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Chole Mjini

“Tree Houses as accommodation in Paradise”

Budget level: Affordable
Country
Tanzania
When to Go
All Year
Property Type
Lodge
Location
Zanzibar & Mafia Island
Kids Min Age
3

Chole Mjini was never meant to be a hotel, and it isn’t. It is a castaway fantasy, a jungle island retreat appealing to a specific kind of person; one who appreciates a return to simple luxuries that reawaken the senses, rather than the predictable comforts of room service and air-conditioning.

With only seven treehouses, carefully placed and designed, privacy is assured. Open to the elements, with the king-size bed the throne-like centrepiece, each thatched platform is reached via sandy paths that lead through the natural vegetation. All have views of the sea; some are close enough to be lulled to sleep by the sound of the tide trickling back through the mangrove roots. Most treehouses have a second level to accommodate children.

You may have watched the sun set and the moon rise from the Red Herring Cafe or the Hanashi, rooftop, bar or just come in from a sunset sail and soon it’s time for a candle-lit dinner under the stars. Each evening sees a different setting. Guests can choose to dine at the dinner-party table or on their own in a romantic location. The table may be set within the age old ruins, the crumbling walls clasped by fig tree roots like giant fingers in the flickering candlelight, on the jetty, next to the murmuring ocean, or under the magnificent Tamarind tree, on the beach or a surprise spot in the gardens.

A strong Swahili-Indian influence, known for it’s judicious use of coconut milk, adds subtle but distinctively flavourful spicing to our international cuisine. Our speciality is sea food, freshly caught and delivered daily. We compliment this with lots of salads and fresh vegetables and we are happy to cater for gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian diets. We never serve pork and never have and other meats and chicken are offered infrequently.

Activities from Chole Mjini include: Swimming with Whale Sharks, sunset sailing on traditional dhows, boat trips, scuba diving, snokerling trips, sandbank day trips, Chole village visits and paddle boarding.

Why we like it

  • A true island escape without the unnecessary frills.
  • Huge selection of activities available.
  • Small and intimate setting.
  • Real eco-tourism.

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