I have to admit that I loved Chapwani Private Island and the hotel and the food and the staff and of course the lovely Maura. I came there alone straight from climbing Kilimanjaro, exhausted and having suffered from the altitude, etc., and it was such a warm friendly welcome and the peacefulness and the excellent food (for me I have to say I have never tasted better as it was so fresh and well-prepared) and the sound of the waves on the beach at my doorstep and the gentle warm winds and the views of the fishermen as they sail by in their dhows.
Chapwani Private Island is located close to Zanzibar- it's a 30 min trip by boat from Stone Town (daily shuttle service during the morning + on request). The resort consists of 5 bungalows which can accommodate two parties each.
So it is a fairly small resort, and it's the only one on this small Island. In my view, this is a key feature of the resort.
You will not run into a lot of people, so it's great for relaxing.
The infrastructure in the bungalows is relatively minimalistic, considering the room rates, but that appears to be part of the concept.
Electricity by generator is provided from the morning until midnight. During the night you use a torch or a candle which is provided
Plus number 2 is the food. You get a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit + crepes + eggs as you like and toast + juice.
Dinner is equally delicious: you get very
tasty fish/seafood dishes (single daily menu) which starts with an appetizer.
The beach is very nice, cleaned regularly (e.g. if there are algae). Due to the strong tides, there is a big fluctuation of the water level.
During low tide, you need to walk a bit until you can swim. This is usual in Zanzibar. As there are corals, you should definitely bring good rubber shoes to protect your feet.
If you do not have them yet, you can get
good ones in the Memories of Zanzibar shop in Stone town (fair fixed prices).
If you want a posh creme de la creme sneaky resort, then this one would not match your taste. If you look for a reduced and a little bit of minimalistic, idyllic resort on a private island and care about good food, then go for Chapwani Private Island.