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Mnemba Island
Dhow - Mnemba Island Lodge
Dhow - Mnemba Island Lodge
Mnemba Island
Romantic dinner set up on beach
Romantic dinner set up on beach
Mnemba Island
Mnemba Island
Bathroom and Shower at Mnemba Island Lodge
Bathroom and Shower at Mnemba Island Lodge
Mnemba Island
Relaxing area at Mnemba Island Lodge
Relaxing area at Mnemba Island Lodge
Mnemba Island
Mnemba Island
Cinema on the dhow sail on the beach
Cinema on the dhow sail on the beach
Mnemba Island
Wildlife Mnemba Island Lodge
Wildlife Mnemba Island Lodge
Mnemba Island
Aerial views of Mnemba Island Lodge
Aerial views of Mnemba Island Lodge
Mnemba Island

Mnemba Island Lodge, Mnemba Island

A mere 20 minute boat ride off Zanzibar’s north-east coast, Mnemba offers one of those rare and elusive holy grail of travel experiences! Pure barefoot bliss is the allure of Mnemba - a private island paradise which revels in its heavenly exclusivity, afforded to just 24 privileged guests at any one time. Be prepared to wade ashore in the shallow Indian Ocean waters as you arrive at this tiny untouched atoll – there isn’t a jetty so discard your shoes and dress accordingly! Even the staff go barefoot. Perhaps best described as a Robinson Crusoe eco-chic idyll, Mnemba takes castaway living to a whole new level. A swathe of blinding soft white sand defines the island’s one mile circumference and the surrounding coral reefs boast some of Africa’s most magnificent dive sites. This is one of the world's most romantic island destinations and offers rustic escapism unparalleled on the African coastline.

Beach Life Mnemba Island Lodge
Relaxing at Mnemba Island Lodge
a Dhow - Mnemba Island Lodge

SLEEP

Barefoot-luxe at its best, your romantic refuge is one of twelve ensuite beachside bandas (cottages), hand-woven and thatched from pine tree branches and palm-matting, allowing the cool sea breezes to waft through, assisted by an overhead fan. Large, airy and open plan in design, each banda is tucked away in a secluded stretch of shaded beachfront and is bordered on three sides by a tropical beach forest. White-cushioned daybeds on the spacious verandah are perfect for afternoon siestas, while your private beach sala has Zanzibari sunbeds for spending lazy hours watching sailing dhows drift across the horizon. Mnemba is all about the sea and the beach. Relaxation is the key and the tempo of the day is yours to choose.

PLAY

The calm warm waters around Mnemba are a giant aquatic playground and boast a wealth of marine life including dolphins and humpback whales (July to September). The snorkelling and diving are sensational and Mnemba has its own PADI dive school. The island is also a nesting ground for the threatened green turtle, as well as many bird species. Turtle season peaks between April and August (laying can occur year round) and these prehistoric creatures can be seen laying their eggs on the beaches. Within nine weeks, the beaches are filled with baby turtle hatchlings. Tiny suni antelope also roam the forest in the island’s centre.

EAT

Baskets of fresh fruit, lobsters, crabs and fish are sailed into Mnemba daily by local fishermen on traditional ngalawa outriggers. Almost everything is included – from laundry and all meals, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers to snorkelling, kayaking, a sundowner dhow cruise and even two dives per guest per day (for PADI certified divers). The emphasis is on simple living but the cuisine is anything but basic. Breakfast is delivered to your banda at a time to suit you, lunch is a light refreshing affair in the open-sided dining area and at night, your kerosene lamp will light the way along the beach to your table under the star-strewn sky where the waves will gently lap at your feet.

Mnemba is reached via a 90 minute scenic drive from Zanzibar airport or Stone Town, through local villages and past spice plantations to the water's edge on the island's north-eastern tip. Here, be prepared to wade knee-deep in the ocean to an awaiting boat for the 20-minute crossing to the island where paradise awaits!

Vahine Island, Tahiti

Just a stone’s throw from the island of Taha’a, in Tahiti’s idyllic Society Islands, this barefoot luxury escape hugs the white sands and coconut groves of Motu Tu Vahine (Island of the Woman) at the edge of a picture perfect turquoise lagoon. A scenic boat ride from nearby Raiatea, Vahine Island is an intimate hideaway for only a handful of guests in its 9 heavenly villas, 3 of which sit over the lagoon on stilts.  This is paradise found!

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Vahine Island, Tahiti

Just a stone’s throw from the island of Taha’a, in Tahiti’s idyllic Society Islands, this barefoot luxury escape hugs the white sands and coconut groves of Motu Tu Vahine (Island of the Woman) at the edge of a picture perfect turquoise lagoon. A scenic boat ride from nearby Raiatea, Vahine Island is an intimate hideaway for only a handful of guests in its 9 heavenly villas, 3 of which sit over the lagoon on stilts.  This is paradise found!