ras kutani, swahili coast
A mere 25km south of the bustling metropolis of Dar es Salaam lies a slice of paradise. Ras Kutani rests between the deserted shores of the Indian Ocean and the quiet inlets of a freshwater lagoon, creating an idyllic barefoot hideaway.
The soul of Ras Kutani emanates from the never-ending stretches of creamy white sand, broken only by footprints and the lapping of the cool blue waves. This sought-after beach solitude is the foundation of pure relaxation and offers a stark contrast to East Africa's busier resorts. Complementing the sound of the surf is the oasis of calm surrounding the lagoon, providing an ideal environment for stunning water birds. Enhancing this watery setting is a lush backdrop of virgin coastal forest.
Ras Kutani supports, protects and enhances this rare ecosystem which boasts over 132 varieties of trees and is home to four species of monkey.
Constructed from local, sustainable, natural materials the accommodation blends seamlessly into Ras Kutani’s exquisite environment, offering al fresco luxury living with a Swahili twist.
In the heart of the retreat lies the welcoming bar and open-air lounge, generously scattered with cushions creating the perfect ambience for evening cocktails. The expansive restaurant terrace offers a ceiling of African stars.
The vivid history of the Tanzanian coast and its infamous spice trade has influenced the country's cuisine, and the menu at Ras Kutani takes its inspiration from the coast itself; serving fresh, locally-caught, seafood with delicately spiced flavours accompanied by an appetising variety of fresh salads and scrumptious desserts. Where else to enjoy such fare, but by the sea, with the water lapping, as you share wonderful, convivial barbeques under a star-lit sky?
Our nine beach cottages are scattered on either side of the main building, all with ocean views and gentle breezes. Under the thatch, a spacious veranda unfurls with comfortable kikoi seating and dream-inducing hammocks.
The hardwood shutters lead through to the beautifully decorated interiors: the majestic double bed surrounded by a billowing mosquito net, and on to the generous ensuite bathroom.
Perched on the hillside and offering definitive privacy, are four secluded suites. Steps from the main building take guests further up into the coastal forest, to their own secluded hideaway, where the only company you have are the chattering monkeys.
The cascading panoramic view down to the ocean is the quintessential tropical backdrop to the private plunge pool and array of outside seating. The interiors are lusciously spacious and, when you wake in the vast Sultan double bed, let your eyes drift across the fluttering white curtains towards the azure seas and bruised sunrise sky.