Located in Nungwi, on the north coast of Zanzibar, the Flame Tree Cottages is a small family run hotel with only 16 rooms. The hotel is ideally situated for diving and snorkelling with five diving centres in its vicinity. It is nestled in a private tropical garden which lends it a calm feel. The owners are proud to acknowledge the local workmen who constructed the cottages, and the craftsmen who made their furniture and ornaments.
Flame Tree Cottages present a variety of room sizes and styles housed in small garden cottages with verandas. These include a honeymoon suite with twin verandas and a 2 bedroom family suite. All rooms feature air-conditioning, refrigerators, ceiling fans and WiFi access. The rooms are spacious and secluded. The bathrooms are slightly less modern than western expectations might assume and not as grand as at some of the area’s five star resorts, but are, nevertheless, clean and commodious.
There are a variety of activities offered, such as yoga classes, snorkeling and diving. Big game fishing trips can be arranged through the local deep-sea fisheries as well as reef-fishing trips and sunset Dhow (traditional yacht) trips. The Dhow trips organized privately by the hotel are well-worth the extra cost for the privacy they offer.
Flame Tree Cottages is a family run enterprise and consequently the staff and managers take a great deal of pride in the service they provide. Staff are all local, as the business supports other local commerce and craft. The resort is continuously patrolled, adding to its ‘safe’ feel. The hotel can feel removed from the beach. Although it is close, it is necessarily set back on account of the tides which come up very high in this region. The beaches are picturesque and good for bathing in sea and sun.
Flame Tree Cottages are about an hour and a half’s drive from Stone Town and the airport. The hotel will arrange transfers for a set fee.