Kinasi Lodge - Chole Bay - Mafia Island - Tanzania

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Kinasi Lodge is an established lodge with a friendly, informal atmosphere, and the only swimming pool on Mafia. Built on a cliff top above Chole Bay, the lodge is set in tropical gardens, among coconut palms and cashew trees. This is a relatively inexpensive, comfortable, no-frills lodge, in a great setting and with good fresh food - perfect for people seeking a relaxing holiday with a minimum of commercialism.

The lodge itself is absolutely charming, having a strong Arab flavour to its architecture and feel. Its fourteen A-frame bungalows are perched on top of a grassy, palm tree studded slope overlooking a small sandy beach and with stunning views over the dhow-plied channel in front of the lodge. The family bungalow has two double rooms with adjoining en suite facilities. There are two twin cottages.

The swimming pool has a pool bar, which serves drinks, lunch and complimentary afternoon tea. There is a cocktail bar, comfortable sitting areas, and a restaurant. Breakfast is served in the restaurant and lunch at the pool bar. Dinner alternates between the two. The brand new spa offers massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and beauty treatments. There are many beaches, inlets, and islets to explore, and activities include scuba diving, windsurfing, fishing, dhow sailing, cycling, nature walks and kayaking.

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