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Marimba Secret Gardens

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights after a few nights in Vilanculo. It's a fantastically relaxed place with fantastic staff, accommodation, food and animals! We were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves and spent a lot of time with Victor (who was super helpful). We enjoyed some fantastic meals and a very informative nature walk. We can't recommend... More 

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Lilongwe, Malawi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Absolutely wonderful to stay here. We can't recommend it enough! Creatively built, with all the comforts you need. The staff is very attentive and helpful, the food good and the atmosphere amazing. Waking up to the sound of birds and going to sleep under an enormous star-filled sky, can't get much better than that. We stayed 4 nights but would... More 

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Meilen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I spent one week at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 at Marimba and we really loved this place! Amazing location, quiet rooms, charming hosts, great guests, delicious food, sweet activities, intelligent way of involving local communities. Marimba is probably one of the best place I have been to in my numerous travels around the world! I hope... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

We were guests at Marimba just for two nights last August, and we felt immediately like at home. Marimba staff is a lovely family... Marcel picked us up at the airport waiting for us with a big smile, Victor welcomed us warmly too and was really kind. Unfortunately we couldn't meet Isabelle. The location is perfect, you're into the wild...you... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We stayed at Marimba for 4 nights with a friend. It's a bit far away from the town of Vilanculo (45 minutes by 4x4 drive - transfer organized usually by Marimba), but the thing is there is actually not much at all at Vilanculo itself. So you're much better off staying at Marimba which is a very nice place. Moreover... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The original booking was just for 2 nights, we decided then to stay a couple of more days, as there is really something magic about Marimba. First of all you feel at home. Marcel is a brilliant host, and with Victor and the entire staff you feel like never leaving the place. Since the pick up at the airport, Victor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Spending a few nights here is an absolute must, its a unique experience that shouldn't be missed, a mixture of the African bush, the beautiful coast and islands. Loved the whole concept, Marcel is an amazing host his staff are well trained and couldn't do enough to please. Loved the bush walk with Victor to . The food was excellent,... More 

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

Thank you very much! Victor does an awesome job and his bush walks improve more and more - we are very proud of him! Many thanks also for the compliment to the kitchen. It has been passed on! Best, Marcel and Isabelle. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Mozambique accommodation can be pretty hit or miss - not so at Marimba. I cannot stress enough that if you want to visit Bazuroto and Vilankulos this is quite simply the best place to stay. Marcel and Victor are the perfect hosts. Fresh food, fires, clear skies and good vibes. Boat trips from there were easy. The place is spotless... More 

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

Thank you very much for those extraordinarily beautiful words! Offering our guests an unforgettable and enriching experience is one of the sweetest rewards we can get! Take good care and best regards, Marcel, Isabelle and Victor. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

The experience with Marcel and his team from pickup to drop off at the airport was absolutely amazing! The gardens is a beautiful oasis, every meal was divine and the staff's etiquette and manners in hospitality was superb!

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

Thank you! We appreciate very much your positive acknowledgement of our staff's commitment to hospitality! Best, Marcel and Isabelle. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We booked three nights, but extended for two more nights and ended up staying five nights in a beautiful stilt Bungalow with shared bathroom: + the whole Marimba Crew is super friendly, very knowledgeable (also about other places in Mozambique) and highly professional + cozy and very clean stilt Bungalows, also very clean shared bathrooms + drinking water from the... More 

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

Hey guys, I am lost for words to answer to your positive, empathizing and detailed review!! It honors us very much that you enjoyed your stay with us and have such fond memories of Marimba! Best, Marcel and Isabelle. More 

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Amenities

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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Services
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
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 

Additional Information about Marimba Secret Gardens

Address: Macunhe, Vilanculos 1304, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Vilanculos
Price Range: $27 - $29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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