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Nuarro Lodge
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“Fantastic Nuarro....”
Reviewed May 3, 2012

We had a great time at Nuarro and were very relived to arrive, after dark, on the long road and find welcoming faces and everything we needed - including a cold 2M!

The Chalets were perfectly simple and tastefully decorated, with great showers. Great to be so secluded surrounded by the bush and views of the ocean - we very much enjoyed the hammock time!

Diving, of course, was excellent. It was very special to see 4 turtles on one dive! The diving from the shore was great, safe and easy. Equipment top notch, and staff knowledgeable and easy to dive with!

Food, bar, service was all good - attentive without being over the top - the seafood was lovely for us coming from Malawi! It was interesting and good to see that the development of the lodge is deeply rooted within the local community and the ongoing projects that you are involved with in such a remote corner of Mozambique.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

I went to Nuarro lodgings with my fiancee in april. It was unforgetable. It is so quiet here. You literally are woken by the sounds of the many birds. And most of the time we had the beach all to ourselves; we felt like royals! The lodge is spread over a huge area so it does not feel crowded even though it was quite busy. The walk to the restaurant isn't really a punishment because you can walk over the white beach.

We didn't recognise the problems about the suplyment stated in earlier in reviews. The food actually was really good. A lot of fresh local products and thanks to recipies of the italian dive instructor home made pasta and tasty lasagna. We aren't picky eaters but we were still impressed by the young local chefs who work here. We usually went to the beach bar after snorkling and we recomend the Caipirinha cocktail. It really suits the relaxing environment :)

The shalet was recently renovated and has a great atmosphere. It was clean and spacious and the shalet is real close to the sea. Yeah the bugs also liked our shower but hey; this is africa.

We will never forget our stay at the lodge. It really felt like an african experience with the boat trip, the snorkelling and the trips to the lighthouse and the nearby village. If you feel more at ease in a crowded spanish all-in resort you should reconsider your stay here. We really recommend this place if you want to visit beautiful remote afrika but in a safe and unspoiled environment.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

Together with my husband we travelled from Kenya to Nuarro. We stayed here for 4 days and it was really fantastic. The environment is breathtaking, the food is great, the people are friendly and warm. Nuarro is not an isolated resort.The contact with the local village is really special. Diving is perfect. just from the beach. We liked the kayaking in the mangroves and the private lunch on the beautifull isolated beaches. Thanks for a perfect time!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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amsterdam
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

What a wonderful experience! We arrived at Nampula ( real african airport....), happy we already got our visa! A nice guy was waiting for us to accompany us to a small plane , that flew us directly to Nuarro. Beautiful trip. At the lodge we were welcomed by management and staff with drinks and fresh towels. Our little house was great, african colors, nice bed, nice linen, rainshower, large towels. And the view from the veranda was superb.
Food was, although no 'alacarte', very tasty and fresh and never a problem to change a course.
The beach is unspoiled, with beautiful shells and your own 'sala', to read and doing nothing all day (if you like). We enjoyed the snorkeling ( unspoiled coral), the biking, the visit to the community, the beautiful sunset, the birds and long lazy days surrounded by smiling, thoughtful staff.
Thanks to all for making our stay unforgettable and we will come back soon!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

The cottage was very special located, with a beatiful vieuw and perfect decorated. We had a
lovely stay. The staff was great and very kind.We had lovely good food and the holiday was very relaxing. Whales jumping in the ocean , white sand on the beach and perfect diving.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Havana, Cuba
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

I agree with the other "poor" rated comments. We also visited in January and found Nuarro Lodge to be a disappointment for many of the reasons previously stated. "Luxury" accommodation was very basic. Presentation of breakfast was very poor.

Would not return and would not recommend it

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Oxted, Surrey
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

We are a family of 5 (three kids ages: 15, 13 and 10) - we chose this lodge because we were told you could dive and snorkel from the shore. Four of us dive so we anticipated our 10 year old being able to snorkel with us at least. In fact the sea was far too rough for any snorkelling or diving to be done, and we understand that the wind blows onshore making diving impossible for 6 months of the year, including Christmas time. In any case the dive boat was broken for the duration of our visit, so none of the activities on offer were possible.

Another reason we chose Nuarro was, we were told by our agent that it was run by a pair of Marine Biologist enthusiasts, who would be able to show us the amazing reefs and marine life of the area. They have left!! The Lodge is in the hands of Managers now, not the people who set it up.

The food was very basic and very little of it - no choice at all. Lunch was pizza and ice-cream, or club sandwiches. My husband and 15 year old son were hungry! No sign of any salads or vegetables, in fact the vegetable garden 'canoes' were not tended and most of them empty. Bottled water was in short supply, they ran out of large bottles altogether and we all got sick drinking the 'filtered' water in the rooms.I think that there is real problem supplying such a remote lodge - we were expecting fresh sea food and salads. Breakfast was a really desultory affair, flies swimming in the milk. I asked for boiled eggs to be told they had none, although later on in our week we were offered omelettes. Hardly any fresh fruit. You had to ask for service, it wasn't offered, especially for the water!! Wine and beer too warm. The lady running this part of the Lodge was delightful, but I think she had supply problems while we were there. The advertised tea and cake in the afternoon never materialised.

We went on a visit to look at the power supplies to the lodge - the problems are huge. Solar panels stolen by local thieves, and the pipes the water has to run through completely furred up with limescale, cables difficult to replace etc. I liked the engineer guy showing us all this, but I did think he had an uphill battle on his hands to keep the place running.

The wildlife in our room is now the stuff of family legend - I think this is not something to complain about, because its part of the deal, but I will highlight our experiences so families visiting know what to expect!! We had whiptail spiders inside our mosquito netting at night, and they are big!! As a result of this we had our 9 year old in our bed, and I had to de-spider the other children's room (by the way 100 yards away from ours). My jacket and my husband's boxers were eaten by some large-ish rodent - huge holes gnawed in the material, they were on the shelves in the room. Our daughter complained that a 'rat' had run over her arm in the night, and we didn't believe her, but when we came to pack up we found all this evidence, so maybe she was right. While we were there the dive master had a spitting cobra in his bathroom. Fortunately the venom just wet his arm......So long as you are prepared to share your accommodation with poisonous spiders and snakes, and, of course, you are 5 hours drive away from a town (or 45 minutes in a plane, assuming the guy can land), its fine - we are quite used to basic conditions, but this was really at the limit.

This lodge is definitely not 'luxury', and certainly not worth the price you have to pay. The best aspect is the location of the lodges - on the beach, very spaced out so you can imagine you are on your own private island. Its a ten minute walk to the restaurant. Management staff very friendly, but facing an almost impossible task to deliver anything that resembles luxury. If it was a back-packer retreat (and priced as such) it would be fine.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Nuarro Lodge
Address: Nuarro | Nangata, Memba 3120, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Nampula Province > Memba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Memba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Nuarro Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nuarro Lodge is located on the shores of the warm and azure Indian Ocean in northern Mozambique. Backed by the wild Mozambican bush, fringed with old and established baobab trees to the back; and fronted by the calm and aquamarine bay of Nanatha, the lodge is peppered along a more than 2km-long, powdery-white beach in the middle. Built from natural materials, by the local community, makes the environmentally sensitive Nuarro Lodge, the ideal venue in which to relax and unwind in these equally pristine surroundings. Nuarro Lodge is all about friendly people, top-class activities and fantastic food, showcasing a spectacular, pristine environment in the most responsible way possible! ... more   less 
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