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“Nice ambience, free pool table and a cute dog!”

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Cinco Portas Pensao
Ranked #1 of 2 Ibo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore
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“Nice ambience, free pool table and a cute dog!”
Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 5 nights, and totally enjoyed ourselves. Kamillia and Ziggy were great, attentive and very helpful. The local staff was well trained. We stayed at the traditional room, which was a little smaller than we expected, but the surrounding ambience far made up for it as we could sit and lounge in the garden/ pool/ bar areas. We enjoyed the breakfasts and dinners. Pepper, the young puppy was an absolute delight, and added charm to the place. Ibo is not a cheap place, so we felt that Cinco Portas was as good a deal as one could get.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

We are a couple travelling around africa for a month. All we can say about cinco portas are good things. Managers really care for their guests and help in every single task such as activities, restaurantes, transportation.
The place is very nice, with very cute pool by the sea. The food is good and they do their best despite sometimes you have to be fast in the buffet to get a good catch ;)

Definitely we recommend this place.

Diego y Bea

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Corbera de Llobregat, Spain
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Often our evaluation of the places we visit are a matter of expectations fulfilled or not. We expected from Ibo's Cinco Portas just a clean room in a calm place, and it was widely exceeded. Our room was one of the small ones, but impeccably clean and well attended, in front of the swimming pool and the sea, ... and with air-con! Pity the electricity is not available at all day hours, but you're supposed to be out during the day. Kamila and Ziggy do their utmost to train the local staff and to bring you a pleasant stay with advice and assistance for booking activities in the island.
During our stay at Ibo we visited other lodges for dining, namely the Ibo Island Lodge and the Miti Miwiri. The first one is a little bit too much wanna-be luxury, we actually did not feel comfortable with the 5-course dinner announced and served as if you were in a 200-bucks-per-meal restaurant. The latter is more OK. But we would no doubt be back at the Cinco Portas should we have to chose again (I wish!).

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet enough, but I would try the bigger ones for the additional space.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Graz, Austria
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

One of the most beautiful places i had ever visited.130 km from Pemba by car(in the dry season you do not need a 4X4) to Quissinga.Safe car parking in the Dhau port(Tandanhangue) near Quissinga.Juerg,the owner from Switzerland,will send you a boat from Ibo island,if you contact him before.One our is
the trip by boat .You must check the time exactly-only high tide is possibly.It is fine for 2 or 3 days.
For beach holidays it is not the right place.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Madrid, Spain
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72 reviews
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

My partner and I stayed at Cinco Portas for three nights in mid August. We had booked the colonial room, located in the obly part of the property that dates back to Portuguese times. The room still preserves some of its former allure, with a marble bathroom and a stylish bed. The ony drawback about the room is that it was a little noisy, as one of the windows overlooked a sarrow alley that people took to walk to the beach. The property itself is very attractive, with a sizeable swimming pool overlooking the ocean. The pensao is managed by a highly professional Czech couple, Camilla and Ziggy, who go out of their way to make one's stay a memorable one. Breakfast is adequate, although freshly made fruit juices would have been nice. On some evenings, a reasonably priced buffet dinner is organized. All in all I think Cinco Portas is a wonderful option for those of us who seek comfort but are loath to pay the price of a fice-star lodge. Keep it up, Cinco Portas! We shall be back.

Room Tip: The Colonial room, though well-appointed, is a bit noisy. A new suite with a sea view is being built...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Badalona, Spain
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Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

We strongly recommend it. Rooms are very clean and the service is excellent. Food is good as well. You can arrange several activities once there, such as whales watching (if you are lucky), walk to quirimba island and others. Kamila and Ziggy will make sure that you have a great experience there. The location is very good as it is 5min walk to the dough port.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Rome, Italy
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49 reviews
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

I stayed on Ibo a week and enjoyed the food at Cino Portas so much that I chose to eat there every night. Great care is taken to valorize locally sourced fresh fish, with a mix of recipes from Mozambique and elsewhere. And after a bit of traveling around the country you’ll soon find that that this good food is great value for money!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Cinco Portas Pensao
Address: Rua de la Republica | Caixa Postal 121, Cabo Delgado Province 3212, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Cabo Delgado Province > Quirimbas Archipelago > Ibo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Ibo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Cinco Portas Pensao 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming boutique hotel sea front on refurbished colonial building. Our restaurant offers variety of African and Mediterranean food. Organize boat safaris and kid activities. ... more   less 
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