Fundu Lagoon & Spa lies in one of the world’s most romantic and idyllic places, the Zanzibar Archipelago of Tanzania in East Africa, on the spice island of Pemba. The spectacular tropical reefs and pristine waters, and the sensory delights of the spice market, have magnetised visitors to these islands for 2,000 years. It was here that Ernest Hemingway formed the idea of his great novel The Old Man and The Sea. And now you are invited to stay here, in one of East Africa’s most stylish end-of-the-world resorts, frequent overall winner of ‘The Best Safari Spa in Africa’ award, repeatedly chosen by the judges for its tranquil atmosphere, exceptional service and delicious cuisine. It is the ultimate barefoot luxury beach-front resort.
Accessible only by boat, Fundu Lagoon is the dream island of its owner, a London fashion designer. It is set above a long, sandy beach—so natural that it is almost hidden from view—the only telltale sign being a long wooden pier and a sunset bar stretching over the ocean. Home is one of 18 spacious thatched and tented rooms, including six suites with private plunge pools, set on raised wooden decks with wonderful Indian Ocean views.
At high tide, the white sand beach is perfect for swimming, and at low tide the reef is exposed and one can explore miles of unspoilt seashore and mangroves, teeming with marine and bird life. Nearby lies Misali Island, an idyllic sand atoll surrounded by some of Africa’s best diving and snorkelling.
With its tranquillity, perfect peace and privacy, Fundu Lagoon is an ideal place for a honeymoon, to spend Christmas, or to relax after a safari in neighbouring Kenya or Tanzania. Nothing comes in the way of relaxation and your connection with Nature. There is an infinity pool on the hillside with spectacular views over the coastline and, nearby, a pool bar and that award-winning spa. The food is unanimously considered delicious, by the award judges and guests alike, and you can choose to dine wherever you please, from the beach to the hills, to your private suite—perhaps a different location every night.
As for sport, for those who dive and fish the experience above these waters, and below them, is magnificent. The fabled ocean corridor that separates the Kenyan coastline and Pemba is home to the biggest fish in all Africa—which is why these are the waters that inspired Ernest Hemingway to write The Old Man And The Sea. In their translucent depths swim marlin, sailfish, wahoo and yellowfin tuna. It is not unusual for big game fishers in these waters to reel in a 100lb tuna and a 300lb marlin in a single day—and neither is it unusual for the diving to be a mind-blowing experience of mountainous coral reefs falling into precipices in the ocean floor. In these deep waters large Napoleon wrasse swim with tuna, wahoo and shoals of barracuda. There are manta and eagle rays, and hawskbill and green turtles feeding on the corals and sponges.
At the end of the day, relaxing on the beach at Fundu Lagoon, cocktail in hand, watching the indescribable beauty of the sunset over the ocean, it is not unusual to dream of staying on.
Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice 2013: Winner
PADI Dive School
International Hotel: Club Members receive special rates at this fabulous resort, saving up to 35% off the rack rates. For full details, and to check availability and your rates for specific dates, please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below.
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