“A classy, upmarket resort with soul: beautiful Fumba Beach Lodge is an enchanting place to unwind and recharge”
If you're planning a honeymoon or a romantic break, take the plunge and go for one of Fumba's Baobab Suites. The one we stayed in had a stunning outside bathroom with a bathtub, shower, toilet and sink, all framed by hot pink bougainvillea flowers and foliage. Decking leads past a vast baobab tree that must be hundreds of years old, down to a comfy hammock overlooking the sea. From here, steps lead down to the beach itself.
Inside, the rooms are simple but beautifully designed, with careful attention to detail. Huge bed frames mean that mosquito nets are not at all claustrophobic and fans keep the room cool at night. The high-ceilinged and palm-thatched rooms are generally unfussy, but have been built with quality in mind. They are all painted white, with heavy wooden shutters and huge wooden shelves to park clothes and luggage. Bright blankets and cushions provide fabulous splashes of colour.
Aside from the outdoor bathroom, the Deluxe Rooms are decorated and equipped in a similar way, and each has a private terrace overlooking the beach or gardens. The Suites have an additional rooftop terrace, an outdoor shower and ocean views from the bathtubs.
Mealtimes at Fumba are a delight. The main restaurant feels very lively and busy, especially at dinner time. Alternatively, you can, as we did, opt for a table down on the beach and eat under a breathtaking canopy of stars. Our evening meal featured tuna carpaccio with honey soy dressing, vegetable soup, rosemary chicken with herb tagliatelle and baked tropical vegetables, and a duet of lemon pies with coffee mousse. Guests are given a choice of main course, generally meat or seafood. The cooking is really good, and everything we had was fresh and tasty.
The quirky dhow bar by the beach offers an eclectic tapas menu featuring dishes such as ocean food bruschetta and aubergine calabrese with yoghurt dip. The South African house wines are all top notch, but the cocktails are a bit cheesy, with blue curaçao a big feature.
At breakfast time, there is a large choice of tropical fruit and juices, as well as hams, cheeses, bread and freshly baked pastries.
Children are welcomed at Fumba. There are cots and extra beds available, as well as a babysitting service. Some rooms interconnect to make family suites, and rates are reduced if kids are occupy a room. Special meal arrangements can also be made for children.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement