Much better choice than stifling hotel rooms in Hadibo is Adeeb's eco-lodge situated just outside of Hadibo. There are huts with comfortable mattresses and mosquito nets but if you are too hot in the night you can always bring your mattress out to the beach and enjoy nice sea breeze. There are decent bathrooms (one with European toilet). The eco-lodge is located on the beach so you can dip in water anytime your swetting gets unbearable. Food is the best here from all options on the island - Adeeb was trained in cooking in Mercure hotel in Aden! The family also runs a nursery with enemic Socotri plants - it's worth seeing!
The best restaurant on the island - and very cheap! They serve vegetables either from Hadibo market or from their own garden.
Nice fresh air even in the hottest part of the year.
Electricity available every night to recharge batteries and work on a computer.
This is the best hotel on Socotra in terms of cleanness and level of service. Western food is available in the restaurant such as spaghetti, Greek salad etc. This hotel is the only option on Socotra for those who request western standards and are not on budget.
There is not a single grain of dust inside the hotel while the whole village of Hadibo is dusty with a just a single street coated with asphalt. The hotel staff does a great job in keeping the hotel clean and everything working well.
There are five eco-campsites run by local communities on Socotra. Rosh Eco-Campsite is no doubt the best. It is a well maintained campsite with a rest area in a palm leaf shelter where food is served, decent bathrooms, and palm leaf shelters located on the pebble beach where visitors can stay during the day when swimming and snorkelling in the sea and sleep on mattresses in the night. Villagers running the campsite under the management of sheikh Omar, the leader of the fishermen's village, will also provide tents if someone prefers more privacy during the night. The staff is always helpful, they always bring hot sugary tea for the guests to refresh. Food is great, fresh fish from the sea, lobsters and other sea food are available on request. Fishing trips and snorkelling is possible with a small fishermen's boat. In Rosh, you can get the best service any time of the year.
Local food is very tasty and there's always plenty of everything. A great convenience of this eco-campsite is that you can have privacy on the beach, shaded from the kitchen and staff background by a strip of jatropha trees. Snorkelling is possible close to the beach at high tide. A marine protected area with a coral reef rich in marine life is located just 1 km off the shore. It's easy to get a boat and go for a dive or snorkelling there. Another option is to hike up to Hoq cave, which is a breathtaking 1 km deep cave with a waterpool at its far end. So there are plenty of options what to do and no chance for boredom.
The best way to visit the island is by renting a 4x4 car with driver and guide. They will provide you all the equipment to stay in the protected areas and free camping in order to enjoy the beauty and the wild nature of the island. the services are really basic but you will really live the atmosphere of and the touch of Mother Earth..
basic toilet, water. nothing else
The Summerland Hotel has rebuilt again and turned from a rather basic house into a quite normal hotel.
Best improvement: No more shared bathrooms. Now every room has an en suite bathroom with shower (but still no warm water). Power supply round the clock, there's a refrigerator, direct dialing telephone, air condition, TV with satellite receiver (whoever needs this in a place like Socotra).
Rooms are excellent clean, the complete hotel grounds as well. They even wash the exterior walls two times a day.
The staff ist extremely friendly and helpfully, they always do their best to fulfil every request.
Please note that some rooms on the second floor are rather noisy because water tanks are fixed on the roof above them and the pumps are running nearly continuously. Check that out and maybe choose another room.
Single US$ 60
Double US$ 90
Suite US$ 130
Car with driver per day US$ 60
Guide per day US$ 20
There is a simple campground in Homhill, organized by the local community.
For a very modest fee you can either rent or use your own tents, and they prepare breakfast and even an evening meal (goat) if you like. They even have a shower/toilet - though not spotlessly clean, I`d like to say. This camping ground is in a stunning location surrounded by dragon blood trees. From the camp ground, a 2 hour hike over rough terrain leads to the beach. You have to make use of a cheap local guide for the hike (only 1.000 Yemeni Rial).
We stayed our last night in Hadibo because it is close to the airport and the flights to Yemen mainland usually leave early. While the hotel is nothing special, the rooms are rather clean for Yemeni standards (the shower less so) and a Hadibo Hotel is probably the only place to get a shower on this island. They have a restaurant next to the hotel which is pretty good and serves decent breakfast.
Named after Yemen's oldest luxury hotel, the Taj Sheba in Sana'a, this of course is a far cry from what one might expect from a "Taj" hotel, but nevertheless of an acceptable standard. The rooms look basic, but have a/c, mini-fridge and satellite tv. Bathrooms are shared between every couple of rooms.
There is a restaurant. Walking distance to the centre of Hadibo, which is not a very exciting excursion to make.
One can rent a house including a cook, house keeper, 4 wheel drive car, guide and driver from the Socotra Conservation and Development Programme (SCDP) Socotra Biodiversity Project ecotourism project. you should e-mail or call for more details.
ph: 967 (0)5 660132, 660579
contact person: Mr Abdelateef Saad Amer
The government of Yemen with the help of the United Nations development program is working to train and building project staff around botany, zoology, bird conservation, scuba diving, marine biodiversity etc.
Also they are supporting local training in the fundamentals of ecology, English language, eco-tourism. So the folks that work with you like your drive and guide are part of this training program.
The Summerland hotel in Hadibo is owned by the Summerland travel group and it is a very basic clean hotel with cold running water. The the hotel is on a dusty dirty street (like the rest of the town) and is cement block/rock place that has the architecture of a cardboard box in faded out blue and white. The place is not the Ritz for sure but has very good food and very friendly helpful staff. The do have satellite TV if you do not want to miss your game - but that is even surrelistic in this remote place. I think this is really what one would call a guest house more than a hotel it has nice large bedrooms with a clean but common bath.
Mobile telephone of the hotel manager +967 71424899
I did not take a photo silly me but here is a link to one on the net Summerland hotel in Hadibo
The hotel just underwent a major renovation early in 2004, so it is now clean, comfortable and offers complete hotel services. It has Sat TV, phones, internet access, laundry services and the only real restaurant on the island which is called The Ritz! They offer fresh seafood dishes such as Grouper, Tuna, Wahoo, Kingfish, Lobster and Shrimp. Of course, they also offer chicken, beef and pasta dishes as well as a few local dishes like goat.
It is unique in that it is really the only place that caters to tourists, and as such, you will find a hotel that operates and anticapates your needs much as any western hotel does.
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