Fumba Beach Lodge

Zanzibar, Tanzania

The hotel

A return to the simple life, the Fumba Beach Lodge skims a secluded beach and is scattered with just 26 garden and ocean view cottages. A sense of escapism prevails among its palm and baobab trees – with this tropical patch dotted with private decks, verandas, and hidey-holes. You can dine in romantic spots around the resort, or in the open-air restaurant, on a menu featuring island spices, fruits, and seafood – and sip sundowners in a bar made from an old Swahili dhow. If you’re after a little more life, you can head to the ocean-skirting swimming pool, the water sport centre (which is all geared up for snorkelers, divers, windsurfers, and kayakers), or Baobab Spa, which hugs an historic baobab tree with a sunken Jacuzzi in its deck. If that still doesn’t satisfy your thirst for company, you’re also just 30 minutes from the buzz of Stone Town.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Windsurfing

Where is it

Southwest side of Zanzibar, 30 minutes from Stone Town. Transfer time from Zanzibar Airport: 30 minutes

Hotel information

26 rooms and suites, privately located and within walking distance from the main buildings. All with fans, tea/coffee-making facilities, in room libraries and safe. Large Garden View Bungalows have a private terrace and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Full Board includes: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sea View Bungalows are located along a stretch a beach with hammocks and sun loungers, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Luxury Suites overlook the ocean and have direct beach access, private roof terrace, 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child. Adding a special touch these suites feature a private deck with hammock to enjoy the sea views.

Baobab Suites are sea facing and are cradled around a 900 year old baobab tree, they also have direct beach access, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Open-air restaurant (international and local cuisine) and lounge bar. Dhow beach bar. Cliff top swimming pool. Baobab Spa*. Wind surfing. Kayaks. Dive centre*.

* Denotes local charge.

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Jul 15, 2019 Flyer484659

Thoroughly enjoyed my stay. Friendly staff, great food, great service. Close to Stone Town. Right next-door to Safari Blu, which was an awesome outing - snorkeling & lunch on an island. Again, great service from the trip co-coordinators.
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Jul 13, 2019 Carol T

One really needs to experience this, you are literally a few steps away from the beach, watching the tide go right out almost a km and being able to walk out there was just amazing, seeing all the sealife out there. Our Hosts again went out of their way to make sure our stay was made very memorable. We celebrated our 40th School reunion here… Read more
One really needs to experience this, you are literally a few steps away from the beach, watching the tide go right out almost a km and being able to walk out there was just amazing, seeing all the sealife out there. Our Hosts again went out of their way to make sure our stay was made very memorable. We celebrated our 40th School reunion here and we had the waiters singing. The fact that there is only wifi at certain places and not in the rooms is great as it forces you to be out and about! The butterfly walk was beautiful and we saw so many unusual butterflies. The cocktails were also wonderful. The welcome drink of fresh coconut out of a coconut was something I have never experienced before. Suggestions were given to us of places to go and see, but no pressure to go. I like the fact that the tips are shared among all the staff as they all work equally hard. The food is also good - they cater for all types of requirements and it was so good to taste local foods. Seeing the bushbabies was also a bonus as you can hear them in the trees at night. Larry the local lizard and the elephant rats were too cute. One could walk very far on the beach without fear of being attacked or harassed. A beautiful rustic place to unwind in, would highly recommend this place! Read less
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Jun 28, 2019 stevehJ7345HT

Strongly recommend Fumba Beach Lodge as a place to relax and unwind after a safari, Kilimanjaro climb or similar. Or as a relaxing destination from anywhere. The charming staff are largely local, which gives it a responsible tourism edge, but don’t expect the sophistication of the Ritz. The Dutch manager is extremely hospitable and… Read more
Strongly recommend Fumba Beach Lodge as a place to relax and unwind after a safari, Kilimanjaro climb or similar. Or as a relaxing destination from anywhere. The charming staff are largely local, which gives it a responsible tourism edge, but don’t expect the sophistication of the Ritz. The Dutch manager is extremely hospitable and attentive. The rooms are lovely, the bars great & the food delightful (although not an extensive menu). The location is awesome, the boat trips well worth doing and coral reef very accessible for snorkelling and scuba diving. Just go, you’ll love it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Ideallic setting, wonderful food, loved the monkeys and lizards

Jun 28, 2019 Debbie-Wales Cardiff, South Wales

Right next to the sea (you can hear waves from pretty much anywhere on the resort. Food was plentiful and great quality (we were full board and couldn’t eat it all!) Lots of wonderful “hideaways” where you could eat or just sit and watch the sea/beach Resort was really clean - particularly liked the fact that the beach was raked each morning and… Read more
Right next to the sea (you can hear waves from pretty much anywhere on the resort. Food was plentiful and great quality (we were full board and couldn’t eat it all!) Lots of wonderful “hideaways” where you could eat or just sit and watch the sea/beach Resort was really clean - particularly liked the fact that the beach was raked each morning and any plastic taken away). There are wild monkeys who live in the area - wonderful to watch them whilst lying by the pool. Rooms are large and clean but fairly basic (don’t expect a TV or air con) and will come with geckos! Had no problem with insects and the ceiling fan kept us cool. Hosts Maggie and Mike could not do enough to help and any issues were resolved immediately. Spa offers full service in nice surroundings Thank you for a wonderful relaxing week, we felt very spoilt xx Read less
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Jun 16, 2019 Susan S

My family -- ages 88 to 11 -- ended a week-long Tanzania safari with a few days rest at Fumba Beach Lodge on Zanzibar. It was PERFECT, thanks in no small part to the attention to every detail by manager Maggie (an ex-pat Candian), and we would return in a heartbeat. We found ourselves indulging in the spa (had two wonderful massages on consecutive… Read more
My family -- ages 88 to 11 -- ended a week-long Tanzania safari with a few days rest at Fumba Beach Lodge on Zanzibar. It was PERFECT, thanks in no small part to the attention to every detail by manager Maggie (an ex-pat Candian), and we would return in a heartbeat. We found ourselves indulging in the spa (had two wonderful massages on consecutive days myself... what a treat!), the bar(s), the pool, the beach, and the many secluded lounging spots throughout the property. Food was great, too, especially the soups and salads. It was a bit too windy for water sports, but the on-site dive shop was appealing. Next time! Read less