There are two places I have visited that have really exceeded my expectations in a truly awesome way. Anjajavy in Madagascar and Chumbe Island in Zanzibar.
What you get here is so out of the ordinary it's hard to compare with others. 7 rooms populate this tiny island 45 mins boat trip from Zanzibar.
A true 'eco' reserve, it's certainly not 5* in the classic sense - stay away if you want luxury and room service, but the experience for real travellers is 5* and beyond. (towels are provided btw!)
Everything (except alcohol) is included - inc several snorkelling trips a day and the food is exceptional being made fresh by John the chef.
Snorkelling was great - all the usual fish, Turtles and even (harmless) reef sharks came up to the beach one lunch time. The coral gardens are wonderful to see.
The lodges are basic but wonderful, close to the beach and you are sent asleep every night by the waves and awoken looking to the empty beach from your bed. No doors, no windows, but somehow it just felt like the most comfy place ever.
If you are planning a trip to Zanzibar, forget the spice tours, make sure you visit Chumbe - but book early - there's only 7 rooms. (no I don't work for them!)
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Chumbe Island Coral Park Hotel Zanzibar
- Chumbe Island Coral Park Zanzibar