If you're seeking some quiet downtime after a busy safari or just fancy a few days on a picture-perfect beach, Lazy Lagoon is a just the ticket. This small 12-banda lodge is set on its own peninsula with 9kms of private sandy beach, ideal for unwinding, watching the passing fishing boats, swimming and savouring tasty cuisine. The lodge has kayaks and sailing dinghies for you to use to help you explore the coastline at your leisure. As well as the sandy beaches, the island has forests you can wander through and plentiful birdlife to be observed. If you'd like to explore further afield, staff are happy to arrange trips to Bagamoyo, the nearest mainland town, an erstwhile trading port with some interesting historical buildings and a museum.
Back at Lazy Lagoon you can relax on the veranda of your banda as you look out over the ocean. Indoors there's a living area, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a mezzanine floor with 2 single beds, ideal for children. There's also a balcony on the upper level, for secluded relaxation. The furniture is crafted from local wood and the thatch roofs help keep the bandas cool.
The main open plan dining, living and bar area is also set beneath thatch and provides space for resting out of the heat of the sun, while the open sides admit a cooling breeze. Upstairs there's a second lounge which is the ideal vantage point for watching the sunset as you sip a chilled drink. Meals feature a high proportion of deliciously fresh seafood and can be eaten out on the beach or in the shaded dining area. The swimming pool is set at the tip of the peninsula beside the main building and has a deck for sunbathing after your refreshing swim.
Open: Lazy Lagoon Island Lodge is open all year. June and July tend to be the coolest months, and the main rains occur in November.
Location: Lazy Lagoon is on an island 70kms north of Dar es Salaam and just south of the town of Bagamoyo. It can be reached from Mbegani Fisheries Institute, from where the lodge’s motor boat crosses to the island, taking about 15 minutes.
Rooms: There are 12 thatched roof bandas with either 1 double or 2 twin beds in the downstairs en-suite bedroom and an upper level with 2 additional twin beds. All beds have mosquito nets. The bathroom has twin hand basins, a shower and flush toilet. Toiletries are provided. All bandas have storage space, a sofa, coffee table, bedside tables and safe. Each banda has a veranda with 2 chairs and a hammock, and a balcony facing the beach. They are spaced well apart for privacy.
Activities: Go swimming (in the sea or pool), snorkelling, kayaking (there are single and double kayaks) and sailing (Laser I and Laser II dinghies) in the lagoon, with staff offering tuition if needed. You can go for walks along the 9kms of beach, into the mangrove forests, and go bird watching. Staff can organise excursions to Bagamoyo on the mainland where you can visit the old town, see the fish market and slave quarters.
Facilities: The central area comprises the lounge, bar and dining area. They are open-sided for sea breezes and views. There’s an additional lounge on the upper storey. The lodge has an outdoor swimming pool. There is a free laundry service. Electricity is provided by a generator and is available for about 12 hours a day.
Dining: Meals are served in the dining area at separate tables. Beach dining can be arranged. At breakfast you can choose between fresh fruit and a cooked meal. There is a choice of dishes for lunch and dinner including fish and seafood.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Each banda can sleep 2 adults and 2 children. Children’s meals can be arranged.
Health: This is a malaria area.
Communication: There is internet access.
"Aah, at first glance our banda though clean looked a little tired, but to wake up with a full view of the ocean, with canoes and dhows drifting past, this site was truly glorious. There was very pleasant company from the managers and the lovely dogs, the service and food was excellent, and the location was beautiful - just wandering along the path accompanied by butterflies, strolling on the beach and lazing on the day bed or hammock was about as much activity as we felt was necessary, though we did enjoy an outing to Bagamoyo and learned a lot about colonial history there."