Mnemba Island Lodge
Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania
Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania
Relax and unwind in the exclusivity of your own stretch of beachfront, where simple yet luxurious bandas peep out onto unblemished sands from the dappled shade of the casuarina pine forest. It is where the simple pleasures become your most treasured of memories for many years to come.
UNLEASH IT: AT AN UNPRETENTIOUS PARADISE ON THIS PRIVATE MNEMBA ISLAND.
Off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar lies the private Mnemba Island, inhabited only by guests and the staff taking care of them. Just 1.5 km (less than a mile) in circumference, Mnemba is surrounded by an atoll of breath-taking coral reefs and boasts some of Africa’s most magnificent dive sites. The calm azure seas surrounding the island offer irresistible snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, fly fishing, windsurfing and permanent swimming directly from the beach.
This exquisite private island, with its white coral beaches and spectacular coral reefs, is renowned as one of the most romantic ocean destinations in the world, offering a privacy and rustic exclusivity unparalleled on the African coastline. The Turtle season here peaks between April and August (however, 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 tiny turtle hatchlings.
Mnemba Island Lodge offers just ten rustic palm-frond bandas tucked into a tropical forest fringed by a white coral sand beach. A covered walkway leads to a shuttered ensuite bathroom with a huge glass-beaded shower curtain. Zanzibar is famous for its intricate detailed woodcarvings and the scrolled headboards adorning the beds are created by some of the Island’s most skilled artisans.
Built-in barazas on the veranda are perfect for afternoon siestas and private beach salas feature traditional Zanzibari loungers ideal for languid hours. Thatched dining and sitting or bar areas boast beautiful open views of the beach and spectacular vistas of Zanzibar beyond. Romantic candlelit dinners are served on the beach, with the waves lapping gently at guests’ feet. Private beach picnics delight newlyweds and not-so-newlyweds alike.
This private island paradise, with its white beaches and balmy Indian Ocean waters, invites you to lose all track of time. Activities and meals can always be tailor-made to your wishes and there are many ways to spend each ideal, sun-washed day.
A typical day would be a leisurely morning walk on the beach, snorkelling along the nearby coral reefs or simply enjoying the sunshine. After lunch and a brief siesta, meet your diving instructors and venture into the balmy ocean waters. A short boat ride takes you out to the reefs, where you can explore the colourful marine life. If you happen to spot a pod of dolphin, simply jump in and swim with these sociable sea creatures.
A chauffeured transfer will take you from Zanzibar International Airport or Stone Town in a north easterly direction through the lush and fascinating island of Zanzibar. This hour and a half journey is on good paved roads for the first hour, but the last 5 kms are on a very poor road. The journey is well worth it once you reach the launch point for the twenty minute boat ride to Mnemba Island. As there are no jetties, the boat departure and landing takes place directly to and from the beach and could involve a little wading.