We spent a happy week's family holiday at Casa Rex. We had two courtyard view rooms with sea views from their front porches. The hotel set the one room up for our 4 children and the other one up for my wife and I. We were made to feel welcome from the moment we were met by Oliver at the modern new airport building, which is about 10 mins by car from the hotel. Mel and the other managers arranged a series of excursions for us including a town and market tour with a local guide Faquir, a dhow day trip to Margaruqe island where we walked and snorkeled, a canoeing and birding trip on a nearby river with a local guide Jay and the hire of a speedboat for a day for fishing and whale watching off Bazaruto island and snorkelling at Two Mile Reef on the ocean side of Benguerra island. All the trips were good, though the dhow and speed boat trips were overpriced. The fishing is not for the faint hearted. It involves a high speed dash through a gap in the outer reef and trolling for several hours in what, on the day we went, were big (2m +) swells. Otherwise we spent some mornings and afternoons walking along the beach to the north and the south, including going 8km south to the Archipelago resort. Along the way there are several good places for tea or a lunch including the newly refurbished Dona Ana hotel and the Kuvuka coffee shop. When we tired of walking we rode the local tuk-tuks which are cheap. Although the Casa Rex management were more than happy to make reservations for us to eat elsewhere and even fetched and carried us during the evenings we soon realised the best food in town by far is at the Casa Rex itself and so ate most of our meals there. The excellent food, spotless and comfortable rooms and friendly staff made our stay an excellent one. I highly recommend the Casa Rex. Andrew B, Cape Town
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As you arrive at Casa Rex Boutique Hotel, you will instantly feel at peace - surrounded by the lush gardens overlooking the turquoise crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Our room types are spacious & comfortable, each with an individual style and breezy perspective of the bay. Wireless internet access is found throughout the hotel for your convenience & for business traffic, we have conference facilities. The lounge and dining area, with custom crafted wood furniture and fittings and large sofas will make you feel right at home.... Casa Rex is renowned for its excellent open air a la carte restaurant, including a magnificent array of fresh seafood dishes and imported wines, many guests like to try the crisp local beer. A range of activities are available from Casa Rex including scuba diving and snorkeling at magnificent world renowned sites. Unbelievable deep sea fishing is most popular here & one has the opportunity to fish multiple areas around and past the islands. Go on an island dhow safari, or visit the islands - Bazaruto, Benguerra, Margaruque & Santa Carolina - by motorized boat. Or try your hand at the exhilarating kite surfing, with kiting safaris for the more experienced. Whale watching is best from August to October, and sunset cruises in traditional dhows a favorite with most holiday-makers . If you want a change from being on and in the water, try horse riding along the beach. Explore the local market, schools and visit the various craft shops for a taste of the local culture. After an active day, relax with Spa treatments from our visiting therapists, sip sundowners on the Casa Rex terrace or refresh yourself in one of our 2 sparkling swimming pools overlooking the harbor - the perfect way to end a day.....or begin one! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Rex Hotel Vilanculos