Changuu Private Island Paradise (Prison Island) has been described as a Small Paradise on Earth, with its private white beach surrounded by the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. The islet lies 3 ½ miles to the northwest of Zanzibar Stone Town, and it is oblong in shape, about ½ a mile and 250 yards wide at the broadest part. Getting there after a comfortable 20-minute boat drive from Stone Town by a traditional dhow (fishing boat) takes you to the most unique experience in life.
This peaceful island today drives us through its historical buildings to its past intense history. Today, Changuu Private Island Paradise has restored these historical buildings to make them living structures, adapted to new uses while preserving their authenticity. The prison ruins have now been converted into a bright living structure, offering a host of entertainment facilities, such as a café, boutique and library. The Mathew's Restaurant is an artfully restored building that was erected in the late 1890s; its wide veranda, enjoying the invigorating sea breeze, overlooks the irresistible swimming pool at which fresh water is available for the first time in the history of this islet. This awesome renovation has been achieved whilst maintaining the perfect balance between nature and culture.
For the most romantic breakaway, the 15 exclusive cottages built in the northwest of the island offer an unrivalled, luxurious experience; and in the southwest side of the island, the former Quarantine Area built in 1931 has been converted into 12 elegant sea-facing rooms.
Can accommodate 54 in two room categories,
(a total of 27 rooms all in close proximity to the sea.)
Room dcor & Amenities:
Changuu Private Island Paradise has its exclusive deluxe rooms , ocated in the north-west side of the island, discretely distributed along the sea-line, affording maximum privacy and seclusion. The cottages are built in local materials and topped with traditional thatched roofs, achieving cool atmosphere day and night. The spacious interiors are elegantly decorated and equipped with mosquito nets and ensuite bathrooms, all with 2 al fresco showers and huge bathtub. The private outdoor verandas face out to the sea, maximizing the views and sounds of the Ocean. In the south-west side of the island, the former Quarantine Area built in 1931 has been converted into 12 elegant standard sea facing rooms that afford the most fantastic views of Stone Town, all of them ensuite with shower equipments and mosquito nets. this area is provided with its own charming bar the lovely Fisherman's Cove.
Facilities in the Prison Fort include a Restaurant and a Bar. Candlelight dinners in the piazza facing the restored ruins are the most romantic experience in Changuu Private Island Paradise.if you prefer a pizza: why not? In this cosmopolitan archipelago, enjoy a delicious pizza al fresco overlooking the magnificently restored Prison ruins.
The dinners are just a fiesta to enhance your senses, at the incomparable setting of Mathewsrestaurant, that was completely renovated and keeping the spirit of 19th century. It retained most of its original objects as well as its unique charm, and it incorporates now the most delicious Swahili as well as international recipes. As the sun sets, get ready for the Jailhouse rock, joining the world famous parties of Prison Island, enjoying one (or more) of the endless list of delicious cocktails. From the warm welcome on arrival with fresh coconuts, to parties (optional, indeed) that never ended up before dawn, this paradise islet offers you the most diverse leisure possibilities.
24 hrs fresh water supply -or the first time in the history of this islet, fresh water is reaching by a pipeline from Zanzibar mainland; Full time generator to produce electricity; An exclusive boutique; A library; Worldwide known for its magical balance between nature and culture, the magnificently restored Prison Ruins host the cultural and musical evening events in an incomparable setting.
Special feature: The local inhabitants of the island, the resident community of Aldabra Giant Tortoises that came to settle in Changuu in the 1920s, is one of the main attractions. The Tortoises can be visited in their sumptuous residency, the Tortoise Sanctuary, where the Save the Tortoise Foundation ensures the maximum benefit of this ancient reptiles and it displays and organizes entertaining activities.