Why we Love Villa Sands

A beautiful boutique hotel located on the western beach of Mozambique Island.

Enjoy fresh seafood prepared in a variety of ways or why not a divine drink at the sunset terrace?

A hand-carved boat is available to visit nearby islands where snorkelling and diving are mesmerising.

Ilha De Mozambique has been a cultural and historical UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991.

Villa Sands Mozambique Island

For a Mozambique island holiday with a difference, book your special package deal at Villa Sands Boutique Hotel on the grand Ilha de Mozambique. Brimming with culture and history this is the perfect base from which to explore the historical island and to stay in an exclusive hotel right on the bay. Villa Sands offers stylish boutique-style luxury accommodation on Ilha de Mozambique so book your special rate with the online experts at Mozambique Travel. 

Created from three old warehouses, this Mozambique island hotel offers eight ensuite double rooms with king-size beds, air-conditioning, ceiling fans and stunning views. An exclusive rooftop suite boasts another three double rooms with private verandas.

Guests can indulge in the seafront terrace swimming pool with its sun beds and bar service or try the fresh seafood in the restaurant – meals can be enjoyed inside or outside on the deck.   The hotel restaurant emphasizes a modern approach to cooking, with the best local seafood, prepared fresh, while meat is grilled to perfection on the outdoor grill.

Conference facilities for up to 24 guests make this hotel a great business escape for tired businessmen who can then mix business with pleasure. Take a break to walk the streets of Mozambique Island with the local people going about their daily lives in and around Stone Town. Grab a bicycle and explore the island alone, stopping for a picnic on a secluded beach somewhere along the shores of the Island of Mozambique.

Enjoy organised day trips out on a boat from Villas Sands, relax at one of many great restaurants or just soak up the architecture and history of the island. Edna (the boat) is a custom-made wooden dhow with power – guests can go fishing, diving or simply cruise around viewing incredible ocean sites. 

Villa Sands Facilities

  • 8 x Atrium rooms
  • 1 x rooftop suite
  • Seafront terrace with swimming pool, sun beds 
  • Restaurant and bar 
  • Seating areas 
  • Conference facilities for up to 24 guests
  • Laundry
  • Excursions

Activities Villa Sands

  • Boat trip
  • Local sailing
  • Motor dhow with crew
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Cultural visits

Getting to Mozambique Island and Villa Sands

Ilha de Moçambique is located in the northern part of Moçambique, in Nampula Province.

  • 170 km from Nampula
  • 400 km from Pemba
  • 120 km from Nacala

Nampula Airport is our closest airport. With international flights you can reach Nampula from Nairobi, Dar es Salaam or Johannesburg.

LAM also offers flights from Johannesburg to Nampula via Maputo, and domestic flights to Nampula from Maputo, Beira and Pemba.

Transfer from Nampula: With car you reach Villa Sands in about two hours from Nampula Airport. We are happy to arrange car transfer from the airport.

Chartered Airplane: Just a few kilometres (10Km) from Villa Sands you find Lumbo Airstrip. It is possible to reach Lumbu from Pemba, Beira or Nampula.

GPS coordinates for Villa Sands: -32.9743025,27.8215044

Client Reviews

July 11, 2023

I had the recent pleasure of visiting Ilha de Mozambique as a guide for a VIP client in July 2023. It’s been quite a while since I was on Ilha and had visited Villa Sands, but it still definitely the best accommodation and maintains the best position on Ilha. My visit was amazing and the service and attention to detail flawless.

Marcus and his wife Gizela were incredible hosts and really knew how to mingle and interact with their guests. Villa Sands was completely full that evening, but they and their team handled things effortlessly. Table and bar service five-star, good wine list with some decent offerings from Porto and South Africa and the food was again five stars. The seared tuna with soy and ginger is a must, as well as the local clams steamed in white wine with fresh bread on the side. What I liked as well, is how Marcus kept updating guests on what was fresh, what had just come in from the boats and the menu morphed accordingly with the emphasis around the freshest of seafood. The restaurant overlooks the bay and at high tide the waves lap the walls near your table.

I didn’t have much time for activities except a guided tour with local expert Edi – organized by the hotel. It’s a fascinating island to explore and even though this was my 6th visit here – it still retained its charm and sense of mystery. And I discovered some amazing side streets, new buildings and architectural gems I hadn’t seen before.

Go to Ilah de Mozambique – and stay at Villa Sands. You won’t be disappointed!

Kevin Record (owner Mozambique Travel)