Located in the Zanzibar archipelago, on Pemba island, on the west coast, Fundu Lagoon is a tasteful and wonderfully understated luxury resort.
A 45 minute boat ride from Mkoani, and situated on a rise overlooking Fundu lagoon, the lodge consists of a restaurant and lounge area, three bars, an infinity pool and 16 sleeping rooms. Made largely from wood and thatch, and raised on a platform, the Swahili style main lodge has peaked roofs, which – together with low overhangs and open sides – help keep interior temperatures cool. Aiming for a relaxed beach feel, the furnishings – wicker furniture, local fabrics – create just the right atmosphere, and the food is locally sourced, international (though with a Swahili interpretation) and beautifully served. Though possibly a tad too laid back for those used to safari luxury lodge attention, the service is friendly, discreet and warm.
The sleeping rooms at Fundu Lagoon – beach suite, standard tented, superior – are positioned either along the beach or up among the trees above and beyond the main lodge. The en-suite standard rooms are in fact classic safari tents, and are classified either as beach front or hillside. The suites are much the same, except they come with a side lounge. Each room has its own plunge pool, decking, double bed, loungers and mini-bars. The bathrooms are small but beautifully designed, and come with hot and cold showers and flush toilets. The decor is generally cream, and freshly cut flowers accompany the morning coffee tray.
The superior suites are quite different. Each is two stories tall, and possesses a vast verandah, large plunge pool and a downstairs dining and seating area. The sleeping area is upstairs, and the two bathrooms are separated from the shared areas by a stone wall. Again, the bathrooms are beautiful, and much bigger.
Activities at Fundu Lagoon include dhow trips, canoe safaris, snorkelling, village walks, sundowners, fishing, scuba diving and massage.