And whilst I’m on about unusual beach locations, here’s another one for you. Like Kaya Mawa, Greystoke Mahal is not on the coast but instead on the shores of Lake Tanganyika (on the eastern side of Tanzania) in the Mahale Mountain National Park, whose forested peaks rise 8,000 feet from the lake-shore.
Greystoke Mahale has a split personality as its part safari lodge, with just six rooms set into the tree line, and part beach property. It does the first bit superbly with guided walks into the forest to encounter the local troops of chimpanzees and it equally accomplished in the second with uninterrupted views of the beach and the lake across to the Democratic (?!) Republic of the Congo, from the lodge.
So, although there is an amazing superb beach to enjoy, it’s the back drop and the chimpanzees that make it for me, along with that “wow” moment when you land for the first time.