About this listing
We are a family run eco-friendly small beach-front hotel, also running artist residencies. Relaxed and tranquil, with the sea and amazing silvery sand coral reef environment - we are lucky enough to be part of. For those who love nature and Zanzibar.
For many years our 2 families escaped from the bustle of Stone Town to this most beautiful, unspoilt, powdery white sand beach on the northeast coast of Zanzibar. Gradually, with much support and encouragement from family and friends, we built our family-run beach haven and now welcome guests to share the peaceful beauty and tranquility of this stunning location.
We have 15 simple and stylishly comfortable rooms - in 4 guest lodges. Each room faces out on to its own wide veranda, has a sea or a tropical garden view, and is furnished with traditional hand-crafted coconut wood furniture.
The Bungalow: 4 rooms all facing the sea have been specially designed with cool natural ventilation.
Mchanga Mdogo: 5 rooms on 2 floors, including a family room.
Banda: all 3 rooms are over-looking the beach. One has a large covered veranda right on the sea-front
Baharini: 2 rooms on the beach-front, 1 facing the tropical garden, with beach just to the side.
You can book one room or several with your friends or family. Please note that the Beach side rooms are more expensive because of their position.
Because we are so far from town, all catering is done through our small restaurant/bar on site. We love Zanzibar food, and so delicious local flavours and fresh produce are always on our menu. We love vegetarian food too, and our chefs have been trained by our friend, a Goan-Zanzibari creative chef! He used to be Head Chef at the only Vegetarian Indian restaurant in Stone Town.
You can travel here by dala dala (local bus - very cheap) or by taxi. If you do come by dala dala, we can pick you up in the village - just let us know.
We are trying very hard to be as sustainable as possible - which includes employing or training local people from the village. we have solar water heaters, rainwater harvesting, and re-cycle as much waste as possible (plastics, glass, metal, and composting). We also only grow plants that are happy in our sea breeze and dry coastal environment!
Wi-fi in public areas, our lovely restaurant/bar, the beach(!), laundry service, bike hire, arranging excursions if requested.
Interaction with Guests
We are very interested in our guests, and welcome conversation and discussion. However, we also appreciate that some people just want to be on holiday, relax and have a bit of quiet and privacy. We do try to be sensitive to this.
Everything! The changing colours and moods of the sea, the proximity to the village, the weather, the warmth....
Dala Dalas run from the village to town. Worth experiencing if you have some time - very good value indeed, but very crowded!
Otherwise we can advise on vehicle hire or the local taxis.
Other Things to Note
Bring aqua shoes for fascinating walks out to the reef at low tide - there are quite a few sea urchins.
Water is scarce on the island (strange but true), so please regard it as a precious resource. The solar heated water is lovely, and usually lasts for all guests - but it doesn't heat at night.
Respect the environment, all our staff and other guest - many thanks.
I had a really wonderful and relaxing stay an Panga Chumvi right on the beach with glorious sunrises and calm water. It was the nicest way to recover from jet lag. The owners and staff are so welcoming and interesting. I really enjoyed the atmosphere being close to the village and activities, and highly recommend going snorkelling at the nearby island. Thank you for a great few days :)
A beach holiday simply does not get better then this!
The place is phantastic. Much better than we could imagine before. We spent 11 days there: we relaxed in a paradise. The crew is nice! What can we say, except that we like to come back as soon as possible!
A really relaxing, quiet place to stay. We biked here from Stonetown and along the way saw a number of other resorts and hotels along the eastern coast. This one had to be the best, luxurious without being too swanky, and not at all tacky.
It's a beautiful setting with palms and gardens and a lot of open space. The staff were friendly and personable, and helped us arrange snorkeling and fishing.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Panga Chumvi. I had a longish stay, about 11 days and it was a wonderful place to spend those days at.
During the booking and enquiry phase, Rebecca was extremely helpful in answering all my questions, providing information etc.
During my stay, the staff was polite, courteous and just a delight to interact with.
Prior to my visit I had read reviews about the place on travel forums. I came across some that talked about the food and the cost of it. I found the food to be generally of a very good quality, although occasionally there will come a day when you may not like the three-four options available on that day. Some folks had commented about the food being a bit expensive. Well there are some places a bit up the beach, but I felt it was only a difference of 2-3 dollars and not across the board. I never ate anywhere other than at Panga Chumvi, for me the convenience of the restaurant right next to the bungalow after a long day of SCUBA diving more important. To each his own.
Some reviewers had commented about the lack of a swimming pool. I dived for almost five-six days. I had no problem with the lack of a pool.
In summary, I found it to be a nice laid back and quiet. If not for the long journey required to visit it from India, I would probably visit it more often.
Nice staff and super accommodating. Great beach spot with tons of areas to lounge and enjoy the water/view/beach/sand. Rooms were clean.
Panga Chumvi did not disappoint with it's spendid beach and quiet surroundings. It was exactly what I hoped my retreat in Zanzibar would be. The host and staff are extremely kind and even surprised me with a cake for my birthday. The room is beautifully arranged, I loved its simplicity and charm. I only have wonderful memories of Panga Chumvi and am already looking forward to our next stay in this beautiful place!
About the Host, Panga
We are 3 owners - 2 from Zanzibar and 1 the UK, and have recently been able to convert our beautiful beach-side spot to share with visitors. We are trying hard to make Panga Chumvi as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. One way of doing this is our 'employ local first' policy, and training up local staff if they don't have already have the qualifications. We have natural ventilation, solar water heaters, rainwater harvesting and are growing plants that like our sea breeze and dry coastal plain! We all love Zanzibar and find many ways to introduce our guests to the local culture and environment.