After over ten years in the hospitality industry of which the last eight spent in East Africa, I finally decided to open my own place – since December 2012. My partner in life has joined me in this project and manages the daily running of the lodge, while I focus more on the administrative and marketing tasks… Not sure if I made a very good deal there ;).
Red Monkey Lodge is a cozy small beach lodge with only 12 rooms, restaurant and bar, located in Jambiani on the wonderful southeast coast of Zanzibar.
This area is my favourite, as mass tourism has not spoilt the original atmosphere and plenty of activities can be done from here (diving zanzibar, kite boarding, bike tours, deep sea fishing…check our activity page)
The Red Monkey Lodge is the realisation of a life time dream and intends to be a non pretentious and laid back location for holidays, while offering high level service to spoil our guests. Keywords are: barefoot, informal, cozy, watersports and great food & drinks.
We do not offer animation programs nor plasma screens in the rooms and prefer guests that have genuine interest for their environment and the local culture.
Completely restructured in autumn of 2010 (and again refurbished in May 2013), this cosy lodge is positioned right on the sandy beach next to a small tropical forest which is home of the red colobus monkeys, that give the name to the lodge. In front of Red Monkey Lodge there is a 2 kilometre long sandbank that reaches from the beach far out into the water, and about 2 km away from shore there is the barrier reef.
The setup consists of 9 one-storey bungalows (12 rooms) with traditional makuti (palm tree) roofing , a seaview restaurant, our seaview bar, a reading lounge with book exchange, kite boarding centre and a beachfront chill out area with sun beds and umbrellas.
The pathways between the small tropical garden with – among other plants – aloe vera, lemongrass, papaya, banana and palm trees, are covered with sand, allowing our guests to live a real‚ barefoot experience’.
The Red Monkey Lodge wants to be an antithesis to mass tourism by being integrated with the village of which we are part, rather than offering a golden cage for tourists. If you are looking for plasma screens, animation programs and a beach reserved to tourists this will probably not be the right place for you!
Check these videos on youtube:
- A short presentation video of the lodge made by our friend Alex Noheda from Submerge
- Our favorite kite movie made by the manager of our kite centre, Guillaume Balois AKA Gui Toast
- A group of friends from Slovenia that came for kite holidays courtesy of Gregor Balažič)