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Reviewed May 29, 2011

Writing a balanced review about Praia do Sol is not easy. but I'll do my best.

In first place, the location and overall resort set up are great. It is not a 5 star hotel, nor it intends to be. It is a place where you feel close to nature and well integrated with the surrounding environment. Most of the cabins have a beautiful view over the Bilene lagoon. We really loved the en-suite cabins, the spotless beds and the amazing shower cabin (check attached picture), where you have the extraordinary experience of having a shower in the middle of the surrounding green bush (do not worry, the setup is such that your privacy is not at stake). The resort is just near the beach and it features an excellent bar and a nice restaurant. All the staff is friendly, helpful and efficient.

But PDS has a couple of downsides also. In first place, the price is slightly above what you would expect on this region. But is true that it is by far the best place to stay near Bilene and one of the best in the Xai-Xai region. Moreover, since the cabins are quite simple and rustic, you may have some close encounters with other small inhabitants of the area. Also on the negative side, you may find that one light or another or one AC plug is not working on its best. But I am sure that these small details can be promptly fixed if you stay there for a longer stay and, in any case, they do not compromise the beauty of the place.

Unhappily, we have been there just for one night on the weekend. But we surely would love to stay there longer.

Room Tip: Request a cabin with lagoon view from the bedroom.
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank FernandoS
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

4 of us drove up to Bilene just after the Easter weekend in April 2011 and were welcomed with a big, clean chalet, warm lagoon, cold beers, and excellent food. We stayed in a 5 bed self-catering chalet that had everything we needed for making our own dinner (gas stove, gas braai, fridge and freezer), and a huge patio overlooking the lagoon.

Unfortunately with it being high season, there were boats docked close to the resort and subsequently we had to walk either to the right or the left of the resort to see marine life in the lagoon, but we were treated to seeing pufferfish and pipefish on our DIY snorkeling expedition, as well as a multitude of wildlife coming to investigate our torchlight in the water one night on a walk back from the town.

We were well looked after and only realised on the second night that everyone in Bilene town actually suggests Praia do Sol as an excellent restaurant! In Bilene's market there's a little "restaurant" called Chicunga's where we ate the most amazing prawns and fish and drank home made caiparinia, definitely give it a try if you're in the area!

Thanks Praia do Sol for an awesome weekend!

Room Tip: Self-catering units have the best view
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank AgentMulders
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Reviewed March 22, 2011

Unfortunately this was the only open and decent looking lodge we could find in Bilene. It was by far the worst and most expensive place we stayed at during our trip to Mozambique. The chalets were probably the nicest but it still did not justify the price. The staff was not very friendly and the owner/manager barged into our room to show it to another couple.
The rates included a 3 course meal, chicken salad, prawn curry (was more like shrimps with a can of tomatoes, I do not consider 2cm shrimps as prawns) and instant pudding! At Mt 2450 pppn (about ZAR550) (special rate) you expect a whole lot more. Needless to say we only stayed for one night before going back home.
It was my first time to Bilene and definitely my last. There are much nicer places to stay at in Mozambique, if I wanted to stay next to a dam I’d rather go to the Vaal.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank LillyS99
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DAPringle, General Manager at Praia Do Sol, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2011

Thank you for your review of the 23 March 2011.
On behalf of Praia do Sol we apologise for any discomfort
you may have felt during your stay with us.
Please be aware that the prawn and fishing season is closed in Bilene from the end of January until the end of March so unfortunately,yes the prawns that were available to
us were small.
Please accept our sincere apologies

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Reviewed November 9, 2010

Loved this hotel and staff!!! The food was excellent, the staff amazing, the location perfect and the drinks cheap! The rooms are not that nice, there are big spiders, rats and bats in the chalets because there are big holes in the floor lol!!! But you will most definitely enjoy your vacation in Mozambique.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2010

Prai do Sol has been our destination for the last 8 years - every September.

The very rustic chalets are most certainly not 5 star - but then neither are the prices. The rooms have everything that one would need on a holiday. Beautiful crisp pure cotton linen, comfortable beds, magnificent mosquito nets and above all - serviced every day by the most unbelievably friendly staff.

The setting has to be the best in Mozambique and no need to travel to any exotic Indian Ocean Islands with this right on our door step. The Lagoon is safe to swim in and a wonderful setting for ensuring that children have an awesome holiday - in the real sense of the word Holiday !

The breakfasts are breakfasts - nothing more - nothing less. Breakfast is available from 7.30 to 11 so no need to worry about lunch which is not included in the rate. The dinners are 3 course meals with scrumptious home made style food. They sometimes have a BBQ on the beach with a huge bonfire and sometimes lovely Buffets. The dining staff are open to fussy eaters and always have the traditional Mozambique smile that they so freely share with the guests.

There are plenty of little restaurants in the village to satisfy any eating type and we have sampled them all. Supporting the locals in the village spreads the wealth.

You can take a boat out to the Ocean and spend a day on the beach - finding an isolated spot on the other side of the lagoon is also precious - swimming in the lagoon is far better than swimming in the unprotected sea - they have no shark nets.

All in all - a wonderful place to totally chill out and relax with DSTV cable television if you really have to watch something.

Highly recommended for value - beauty and above all - friendly staff.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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