The chic Ras Kutani lodge is set on an idyllic crescent of white sandy beach, washed by the gentle surf of the Indian Ocean and offers the perfect beach hideaway. The lodge is flanked by a fresh water lagoon abutting a coastal forest which spills to the edge of the unspoilt and undeveloped beach.
The resort offers total relaxation before or after the excitement of a bush safari. It is just 35km south of Dar es Salaam, and transfers take 1.5 hours by road or just 10 minutes by light aircraft.
Guest accommodation is in nine spacious, charming cottages constructed of natural, local materials and situated beneath the shade of indigenous trees and offering ocean and lagoon views. Each cottage has its own en suite bathroom and large front veranda with Swahili day beds, hammocks and views of the azure ocean and ethnic furnishings impart a sense of the Tanzanian coast's rich cultural heritage.
Four spacious and airy suites are set canopy-high on the hill behind the main lodge with sweeping views of the bay. Each Suite has its own private veranda, Sultan’s bed and plunge pool.
Also on top of the hill with sweeping 180 degree views is a family unit comprised of two connected cottages with a shared living area.
Guests at Ras Kutani can savour freshly prepared Pan-African cuisine, and the chefs particularly pride themselves on their speciality dishes using locally caught seafood.
There are plenty of activities on offer from the lodge – the main focus being the beach and water activities. The close proximity of coral reef ensures a wealth of marine life and interest for those keen on snorkelling. Equipment is provided and plenty can be seen when snorkelling from the shore.
Guests can take a kayak to explore the fresh water lagoon and boogie boards are also available.
Nature lovers will enjoy the tropical, coastal forest behind the lodge which boasts some 132 different species of trees in many of which one can watch the antics of four species of monkey, including the spectacular black-and-white colobus. Next to this forest walk one can also make a visit to the village nearby to taste Swahili life.
Turtles still come to nest along the shore of Ras Kutani in season, with opportunities for interested guests to become involved in the projects that continue to look out for their welfare. The deserted beach is also ideal for long leisurely walks.