You can look at any picture to see how beautiful Mozambique is and I’m sure there are many luxurious resorts. I’m going to tell you why I think Vila Do Paraiso and HAC Airlines are the ones to choose.
There were 8 of us traveling from Johannesburg, we were luckily enough to fly by private charter on HAC Airlines. I have flown on Emirates, KLM, Air France, BA. SAA and our local airlines but I have never experienced anything like this.
We were met at Lanseria Airport by the HAC crew. Our luggage was whisked away and not seen again until we were in our Villa in Mozambique. We were flying in the morning so had a scrumptious buffet breakfast with everything any one could ask for.
Our seats were made of soft leather which reclined and swivelled so you could talk to anyone on the plane without breaking your neck to do so. Our crew consisted of Dave, our pilot, Craig, the co-pilot and Sue, our wonderful stewardess. I always thought private charters to be for the rich but if you are travelling in a group it is worth it checking out the price. It may work out more or less the same as a commercial airline.
We were met at Vilanculos Airport by Sean, it was a short drive to Vila Do Paraiso were we Shown to our Villas by our Stewards who also took care of our luggage.
Our Steward was William who obviously wanted to make sure we had everything we wanted or needed. The Villa was beautiful, we had 4 double bedrooms, a downstairs and upstairs lounge, an upper deck and a lower deck with a private pool. Each villa has a selection of board games which we found to be great fun.
We ate breakfast and dinner at the pool bar situated just above the beach. The food was delicious and the seafood freshly caught.
On both days we were there we took a boat to the Islands. We saw Dolphins, Dugong, Sand Sharks, Leather Back Turtles and more fish than we can remember.
Can you imagine an island without a single foot print, it felt as though we were the only people to have ever been there. The water was crystal clear, we swam and snorkelled with the swarms of small fish that thrive in the area.
Our crew set up a gazebo and a delicious braai for us for lunch. We sat under the gazebo eating, chatting and playing board games until the tide changed and the water crept up or legs forcing us to return to the boat. By the time we set off for our Villa our island was gone, only to return with the next turn of the tide.
When we got back to Vila Do Paraiso we were met on the beach by our stewards with cold scented face cloths which were very welcome after a long hot day in the sun. It was then into the pool for an hour until dinner.
I could go on and on about how amazing our trip was. If you are thinking about going to Mozambique please contact HAC (flyhac.com) or Vila Do Paraiso (viladoparaiso.com). They made us feel more than just a customer, they made us feel welcome and to me that makes all the difference.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Do Paraiso is a resort of 6 individual luxury villas set right on the beach in Vilanculos, capital of tropical adventure in Mozambique. Each of the superb thatched villas are free-standing double-stories with wonderful ocean views, set amongst lush tropical gardens within a secure 24-hour patrolled perimeter. Each accommodates 8 guests in 4 double rooms with en-suite facilities and a private pool, as well as your personal house Butler who can cook meals, do laundry and assist with all your needs while at Vila Do Paraiso. ... more less
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