Why we love Sentidos

A sentimental retreat in a beautiful wild setting between a mangrove lagoon, the deep blue Indian Ocean and untouched beaches

Imaginative design with a stylish, polished covered boardwalk linking the dazzling infinity swimming pool, restaurant, bar, spa and gym with the 12 sophisticated chalets

Elegant suites on stilts with views into an azure infinity on one side, and a lush dune forest lagoon ecosystem on the other side

A fantastic fusion of Mozambican flavours and international tastes in the modern refined restaurant with attentive staff forever on duty.

Sentidos Beach Resort on Barra Beach Mozambique

Holiday travel to Mozambique is trending and Sentidos Beach Retreat is the chosen boutique resort of the moment. Find it ideally situated in Inhambane right on the shores of Praia da Barra, a veritable oasis between lagoon and ocean. Come to Africa’s East coast this summer and retreat from the heat to a hotel built over the Indian Ocean and a delightful mangrove swamp besides. 

Sentidos Beach Resort is just that, a sentimental beach refuge tucked between a beautiful deep blue ocean and a languid lagoon packed with indigenous mangrove forests. For travellers to Mozambique who want the ultimate beach solitude in lush palm tree seashores, this place is a sentient destination on an endless white beach called Barra, fringed with coconut palms. 

Created from wood, thatch and reeds, Sentidos Mozambique becomes an extension of this magnificent environment. Beautifully handcrafted timber boardwalks lead guests to the lodge, over the ever-changing lagoon and its resident birds and wildlife. Hints of the Maldives, memories of Mauritius, dreams of Seychelles – a Mozambique paradise easily accessible and committed to upmarket holidays in the true tropical island style.

The lagoon waters seem to ebb and flow with the ocean tides, high tide filling up the catchment, and low tide emptying it out again – the cycle of a beautiful marine ecosystem here long before the explorers arrived in these parts.  This is the legendary Barra Beach Peninsula, renowned for its excellent surfing experiences on wondrous waves and diving with gigantic sea creatures. Considered to be one of the top tourism regions in Mozambique, Ponta do Barra (Barra Point) boasts colourful coral reefs, tailor-made for diving and snorkelling. Barra Beach is only 30 minutes from Inhambane town and a honeymoon paradise. Secluded beaches, rustic accommodation in coconut groves and endless horizons. 

Barra Beach, in Inhambane

Beach Refuge at Stylish Sentidos 

Sentidos Beach Retreat Mozambique is a boutique hotel designed for tranquillity in nature, a place where guests come to get in touch with the ocean, the mangroves, the living creatures and themselves. A long neat, covered timber walkway links the main guest areas to the 12 mesmerising ocean chalets, carefully built on the sand on stilts to avoid any negative impacts to the environment and to make the most of the endless flat turquoise ocean vistas. Some of the best Barra Beach accommodation around.

Polished timber beams, floors and furnishings are enhanced with natural materials sourced from this region of Mozambique – grass, stone, reeds, and woven textiles with an ethnic flair. Sublime dune accommodation with modern amenities set away from the social areas promote a sense of remote romance. 

A few family villas with more space and beds, or luxury villas for couples feature bamboo-lined ceilings, Indonesian-themed interiors with lounges, deep soaking bathtubs and comfy beds that cater for all visitors. Add to this a well-stocked minibar, tea/coffee trays, LCD satellite TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and toiletries and guest have everything and more at their fingertips for an unforgettable beach holiday. 

Sentidos Resort is a gem found on Barra Beach where succulent seafood meals are served in a restaurant with a sun deck and beach bar, an infinity swimming pool and a pampering spa. Tuck into a fusion of Mozambique and international flavours, plunge into the swimming pool and sip a funky cocktail as you watch the sun move across the sky. 

Massages and skin treatments await before a choice of water sports including scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, quad bike tours through to the local villages or boat excursions to nearby islands in the bay. This brand-new boutique resort has it all! We forgot to mention the reception, cute gift shop, the gym and Kids Club too! 

Mozambique Travel can organise your Inhambane holiday right now with all flights and transfers included, and maybe an extra few days in Maputo and the Bazaruto Archipelago! 

Sentidos Accommodation

A luxury boutique hotel like Sentidos must offer the best accommodation on the Barra Beach Peninsula, and in all of Inhambane for that matter! We recommend these 12 timber beach chalets with endless blue sea and lagoon views, set into a grove of mangroves where real coconut palm sway and offer refuge for birds of all kinds. 

Designed to perfection, the suites are tastefully elegant with some ethnic touches and the use of natural materials reminds guests that the environment should remain untouched. Brimming with space and light, the suites boast large windows and muted shades of browns, creams, beiges and burnished greys in keeping with nature’s palette. Each classic cabin features its own colours to offset its own views of verdant trees, pearly beaches, azure seas and endless baby blue skies. 

Furnished with fans, air conditioning, large soft sofas and rugs, deep bathtubs and showers, decks with chairs and super lighting, the villas lead off to the main lodge via the covered boardwalk lit with cute lanterns as the sun sets into the ocean. Every time you walk this route, note the lagoon levels, look for birds, and see how the mangroves support a wealth of life. 

Salient Outdoor Action at Sentidos Beach Retreat, Inhambane

If you know Barra Beach, then you know that this Inhambane beach holiday destination is packed with ocean activities and beach fun:

  • Enjoy kayaking around the mangroves or exploring them on foot
  • World-class diving and fishing excursions into largely unexplored reefs – PADI dive courses, stellar snorkelling and charter cruise opportunities!
  • Ocean safaris to find humpback whales, manta rays, dolphins, turtles and whale sharks.
  • Inland drives to see the largest cashew nut growing area in Mozambique.
  • Take a cultural trip to Inhambane to meet the local people and buy fresh produce from the vibrant markets.
  • Island hopping bay cruises to Pansy and Linga Linga Islands with a beach picnic in tow
  • Discover the region on exhilarating quad bike tours on 20km trails through forests and deep sands
  • Surfing and stand-up paddle boarding lessons
  • Horseback riding along the beach
  • Private sundowner cruises on dhow boats 
  • Spa self-indulgence therapies and massages

Kick back and relax at Barra Beach, a prime Mozambican tourist spot and home to delightful beach resorts, hotels, ocean-view villas, private holiday homes, restaurants, cafes, bars and diving charters. Snorkelling is popular below the Barra Lighthouse at low tide where there a natural tidal pool emerges, flourishing with fascinating marine life. An exotic sight is the wreck of the SS Inharrime, an Italian-built cargo ship that ran aground in 1949, lying exposed nearby. Diving is hot here in the Barra and Tofo coastal zone, a global hotspot for whale sharks, sea turtles and manta rays.

Facilities at Sentidos

  • 12 rustic chic villas
  • Minibars
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities 
  • Beachfront umbrellas and loungers
  • Sun deck/patio
  • Swimming pool, children’s swimming pool
  • Spa, Fitness Centre
  • Lounge
  • Reception, Gift shop
  • Beach restaurant, bar 
  • Reading and playroom 
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Childcare
  • Air conditioning
  • Free Wi-Fi, Satellite TV
  • Laundry Service

Getting to Sentidos Beach Retreat Mozambique

Find Sentidos Beach Retreat on the beautiful Praia da Barra, the Barra Peninsula, in Mozambique’s popular Inhambane Province. Fly into Inhambane airport from any international airport, or from Maputo, and get a hotel transfer to your suite. Sentidos is there for you, offering a return airport shuttle during your stay. Close to the surfing mecca of Tofo Beach. 

GPS Coordinates:
23° 47′ 33.729″ S 35° 31′ 29.644″ E

Client Reviews

June 14, 2023

Great location, birds, staff and views and no mosquitoes! The wooden accessories are so pretty. My boyfriend surfed all day, I lay at the pool and swam all day. Lagoon birding is worth it!

Sandra Smit