Why we Love Hotel Escondidinho

A simple, inexpensive and elegant boutique hotel with air conditioning in an atmospheric restored mansion on a serene island peninsula.

Delicious meals in the restaurant beside a welcoming courtyard and swimming pool for a great place to relax during the heat of the day.

Friendly staff, good service with French flair and panache in a well-loved tourism establishment offering something a little different.

10 rooms with mosquito nets and air conditioning, some with ensuite bathrooms, some with shared bathrooms.

History and Culture Ring True at the Legendary Hotel Escondidinho

Hotel Escondidinho is one of the more established Ilha de Mozambique boutique hotels offering specials on all accommodation rates. It’s a delightful, renovated 19th-century mansion that aims to keep things intimate and customised for special guests in 10 individually designed rooms. Ilha de Mozambique Hotels. Escondidinho is an Ilha legend and one of the first. Great value for money. We have the best deals and packages to Hotel Escondidinho. 

This ancient building was once a trading house where slaves were accommodated. Today, Hotel Escondidinho takes first place as a charming Mozambique destination – the perfect base from which to explore the fascinating treasures of Ilha de Mozambique. Discover hundreds of stories, legends and tales about a place steeped in cultural history – the island is a UNESCO Cultural and Historical World Heritage Site boasting amazing architecture and a heady mix of African, Arab, and Portuguese origins.

Hotel Escondidinho can be found on a quiet street in Stone City, with a shady back courtyard, a quality restaurant and a sparkling blue pool. Rooms boast large windows, high ceilings with their original beams and chunky carved wooden furniture – some are pool-facing, others overlook the street below and ongoing snippets of authentic Mozambican life.

Ilha de Mozambique Island Tours, Boat Trips and Delicious Portuguese Food

There is lots to do on the island including dhow trips and sunset cruises to the neighbouring beaches and atolls. Activities revolve around island tours on foot or on bicycle, boat trips around the old ruins and bays and delicious restaurant or street café meals. Tourists can make time to snorkel and kayak in crystal clean ocean bays. Don’t forget to visit the charismatic churches, mosques and numerous colonial buildings and small traditional houses – maintained and restored beautifully to house restaurants, guest houses and little shops.

Visit the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte, and the incredibly imposing Fortaleza São Sebastião which stands guard over the sea – two of the oldest buildings in the southern hemisphere! Photographic opportunities abound on this stunning little island – people and buildings, dhows and sunsets. The lifestyle is typically island-style slow and tropical with no hurry at all.

Hotel Escondidinho carefully preserves the original grandeur and style of the previous century and keeps that part of history alive. Upstairs, the ten rooms are spacious, clean and pretty and guests feel right at home when on vacation here in Mozambique. They become part of the fascinating mix of African, Arab and European culture and history. It’s worth meeting friendly locals who have fascinating stories to share.  

Dining in the hotel restaurant is an experience – a creative fusion of French, African and Asian cuisine with French, African and Asian influences based on organic and locally sourced produce. Fresh fish, octopus, squid, shrimp, lobster, and shellfish arrive daily straight off the fishing boats. Amazing accommodation specials and packages available.


  • 9 X Double rooms, 1 X Family room
  • En-suite and separate bathrooms
  • Mosquito nets, fans, air conditioning
  • Wi-fi
  • Restaurant, bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Curio shop 
  • Massages


  • Diving
  • Kayaking
  • Dhow cruise
  • Motorised dhow safari boat trips to other nearby islands
  • Fishing
  • Island walking and bicycle tours.

Getting to Hotel Escondidinho

It takes more than 2 days to drive to Ilha de Moçambique.

Self-drive from Nampula. Then take the EN-8 from Nampula towards Nacala and turn off on road 105 to Ilha. The 3-kilometer bridge from the mainland to the island is one lane and traffic is regulated manually. 

There are regular flights and transfers from Maputo to Ilha de Moçambique

GPS coordinates for Hotel Escondidinho: -15.036089,40.733560