This exquisite natural setting is like a fount of Arcadian dreams and literary legend. As a secluded island, guests share Fanjove only with the abundant resident marine life, and the dedicated staff, who help to deliver the experience of a lifetime. Intact coral reef spans for miles; the prolific wildlife includes spinner dolphin, green turtles and humpback whales. On Fanjove, time seems to have no pull, and guests feel privileged to alight upon this pristine island – an unadulterated paradise, still very much as nature intended. Only the 19th-century lighthouse and some architectural remnants of a former fishing village settlement hint at previous occupation by anything other than wildlife - evoking thoughts of historical discovery, desert island life and adventure.
Six discreet, eco-friendly private bandas are set along the sandy shore in complete harmony with the environment. The bandas are A-framed, shaped to resemble a Dhow sail, reflecting the local traditional sailing boats which may break the endless horizons as you gaze out to sea. Each banda is open at its front to capitalise on the uninterrupted ocean views, which can also be enjoyed from the upstairs balcony. The whole property has been designed to minimize its environmental footprint. Solar power is employed for all the rooms, and the buildings use traditional, natural materials – sustainable wood, mukuti (palm leaves) and thatch. Simple, stylish and comfortable, and completely in keeping with the unpretentious Fanjove vibe, the accommodation provides the perfect base from which to explore the island, shores and seas.
Fanjove Island is located south of Dar es Salaam part of the Songo Songo Archipelago, Southern Tanzania. GPS co-ordinates: 8° 34’ 18.11” S – 39° 34’ 2.27” E
An open-air restaurant and lounge area is the ideal focal point at the end of the day, from where to gaze at the starlit skies and appreciate the undisturbed surroundings. Appetising fusion cuisine is served on understated yet stylishly-dressed tables on the beach. The menu reflects the multicultural heritage of the islands and may include outstanding curries or freshly caught fish of the day. For a truly unparalleled experience, sundowners at the top of the 19th-century lighthouse can be arranged.
Fanjove is closed for a rebuild this season, reopening October 2022. These upgrades will see the iconic, historic lighthouse restored for guest use and the guest facilities enhanced, whilst the unspoilt, peerless nature of this destination will be retained. The commitment to sustainability, understatement and deference to the natural environment of the island will remain firmly at its heart. 3% of the income from Fanjove is donated to the local community of Songosongo island for social development projects.
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