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Machangulo Beach Lodge
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Grand Gaube
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24 reviews
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“What a great haven!!”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

We had a great time at Machangulo Beach Lodge, Raquel and Greg were fantastic hosts. The whole adventure started with a 90 min boat trip across Maputo bay, we were greeted by Raquel and from that point on we were really looked after. It looks like some more renovation work is on going but that didn't detract from a great experience. We had 3 meals a day, and practically had the place to ourselves.
As with most places a few tweaks would have added to the experience. Having a wine list would have helped, also being asked if you wanted a drink with your meal would have been great. There is a need to have some sort of communication system between the pool bar and the main building. Also maybe a swing or climbing frame on the beach for the children would also be a nice touch.
Saying all that however we had an awesome time out little one was on the beach most of the time and so she was kept busy, whilst there we celebrated our anniversary for this Raquel and Greg organized a Dhow cruise in the afternoon which was stunning.
We also experienced some amazing sunsets n the viewing deck and was the perfect place to down a bottle of bubbly.
We didn't want to leave but on the boat trip back to Maputo we came across a pod of hump-backed dolphins who followed us for a while.
All in all and fantastic trip brilliantly looked after and we will be going back.

Room Tip: USE THE BOAT! Don't drive round one family too over 36 hours to get to the lodge due to car prob...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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ChristiaanNolte, Owner at Machangulo Beach Lodge, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Hi Simon,

Thank you for your great review of your time spent with us. We were so worried about you and your family when we first heard about the car issue. We are however very glad that everything worked out well and that you enjoyed your trip - thank you for your great attitude. You'll be glad to hear that your comments have resulted in some intense waiter training and we believe that the team of servers now understand how important communication is to their relationship with guests. Thank you!
Christiaan Nolte
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Machangulo Beach Lodge is heaven on earth! The staff were all wonderful, thank you to Racquel, Greg, Isaac and Ellen for the best holiday Ive ever had. The food was amazing, especially the barracuda we caught and the chef cooked for dinner! The rooms were gorgeous, private, spotlessly clean and very romantic. The beach, water, fishing and snorkelling were mesmerizing! I am a hard woman to please but I give a 100% glowing recommendation of The Machangulo Beach Lodge. Thank you all so very much for an experience that will never be forgotten XOXO

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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ChristiaanNolte, Manager at Machangulo Beach Lodge, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Hi Jess,

Thank you for your amazing comments, I'm so glad that you enjoyed your holiday and your kind words have left us humbly red in the face with a "aaaa shucks, you are too kind" expression! ;-) Many thanks.

Christiaan and the Machangulo Beach Lodge Team. . .
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

8 of us have just stayed at Machangulo Beach Lodge for 4 nights over the past weekend. We went on a fishing trip and had a fantastic time.
A spectacular lodge in a beautiful setting.
Christiaan and his team made sure our stay was memorable, and they attended to all of our needs. They are friendly, obliging and continuously made sure we were happy at all times.
I highly recommend this lodge both for fishing and for a holiday destination.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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ChristiaanNolte, Owner at Machangulo Beach Lodge, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Hi Steven,

Thank you for your kind words and your review.
It was such a pleasure to host you guys and we are glad that you had a good time.
We'll get Russ his own room next time :-)
Cheers,
Christiaan
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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 7 nights after spending 4 nights on safari and a night in Hazyview.
We wanted a quiet, relaxing yet beautiful resort so we can chill and totally relax.
While you cannot fault the secluded, remote, stunning location, there are still a few things that need updating to bring this resort up to scratch. We have left the management a list of improvement ideas on a feedback form.
The food was amazing, the cleaners thorough and most of the staff polite and courteous. The drinks are plentiful, try the local R n R drink, rum and raspberry...delicious yet potent!
We couldn't have asked for any more, apart from more sun, but this is out of the managements control.
A great end to our first holiday to Mozambique.

  • Stayed January 2013
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ChristiaanNolte, Owner at Machangulo Beach Lodge, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Hi Darren,

Many thanks for your lovely review and your comments, they are greatly appreciated.
You'll be glad to know that we have taken your recommendations to heart that the lodge has been undergoing some major upgrades, from private decks, outdoor showers and new decor. We have overhauled our activities department and greatly increased our food and beverage service levels.
We'll be updating our website and facebook pages soon with some pictures of the progress we have been making.
Thanks again for staying with us, we hope to see you again for some R&Rs!
Have a great day,
Christiaan
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Mechelen, Belgium
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We had a fantastic honeymoon stay at Machangulo! It's really a wonderful place, not only with the most beautiful views and tasty food but also great people! We couldn't have imagined a better location for our honeymoon. Friendly and helpfull staff who are very engaged in making sure that guests have the best time! We can only come up with one negative thing... the fact that we had to leave ;-)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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ChristiaanNolte, Owner at Machangulo Beach Lodge, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Hi Jelle,

Thanks again for your kind review and for choosing to honeymoon with us!

Hope your travels back went well and that we'll see you again soon.

Regards,
Christiaan
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We loved that within 90mins from Maputo we had access to beautiful, clean beaches that stretched on for as far as the eye could see. It is the perfect place to unwind, soak up the sun and just breathe. Or if you are more energetic- run up a couple of dunes! The staff were friendly and extremely helpful. The rooms are spacious and have great views from the decks. The food was not great but we are confident that this will improve. Overall we had a wonderful time and highly recommend the lodge.

Room Tip: Room 2 not too close to the dining area but has great views from your bed
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kwazulu Natal
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Absolutely enjoyed our stay as a family for the week. The staff were fantastic and really made our stay enjoyable. Excellent place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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, Owner at Machangulo Beach Lodge, responded to this review, July 10, 2012
Hi Angie,

Thank you for your kind review, it is so good to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! Our staff really enjoyed hosting your family and asked me to send them more guests like you! Hope to see you again soon,
Beach Regards,
Christiaan
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Property: Machangulo Beach Lodge
Address: Machangulo Peninsula | Santa Maria/Inhaca Region, Machangulo, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Maputo Province > Machangulo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Machangulo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Machangulo Beach Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Machangulo Beach Lodge, in the South of Mozambique offers blissful barefoot luxury. Untouched African beaches, untamed nature and luxurious service come together to create extraordinary holiday experiences. Situated in a truly unique location on a beautiful secluded peninsula it is the easiest accessible lodge in Mozambique with a plethora of activities for the whole family. Featuring 17 luxurious rooms, a fully equipped activity centre and plenty of amazing spots to enjoy the unique views of the Indian Ocean and Inhaca Island. Awesome Private Villas right on the beach and surrounded by 5 marine and nature reserves, this is a unique AFRICAN beach paradise. ... more   less 
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