We have had the great fortune to have visited many beautiful parts of the world and have always been of a mind that there are too many others, still to see, to return to the same place twice. Fundu Lagoon has just blown that little philosophy right out of the water. It was simply the best holiday we've ever had. It's like finding a secret piece of paradise.
We arrived, after a long and stressful journey (we chose the wrong carrier, the wrong route and had aircraft problems), to find lovely Lizzie with a big smile, a refreshing drink and just one question, "What do you need first?"
By the time we'd answered, "Swimming costumes and food", our bags were in our bungalow. After a quick change, we were off up to the gorgeous pool area for a swim, a late lunch with a couple of Fundu Coladas and a snooze. It was bliss! And that's just how it continued for the rest of the holiday.
We had the small suite on the beach, which was perfect for us. But, then, everyone we spoke to found their bungalows and suites perfect for them. That's just how it is. Everything you need is there. There are lovely luxurious products in the bathroom, including after-sun lotion, and little things like cotton wool pads. In the bedroom, there are cotton robes, a beach-basket and sun-hats. The bed was so comfortable that the only thing which got me out of it was the wonderful day that I'd miss, if I didn't get up.
We'd packed quite lightly, for us, as we knew that there wasn't much stowage room on the cessna flights, but still took too much. All you really need at Fundu Lagoon are beach clothes and some nicer things for the evenings. You definitely don't need sandals!
Barefoot and completely relaxed, the most taxing thing we had to do all day was deciding where and what to eat at lunch-times. three courses in the dining room or something lighter at the pool. Actually, deciding what to eat was always difficult because everything really was so delicious.
In the evenings after a couple of sun-downers in the jetty bar, dinner was sometimes by the pool and sometimes in the restaurant. On Hallowe'en, it was Swahili night and all the tables were set on the jetty and on barbecue night, it was dinner on the beach. Usually followed by night-caps, chatting with fellow guests and Hannes and Lizzie. All wonderful, memorable evenings.
We found it to be truly idyllic. Beautiful location, fabulous facilities, food and drink, but what made it really special for us? The people. We have never before experienced such a warm welcome. And for this we would like to say some great big thank yous.
To Ellis for everything you have done and continue to do at Fundu Lagoon and for sharing your little corner of paradise with those of us who are lucky enough to get there.
To Hannes and Lizzie for absolutely everything you do to make Fundu Lagoon, and us, feel so special. And for your wonderful company...we miss you already!
To Kris and Filbert and everyone in the dive centre, whose enthusiasm is infectious, for the great diving trips.
To all the staff behind the scenes, in the kitchens, in the grounds, in housekeeping and anywhere else I might have left out.
To the girls in the spa with their magic fingers.
And to all the boys and girls who saw to our every need, with beaming smiles, and tried to teach us Swahili. There are so many of you, I'm afraid to name names in case I, accidentally, miss someone out. You all know who you are and you're all fantastic.
Asante sana kila mtu!
Hope to see you all again soon
Karen and Nigel
- Also Known As:
- Fundu Lagoon Pemba Island
- Fundu Lagoon Hotel Pemba Island