As the photos and other reviews suggest, this is a truly special property. Walking to your room over the wooden bridges that extend over the Bay, and having a room that sits in the water with the most amazing sunset views and ability to take a swim off of your back deck is truly unique. It's an incredibly romantic setting, and I would highly recommend it for couples for a long weekend. We were a larger group of divers, and the management was very friendly and accomodating to our needs. We went for a week when there was hardly anyone else there, so it was a peaceful, quiet and very private setting.
The food was very good, and the menu (especially for dinners) had a nice variety of carefully selected and well prepared items. Wait staff was very friendly and efficient.
In terms of negatives, it depends on the type of experience you are seeking. As a dive group, it became a little tedious to have to walk back and forth from our rooms to the front gate where the truck picked us up each morning to head to the dive shop at Barra Beach resort. Looking back, it would've been much more convenient to just stay at Barra for easy access to diving and the beach, although we would've missed out on the amazing Flamingo Bay experience. Also, there is nothing "lively" about the experience. It is quiet, serene and very romantic, which was nice for our group for a couple of nights to allow us to unwind. Overall though, Barra was a little more fun and energetic.
I'm not sure how typical it is, but our rooms lost power 2 or 3 nights that we were there and, one evening, we didn't have water. That may have been due to the weather which was very windy and a little cold, or perhaps is just the nature of this type of property that sits on the water. Either way, it's something to be aware of.
I didn't use the pool because it was too cold, but it was quite small with only a few chairs. It would be lovely if the property had a hot tub, but it may be too difficult to heat it. The massage service was nice, but not overly luxurious. In fact, the overall experience was not one that I would put in the "luxury" category, but more rustic and quaint. I would however, recommend that you stay here, even if only for 2 or 3 nights, to experience such a unique and beautiful place.
- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Bay Water Hotel Inhambane
- Flamingo Bay Water Lodge Mozambique/Inhambane