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 Sanctuary ! Seclusion ! Pure escapism....

Jan 25, 2020 JANEBWELLS East Grinstead, W.Sussex

If you are looking for the high life you will not find it here. Go up north if you want bars/clubs/restaurants/hustle and bustle. Fumba is all about pure relaxation. Spacious bungalows set in beautiful gardens surrounded by wildlife and white sandy coves. Here you will have Monkeys playing on your porch. See Bush baby's/Elephant… Read more
If you are looking for the high life you will not find it here. Go up north if you want bars/clubs/restaurants/hustle and bustle. Fumba is all about pure relaxation. Spacious bungalows set in beautiful gardens surrounded by wildlife and white sandy coves. Here you will have Monkeys playing on your porch. See Bush baby's/Elephant Shrews/Butterflies/Birds/Lizards and the occasional Gecko in your room (which are harmless). Pristine coral reefs. A photographer's dream. BUNGALOWS - are spacious and clean with tea/coffee making facilities/daily bottled water. Fridge. Ceiling fan and mosquito nets around bed. Do not expect a TV or state of the art air con or you will be sorely disappointed. Nature is your viewing here. Bring a TORCH. There are sometimes power cuts which do not usually last very long. No wi fi in rooms but there are two hot spots on site. DINING - We stayed on a full board basis and the food is delicious! As mentioned there are no nearby restaurants or bars. The nearest a 30 min taxi ride away to Stone Town. Booze is quite expensive here as to be expected. The staff are exceptional. They are happy to teach you basic Swahili and nothing is too much trouble. They are a credit to this lodge. DIVING/SNORKELING - The water sports shop is run by Mark and his excellent team. I have not dived for many years so it was great to do a 'refresher' dive and get my confidence back. The reefs here are teaming with fish/corals/sponges. A night diver's dream! Local dives are 15m - 50m. There are wreck and deep diving further a field which can be arranged here. Snorkeling and picnic trips/Kayaking can also be arranged. This is truly a NO news - NO shoes kind of place. So leave your high heels at home ladies! Chill out - relax and enjoy. Read less
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Jan 23, 2020 stephen w gatwick

Just back from two weeks at Fumba Beach Lodge with a lot to say. We chose the Lodge for it's secluded setting and were pleased we did. The complex is well thought out and peaceful. There may be occassional noise from private parties next door but all over well before midnight and nothing to get upset about. The units are 3 star only, but very… Read more
Just back from two weeks at Fumba Beach Lodge with a lot to say. We chose the Lodge for it's secluded setting and were pleased we did. The complex is well thought out and peaceful. There may be occassional noise from private parties next door but all over well before midnight and nothing to get upset about. The units are 3 star only, but very clean and anything you might want in addition you only have to ask for. WIFI slow and confined to a few spots. Gardens spotless and attended daily. Our roof leaked a little ( palm thatched ) so keep phones etc under cover. Pool a good size but wanting a little tile tlc - excellent view from the sun deck here. The local Staff MAKE the place. They are friendly, service orientated and I never saw a sad face the whole stay. Also quite happy to share Swahili with you. The kitchens run on calor and performs daily miracles at a very good price. Trips out have to be arranged via reception and a guide for Stone Town will save you time and money. The Lodge Dive Center - Water Sports - is first rate and the local reefs available are the best I have seen for coral. The Dive Center can arrange diving any where except Chumbe My only gripe is the huge mark up on anything liquid - Coke to Moet. There are no other shops nearby so you have no choice. Moet, Merlot SA, Kilimanjaro and Coke in Stone Town $60, $10, $1.5 and $1 - Fumba Lodge $150, $27.5, $4.5 and $2.5 !!! Muslim country but alchol available from selected outlets. We are not alcholics but our holiday bar bill was $100 per day !!! Yes we would return as the location is so enjoyable. Read less
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Jan 10, 2020 piney56 Taunton, United Kingdom

Lovely boutique hotel set within tropical forest setting so monkeys etc to see. Infinity pool overlooking calm sea. Nice thatched cottage very clean rooms with outdoor bathrooms. Very quiet and a world away from outside. Breakfasts are excellent. Pool tiling needs attention was our only complaint. Very well run hotel with friendly staff would stay… Read more
Lovely boutique hotel set within tropical forest setting so monkeys etc to see. Infinity pool overlooking calm sea. Nice thatched cottage very clean rooms with outdoor bathrooms. Very quiet and a world away from outside. Breakfasts are excellent. Pool tiling needs attention was our only complaint. Very well run hotel with friendly staff would stay again Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Total Serenity!!!

Jan 8, 2020 3Shakera Johannesburg, South Africa

We spent 7 days at Fumba Beach lodge over December and every minute of it was absolute and sheer pleasure! A family of 5, including 3 kids, we were well looked after and catered for. Firstly, the resort is located south west of Zanzibar and is absolutely private and quiet, just what we wanted from an Island holiday. It is a 30 min drive to Stone… Read more
We spent 7 days at Fumba Beach lodge over December and every minute of it was absolute and sheer pleasure! A family of 5, including 3 kids, we were well looked after and catered for. Firstly, the resort is located south west of Zanzibar and is absolutely private and quiet, just what we wanted from an Island holiday. It is a 30 min drive to Stone Town. I would recommend a day tour to Stone Town. About the resort: It is well kept and clean, lots of greenery and wildlife with the beautiful ocean in front. The rooms are minimal but comfortable. The facilities are good, there are ample places to find a hammock or swing or bed to enjoy, with good views of the ocean. The food is great and the staff are simply amazing. So attentive and helpful and very pleasant. A special shout out to Ebrahim, Sabina, Stella & all the fabulous staff in the dining area. The chef and staff were very aware of our dietary requirements and ensured we were catered for, which is really appreciated! There are activities such as snorkeling, diving and picnic on island, which we did and was great. The resort has a diving center too. The resort manager, Louis is a gem and ensured we all were comfortable and well taken care off. Overall, an amazing stay and I would recommend Fumba beach to anyone wanting to stay in Zanzibar. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating good place to rest

Jan 5, 2020 eizenberg rehovot

slightly overpriced for the amenities and food qualities. it would be nice to have an a/c in the rooms because of the high-low tides there is no access to the beach to swim, so the only option is the small swimming pool