dhow trip was amazing. Accommodation is 'eco' but still comfortable and well organized. We really enjoyed the open feel of the bungalow with the sounds of the sea and forest ever present. Here you can forget about everything and just relax and enjoy!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

A splendid open room harmonized in nature with beautiful sea view. Eco accommodation with very nice double floor room with funny shutter in bedroom!!!
The staff was really polite, helpful and always with a smile.
Excellent food lunch and diner. At dinner they had also nice topical music where you could also dance very very nice.
Very friendly and helpful Jacobs.
Do not miss the snorkeling around the island.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We had a short break between meetings and work schedules in Tanzania and chose Chumbe Island based on the reviews in TripAdvisor. After spending 3 nights there we fully support the outstanding reviews that it has received. It is in a wonderful location, the effort in designing the eco-accommodation is excellent and its staff outstanding. We were exceptionally lucky in that we found that we were the only overnight guests during our stay. Our daughter was immediately offered a bungalow of her own and we soon found ourselves surrounded by excellent service that made us both part of the 'Chumbe family' but with sufficient reserve to let us enjoy the Island as a family. If the opportunity arises we will not hesitate to return.

But I urge potential guests to read the reviews carefully - both the excellent and the few that are more critical. Chumbe is not a luxury resort. It can require some physical exertion to get there. It is a small island with a wonderful reef and a fascinating rainforest, but if you are looking for more than that then look elsewhere. The eco-accommodation is brilliantly designed to catch cooling breezes and comfortable (the beds must have been upgraded as ours were fresh, clean and very comfortable), but it is open to the weather. We did not find flies a problem - but then we are Australians! The snorkeling was great, but the Chumbe team do take their responsibility for protecting the reef seriously so expect to snorkel only when there is sufficient depth to protect the reef from errant flippers etc. The food was excellent - but then we effectively had a personal chef and dinner served by candle-light on our 'private beach'.

Three nights is probably the right stay - any shorter and we would have resented having to leave; any longer and we probably would not have left. Our daughter threatened to become an Island stowaway.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

If you like to be far away from the crowds then you really have to stay at Chumbe Island. The island is so peaceful with beautiful scenery and it’s natural unlike other massive crowded resorts. This is my second trip to Chumbe and I found it perfect. I stayed in April 2011 and made it again in this April and am glad that my self and my family were not disappointed. We stayed in different bungalows from last time and they were also clean and comfortable.
Chumbe staff must have been well trained as we received first class attention from them, from housekeeping to guiding rangers. The staffs are so helpful and gracious and the service at this place was out of the top draw. Again, I enjoyed snorkeling over the superb coral garden with the guidance of knowledgeable rangers
Concisely, Chumbe Island made a great impression to us during this second visit and we would love very much to go back again and stay with these wonderful people. Human touch and kindness is above all.
Asante sana the kithchen team led by Chef Hassan for feeding us well with varieties of fresh meals from day one!

Room Tip: I found bungalow number 1 and 2 have big space and have better view to the beach
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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vancouver BC Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Aside from the very attentive service, fabulous location, deluxe eco accommodation, and great food, the snorkeling was excellent. The Chumbe Island marine preservation project, with its attendant school education onsite program and the joint cooperation, with the government and fishermen community, has ensured that the variety and quantity of coral is quite extraordinary. This is a great example of a collective effort to save the environment and still provide a hands on experience for nature lovers to enjoy, in a low impact manner. Thank you Chumbe, for making this possible !

Room Tip: The only recommendation I can make, is that late Feb is very hot at night for sleeping in an open...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Accra, Ghana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

I fell in love, with Chumbe Island: the coral reefs and snorkeling, the sailing, the most excellent food, the bungalows for sure, and coconut crabs, but mostly the people and intimacy of the Chumbe Island experience. All our creature comforts were well met with the genius design of the bungalows with their solar panel for light and roofline to capture water for showers. So breezy and comfortable, and all entirely off the grid. How fabulous is that! My heart goes out to the staff, especially John the chef for creating the most delicately spiced foods of Zanzibar. We shall return soon.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This was my third visit to Chumbe Island and it never fails to inspire for the best in ecotourism! The lodging, the staff, the meals, the activities,
all five star! Their personal attention to our needs was constant. They went out of their way to accommodate our comfort and our need for an early departure. And Chaga was a superb forest walk guide. What a way to end our walking safari! Thanks to you all, Chumbe staffers! You deserve your five stars!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Chumbe Island, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Zanzibar
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Zanzibar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Chumbe Island Coral Park 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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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