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“Vamizi - Paradise on Earth”
Review of Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We have just returned from a ten day family holiday staying in a private villa on Vamizi. Quite simply the best "hot" holiday that we have ever been on. A genuine Paradise on Earth. We relaxed more than we believed was possible and had to pinch ourselves each day to appreciate that we really were here. Air and water temperatures are ideal at this time of the year. Also cold enough at night to sleep very well with fans rather than air con. Falling asleep each night to the sounds of the waves gently breaking a few yards away is a guarantee of a good nights sleep.
We flew in via Johannesburg and although a long jourey, no hassle and absolutely worth it.

The Villa, Kipila, was extraordinary, far larger than we expected with beautiful accomodation and its highlight - the staff who could not have been more attentive, more amusing, helpful and genuine friends, they made our holiday.

The beach is icing sugar soft and fine and like nowhere else we have been and because of the distance between villas, seemingly entirely ours. Scuba diving is world class with good reef fish and large pelargic and coral that is untouched and better than i have seen anywhere. We did not fish and so i cannot comment on that. Our only sadness was that the Humpback Whales were late in arriving and so although we saw a couple, they were not as plentful as they will be in a couple of weeks.

Picnic spots are mind bendingly beautiful and have to be seen to be believed. My sons bought out and used their Kitesurf equipment and declared it to be the best they have ever seen with constant onshore breezes of around 18+knots in crystal clear water only a few inches to a couple of feet deep.

If you are someone who wants to relax in Paradise but have plenty to do, not waterskiing, jetskiing or any other intrusive sports i am glad to say, save up and just go. You will not be disappointed.

Tears were shed on departure, we will be back.

4  Thank Alverne B
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Id agree with MaldivesLondon- its a real toil to get there but its well worth it.
Beaches are stunning and swimming is a real joy- right outside the villa- we rented one of the private villas as we had the whole family.
No mosquitos which was perfect as there was no air conditioning- not a problem as went in October so temperatures were perfect.
Do the beach picnics- just perfect- lovely food and all private.
I hate to be negative on my reviews but a lot of the staff are bordering on the surly- understandable in a way if you remember how long the conflict there was raging but at this price its not what you pay for,plus thye food in the villa is/was not a patch on the food on the picnics

2  Thank terriblegolfer
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

Very unspoilt island with a small fishing village and a smaller village near by. Fun to visit if you have an extra day. Other than that, the island is basically empty and covered in low forest. Great beaches.

1  Thank Perrel
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Reviewed 10 January 2011

Vamizi island is hard to get to, but it is worth the journey. It is a stunning island, away from it all place. No mosquitos whilst we were there and naturally clean. Miles and miles of untouched soft silver sand beach with not a soul to be seen, apart from the few visitors at the resort and of course the staff. We saw dolphin whilst snorkelling, a turtle nesting on the beach, a few very timid monkeys and bright yellow tiny birds whose nests live in the rattan joists of the bar area.
The staff are extremely courteous and try their best to meet all requests. The bedrooms are kept spotless and are stunning.
The food is not the best, and the seafood a disappointment compared to Kiwayu near Lamu in Kenya where we went last year.
We took time away from resort to visit local island which was extremely worthwhile. We took with us unwanted toys, t-shirts, sweat shirts and played with the local children. Highly recommended.

2  Thank MaldivesLondon
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Reviewed 7 November 2007

Our 7 day stay at this paradise island cannot be put into words how draw dropping this place really is. The expense was worth it for our honeymoon. We booked it via Scott Dunn website and it was perfect.

Picture this, Dhows with billowing white sails moving silently against the blue space of the Indian Ocean. From the flight you instantly fall in love with the island and get swept away with the whole Robinson Crusoe feeling. In the early mornings, cicadas fill the air with their song. We spotted Samango monkeys next to our room and turtle tracks racing across the pure white sand leading to a sparkling sea with , amazing magnificent reefs.

The lodges are luxury at its most luxurious. The lodge's villas are all tucked discreetly into the trees and back from the beach so as not to disturb nesting turtles. Inside, the villas are enormous and
king-size beds are draped with muslin mosquito nets (Though the island is malaria free)
Instead of windows, wooden latticed shutters give shimmering views of the turquoise sea.

Our room had a day bed built into the corner of the villa with curtains that turned it into a cozy nest. African sculptures and ornate ironwork lanterns on the veranda made us feel like we were a genteel character in a Karen Blixen story.

Just an amazing place which is hard to describe in words.

17  Thank born4thesurf
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