The past two days have been the first time in a couple weeks that I haven't had to wake up early to an alarm clock. It's been so nice to be able to stay in one place, relax and not have to sit in a car driving along a dusty and bumpy road. The Villa Kiva Beach Resort has been a wonderful place to decompress from the safari. It's great to be staying in a small place with only a few other guests here as well. We have had breakfast out on the verandah each morning with a lovely view of the beach and the sound of waves in the background. Days have been spent lounging under thatched umbrellas reading and taking dips in the pool and the ocean. The beach has the most amazing white, fine sand and the ocean water is warm and clear (although there is a bit of seaweed floating around).
Today we took a walk along the beach to check out the other properties. Many were private residences (as Villa Kiva used to be) with a couple other resorts dotted along the way. Since it was so hot and bright out on the sand we didn't end up walking too far. For the most part I have been slathering on the sunblock and keeping covered, but I got a bit more sun than I bargained for this afternoon so I'm now a bit sunburned. Moisturiser is my friend at the moment.
We have had some amazing dinners at Villa Kiva- Italian themed food using fresh seafood and other ingredients. It's almost like having a little degustation each night with the various courses. Tomorrow we will be heading out for an excursion to Stone Town so that should be fun (although it does mean getting up early).