We loved Villa Do Paraiso, would go back again. Vilanculos and this resort get my highest recommendation for an excellent cultural and beach/ocean experience. Our host/butler was Roman who we loved and was also an important part of our experience. Our villa was very comfortable for our two families - 2 couples and four kids. We liked the grounds, the pool, the little restaurant and the staff. We caught or bought fish, went to the market, got wine and beer and enjoyed lavish evenings at our villa. Every night Roman cooked us a feast which we ate under our thatched veranda where we played games, ate well and enjoyed each other's company. We went diving, snorkeling and to the Bazaruto islands 3 of the 6 days we were there. The diving was 4 out of 5 stars mainly due to the visibility. The beaches were beyond gorgeous and it was just a pleasure to be able to go out on the boat and enjoy the scenery. We hired the resort boat and our captain and skipper were friendly, professional and made sure we had everything we needed. We brought a cooler full of food and beverages and one day went to lunch at Indigo Bay (delicious and beautiful but total ripoff in terms of price). We took a must-do side trip to an island with large sand dunes and yes, we brought a snow board outfitted for sneakers and sand-boarded down the dunes! Our captain also quietly boated past a sandbar that had a huge flock beautiful black-winged flamingos - watching them is insanely amazing. The men went fishing beyond the reef and caught 5 big tuna which was a feast not just for us but for the staff who quite proficiently filleted the fish, made sushi and filets for our future meals and took rest home to their families with big, big smiles on their faces. All is right in the world in Vilanculos, a small, somewhat poor fishing village filled with markets, children, schools, very few cars and miles of smiles - walking through the village brought this American down to earth where I am reminded that you can live easily and happily without so much stuff. We witnessed some crazy stuff (a stand full of used bras). From our villa, we watched everyday, how the village fishes with old-fashioned nets heaved in by young men and women with babies on their backs and how they get paid not w/money, but with their catch. It was a great experience for our whole family. The honeymooners are more apt to enjoy the islands and places like Indigo Bay but if you are looking for a cultural, ocean-side experience, please go to Vilanculos and I highly recommend Villa Do Paraiso. XO - Enjoy.
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- 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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