RSS Feed

Related Articles

Related Categories

Discover a hidden secret on the Tanzanian coast

21st June 2011 Print

Set amid long stretches of unspoilt deserted beach, a fresh water lagoon and overlooking the Indian Ocean is Ras Kutani, a 15-room boutique beach retreat on the relatively undiscovered eastern Tanzanian coastline, located 35km south of Dar es Salaam.

Promising the epitome of barefoot-luxury and a hideaway for those seeking solace, luxury and tranquillity there are many reasons to choose Ras Kutani.  Whether as a honeymoon destination, a complement to an action-packed safari holiday or simply a luxurious beachfront retreat in which to chill-out and relax, rest assured it is far away from the madding crowds found at some of Tanzania’s tropical island resorts.

The luxurious accommodation comprises nine open-fronted spacious, charming cottages, each with en suite bathroom, large verandah with a covered sand floor, seating area, hammocks and views of the clear lagoon, beach and Indian Ocean.   Perched on the hillside amid tropical forest are four luxury private suites with a plunge pool and signature Sultan's bed, while families or couples holidaying together will appreciate Hill House, with its two connecting rooms, shared living area and sweeping 180-degree sea views.

Guests can kiss goodbye to their shoes when they arrive as the cottages, suites, swimming pool and restaurant are connected by fine, white, sandy paths. Foot dips outside the accommodation and public areas are a welcome addition for those wishing to rinse sand from their feet, or simply cool down!

For lunch, dinner or drinks, the restaurant and bar area is the hub of Ras Kutani and offers an array of comfortable seating with breathtaking views of the beach and Indian Ocean. Freshly caught local fish and shellfish, cooked to perfection, is the speciality for lunch or dinner.  

Ideal for water babies, the temperate seas and proximity of coral reefs ensure a wealth of marine life with the chance to see colourful fish, dolphins, whales, turtles and even a shipwreck. Complimentary snorkelling equipment, kayaks and boogie boards are available for those that wish to venture from their hammock or beach bed.  

With a stunning backdrop of flora and fauna, the tropical, coastal forest behind Ras Kutani houses 132 different types of tree and in turn, four species of monkey including the spectacular black-and-white colobus monkey.  In season, turtles come to nest along the beach and guests are invited to get involved in projects that look out for their welfare.

Expert Africa ( is offering seven nights’ accommodation at Ras Kutani in Tanzania from £2,070 per person (based on two sharing).  Valid for selected departures in September, the price includes flights from Heathrow with British Airways, internal transfers and accommodation on a full-board basis.   Travel on selected dates from January to March 2012 is from £1,849 per person.

Ras Kutani is part of The Selous Safari Company, which also operates two luxury tented safari camps in Tanzania.

More Photos - Click to Enlarge