Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge
Zanzibar – West
Hakuna Matata is Swahili and means ‘no problems’ and the hotel has the ethos to match its name.
Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge is built on the place of the Chuini Palace. Sultan Seyyid Barghash bin Said (Zanzibar Sultan 1870- 1888) built this palace in the late 70th of the 19th century.
Set on the Indian Ocean with a private bay with white sandy beach and Integrated in the Old Chuini Palace Ruins. From the restaurant you have a beautiful view to Stone Town – in the horizon the silhouette of the mainland and in the North some of the small islands. Here you can enjoy the most beautiful sundown of Zanzibar.
Hakuna Matata offers space for 27 guests in 12 bungalows. The bungalows are spaced over an area of 1. 5 hectares and as such, offer a lot of privacy.
All bungalows have a big living room with a queen or king-size bed and a spacious bathroom with toilet and shower. AC, ceiling fan, hot and cold water, mosquito net, hair dryer, towels and beach mats are all provided.
The large open terrace gives you a spectacular view to the Indian Ocean.
The bungalows are named after famous people; like David Livingstone and Bernhard Gzimek who visited these places in Zanzibar during previous centuries.
Feel like Royalty: At Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge Day Spa
Therapists Mrs. Tao from Bangkok and Shihaba from Zanzibar offer the following treatments:
– Traditional Thai massage
– Foot Massage
– Face Massage
– Spice Oil Massage
– Floral Bath
– Floral Foot Bath
– Henna Painting
– Hair Braiding
Hakuna Matata is a hidden gem out on a fantastic secluded bay on the west coast. The sunsets here are amazing and the atmosphere around the palace ruins is extraordinary. The only down side is that at low tide the sea bed is a little rocky. Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge is not far from Stone Town and the food at the hotel restaurant is superb.
If you are looking for a magical intimate experience, and fine service, this is the one.
Fumba Beach Lodge
Zanzibar – West
A fantastic property with a 2km stretch of beach set in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Fumba Beach Lodge has now become a real alternative to the more crowded East Coast. It boasts over 40 acres of grounds, protected by the WWF due to the area’s outstanding natural beauty, and an impressive 2km of private beach containing 3 sandy coves.
Fumba Beach lodge is the only property to be set in the Menai Bay Conservation Area which was set up in 1998. The project was designed to teach villagers the importance of protecting their natural heritage and show how Eco-tourism could bring in much needed money without damaging the environment.
This property has everything you would expect from a top quality guest house, we found the open air restaurant to be very accommodating, serving good quality international cuisine as well as a variety of local specialties and of course plenty of sea food.
In the Dhow FumBar, partly constructed from an old Zanzibar dhow and set on top of a cliff, you are guaranteed service with a smile and the perfect place to watch the sun go down, whilst relaxing by the pool.
Due to its location only 30 minutes outside Stone Town, Fumba Beach Lodge is perfect for those seeking a relaxing beach holiday and to soak up a little culture.
Fumba Beach Lodge is an excellent property in a great location. We would recommend upgrading to a suite if available as they are more secluded and have better access to the beach. Snorkeling is fantastic here and dive facilities are available, although for the best dive sites you will need to travel.