7 Days of Bliss in Zanzibar!!

Zanzibar

Romantic Dinners

I previously made the statement that you don’t need to wait for your 10th, 20th or 25th wedding anniversary to celebrate a milestone in your life, but our 30th just seemed to be a landmark! I first visited Chumbe with a friend a few years earlier and was so impressed with this little pristine coral island, that I promised Pierre that I would take him there one day.Chumbe

Thus, when we celebrated our BIG ONE in 2013, I made good on my promise and booked a seven day holiday in Zanzibar at two amazing resorts – Chumbe Island and Zanzi Resort. Both destinations were chosen for their secludedness and tranquillity.

On our previous trip to Zanzibar, Pierre and I weren’t too impressed with Stone Town, but out of necessity, we had to stay over for one evening.

DohwI am so glad we did because we had a whole different experience … nothing like our first visit.  We leisurely strolled through the streets of Stone Town and eventually ended up at 6 Degrees South Grill and Wine Bar. A good choice to while the evening away, watching the sunset with dhows and ships sailing over the Indian Ocean.

The next morning we got our transfer to Chumbe Island, an eco-island off the coast of Zanzibar. No electricity, solar power, compost toilets and the restriction of the total number of daily visitors, contribute to the feeling of peace and harmony with your surroundings … a bit like being stranded on a deserted island.Coconut Crab

Snorkelling 2Writing this article about Chumbe I remember the magnificent coral reefs, breath-taking fish, spectacular snorkelling and the late night walk with coconut crabs. Every meal was memorable, but dinners especially so … providing it is not raining, dinner is served on the beach with candles lighting your way. Breakfast and lunch are enjoyed on the terrace where the spray of the waves will cool you down.Dinner on the beach

For our anniversary dinner, they transformed a private outcrop into a fairylike dining room. We were spoilt rotten and the staff and Chef John made sure that the evening will be remembered forever!Anniversary Dinner

We left Chumbe with heavy hearts as we were convinced that nothing can beat our experience and it was hard to imagine that Zanzi Resort can match this. I apologized to Pierre in advance as I believed we should have ended our holiday on a high.

Zanzi BeachGreat was our surprise when we arrived at Zanzi Resort. In addition to our room being ultra-modern (in complete contrast to the rustic villas on Chumbe) we had a private pool, a day-bed, and our own private beach! It was as if we were on our own, remote island and we didn’t want to leave … not even to eat! It was wonderful to sip sundowners on the beach, watch the sunset from the day-bed and lap up the feeling of luxurious indulgence. It was wonderful that we could laze around and do absolutely nothing, but still feel at peace that we accomplished what we set out to do.Zanzi Resort

If you have one of these big numbers coming up, do yourself a favour and explore the Island of Zanzibar with their rich culture, beautiful beaches, and immense culinary experiences.Zanzi Resort

De Hoek Country Hotel

 De Hoek Country Hotel

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”
– Plato

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October 2012 saw the joyous occasion of our 29th Wedding Anniversary. After extensive research (the part of any event that I really love doing), I opted for a visit to De Hoek Country Hotel. De Hoek is one of those 5-star retreats nestled away close to the cradle of human mankind. Continue reading

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Timamoon

Timamoon – The most romantic destination in South Africa

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Timamoon – Moon River

Sometimes a marriage is slow like a Waltz, sometimes it is peppy like a Salsa, sometimes it is hot like a Tango and sometimes it is soulful like Jazz … dance to any rhythm of life … dance like there is no tomorrow!

In 2008, for our 25th wedding anniversary, I decided to explore Timamoon near Hazyview, the lodge whose tagline reads: ‘The most seductive lodge on the planet’. I booked the Moon River villa, as it appeared to be the most secluded of the six villas. Continue reading

Highgrove House Country Lodge

Highgrove House Country Lodge

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Highgrove House – Entrance Lane

You don’t need to wait for your 10th, 20th or 25th anniversary to celebrate a milestone in your life. Every anniversary should be a special occasion.

I love to use the pretext of our anniversary to explore new places. Remote, romantic destinations with an amazing chef on the premises will always peek my interest. This is the one time of the year that I treat Pierre and show him my appreciation for being an amazing husband and partner. Continue reading

Biosphere-Biosphere Breakerway Walk

Biosphere Breakerway Walk

Biosphere Breakerway Walk – Hermanus to Pringle Bay

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Betty’s Bay

I am not a great athlete, let alone a competitive one, but I do enjoy walking. When walking involves a bunch of cool, crazy friends and a scenery to die for, then I’m over the moon.

About two years ago, our friends Lyn and Ian invited us to join them on the Wellington Wine Walk. We so enjoyed the region and company on the WWW, that when I heard of their new sister walk, the Biosphere Breakerway, I immediately booked and started canvassing recruits. The criteria were love nature and love life. Continue reading