We loved out stay on Chumbe. The island is lovely, the snorkeling wonderful, the water gorgeous and warm, the little huts are quaint and sweet and rustic in a very appealing way. I even thought the long drop toilet was fun! It's not luxury though - be prepared for some bug bites, the heat - as there is no air conditioning (it's an eco lodge, after all) and the cottages are open air. We found that we needed to spend the afternoons actually in the water to stay cool - but the evenings were gorgeous as it cooled down. It's a bit dream like, actually, which was lovely.
The staff are amazing! We felt looked after completely - and we got to know the staff quite well, as there are only 7 cottages on the island and so a limited number of people there. Always a big smile for us and always an inquiry as to how we were doing. Great energy from everyone which made us feel that it was a truly special place.
And the food - just amazing!!! It was loads of fun to eat on the balcony's off the main lodge or on the beach in the evening, in candlelight.
My only small thought that would have improved our comfort somewhat would be that nicer bedding - I know, I sound like a princess but hear me out!! - would have improved our sleep. Being hot and sticky is much easier when you have nice slippery cool sheets to rest on:)
And yes, everything has to be loaded on to the boat in the water - so try to arrange to leave excess baggage behind, if at all possible.
We would go back in a heart beat!!!
- 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