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 piece of heaven

May 7, 2019 Virg250 Cape Town Central, South Africa

I could not have chosen a better place to have my Summer vacation. Fumba Beach Lodge is paradise.. A place to relax, unwind, breathe and let the world go by. The food wasn't great but enjoyed the daily serving of fresh fruit for breakfast. Snorkeling and the island lunch, the attention to detail was really special. Those who aren't one with nature… Read more
I could not have chosen a better place to have my Summer vacation. Fumba Beach Lodge is paradise.. A place to relax, unwind, breathe and let the world go by. The food wasn't great but enjoyed the daily serving of fresh fruit for breakfast. Snorkeling and the island lunch, the attention to detail was really special. Those who aren't one with nature won't appreciate the big lizards crossing your path or multiple geckos out at night. I plan to go back.. Soon.. Very soon.. Bucket list ticked! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic Fumba

Apr 11, 2019 tapiwakW185YF Lilongwe, Malawi

I had the tremendous privilege of staying in one of their Baobab suites. These rooms are gorgeous and wildly different (literally) to your typical hotel or lodge rooms. They have outdoor bathrooms built into a 900-year-old still growing Baobab...yes I just said that. This majestic tree merged into the bathroom is a great touch to the rustic theme… Read more
I had the tremendous privilege of staying in one of their Baobab suites. These rooms are gorgeous and wildly different (literally) to your typical hotel or lodge rooms. They have outdoor bathrooms built into a 900-year-old still growing Baobab...yes I just said that. This majestic tree merged into the bathroom is a great touch to the rustic theme of this lodge. The room also has a private deck and access to the beach, so it’s easy to go from the bed to the beach. I definitely did that. Did I mention that there are monkeys right outside the Baobab Suites? If you are curious about nature, like me, you will love this part of the experience. They are not a bother at all so you can go about your business. I came face to face with a Red Colobus monkey which is primarily found in the Jozani forest. It was so quick I didn’t get to take a picture; it being extremely shy and me being stunned to have seen it; we both startled each other (monkey see monkey do). I absolutely loved it. 😊 Read less
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Mar 31, 2019 khblue2003 London, United Kingdom

100% I would recommend a visit to Fumba Beach Lodge, Zanzibar. Exceeded expectation and food excellent. I visited in February, arriving alone before my friend joined me the following day. As with many solo female travellers, you sometimes feel like the ‘spare wheel’ sat alone, taking in your surroundings, etc. The meet and greet I received upon… Read more
100% I would recommend a visit to Fumba Beach Lodge, Zanzibar. Exceeded expectation and food excellent. I visited in February, arriving alone before my friend joined me the following day. As with many solo female travellers, you sometimes feel like the ‘spare wheel’ sat alone, taking in your surroundings, etc. The meet and greet I received upon arrival was warm, friendly (although not over powering) putting me at ease immediately. I could easily return to Fumba for a solo trip. My friend and I stayed in a bungalow overlooking the ocean. Clean, tidy and in keeping with the African vibe. Perfect for our stay. Only negative being we had no fridge in our room. Turn down service every evening, always a treat and the room close, but still private to the main bar and dining area. Food was great, healthy, hearty, plenty of and lots of fish! Fumba is approx 45 mins from Zanzibar airport / Stonetown. A truely great stay, a gem of an island. I’m sure to return. Well done Fumba. Ticks boxes for me! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A gem away from the crowds

Mar 17, 2019 John C Ulceby , Nr Lincolnshire

From arrival to departure we felt special and not just a number. Michiel, the Manager runs a good ship, with lovely cheerful staff who all go that extra mile and make your stay enjoyable. Lounging at the pool is great but even better is bobbing in the sea right in front of you. Snorkelling trips are well worth it!. The food range of selection… Read more
From arrival to departure we felt special and not just a number. Michiel, the Manager runs a good ship, with lovely cheerful staff who all go that extra mile and make your stay enjoyable. Lounging at the pool is great but even better is bobbing in the sea right in front of you. Snorkelling trips are well worth it!. The food range of selection for breakfasts, lunch al carte is huge, and dinner five course menus are just what a holiday is all about. The chalets are superb with good fans , good hot water supply, tea facilities and own verandahs for lazing away watching the shoreline. The coastline is quiet with no residents harassing you as you walk along the beach , the dhows make for good pictures and the birdlife is also rewarding.. Well done to one and all at Fumba and we hope to be back....sooooon.. !! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An oasis in Zanzibar

Mar 16, 2019 Tonia W Sydney, Australia

I really enjoyed my stay here. It came at the end of a Mt Kili climb and a week of safari so it was a delight to spend a couple of days here after the craziness of Stone Town. The staff could not be more helpful and friendly. We were able to have a late check out when we were leaving so we could stay by the pool and then have a shower before… Read more
I really enjoyed my stay here. It came at the end of a Mt Kili climb and a week of safari so it was a delight to spend a couple of days here after the craziness of Stone Town. The staff could not be more helpful and friendly. We were able to have a late check out when we were leaving so we could stay by the pool and then have a shower before our 1pm departure. That was a bonus. The restaurant food was mostly very good especially the breakfasts. The rooms were spacious and clean and I loved the wooden shutters, the mosquito nets and the veranda. I spent a lovely couple of hours there watching the monkeys and an elephant shrew one afternoon. The cocktail bar staff were friendly and the cocktails delicious and reasonably priced. The infinity pool was just the right temperature and perfect for dipping in and out of. I would highly recommend Fumba Beach Lodge. Read less