Ras Kutani is set on a crescent of white sandy beach, washed by the gentle surf of the temperate Indian Ocean. The resort is situated only 35 kilometres south of the port of Dar es Salaam but offers the perfect hideaway, far from the madding crowd. The setting ensures that feeling of being on one’s own tropical island. The hotel is flanked by a fresh water lagoon abutting onto a coastal forest, which spills to the edge of the unspoiled and undeveloped beach. Accommodation is in nine spacious, charming cottages constructed of natural, local materials that harmonize perfectly with the wonderful surroundings. In addition, there are four suites on top of the hill, each with a private plunge pool and there is one family unit which comprises two connecting cottages. Ethnic furnishings impart a sense of the Tanzanian coast’s rich cultural heritage. Each cottage has its own en suite bathroom and large veranda with views of the azure ocean. The chefs pride themselves on preparing the fresh “fruit of the ocean” fare from the readily available local fish and crustaceans. While relaxation is the keynote at Ras Kutani, we also offer a range of sports for the more active guests. The temperate seas and proximity of coral reefs ensure a wealth of marine life and interest for those keen on snorkelling.Apart from a variety of colourful fish, dolphins, whales and turtles are frequent visitors to these shores and we do provide snorkeling equipment. For those who prefer a somewhat drier experience kayaks are available to explore the fresh water lagoon. And when the surf is up boogie boards provide plenty of thrills in the surf nearby. Regardless of what guests choose, the tides will not interfere, even if it is just for a swim in the ocean: at Ras Kutani one can do so at any time off a sand beach! Nature lovers will find their pleasure close to home. The tropical, coastal forest behind the hotel boasts some 132 different species of trees in many of which one can watch the antics of four species of monkey, including the spectacular black-and-white colobus. Turtles still come to nest along the shore of Ras Kutani in season, with opportunities for interested guests to become involved in the projects that continue to look out for their welfare. The deserted beach is also ideal for long walks and a chance to experience the enchantment of a tropical shoreline redolent with the history of a continent. Fishing is an option and can only be booked when at the lodge.