This island is like a dream. I couldn't believe how lucky we were to end our amazing trip to Tanzania on this breathtaking island.The bandas are spacious, beautiful, and extremely comfortable. They are 100% open air, which is so exhilarating and relaxing. The bathroom is exquisite, with teak wood, an open air sink area, and a spacious shower. Sometimes crabs or gekkos come to say hello while you are bathing. It's not startling at all - just a fun surprise that reinforces how close you are to nature. There was a pair of suni antelopes that lived just outside our banda. They were so precious and peaceful to observe.
The food was outstanding. I am an avid cook, so it was especially fun that chef Simon and sous chef Brendan took time to speak with me about the meals and described how they prepared them in great detail. My favorite meals were a beautiful stuffed red snapper, with shrimp, spinach and salsa, and this gorgeous lobster that was prepared especially for me instead of beer-battered fish. The entire staff here was really accomodating to my gluten allergy, which is such a relief. It can be a drag on your vacation if you end up feeling sick because of an allergy. This is truly like having your own personal chef, who is happy to make you whatever you feel like, from the freshest, most delicious ingredients.
We took full advantage of the snorkeling and diving with Marie and Matt. Marie is like a ray of sunshine - she took us out on most of our snorkeling trips and was friendly, patient, and attentive. She always made sure that we were safe, enjoying ourselves and not overly tired. We would go out for snorkels of about an hour each time, which is nearly all swim time as it takes nearly no time at all to get to the reef from the island. My husband also took an introductory SCUBA course with Matt, which he loved. Any dives or snorkels you take are on your own time, at your convenience, and completely private. Of course, others can join if you'd like, but the experience seems especially luxurious and tailored-to-you since you can go at nearly anytime you want, with whomever you want.
You can be as social or as private as you like. We enjoyed time together, either on the beach in front of our banda or playing board games in our "living room", but we also went to the main dining area before dinner to socialize over drinks and appetizers. Ruth, an assistant GM at the property, was especially kind, helpful and charming. We enjoyed our conversations with her over the course of our stay.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this truly remarkable, exceptional place. It was the most romantic trip I've ever had, and the staff went out of their way to make it special for us, including a private dinner in front of our banda on our final night, and a beautiful sunset boat ride in a traditional boat. I loved every minute and sincerely hope we can return one day. I would go back tomorrow if I could!
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