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 Lovely stay

Dec 11, 2019 EmmaRSAorange Glasgow, United Kingdom

My friend and I had an amazing 7 day stay at Fumba Beach Lodge. It is located on the South side of Zanzibar while most of the other hotels are in the North or the North-East, but this wasn't an issue at all. The drive from the airport/Stone Town is only about 30 minutes long and the isolation was actually what we were looking for. Pros: -… Read more
My friend and I had an amazing 7 day stay at Fumba Beach Lodge. It is located on the South side of Zanzibar while most of the other hotels are in the North or the North-East, but this wasn't an issue at all. The drive from the airport/Stone Town is only about 30 minutes long and the isolation was actually what we were looking for. Pros: - fantastic service - great rooms - delicious food - picnic excursion (including snorkel and lunch on a private island) was definitely the highlight - very clean - staff were all so friendly - beautiful setting with lovely gardens - delicious cocktails - very cute bush-baby that lives in the baobab by the dhow bar and comes down for a fruit snack in the evening (you'll hear them chattering away in the trees at night) Cons: (nothing that would really change my rating but a few points that could be improved upon) - tours and excursions were definitely on the pricey side (especially for those converting from Rands to Dollars!) - it helps to get a group together as more people means lower price - the lodge wasn't very happy if you organised your own taxi services - it would be nice to have some movable umbrellas by the pool - don't plan to do a late afternoon kayak as the dive center closes quite early Overall a fantastic stay and would highly recommend! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place to relax

Nov 27, 2019 Malcolm C Thurso, United Kingdom

We spent a week here and enjoyed a relaxing week on a FB basis. The rooms were well equipment chalets with a maintained gardens. The food was excellent and there was a good choice of meals on offer with 4 or 5 courses available. The staff are very friendly and spend time talking to you. The resort is 3 star but it could be easily 4 stair.
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Nov 18, 2019 Extraordinary806503 Bexley, United Kingdom

We spent 5 nights here. We had lodges number 7 and 8 with beautiful sea views. The lodges were ideal - they are quite basic with a very large bed with mosquito net and a shower room, but that is all you need. It was nice to have a hairdryer after being on safari for 4 days without one. The lodges are kept very clean by the lovely house keeping… Read more
We spent 5 nights here. We had lodges number 7 and 8 with beautiful sea views. The lodges were ideal - they are quite basic with a very large bed with mosquito net and a shower room, but that is all you need. It was nice to have a hairdryer after being on safari for 4 days without one. The lodges are kept very clean by the lovely house keeping staff. The food was delicious, we were half board. The restaurant and bar staff are so friendly. They made us some beautiful cocktail. We had a lovely little secluded beach just outside our lodges. The sea was so warm. It is tidal so watch yourself if you leave any shoes by the edge of the sea, as my sandals got washed away by the sea and never to be seen again. We had a couples treatment in the spa which was a scrub and massage for 90 minutes. Michiel was the most welcoming and friendly hotel manager we have ever met. He was just brilliant, thank you so much for our lovely stay. I really feel this is most friendly place we have ever been to. Read less
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Nov 6, 2019 Davidpiaia Melbourne, Australia

We recently stayed at Fumba Beach Lodge and it was the best location to recover from climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and doing an animal safari on the main land. The staff were very friendly , welcoming and eager to make your stay a memorable one. The food was great and the beach front lodges were a great size and clean. Highly recommend the snorkelling… Read more
We recently stayed at Fumba Beach Lodge and it was the best location to recover from climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and doing an animal safari on the main land. The staff were very friendly , welcoming and eager to make your stay a memorable one. The food was great and the beach front lodges were a great size and clean. Highly recommend the snorkelling and lunch on a local island. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect 'R and R' !

Oct 27, 2019 Margriet M London, United Kingdom

Fumba Beach Lodge is about a half an hours drive south from Stone Town. We hired a car in Stone Town and once we had found the right route down towards Fumba (the road signs are very poor on Zanzibar) it was an easy drive to reach the Lodge. We stayed for one week at Fumba Beach and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had a deluxe sea-view… Read more
Fumba Beach Lodge is about a half an hours drive south from Stone Town. We hired a car in Stone Town and once we had found the right route down towards Fumba (the road signs are very poor on Zanzibar) it was an easy drive to reach the Lodge. We stayed for one week at Fumba Beach and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had a deluxe sea-view room which was very comfortable, spacious and clean. The whole environment was wonderfully suited to allowing us to relax completely and to enjoy the sandy beach, swimming in the sea or the pool, the evening pre-meal drinks in the Dhow Bar and especially the wonderfully friendly staff and the excellent quality of the meals. We were staying on full-board and, although, we were there for seven nights each night’s four-course meal was different, and each freshly prepared to the highest quality. There is little to do or visit in the immediate vicinity of the lodge, but some interesting trips can be taken out to the spice farms, Butterfly Park and particularly to the wonderful Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park with the world’s only remaining population of Kirk’s Red Colobus monkeys, and its mangrove swamps. You would need either your own hired transport or to take the Lodge’s arranged tours (at some cost) if you wished to explore further afield. The Lodge also has a watersports centre, and the lovely Omar is happy to arrange snorkeling, fishing and diving trips. We would have no hesitation in recommending Fumba Beach to anyone who wishes to visit Zanzibar and wants somewhere in beautiful surroundings where you can relax and be pampered in complete comfort. Read less