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Pestana Bazaruto Lodge
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Bazaruto Archipelago | Bazaruto Island, Inhambane Province 4376, Mozambique   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Bazaruto Island
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“An African Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

What an absolute privilege to have spent 6 amazing days at the Lodge. First day the rain bucketed down restricting us to the hotel but as the weather cleared we were able to enjoy the serenity of the beautiful island. Tony and his staff were first class, friendly, attentive and efficient. A trip and beach braai/BBQ on Paradise Island is a must. Meals of the daily fish catch or squid/calamari was excellent. Even the short plane trip is an adventure and the breathless views of the sea. Each day ended at the beach bar enjoying sundowners and a breathtaking view.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pretoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

My wife and I had the privelidge to spend a weekend in March 2013. We enjoyed it thoroughly and it was even better than we hoped for. Sure there was a blocked drain in the outside shower but for the rest...very good.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Muscat
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

A quiet, unspoilt island on which you can totally relax. Most of the time the only sounds are of birdsong as there are no roads and only a couple of light aircraft flights arriving/departing per day.

Luckily when we visited in October the temperature was perfect at around 25C so almost our entire time on Bazaruto was spent in the fresh air. We snorkeled, walked the deserted sandy beaches, climbed the dunes to the lighthouse, went whale watching, scuba diving or just lazed on a beach lounger or on our patio chairs with a book.

The Marine Megfauna Foundation were setting up a new research centre at the hotel as we arrived. The two marine scientists, Cat & Kate, were friendly and enthusiastic. One or other of them accompanied all snorkeling/diving/whale watching trips and they were happy to answer questions and tell us about what they are studying in the area. There are whale sharks, manta rays, dugongs, dolphins and turtles to be seen locally and for some months of the year humpack whales too. We were lucky enough to see the humpacks from the shore, breaching out at sea and then to get close to a male, female and calf while on the whale watching trip. Well done Bazaruto Lodge for developing this link to a conservation team. These knowlegeable young women were a highlight of our trip and if you are visiting between now and March 2014, buy the girls a drink at the bar as they are funding the research themselves and do not get paid!

The tide does recede a long way each day but if it is not possible to take out the boats you can always hitch a free ride on the tractor/trailer each morning and be driven round to the east coast for snorkeling on the reef or sunbathing/walking on the deserted golden beach. A handy EZ up shade is always set up for you and you can ask for water/drinks to be taken in the coolbox as well. Just tell the driver when you want to be collected.

As for the hotel itself, admittedly it is not luxurious but it IS attractive and comfortable. Housekeeping staff did a good job but can I suggest the addition of a water pot & local style broom on each patio (clay pot with a coconut shell would be a "green" option- as seen at Zazen in Koh Samui-see photo) to wash feet before trailing sand everywhere.
Thanks to the insect screen and mosquito net we were able to leave the door open and fall asleep to the sound of the lapping sea. We both slept well but if you do wake in the wee small hours go out and lie on the beach to look at the stars, they are an amazing sight if you are used to living where there are streetlights.

The dining area and bar are open sided and have uninterrrupted sea views. The sunsets each evening were beautiful and we viewed them mainly from the bar while sipping one of our "all inclusive" drinks. All inclusive is definitely a good plan as there is nowhere else to eat and drink other than the lodge. My only gripe was the wine included in the plan was pretty iffy (& I drink most wines) but if you are happy to stick on spirits, beer or cocktails there is lots of choice. The bar is a good place to meet other guests as everyone gathers there before dinner each evening and the next day's activities are arranged depending on when the high tide is due.

The food selection is not as extensive as you would get in big hotels but one has to remember that this is an island and almost every item is brought in by boat from the mainland. Everything on offer was tasty and fresh. I love fish and seafood, which were regularly on the menu thanks to the fishing trips and the barbecue night on Saturday was great, complete with traditional dancing by people from the nearby village. Breakfast and dinner were buffet style and lunch had buffet salads and desserts with a menu for main courses. The playing of traditional drums heralds lunch and dinner. The waiting staff were lovely, friendly and always attentive. We liked the special table setting on our final evening - a nice touch.

I had both a facial and massage at the lovely spa, which is located right on the beach. Prices were very reasonable. My thanks to Annie whose expert administrations made both appointments such a treat.

The hotel has an initiative to help the local villagers by providing employment and also supporting the local school and building of a clinic, so if you can take items to donate -please do, or else donate some cash for this good cause.Special thanks to Manacas, one of the barmen, who, on his morning off, took me to visit the local school and was such a good guide. Our thanks also to Manager Louis and Activites manager Louis for such a warm welcome.

Finally- the flights to and from Vilanculos - what a delight. Without doubt the shallow channel between Bazaruto and Vilanculos holds the most beautiful seascape I have ever seen.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 37, which is a good way from reception/restaurant/bar/pool/lounge. I did not mind...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Harare, Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We just returned from Baz Lodge and I can say it was the best run Tournament in the last six years, It was the largest comp held there as it was the 20th ! With over 100 guests, I must compliment Ricky, Tony GM and the F&B manager on an outstanding job...well done also to all the staff who worked tirelessly for the 8 days and 9 nights.
Great food, boat lunches, lots of ice and drinks...excellent service...well done to all.
Roger MacDonald , Zim Committee member

Room Tip: Get a beach front room...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I went on last March, and it was everything wonderful.
All the staff was incredibly friendly, and always with a smile for us. The food is very good, several options on breakfast buffet, dinner always creative and amazing. Room was very good, we had two rooms, a queen bed and second room a twin beds. Bathroom is large and has a nice bath. The shower outside is a plus. All the activities are highly recommendable, specially Santa Carolina Island and explore this beautiful sea doing snorkel, it was on of the best experiences of my trip. Congratulations for the sales manager (I think her name is Vera) was a wonderful guide in our journey and always very polite. congratulations for all the staff, a memorable experience for us.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wollongong, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

After having traveled many kilometres through Africa doing the tented safaris....Pestana Bazaruto lodge was a nice relaxing holiday to finish with.......flying to this island you see all it's beauty from the air....a dirt runway and then we were picked up by a tractor!!..... Management & staff greeted us with a lovely refreshing drink and necklace of flowers.
Our little Villas along the beach were lovely, with aircon & fans and ensuite....African style with thatched roof tops.....pretty walkways along the beach. Felt one had to do the boat trip to Paradise Island or trip up the beach as the tide went out for miles where we stayed so you could not swim in the sea although there is a swimming pool. I did not think the snorkelling was the best as not a lot to see.
The lodge could provide more canoes or boards...too few on offer.
Food was average and buffet most nights.....BBQ were tasty.
I definitely recommend the spa....had the best massage ever.
Management and staff were friendly and helpful.
We did have a relaxing holiday there....thank you Pestana Bazaruto Lodge.

Room Tip: Numbers 8, 9,10,4 were all good along the beachfront
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Swakopmund, Namibia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Bazaruto Island is one of the best I have been,beautiful ,small,not too many Tourists,not overcroudet...
the Lodge is old,but charming...
the beaches are clean,the snorkeling very good,not to much to do for teenagers,the gamingroom was not existing
you can go for long walks,birdwatching,Island hoping,diving,whale watching,kanuing,fisching

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bazaruto Archipelago | Bazaruto Island, Inhambane Province 4376, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Bazaruto Archipelago > Bazaruto Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Bazaruto Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Bazaruto Lodge 4*
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