Bazaruto lodge was wonderful. It started off with a spectacular flight over to the island in a funny little plane followed by a tractor ride from the air strip to the lodge. We had a very warm welcome on arrival. The rooms are lovely, with quite a luxurious feel; lovely outdoor shower, view of the sea from the bed, good mozzie nets and each house has its own breach loungers. It feels very private. If you don't like walking - ask for a "house" closer to the lodge otherwise you have a bit of a walk to and from the dining area and pool. We quite enjoyed our strolls along the beach. Activities wise we had a magic trip over to Paradise Island (Santa Carolina island) and saw the ruined old hotel. We happened to hook up with a local also visiting the island so got the full rundown! He also then took us to the indigo bay hotel for a sneak peak. It is certainly MUCH more lavish than Bazaruto lodge but it depends what you like. I would have found it too much and that that level of perfection might have spoiled the rustic charm of the island. But hey, if you want luxury - Indigo Bay is the way forward. Back at bazaruto lodge we enjoyed our daily trip out to coral garden for snorkelling. It was close enough from the shore that you felt really safe while you snorkelled. The rest of our day was spent between sleeping and eating. Food I'd say is average. They make an effort to offer a variety of foods.
There were some hawkers on the beach that were tricky to avoid but is Africa and it is also good to try and help the locals. Since my husband and I have also visited Flamingo Bay, we had fantastic debates over which we would recommend if someone had one holiday in mozam. After MUCH debate it was decided that while we'd recommend both, Flamingo would win. Primarily for the uniqueness of the accommodation and the snokelling right under your house on stilts. Snorkelling at Bazaruto lodge is better but you do have to get on a little tractor for 10 mins to get there. Hope this is useful!
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