Chapwani Private Island Resort

Tanzania / Zanzibar | Indian Ocean & Africa

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With just 10 guest-rooms this pint-sized private island in Zanzibar is small but perfectly formed.

Chapwani Private Island is a picturesque petite private island just off the coast of Zanzibar. Despite being located just a hop, skip and a jump away from Stone Town, the island is a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Zanzibari capital. Surrounded by a multi-coloured coral reef and ensconced within the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean, Chapwani is a true tropical paradise – perfect for those in search a few days of solitude after exploring the dizzying delights of Zanzibar.

Chapwani Private Island Resort lies perfectly ensconced within the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a beautiful coral reef and located just a 15 minute boat journey from Zanzibar’s bustling capital city: Stone Town.

Prices start from just USD 150 per person per day, based on guests sharing one of the island’s charming double rooms on a half board basis. This price includes full English breakfast and dinner, a daily boat-shuttle service to the mainland and use of canoes and snorkeling equipment. For stays exceeding 7 nights, the transfer to and from the island is also free of charge. Otherwise, transfers from the airport to the island cost USD 20-. Contact a member of the Vladi Islands Travel team for special offers and information about exclusive island buy-out packages.

The island is home to five traditional bandas – charming thatched bungalows typical of Zanzibar. Each of the bandas is split into two ensuite rooms which share a terrace with breathtaking views of the ocean. Boasting airy double-height ceilings, strong wooden beams and brightly-coloured traditional fabrics, the décor of the island’s accommodation is a celebration of the local culture.

The bedrooms are home to traditional Zanzibari four-posters – a spacious double canopy bed, draped with elegant netting and adorned with freshly plucked hibiscus petals. All the rooms are light and airy, with a ceiling fan on hand to ensure you keep your cool at all times. Each room comes with a spacious bathroom, made up of a basin, open-plan shower and a separate WC.

Beyond the bungalows, guests will find a shared wooden terrace, which leads on to a thatched parasol with your own personal sun loungers. With the sea is so close that it practically laps at your terrace, it’s the perfect place to unwind and watch the sun set over a cocktail.

For an extra special occasion, the Sunset Villa is a must. The latest edition at Chapwani Private Island Resort comprises a double bedroom suite with living room, two bathrooms (one of which contains a decadent bathtub), a private terrace, a plunge pool and even a private stretch of beach. Whether as the ultimate honeymoon getaway or as a fun-filled family room, this perfect private island dwelling certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Chapwani Private Island Resort is proud to present its guests with an entirely organic menu, including a host a fresh, flavoursome vegetables sourced directly from the island’s own gardens. The island breeds its own chickens, guaranteeing fresh eggs every morning and the fish is locally-sourced, comprising of whatever the local fishermen happen to have caught on any particular day. Of all the succulent seafood on offer, the baked crab – served in its own shell and accompanied with a delicate salad – and the spicy fish curry counted amongst the culinary highlights on offer. The breathtaking setting of the dining area only serves to further highlight the quality of the food. There’s nothing like a stunning sea view to get the taste buds tingling…

If relaxation’s your thing, the island’s pristine beach is likely to be a popular destination. Unwind on your very own stretch of sand, watch the clouds go by. The only sound to interrupt your island reverie will be the gentle rush of water lapping against the shore, beckoning you to cool down and enjoy a gentle swim.As tempting as it is to while your days away on the beach, it’s well worth venturing a little further afield to get to know the rest of your surroundings. From rock pools to woodland and on to the bright lights of Stone Town just across the water – you’ll never run out of things to explore on Chapwani Private Island. Look out for the island’s impressive wildlife – as well as an array of avian life, if you’re lucky, you might spot a sleeping fruit bat or dik-dik –miniature antelope.

How to Get There
International travelers are invited to fly into Zanzibar International Airport. From here, there is a daily shuttle service to the island. Guests will be greeted by a member of the Chapwani Private Island Resort team, before being driven to the harbor and embarking on a brief 15-minute hop across the Indian Ocean to the island itself.

Best Time to Travel
Temperatures are impressive all-year round, with temperatures constantly around the 26-28°C mark. Sun-seekers should consider travelling between mid-December to mid-March, whereas those who prefer a little refreshment should look to book their island vacation in the second half of the year, where the temperatures aren’t quite so high, and the heat is interrupted by occasional showers. Please note, the resort is closed during the rainy season (April – June).




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