By Janis Theron
Landing in Mozambique at Inhambane Airport is exciting – you flip over the warm and clear Indian Ocean then land in this small centre which is the gateway to a coastal region so beautiful you can compare it to the famous Mozambique Islands. In this blog, I am going to touch on the superb Mozambique accommodation found at five amazing lodges found close to Inhambane: Massinga Beach Lodge, Barra Beach Lodge, Blue Footprints Eco Lodge, Flamingo Bay Water Lodge and Vanilla View Guest House.
1. Massinga Beach Lodge
Imagine a spring holiday in Inhambane where the sun always shines and the views smother you in a gloriously relaxing kind of way? You can stay for four nights or more and Massinga Beach Lodge and receive a discount to the value of R 1,800 per couple sharing! Your romantic holiday in Mozambique at this well-liked beach resort includes return transfers from Inhambane Airport to the lodge, accommodation in an Ocean Front Deluxe Room with spectacular views, all meals daily, and complimentary afternoon tea or coffee.
Take time to study the whales frolicking in the water directly in front of your private suite, and book your own pampering massage on your private patio. You will feel as if you are on an island with the solitude, the attention to detail from the highly trained staff, the luxury and the endless beach vistas. For honeymoon couples, this is the ultimate venue for romance and picturesque scenery!
A highlight of your spring break at Massinga Beach Lodge is observing local Mozambicans scale the tall coconut palms for the fresh fruit, which they then cut and drain. Drink fresh coconut milk as it is or in an exotic cocktail drink! Snack on the fresh moist white flesh of this nutritious fruit and you will have energy that goes on all day! Book your private excursion to the delightful Pansy Island on the lodge catamaran, Cassinga – it is all about the journey by sea to the island, the strolling on the island to find shells and the leaving of only your footprints in the soft white sand. Keen fishermen can throw a line from the shore in front of Massinga Beach Lodge or, to see more underwater, kit up with your snorkel and mask, fins and suncream and float on the water to see incredible marine species just below you. For something completely different, visit the local library! Or ride bicycles along the beach, play table tennis or pool or volley ball and meet fellow guests in the very welcoming beach bar.
Massinga Beach Lodge offers a five star experience from the double bed and deep bath tub to the divine food and awesome privacy that goes hand in hand with classy service. Dip into your personal mini bar while shooting the breeze on the deck and feel as if this lodge is yours alone.
2. Barra Beach Lodge
Pack up the kids and head for Barra Beach Lodge, one of Mozambique’s best family hotels situated in one of the most picturesque spots on the Inhambane coastline. From only R1,100 per person sharing, you will book gorgeous chalets right on the beach and partake in a range of exciting beach and ocean related activities. Barra Beach Lodge is only a short 30 minutes’ drive from Inhambane and is bordered by the Inhambane estuary on one side and the sparkling Indian Ocean on the other. This is the Mozambique lodge where divers kit up at the fully equipped PADI dive centre before exploring Mozambique’s unique Manta Coast. This is the famous resort where honeymoon couples explore the remote beaches and wilderness area on horseback or quad bikes. This is the rustic accommodation that caters for all needs and hides beneath a grove of coconut palms. Choose from 20 traditional island style family casitas have been tastefully built using thatch, brick and reeds and are a few steps to the beach. Enjoy your double bed, single bed, mosquito nets and en-suite bathroom with shower.
The 20 traditional large self-catering cottages have six beds in two to three bedrooms – popular for an unforgettable Mozambique holiday where you can settle into the fully-equipped kitchenette and braai outside as the sun sets crimson into the sea. Or take a break from cooking and indulge in Mozambique prawns, calamari and fish outside on the patio beside the pool at the Barra Beach Lodge restaurant.
The beach bar is a perfect sunset venue while playing beach volley ball or sampling fresh pizza. Take the kids on an unforgettable Ocean Safari which may reveal seasonal whale sharks and dolphins! Take a day trip to the estuary or Pansy Island on board the lodge’s luxury 33 foot Catamaran Yacht. If you are good with a camera, you will love the saltwater mangrove swamp with its flamingos, crabs and endemic plants in crystal clear waters. Other guests can head to historical Inhambane for a cultural day.
To many guests, Barra Beach Lodge is a great place to visit and explore. It is very quick and easy to fly the 90 minutes from Johannesburg then take the 20 minute transfer by road to the Lodge. This place is really amazing for children and adults alike: the beach and scuba diving are rated top notch worldwide and all staff are appreciated for their incredibly helpful and kind demeanours. If you are young at heart, why not explore the other beach bars for some great vibes and local cuisine?
3. Blue Footprints Eco Lodge
For a mere R1 650 per person per night, you can book into the awesome Blue Footprints Eco Lodge, a fantastic Mozambique holiday lodge found in the Inhambane region close to Tofo and Barra beaches. Here, the focus is on the environment – you are surrounded by abundant sea animals, a rich cultural heritage, unique indigenous vegetation and seclusion. The ethic is green – off the grid facilities include solar power for electricity and borehole water.
Exclusive Mozambique accommodation at Blue Footprints Eco Lodge radiates peace and style – choose from only five suites for 10 guests with panoramic views of the blue ocean. The villas – with outside showers, day beds and hammocks – blend rustic and luxury elements, nestling in the dunes for complete privacy. Make this lodge a romantic getaway, a family reunion venue, a corporate business team-building setting or friends’ party place.
At Blue Footprints, the beers are ice cold, the wines locally sourced. The diving is always breath-taking so if that is what you want to do, chat to the staff who will liaise with the local dive centre and then transport you to and from the dive lodge. Some visitors like to wander around the Tofo market and the lodge will take you there. This is definitely what you would call a “blue sky beach holiday”!
Scuba divers can ogle the famous Tofu and Barra Manta Ray, Humpback Whale and Whale Shark – a sea addict’s dream holiday spot! Not only is the Tofu-Barra region home to the Bottlenose and Humpback Dolphins but so too is it the only place to see intriguing Smalleye Stingrays, Leopard sharks, White-tip and Grey-reef sharks, Devil Rays and Ribbon Tails.
Blue Footprints Eco-Lodge sits on a volcanic rock base covered in hard and soft corals where reef fish of all colours live in harmony with shrimps, octopus, squid, eels and frogfish.
After a dive head to the restaurant with two decks and digest wonderful Mozambique foods and drinks – an unforgettable dining experience.
4. Flamingo Bay Water Lodge
For many travellers to Mozambique, Flamingo Bay Water Lodge deserves five or six stars thanks to its amazing setting, like no other, its smiling and hands-on staff and its luxury villas sitting right in the tidal estuary! This is where you do find heaven on earth and this is where many couples get engaged or tie the knot or spend their first real holiday together, their honeymoon. The lodge is certainly designed for romance and the setting begs for couples to kiss and become closer than ever before. So many newlyweds come back to Flamingo Bay to reminisce and to explore still further this beach heaven where the sun always shines and the sky is always blue.
From around R1,717 per person per night this incredible Inhambane accommodation establishment offers luxurious but affordable Mozambique villas for everyone who seeks environmental beauty and for everyone who seeks solitude in such a scenic setting. Indeed, this is where you also find fantastic value for money, where holiday packages to Flamingo Bay Water Lodge include not only rooms with views of the turquoise Indian Ocean and long white beaches but also flights, airport transfers and all meals daily!
Be amazed at the lodge setting, on stilts standing in clear waters amongst rare mangrove swamps. Flocks of flamingos (hence the name!), tropical fish and rare Dugongs make this Mozambique destination extra special.
You can see that the owners of Flamingo Bay aim to conserve the natural environment while still allowing guests the luxuries of a wellness centre with gym and a modern business centre.
The 20 luxury water chalets, made from Mozambican hardwoods, boast wide sliding doors that open onto private balconies jutting out over Flamingo Bay estuary – sunbathe, swim, snorkel and boat directly from each chalet.
Little Flamingo is a private romantic hideaway set in a secluded area of the lodge complete with television, kitchenette and private deck. Head to the main areas in the evenings along long wooden boardwalks where a gourmet restaurant offers simply delicious local Mozambican prawns, crabs, calamari and fish. A lovely large deck for drinks and snacks soaks up the incredible flamingo-rich views while a tasteful lounge forces guests to relax.
5. Vanilla View Guest House
Find Vanilla View Guest House just outside Tofo town, a mere 30-minute drive from the Inhambane airport. At only about R1 390 per night per room, you can get real value for money with a Mozambique holiday package made for diving and surfing this magical coastline.
You can choose bed and breakfast or self-catering at this Mozambique Beach Resort and, if you are on honeymoon, you will appreciate the luxurious rooms promising exclusion and peace – their king size beds, private open air showers and sunken bathtubs. Rooms come with bathrobes, mosquito nets, ceiling fans and towels. For those who want to cook, there is a handy communal designer kitchen with fantastic amenities including gas stove and oven, fridge and freezer.
Relax on the Vanilla View Guest House private deck or join other guests in the infinity pool to cool down and sip cocktails at the boma while the sun sets. The upmarket rooms are set in lush gardens close enough to Tofo for an explorative stroll. Vanilla View is a magnificent venue from which to explore the coastline and the guest house will transfer guests back and forth to the beach as required.
Friendly staff keep the house very clean and neat while guests go diving and snorkelling and surfing and a great breakfast is on the cards when you feel like it. All in all, Vanilla View Guest House is a rustically elegant example of Mozambique holiday accommodation which overlooks the tranquil Tofo mangroves and blends into the natural environment.
Yes, Vanilla View is in class of its own.
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