Reviews of Fumba Beach Lodge
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Fumba Beach Lodge review
A beautiful and peaceful resort but for my tastes a little bland and isolated. The food, apart from the first night which was a swahili orientated buffet, was international and lacked much in the way of alternatives to meat or sea food.
The service was good but the staff seemed a little robotic and disorganised, there seemed to be several waiters for each table and sometimes there was a little confusion.
What lets the accomodation down badly are the bathrooms, they are poorly designed (wrong materials) and a lack of regular cleaning and ventilation led to them being both dirty and smelly.
Small, personal service at a beautiful lodge
We were lucky enough to have a beautiful suite for most of our stay here. Wonderful room with a hammock, rooftop terrace and its own private sunbeds and beach area at the bottom of the steps. It was a friendly lodge with excellent personal service.
Edwin and Annemarie made a point of being around and chatting with the guests, which definitely added to the experience. I loved the Dhow Bar where everybody congregated before dinner and gave it a 'beach safari' feel. The staff were very friendly and encouraged me to learn a little Swahili.
Lots of little touches which made it special - especially a table laid on the beach for dinner on our last night - a lovely experience! Nothing was too much trouble. The beach is not so white as the east coast, but we were warned about this, but it is still nice and the seclusion of the location more than makes up for it.
Fumba Beach Lodge review
Very friendly and well trained staff. Excellent etiquette. Plently of staff.
When we arrived we had some other people using our beach beds and when we asked the man in reception to ask them to move (as they could see into our outdoor shower), he was not willing to ask them to move, which was rather disappointing. Especially as he agreed that they shouldnt have been using them.
Vegetarian food was on the whole good. However there were at least two occassions when they forgot we were vegetarian. The availability of an a la carte menu at lunch was great. They catered well for us, though the options were repetitive.
We had a massage here - but I wouldn't recommend it. It was not great.
Bungalows were very cool, though we prefered number 6 over 5, less mosquitoes and cleaner. They both had lots of space.
Cool surprise dinner settings, this was very well thought out and made us feel special on honeymoon. Complimentary bottle of wine also helped us feel like we were on honeymoon.
Expert Africa comments
We put these comments to Fumba Beach Lodge. They explained that the receptionist was unsure of how to handle the sun-bed issue, and so he told a manager. The manager then went to solve the problem within 10 minutes … but the guests had already left. They were sorry not to have got there in time to sort it out – and asked us to apologise to the clients for them.
Fumba told us that they try hard to employ local people where possible, including the therapists. They are new, and the lodge is acting on this poor feedback to train the therapists and improve the massages. If this doesn’t produce results, then Fumba tells us that they will employ more experienced therapists from mainland Tanzania.
Fumba was great, lovely food and great service.
The place was picturesque but the 'deluxe' rooms need to have a it of a facelift, the rooms themselves were noting special