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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Oct 17, 2019 SleepyNomad87 Kathmandu, Nepal

We absolutely LOVED our stay at Fumba. It's such a beautiful place! My husband and I spent a couple nights here before our wedding and were amazed at the level of service - we were really not expecting to be treated this well! Michiel was so welcoming and helpful and the restaurant staff were lovely and efficient. The food was very good (best… Read more
We absolutely LOVED our stay at Fumba. It's such a beautiful place! My husband and I spent a couple nights here before our wedding and were amazed at the level of service - we were really not expecting to be treated this well! Michiel was so welcoming and helpful and the restaurant staff were lovely and efficient. The food was very good (best prawns we had during our whole stay and we ate a LOT of prawns!). We loved all the small touches - seashells and flowers stuck in thoughtful spots, flavoured spiced syrups to add to smoothies/shakes, plenty of scenic spots around the property to catch a nap or a bit of sun - these sorts of thing really elevate a hotel into something special. We went on a fantastic snorkeling trip but did not try the spa as it was just a but pricey. We don't have any complaints as we really did love our stay, just one small suggestion that perhaps they could try going a bit more earth-friendly with reusable containers in the showers (shampoo, soap, etc.) I've seen this in some other small-ish hotels and it's both beautiful and better for the environment than those tiny plastic bottles. Just a small thought on an otherwise perfect stay. We would love to return one day! Read less
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Oct 16, 2019 ana20156

It's a beautiful lodge in perfect location, lovely view at the beach. Food was nice and of course the monkeys were everywhere. Enjoyed our stay. Would give 5 star but the receptionist lady was kinda unprofessional and mean.
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Sep 20, 2019 Jane B Oxford, United Kingdom

Have just returned from an amazing 2 week stay in this beautiful spa resort. Set in 17 acres of conversation area and on the beach, it was perfect in every way. The staff were amazing, so friendly and couldn’t do enough to ensure you had the perfect stay. The on-site dive centre was well run and the picnic snorkelling trip was everything you could… Read more
Have just returned from an amazing 2 week stay in this beautiful spa resort. Set in 17 acres of conversation area and on the beach, it was perfect in every way. The staff were amazing, so friendly and couldn’t do enough to ensure you had the perfect stay. The on-site dive centre was well run and the picnic snorkelling trip was everything you could wish for, even your own Robinson Crusoe beach to have lunch on. The monkeys, of which there are many, gave hours of entertainment watching their antics!! There is also an on-site spa which was bliss, especially the hot stone massage and facial. Maggie and Michel the managers were on hand all the time and anything you needed they would sort it. The food is prepared by professional chefs and is presented exquisitely. There are only 28 rooms making for a truly exclusive and relaxing holiday. Could not of wished for better for my first non safari trip to Africa. Already planning my return. Read less
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Aug 19, 2019 Sundancekinka Naples, Italy

We loved Fumba Beach Lodge and our time there! The lodge was perfect…with a lovely tropical garden We had heard that Zanzibar could be crowed and touristy but Fumba isn't any of those things. The resort is smaller than the big hotels, if you're looking for a sophistication touch, change way! but if you're going for a rustic charm with lovely… Read more
We loved Fumba Beach Lodge and our time there! The lodge was perfect…with a lovely tropical garden We had heard that Zanzibar could be crowed and touristy but Fumba isn't any of those things. The resort is smaller than the big hotels, if you're looking for a sophistication touch, change way! but if you're going for a rustic charm with lovely rooms and for a very genuine relaxing ambience, this is your place. Michiel and Maggie, the managers, showed they cared about their guests. From arrival to departure we felt special. We stayed in a bungalow overlooking the ocean. The room was lovely ,the food delightful as well (amazing 4 course dinner every night). A lovely touch was afternoon tea and cake for all guests.  We had the Dhow boat trip to a small island where we enjoyed snorkelling over a reef and a wonderful barbeque on the beach, an awesonme outing. Finally, a mention must be made of the staff (kind Moses, Moana, Ibrahim Stella, Sabina,....and all the others) who were all friendly, helpful and so cheerful - right from the guys who swept the beach daily ... to the dive center guys....to the spa ladies...to the reception team. We were able to have a late check out when we were leaving so we could stay more to enjoy the beach and the sea before departure, which was an addition of kindness We Thoroughly enjoyed the stay. Friendly staff, great food, great service. Thank you all so much for a truly memorable stay 100% I would recommend a visit to Fumba Beach Lodge, Zanzibar. Read less
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Aug 12, 2019 Csanders100

Fumba lodge is beyond beautiful. The views from the rooms and lodge take your breath away. Michael and his team are awesome. The staff are highly trained and motivated. We were greeted at every turn with beaming smiles and calls of Jambo. The facilities are excellent and the food 5 star. We had the most amazing holiday. Highly recommended.