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 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
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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
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Peaceful retreat away from Zanzibar's crowds

Mar 14, 2019 Claire S

My husband and I recently stayed for five days at Fumba Beach Lodge. We had heard that Zanzibar could be crowed and touristy but Fumba isn't any of those things. The beach is quiet and peaceful (most days we had it to ourselves), there are a variety of locations for sunbathing - either by the pool, in hammocks or on your own veranda. There were a… Read more
My husband and I recently stayed for five days at Fumba Beach Lodge. We had heard that Zanzibar could be crowed and touristy but Fumba isn't any of those things. The beach is quiet and peaceful (most days we had it to ourselves), there are a variety of locations for sunbathing - either by the pool, in hammocks or on your own veranda. There were a few large groups staying while we were at Fumba but this didn't really bother us too much as there was space to get away if they all descended on the pool! We had a couples massage at the hotel spa which was very good. Sometimes hotel spas can be disappointing, but we can safely say that this one is well worth a visit. We also enjoyed a snorkelling trip on the hotel's dhow boat with the dive team. Eddie and Abdul were knowledgeable and respectful of the protected reef near to the hotel which was really inspiring. We thought the coral and reef fish were in great condition. We also really enjoyed the food at Fumba, the breakfasts are tasty with lots of fresh fruit available. The dinners are absolutely delicious - each one of the four courses every night was really tasty. Our only complaint was that they only served bottled water using single use plastic bottles. Even though they have paper straws on the bar because of the environment (great!) they don't have any kind of water filtering system. So, not only do you have to drink bottled water, you have to pay for it each time you do. This seemed totally counter intuitive with the ethos of the hotel. Having travelled extensively around India, Malaysia and Africa we found it very unusual that there was no free filtered water available and that you had to pay for bottled water instead. This was the only negative, overall we loved the peace of Fumba, monkeys running through the hotel each day, the hotel dog "Chui" who gives the place a real family feel and the staff who were all friendly and professional. Would recommend! Read less
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Feb 28, 2019 timothyP Suffolk,

We spent 5 nights at the Fumba Lodge for R & R after a wonderful but hectic safari on the mainland and I can't recommend it enough. We were greeted by Michiel the resort manager who gave us all the necessary information regarding the resort. We were then given our keys which included a whistle to deter the monkeys from the rooms (not needed). We… Read more
We spent 5 nights at the Fumba Lodge for R & R after a wonderful but hectic safari on the mainland and I can't recommend it enough. We were greeted by Michiel the resort manager who gave us all the necessary information regarding the resort. We were then given our keys which included a whistle to deter the monkeys from the rooms (not needed). We had the de luxe seaview bungalows with their own private beach - absolutely fabulous. When we arrived the tide was high so we immediately went for a swim in the warm azure water. When the tide goes out it is true that it goes out a long, long way, but that in itself is interesting as you can watch the locals searching for clams and other molluscs in the sand. Useful tip - take some beach shoes so you can join them without fear of standing on sea urchins! The room itself is large with a big fan (much needed), huge bed and a large en suite shower room. The restaurant is in the centre of the resort and is open fronted although the evening meals were served outside. Attached to the restaurant is the bar area where you get the best WiFi. It is beautully laid out with a very comfortable seating/lying arrangement so you can spend many a happy hour on your ipads. Talking of happy hours there was a happy hour every night and it was a real treat to enjoy a cocktail (or two) at the Dhow bar watching the beautiful sunset and the bush babies being fed. The evening meals consited of 4 courses and were always varied and delicious. Breakfasts were more than adequate with a large choice of fruits, cereals plus a cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs (cooked to your specification), sausage etc. The infinity pool is more than adequate for a refreshing dip when the tide is out. One of the highlights of the stay was the Dhow boat trip to a small island where we enjoyed snorkelling over a reef and a wonderful barbeque on the beach. Finally, a mention must be made of the staff who were all friendly, helpful and so cheerful - right from the guys who swept the beach daily (of course!) to the bar men and the waiting team. Thank you all so much for a truly memorable stay - wish you were a bit closer!! Read less
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Feb 25, 2019 Deltam1666 Durban, South Africa

What a pleasure! We we met by the lodge GM who welcomed us. It just got better from there. The food was outstanding and the setting beautiful. The staff are amazing and clearly the lodge has very good management. The beach was stunning and the pool even better. Well worth a visit.