Ras Kutani Lodge
A barefoot lodge engulfed by blue
Ras Kutani Lodge
You wouldn't believe you're only 25km south of the busy Dar es Salaam when you see the location of Ras Kutani Lodge. The mood of these two places couldn't be more different. Lying between a secluded lagoon and the Indian Ocean, the white beach and turquoise sea stretch out to infinity. A shipwreck adds a thrilling dimension to diving and snorkelling, while the coastal forest offers some diversity in the form of chattering monkeys and birds. Without being dauntingly exclusive, the lodge is small enough to make you feel special, but large enough to warrant a fabulous in-house spa.
At the lodge
One thatched structure links all the communal areas and open sides guarantee perpetual views of the ocean and lagoon. Dine in privacy or join the tables to meet new friends and travellers. Move on to the beach-themed bar or sink away in the sofas after dinner. Guests can also lounge outside, swim in the pool, work on their tan on the deck, or request an evening bonfire on the beach to close the evening in style.
The nine cottages, four suites and one family house are all built with traditional methods and locally sourced materials. Sleep deeply every night on the large beds and keep the windows open - mosquito nets will keep the bugs at bay. Stepping out onto the veranda, hammocks and day beds inspire lazy afternoon naps. The four suites have the added extras of a private plunge pool and dramatic views from their location on the hilltop.
Make your holiday as active or relaxing as you like. Spend long days on a shady beach recliner, indulge in an afternoon spa session or linger in the shallow waters of the lagoon or ocean. Alternatively, snorkel at the shipwreck, kayak to an outlying island and hike around the indigenous forest. If luck is on your side, you might even get the opportunity to view either green turtle mums laying eggs or the babies hatching and returning to the ocean.