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Monday, 15 November 2010

The Tides Beach Lodge - Pangani

The Tides is an exclusive, friendly and unpretentious beach resort located in the spectacular and untouched coastline in Pangani, combining the experience of the bush with rustic luxury accommodation.

The cottages at The Tides are situated right on the beach, in a tropical setting surrounded by palms, each cottage offering its own private sunbathing area.

Together with the relax and exclusivity created by the privacy and the boutique style of The Tides, guests may enjoy activities such as snorkel or scuba dive on the pristine coral reefs of the Maziwe Island Marine Reserve. Swimming, sailing, fishing or kayaking are some of the activities available.

The Tides is a family owned business: James & Alex Balfour own The Tides, and they sympathetically renovated the hotel after buying it in 2004.

It is a great place not only for the beauty of its simplicity and the great food and service but also because of the way The Tides participates with the local surrounding communities.

The Tides employs 30 people from the local village of Ushongo, donates books to the local school and makes a monthly contribution to the village directly linked to the number of guests staying at the hotel. The Tides also encourages its guests to make contributions to benefit the village and busy as much as possible from the local community, and harvests the coconuts grown at the hotel plot and donates the proceeds to its staff. Moreover, The Tides Lodge financially supports a conservation project at the Maziwe Marine Reserve, which preserves marine life and provides income for the local fishermen in a sustainable way.

The Tides Lodge is small and intimate, offering a high level of personal service in an unobtrusive and unpretentious manner.

Facilities include a beach front bar, where lunch, cocktails and a full range of drinks are served; a fine dining restaurant over looking the ocean; recently built swimming pool and shop with internet facility.

The restaurant and bar are right on the beach. The restaurant boasts excellent cuisine as well as excellent views of the Indian Ocean. Freshly caught seafood is one of the specialties. Alternatives are available for those who are vegetarian or do not eat seafood.

The cottages, which are set amid the palms lining the beach, are spacious, bright and breezy and have large well appointed bathrooms.

Accommodation consists in just 9 rooms (including 2 suites)
with bright, spacious and stylish interiors. All the cottages have modern ensuite bathrooms, and fresh tropical flowers are placed in guests rooms every day. Rooms features include king size beds with mosquito nets, electric fans, solar heated hot water and fresh drinking water, as well as locally made soaps, bathing robes and beach towels. Each room enjoys private verandahs with superb and relaxing sea view and private sunbathing area.

Activities are also one of the key features to the hotel and there are a wide range to choose from including snorkeling and SCUBA diving on nearby Maziwe Island Marine Park, game fishing, cultural tours of Pangani, beach walks and village tours, kayaking, and other water sports.

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