I stayed at Panga Chumvi in October and am still dreaming sweet dreams about the place and also about the food there. What a fantastic location! If you're looking for a quiet, natural sort of beach, away from the crowds - this is where you need to come. Sit on the restaurant veranda gazing out across the reef, with the Mnemba atoll just across the water; for several nights we sat out watching the huge full moon and its reflections in the sea.
The sound of the waves lulls you to sleep and the breeze, which gets stronger as the day gets hotter, calms down again by the morning leaving the sea like a huge millpond, until the tide rises and the waves come in again over the reef. Swimming was great at high tide, and at low tide, we could walk out in the lagoon. Luckily, we'd both taken aqua shoes, and walked around at low tide without fear of treading on any of the sea urchins - if the spines go into your feet they can sting for a while. It was great meeting the women who farm seaweed there - we went with a local man from the village and were introduced to the women farmers. It was cool to meet 'real' people, and get to know a bit about the life in the village there.
We walked, swam, went snorkelling, read a couple of books from the excellent 'swap' library, lazed about in the hammocks and generally had both an active and a relaxing time.
I have to talk about the food though! It was so delicious! A new chef who started with Panga Chumvi recently seems to have brought a new approach and we experienced a range of delicious and beautifully cooked meals - ranging from the lighter and tasty snacks they produced during the day to the fabulous evening meals - although the fresh fish (there's a fish market in the village) was truly fab, the beef with red wine sauce was my personal favourite! Rather than a huge long list of choice, the restaurant focuses on a couple of offerings - it was so good, it was like eating at a friends house (a friend with amazing cooking talent, that is!). Luckily, all the swimming and walking I did helped me work off the calories I must have consumed.
The rooms were also comfortable and very clean - the staff were all helpful without being pushy, making us feel looked after and cared for. Thanks Panga Chumvi for a great break!
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