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“"TOTALLY UNREAL"”
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Rio Azul Lodge
Durban, South Africa
1 review
“"TOTALLY UNREAL"”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

You have to see it to believe it. The view from the deck does not have a superlative that would even come close. The estuary is on a scale that has to be traversed to be truly appreciated. The sea is an azure blue with a balmy temperature to lure you away from the sun drenched deck... Mario's smoked mackerel will set the bar so high you'll find it difficult to match!!!! Michelle and Riaan the managers will cater above and beyond your every need and most of all the 2M's are on ice and waiting... Get out there and do it.... NOW!!!!!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

Staying at this lodge with the first stop of a Mozambican adventure with 3 other friends and wow! What a way to start of!

We were picked up from Inhassoro, as our car was not really up to the final stretch along the beach and across the dunes (Tip; If you are driving there, make sure you have a beefy 4X4). Nonetheless, the drive along the beautiful sandy beach with the blue blue sea on one side and those sky high red dunes peculiar to Mozambique on the other was pretty spectacular.

The Lodge itself is stunningly beautiful with every detail about it careful thought out.


The huge bar in the main building where we had all our meals is awesome. Nice place to chill out in the the evening after dinner with a few beer or a glass of South African wine. The rooms, though rustic are very comfortable and airy. Although there in no AC anywhere on the lodge, I slept soundly all the 5 nights I spent here without every feel hot in the middle of the night.

If you like seafood then this is the place for you. Fresh fish, crab, calamari, etc on the menu daily. As already mentioned by other reviewer, the food here is delicious.

However, the most amazing thing about Rio Azul Lodge is the most spectacular view from the deck of the main building, Day and Night! Yes, the sunsets are breathtaking but the view during a full moon is also equally impressive. I am definitely going back just to able to sit out on the fine deck and watch the view whilst smoking a big fat cigar.

This place is paradise! Muy tranquillo, no crowds, no continuous incessant house music, just peacefulness........

Room Tip: If drive there make sure you have a beefy 4x4, however they do pick up from Vilanculos Airport Do...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

Boutique resort with excellent but unobtrusive service. Highly recommended. First-rate beds, great food, snorkelling and deep sea fishing, as well as hiking. Don't forget your camera because the sunsets are more than stunning - try sensational. As for swimming in the sea, enjoy 25 degree water, kilometres of safe beaches and friendly locals. We'll be back.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed May 12, 2011

The wonderful thing about Rio Azul Lodge is the fact that it is your own personal paradise. Isolated at the mouth of the Gavuro River and estuary it offers an opportunity for every person, young and old to transform their holiday into whatever they desire. If you are looking for excitement and fun activities, or just sunning and cocktails with a great book, it's up to you! From fishing (deep sea, shore or estuary), kayaking (river or sea), snorkling (sea and estuary), boating of all kinds, watersports, windsurfing and pansy shell hunting on the islands to name a few activities. To relaxing under the spacious lapa dining, lounge and bar areas, or lying next to the pool on the loungers on the deck, or sunset walks along the beach or river, and ending your day in your own private villa or chalet in comfort and luxury. The incredible views, especially the sunsets over the river, and top class cuisine served by chefs accomodating to all your desires, you cannot go wrong in this luxurious and tranquil getaway designed for all ages and desires.

Room Tip: Groups or families should opt for a private villa!
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Johannesburg, Gauteng
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Reviewed May 6, 2011

The incredible sunsets, tranquil location and warm weather are just some of the characteristics that create this perfect getaway. The rooms are rustic in nature, yet modern and luxurious. We had amazing food and there was always a friendly face around to help with any requests or recommendations. The lodge also provided a perfect balance for both rest and adventure. We could relax and unwind whilst reading a book or we could go on one of the fishing expeditions, windsurf, wakeboard, take a long walk on the beach or paddle out to one of the many little islands to snorkel. We also felt very safe and didn't even feel the need to lock our doors.

We will definitely be taking another trip there soon.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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johannesburg
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Reviewed August 27, 2009

Rio Azul Lodge is truly a hidden gem. Its location right on the banks of the river provides stunning views, especially at sunset. Because it is "in the middle of nowhere" and it accommodates a limited number of guests, you feel like you are the only people there. The staff is both friendly and professional, making you feel very welcome. And the food! Wonderful seafood and other local dishes prepared to perfection. The "island style" lodge really makes you feel like you are in paradise. And even the transfer from Vilanculos along the beach is a treat! The fishing on the estuary and deepsea was lots of fun and is highly recommended. Thanks to everyone there for a fantastic holiday! We will certainly be back.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rio Azul Lodge
Address: Vilanculos, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Vilanculos
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Ranked #9 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Vilanculos
Hotel Class:4 star — Rio Azul Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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