Set in the middle of Tanzania's Songo Songo archipelago - a string of six tiny, mostly uninhabited islets - this Robinson Crusoe-style resort is proof that private island hotels do not have to cost the earth. With just six palm and thatch bandas, shaped like the sail of a dhow, strung along the powder-white sands, seclusion is a given. There's little else here to interrupt except the pristine coastline, save the crumbling ruins of a 19th-century lighthouse and the remains of a former fishermen's settlement.
The style of the accommodation at Fanjove is rustic, barefoot luxury; each two-storey guesthouse is run on solar power and left partially open to the elements to allow the sea breeze to drift in. Constructed using sustainable wood, palm leaves and thatch, the resort's beach villas blend effortlessly into their tropical surroundings, allowing you to feel totally immersed in this paradisiacal haven while leaving absolutely zero trace. Simple, delicious and locally-sourced meals are served in a central open-air lodge or out on the soft sands; there is a real emphasis on rod-to-fork dining, and menus might include freshly-caught seafood or homemade coconut curries. Afterwards, delight in sundowners like no other from the unique vantage point of the lighthouse.
During a stay on Fanjove Island you are encouraged to do very little. Sail around the archipelago on a dhow keeping an eye out for spinner dolphins and humpback whales; go fishing or bird-watching; kayak or paddleboard around the turquoise lagoon circling the island; snorkel along the myriad coral reefs just offshore or stroll along the beach to try and spot the resident green turtles and a dazzling array of birds which the island home.
THINGS TO DO AT THE RESORT:
Enjoy a leisurely morning stroll along the soft sands of the beach
Kayak or paddle board on the inviting azure waters
Keep active at the modern gym with stunning ocean views
Feast on appetising curries crafted using delicious local ingredients
Ready your binoculars for the chance to spot myriad migratory birds
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Dive and snorkel over colourful reefs in search of green turtles, and possibly even dolphins and whales
Sample freshly grilled fish as part of a private dining experience on a secluded sand bank
Unwind on a peaceful sunset cruise in a dhow, a traditional East African sailing boat
Reel in a barracuda or kingfish during a catch-and-release fishing trip
Pick up a map or have your local guide walk you along a beautiful nature trail
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