Located on the south western side of Pemba Island (close to Zanzibar), and only accessible by boat, Fundu Lagoon is a stylish beach retreat where romance meets chic simplicity. Revered by dive enthusiasts and adored by beach and nature lovers, this ‘sand-between-your-toes’ idyll is discreetly hidden amidst the jungle-clad hills.
Wooden walkways and sandy paths lead to 18 makuti thatched tented rooms and suits - all of which enjoy breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. While a few rooms, known as ‘Beachfront’ are within a stone’s throw of the water, the remaining Hillside (Ocean View) rooms catch the cool sea breeze from further up the hill. A relaxing sun deck leads to your secluded canvas ‘treehouse’ – complete with a kingsize bed, overhead fan and minibar.
Two of the rooms are Suites (the 'beachfront' Beach Suite and 'hillside' Jungle Suite), both of which have their own private ‘chill-out’ deck and plunge pool, whilst another two are the Superior Suites – Fundu’s newest and ultimate room category – comprising a stylish bedroom and living area, an extensive outside deck and a much larger plunge pool.
Fundu is renowned for its rustic Robinson Crusoe charm which blends in with the beautiful natural surroundings. Sandy pathways lead past thatched sitting areas to the long palm-fringed beach which comes alive at low tide when streams of brightly dressed local women collect shells along the beach.
The jewel of Pemba, neighbouring Mesali Island, with its pristine beach and superb snorkelling and diving, is always a highlight. Dhow sunset cruises, canoe safaris through the mangroves and sailing trips with the local fishermen can be arranged. There is also a dive centre, a stunning infinity pool and a relaxing Spa which combines the ancient healing philosophies of both Africa and Asia with Fundu Lagoon’s own blended infusions.
There are three bars – and meals are served in the open-sided, palm-thatched restaurant with views across the ocean. The cuisine reflects the culture of Zanzibar - a daily fisherman's catch and unusual tropical fruits add an exotic twist.
Getting to Fundu is all part of the experience and involves a light aircraft flight from Zanzibar to Pemba’s Karume airport where you will be met by resort staff and transferred by road (approximately 35 minutes) to the Mkoani port near Chake Chake. Here you will hop into a waiting speedboat which will whisk you to the resort in the calm inlet of Wambaa in approximately 20 minutes.