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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating a little paradise for sure

Oct 13, 2020 Leopardess69 Europe

Beautiful surrounding of this amazing lodge not to far from Stone town but still nicely away from everything, a bit of tropical bush , nice garden and the beach , each bungalow is set a bit from the others, with a hammoc, some have beautiful sea view. They are beautiful designed, very spacious and all is neatly clean. The food is just deliscious,… Read more
Beautiful surrounding of this amazing lodge not to far from Stone town but still nicely away from everything, a bit of tropical bush , nice garden and the beach , each bungalow is set a bit from the others, with a hammoc, some have beautiful sea view. They are beautiful designed, very spacious and all is neatly clean. The food is just deliscious, the staff super friendly and welcoming, very professional and always smiling. Perfect for those looking for a more quiet place (probably perfect for a romantic escape or even a honey moon), the bushbabys come to the bar in the evening, there is a beautiful set pool, the atmosphere very relaxed and to my pleasure no game TV party..just perfect to disconnect from the world and enjoy the indian ocean. They also organize various day trips or half day trips. I spent 5 nights there and it was just like a dream- definitely super recommend this place and definitely hoping to come back!!! And even in this crazy world covid time, we always felt safe (stay Sept/Oct.2020) !!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Barefoot, tranquil paradise

Aug 27, 2020 sunworshipper1302

My husband and I have holidayed here for the last two years and LOVE it. It’s raining in UK as I write this and all I can think is that, I wish I was at Fumba Beach Lodge. All the staff are most welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. There is a real family atmosphere here and I would describe this hotel as barefoot, shabby chic luxury – not at… Read more
My husband and I have holidayed here for the last two years and LOVE it. It’s raining in UK as I write this and all I can think is that, I wish I was at Fumba Beach Lodge. All the staff are most welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. There is a real family atmosphere here and I would describe this hotel as barefoot, shabby chic luxury – not at all corporate and sterile. The rooms are very spacious and spread out in the lovely tropical gardens. They aren’t cheek by jowl like some other hotels. The pool and surrounding area is heavenly with shade under palm trees and full sun for the likes of me – naughty minkies running around and jumping into the fresh towel box, so have your camera ready! In fact there are so many areas where you can really relax and be solitary if you prefer. The spa is really good and last year I had a couple of hot stone massages which was really good but I felt that the spa wasn’t promoted very well, though it meant making an appointment was very easy, so a bonus. We did the snorkelling trip several times on both holidays here and were looked after exceptionally well. It was most enjoyable having a delicious picnic BBQ on one of the islands and fun sailing back, having experienced the beauty of the underwater world. Though possibly a bit more expensive than Blue Safari, infinitely better. I don’t know Blue Safari from personal experience but we met a couple who were dumped a bit further up the coast and made to walk back to the hotel and they didn’t have a very good lunch. Eating under the stars on balmy nights with the twinkling lights of mainland Tanzania far away, was a highlight for us. There are also special places to eat and the staff always make sure you have a romantic night in one of these places. Drinks before dinner at the dhow bar are great and I recommend the Mojito and Dawa. I guess a few more chairs in that area would be nice, as sometimes it gets a bit windy on the lower and upper decks in the old tree, where there is plenty of space. We will DEFINITELY go back to Fumba Beach Lodge, travel permitting and I really hope it is before too long. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating What an amazing place to stay and relax!

May 3, 2020 376katrinm Veitsbronn, Germany

We were a group of 6 people and came to Zanzibar to relax after a safari. I have never stayed at a place where the host was as caring and attentive as here (and I travel a lot). The food is amazing, the staff couldn't be better trained, the sunsets were beautiful so the cocktails tasted even better and there are short nature walks with the chance… Read more
We were a group of 6 people and came to Zanzibar to relax after a safari. I have never stayed at a place where the host was as caring and attentive as here (and I travel a lot). The food is amazing, the staff couldn't be better trained, the sunsets were beautiful so the cocktails tasted even better and there are short nature walks with the chance of spotting elephant shrews. The cottages are massive and very quiet with seating opportunities on the patio. We booked a diving excursion and the spice tour as well, which was great fun. Only the transfer to StoneTown we did not book via the lodge, as it it was about double the price than booking a transfer online. But you also gotta take into account that the lodge is very remote and it took quite a while to get there. Swimming in the ocean always involves walking quite a fair bit in the water, since it gets deep(er) very slowly. (Water shoes definitely a MUST - sharp corals and sea urchins). But to sum it up: For us it was the perfect end to our trip. Should I ever be travelling close by, I will definitely come back in a heartbeat. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful place, nice people, great service

Apr 5, 2020 pigeon_forge66 Göttingen

If you are looking for a nice get-away, this is the place. It has direct beach access, but also its own pool. It is very spacious, so everybody can have their own privacy. The people are super friendly and hospitable. I would come back anytime.
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Apr 3, 2020 Reemo1962

We spent five nights at Fumba. It was absolutely perfect for us - quiet, friendly and very well-run. The lodges are rustic but well equipped and very spacious. The staff are wonderful, and can’t do enough for you. Excellent dive centre and beautiful beach. Plus, great entertainment from the monkeys who barrel through on a daily basis.