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Marimba Secret Gardens

Macunhe, Vilanculos 1304, Mozambique
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Windhoek, Namibia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This is a very beautiful place I loved it, the rooms are treehouse like, so pretty and clean, they have bon fires, the beach is nice but you cant really swim during the day because the high ride is only at night and early mornings. The staff and owners are just sweethearts, very friendly and always willing to help...they are... More

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us! Unfortunately you've been with us during a time we've only had high tide in early mornings and evenings. We actually explain the tidal movements to our guests with our tide table, nevertheless, I'd like explain to you in words - because luckily it... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We stayed three nights, and would have loved to stay longer. The isolated location and lack of electricity were big plusses to us (there is a generator at limited times, mostly early evening, to charge stuff). The beach was quiet and beautiful, and the path there is through untouched indigenous bush. A lovely (short) walk. The rooms are awesome and... More

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks very much for this great review! We are always very pleased when our guests emphasize the advantages of limited electricity as this is also part of the beauty of living in such a remote and pristine area and is less important than many people think! please give our best to our lovely man too!! kind regards, Isabelle More

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We stayed at Marimba for 5 nights, and I must say that even with bad weather, this place was one of the highlights of our trip to Mzb. Just five minutes walk to the most beautiful coast line that I´ve seen in Mzb, after visiting Tofo, Barra, Morrungulo, Maputo (no other beach can compare to the beaches at Marimba). The... More

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

hey guys, we are speechless by this review!! Thank you so much! We also enjoyed a lot having you with us and all the good talks in the evenings under the beautiful african sky... greetings across the continent ;) More

Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

What a wonderful stay! My girlfriend and I stayed a week - and could have happily made it longer. Accommodation was rustic yet stylish and super comfortable. Loved the stilted rooms with the lounging areas underneath, a perfect mix of inside and out. Service was excellent, with Marcel, Isabelle, Martina and team all going out their way to make sure... More

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks so much, we are very happy we could offer you exactly what you've been looking for! Whenever we are preparing those meat sticks now we're thinking of you guys and can't stop laughing ;) probably have to think of another name for it ;) keep well and best regards, Isabelle More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Just go, great living next to the sea. The staff arranged a must do boat trip to Bazaruto Islands. This is the way to experience Africa, great clear blue water, and beaches without any people. At Marimba they have a great restaurant that served a great musli for breakfast.

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review! We are more than happy we could provide you and your family a great and unforgettable Africa experience! That's exactly our aim!! Best regards, Isabelle More

Aalst, Belgium
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I stayed for 4 nights, also the end of my trip, and I truly enjoyed my quality me time in the oasis that is Marimba! Isabelle, Marcel and Martina go out of there way to accommodate in every way they can. LOVED the delicious homemade diners, the pancakes, the toast with homemade jam and last but not least the bananabread!!!... More

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your wonderful review, we truly appreciate it! We hope you had a good trip back home and carry those unforgettable moments of your Africa trip still with you! We also enjoyed your company a lot and wish you all the best! Isabelle More

Durban, South Africa
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
21 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We spent only 1 night here in October and loved it - we wish we could've stayed longer! The property is just so beautiful - the owners have done an amazing job building such a fantastic lodge. The private rooms and dorms are great and quite comfortable although its not really that private if that's what you are after. There... More

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your great review, guys! Shame you could only stay one night with us, so we would have had the chance to put you some extra on your orders ;) More

Aston-On-Clun
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

During my month long stay in Vilankulo I was lucky enough to stay at the beautiful haven that Marcel and Isabelle have created. The generosity of this wonderful couple started with the long adn bump but fasinating journey-picked up from our front gate and taken through the Macunhe bush to end up in the peaceful and beautiful Marimba Secret Gardens.... More

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

WOW - we are speechless.. Reviews like this really keep us going!!! And enjoying and appreciating our everyday work a lot!! We are very much looking forward to welcoming you again next year!! More

Barcelona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This place is simply the best place we stayed at during our trip in Mozambique and probably one of the best lodgings also in all of our journeys. The concept, the location, the staff, the food, the beach, the surroundings, the atmosphere: everything is just perfect. Marcel and Isabelle have created a real heaven. The huts are very clean and... More

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks very much, guys!! We feel very flattered by your review!! Knowing that we have such satisfied and happy guests provides the whole team with a lot of energy and motivation! Best regards! More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

My girlfriend and i spent 4 nights in Marimba. like most people we work hard during the week and had not been on holiday for more than 4 months so we wanted something off the beaten track. We were looking for a place to relax, read, and not have cellphones ringing, emails coming in etc. We got what we asked... More

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and we are happy you enjoyed your stay with us. You are right, Vilanculos area has very extreme tidal movements. But it is not - as you've described it - that during the day it isn't possible to go swimming. High and low tide changes every day between 20 min and 2 hours.... More

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Additional Information about Marimba Secret Gardens

Address: Macunhe, Vilanculos 1304, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Vilanculos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 Specialty lodging in Vilanculos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a peaceful and pristine bay, 25km north of Vilanculos, Marimba Secret Gardens offers comfortable and unique accommodation for individual travelers. Take a time out in pure nature, get to know the traditional Mozambican way of life or discover the Bazaruto Archipelago either by diving, snorkeling or just a day trip.Our restaurant offers a combination of European and African dishes and a big range of cocktails. ... more   less 
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