…And so to Tsarabanjina. After a morning and lunch at the quaint little Vanila Hotel it was off to the dock at Hell Ville for the catamaran crossing.
Billed as taking 90 minutes, we arrived after a very bumpy 2 hour journey, wet with sea spray and delighted to see the lodge as darkness fell.
The old Tsarabanjina was superb, the new Tsarabanjina is even better. The newly re-built bungalows are spread over 2 beaches – north and south – and are simple yet chic; with private decks, yards from the sea and utterly charming.
The lack of TV and any nigh-time entertainment is very much in keeping with the surroundings and is a major positive. The restaurant and bar, with it’s sand floor, have not changed with the renovations and are the social hub of this private island. Breakfast is a simple affair; lunch a wonderful cold buffet of salads and fresh fish, and dinner a low-key 3 course affair. Not forgetting afternoon tea and cakes as well.
The only negatives to note are the bungalow’s lack of an outdoor shower and the huge range of the lodge’s home-made flavoured rums, which will make it a challenge to try them all in just 4 days.
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