By Janis Theron
Setting off on holiday in winter to Mozambique can be fun – we share with you the top 5 Mozambique Lodges in our opinion, which offer amazing and diverse attractions to tourists from all over the world. Think diving packages, romantic accommodation, luxury facilities, world class service, warm sun and warm ocean, water sports galore and vistas you want to take home with you. From Casa Rex and Kaya Kweru Resort in the south, to Ulala Eco Lodge, Terraco das Quitandas and Coral Lodge 15.41 in the north, Mozambique has it all no matter what your preferences, or budget, are.
Check these top 5 lodges out now and book online with one of our expert travel consultants:
1. Casa Rex
Overlooking the southern-central section of Vilankulo Bay, Casa Rex Boutique Hotel is an intimate bed and breakfast lodge where you will experience excellent service and mouth-watering food. Awake to the perfect sunrise and realise that Mozambique beach holidays can start in Vilankulo, the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. You will stay in individually-decorated suites and bungalows with carved wooden furniture that lead directly to pristine white beaches and which boast amazing ocean views and sea breezes. It is a good idea to base yourself here, at Casa Rex, before you head into the chain of islands in the warm Indian Ocean so choose from 15 units in a bed and breakfast arrangement. There are eight en-suite Acacia rooms with internet connection and private balconies, four en-suite Courtyard suites with bar fridges and tea and coffee stations, and two Premium rooms for couples with children. Honeymoon couples can book the sole and exclusive honeymoon suite with its double bed and fan.
Yes this is the perfect Mozambique holiday stopover where you can enjoy meals on an outside terrace with views of the bay and lush gardens! Tuck into delectable Portuguese dishes including fresh seafood, served with imported wines. Conferences facilities cater for businessmen and other groups at this convenient venue for people heading for the islands.
Relax in the comfy main guest areas where relaxation is the key word – and the deluxe swimming pool offers ideal respite on a hot day at this small Mozambique hotel. You can also book exhilarating activities and watersports through the lodge: diving in of the top 10 scuba diving destinations in the world; deep sea fishing excursions; snorkelling; traditional dhow trips; sailing; kite surfing and whale and dolphin watching.
Or simply relax with spa treatments, dip into a sparkling pool, or sip cocktails on the terrace.
2. Kaya Kweru Resort
It all makes sense when you consider that Kaya Kweru means “our home” or “the home of everybody” as this resort is a friendly Mozambique holiday destination only a few steps from the beach at Ponto D’Ouro where good friends meet and return. Close to the South African border at Kosi Bay, this top Mozambique lodge is a place where you can swim all day, snorkel to your heart’s content, fish for huge game fish, surf with the dolphins and eat real Mozambican prawns, out at a lovely restaurant.
This is a real home away from home as the owners do their best to cater for diverse needs – Kaya Kweru Resort boasts a restaurant that seats 100 diners on a deck with a large swimming pool and braai area! For those needing a break from sea and sun, there is also a lounge with DSTV. Families with children will love the fully equipped adventure centre with its quad bike rides, swimming with dolphins excursions into the bay, fishing and diving charters.
And did you know that even businessmen can book Mozambique travel packages to this Ponto do Ouro venue to try the slick facilities for Corporate Team Building with a difference: the resort creates an atmosphere that brings companies together. These activities help people break out of their comfort zones in a fun way and to bond using things like drumming, surfing, beach volleyball, Frisbee and quad biking.
Conference facilities for 50 delegates are beach-oriented while Kaya Kweru also offers amazing facilities for awesome beach weddings and receptions. Honeymooners can start life together with a wedding right here on the beach! Each wedding is tailor made and professional staff ensure it is a dream come true.
Stay in 18 en-suite rooms including singles, doubles or family rooms (large with private decks). There is a self-catering option in six fully-equipped double story homes with sea views: two bedrooms, kitchen, and lounge with double sleeper couch, LCD TV with DSTV, full bathroom with shower, air conditioning and outside braai area! In the deep south of Mozambique, this is truly the place to be… enquire here:
3. Ulala Eco Lodge
Did you know that Murrebue is one of the most beautiful beaches in Mozambique? Only a short drive from Pemba in the north, the beach is home to the special Ulala Eco Lodge, small and isolated – but cosy and exclusive.
For winter holiday fun book your Mozambique holiday at this top lodge where you will truly enjoy luxury accommodation, diving packages, ever-warm sun, incredible water sports and some of the best rates and specials online!
Your sublime accommodation at this dreamy beach venue is charming – six rooms in four bungalows with views over the Indian Ocean entice families and couples to relax and enjoy. Some chalets are built on stilts two meters high, close to the beach with shady terraces, while others feature large rooms and concealed bathrooms.
This is a true eco-lodge: all rooms are constructed from local materials – coconut palm leaves, bamboo, teak decks and red sand. In addition, Ulala uses solar panels and wind turbines for energy while water is recycled for septic tanks and irrigation. And yet, notice the luxuries wherever you look – a cosy bar and restaurant right on the beach offers internet access and delicious seafood – sit and catch up with your loved ones while sharing awesome Mozambique dishes.
It is remarkable and inspiring that most of the vegetables and fruits served at Ulala Lodge are sourced from local markets, while their fresh fish comes straight off the boats, from the fishermen’s daily catches. Ulala Lodge believes in supporting the local community which means that many of their staff come from the local villages.
If you choose your Mozambique holiday package for Ulala Lodge in Murrebue, you will find yourself snorkelling in the rich coral reefs and seeing a huge range of fantastic marine animals. YOu can also take a slow 90-minute walk around the lake… Why not try your hand at kite surfing, the new rage and exciting adventure sport that is ideal for the wind conditions at Murrebue!
4. Terraco das Quitandas
Imagine staying in a 300 year old house, with an aura that speaks of the past trading days when Arabs and Portuguese merchants occupied the island of Mozambique and built their establishments of local stone? The house of Terraco das Quitandas is one of these ancient constructions, and is located in the heart of Ilha de Mozambique’s Stone Town!
Travel to Ilha de Mozambique is exotic and unique and if you spend your holiday at Terraco Das Quitandas off the coast of Nacala Province, you will feel part of the island’s history – this gracious old colonial building dates back to a rich past of Portuguese, Africans and Arabs who lived within her walls…
A winter holiday in this small Mozambique boutique hotel will ooze with history in the warm island sun and you will love its authenticity. Wander around admiring the awesome collection of antique furniture from places like Mali, India, China and of course Mozambique all of which suit the museum ambience of the lodgings.
Enjoy the communal reading and games room, recreation rooms, two patios, honesty bar, enclosed courtyard, roof terrace and garden – hide behind the thick white walls and walk upon polished stone floors and under arched doorways for incredible atmosphere!
Only six elegant air-conditioned bedrooms are individually decorated with king size beds, private bathrooms and plenty of space. Furnished in the overall antique, Arab-colonial style, two suites downstairs and three on the first floor are opulently decorated while the last one on the second floor is smaller and similar to an attic room with direct access to the roof terrace.
Terraço das Quitandas is conveniently located towards the north of Ilha do Moçambique, right beside the main square and the Vasco da Gama statue. This makes it a great base from which to explore the main sights or stroll to the southern end of the island to see the local community’s reed-and-thatch town – watch both boat-builders at work and local fisherman bringing in their catch. Check out our fantastic winter packages and best rates online – for real winter holiday fun in Mozambique!
5. Coral Lodge 15.41
Coral Lodge 15.41 is one of Mozambique’s most stunning beach locations, especially in winter – it is surrounded by the country’s rich culture and trade history and it offers awesome accommodation and vistas across the Indian Ocean. The numbers 15.41 indicate the quite new lodge’s latitude and longitude coordinates and is a wonderful destination where wild white beaches and mangrove swamps meet azure seas and coral rock sand dunes.
If you book a Mozambique winter holiday package online to Coral Lodge 15.41, make sure you include explorations to Ilha de Mozambique to see Stone Town and to the local Macua village nearby which benefits on a sustainable tourism ethos from a new clinic and other facilities, all linked to Coral Lodge.
Located south of Nacala on the central Mozambique coast, within easy reach of Ilha de Mozambique, Coral Lodge 15.41 features intimate Mozambique accommodation in only 10 villas. Some villas have lagoon views, others sea views and chic amenities without being pompous. High thatched roofs, stone-tiled floors, natural fittings and furnishings blend into the environment. Can you believe that each villa is fitted with large four-poster beds, day beds, mini bar, tea and coffee stations, free-standing stone baths, toiletries plus rain showers?
This eco lodge features wooden pathways linking the villas to the main areas and is built on a sand dune using locally sourced bricks, Mozambican hardwood, and thatch from Maputo. Furniture carved from coconut wood decorates the dining and lounge areas while you can sit around the large circular pool on the spacious deck for sundowners every day.
Go and see the oldest church in the southern hemisphere dating back to the 1500s! You will discover that Stone Town on Ilha de Mozambique is a tourist’s dream. Based at Coral Lodge 15.41, you will also indulge in food that is presented using the best Mozambique ingredients and fresh fish from the sea.
You will be astounded by the huge choice of activities: scuba diving, snorkelling and windsurfing in the lagoon or on the reefs; fishing, kayaking, island picnics and a small spa – bliss! Children can also do fun stuff: coral puddle exploration, snorkelling lessons, island beach picnic, line fishing mangrove canoe trip, windsurfing, treasure hunt, shell jewellery, board games and Playstation 2.
Man oh man as if this is not enough to drool over when you decide to embark on a winter holiday in the sun at one of Mozambique’s top lodges! We can offer you some of the best special packages and rates, no matter what your pleasure – honeymoons, family fun vacations, business ventures or couples resparking their love….Enquire here now!