We had a booking for a short couple's weekend stay for one night (a Saturday), in May. In short, it was excellent.
We drove in from Dar es Salaam and hit minimal traffic. However, is took us around 1hr 15 mins (not just under one hour as advertised) due to the Bagamoyo road construction. In future I would plan to leave a little bit earlier. The boat trip getting over to the island was quick and painless.
On arrival we were very warmly greeted by Luc and his team. The overall friendlyness was excellent. The location is stunning and it's very hard to believe such a calm and serene location can be so near to the frantic city of Dar. We were immediately swept away from our daily hustle and bustle and spent an incredible time relaxing.
The food is out of this world, every lunch and dinner was 3 course meal and knocked our socks off. Fishermen can be seen catching the food for the day in the morning so you are guaranteed the freshest fish possible. Breakfast was very good, their baked goods were unreal. Very good wines were on offer (mostly South African) and were not overpriced what-so-ever. For our dinner on Saturday night they set up our table out on the beach and we had a wonderful candle lit dinner. The service is excellent and the staff are very well trained.
The banda's are very nice and comfortable, and immaculately clean. Surprisingly enough, there was also hot water which we did not expect for a secluded island with very limited electricity supply.
Even tho we went during the raininy season it was still very serene. We had small patches of rain both days but it very quickly cleared up there after. On the Sunday we also kayaked to a sandbank nearby and tried our hand at snorkeling (but the currents were not in our favor so we saw very little).
Overall, this place is excellent. Great value for a couple, amazing food and service. And so near to Dar es Salaam. We will most certainly be back again.
- Also Known As:
- Lazy Lagoon Bagamoyo