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.