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Ibo Island Lodge
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

We throughly enjoyed our stay at Ibo Lodge. Great decor, fantastic sunsets, lovely managers. The room was very comfortable and clean. Loved the massage lady! Ibo island is fascinating place, a true undiscovered gem, very inspiring and unique. Full of character, history and friendly people. Small island mostly consisting of abandoned pastel coloured houses and ruins. Beautiful fort. The whole experience on Ibo Island was surreal, as if we were walking on a movie set. We stayed for 3 days on the Island and loved every minute! If you prefer nightlife, shopping and glam, Ibo is not your place to go. If you are an artist, you will not find a more inspiring place on earth.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

Ibo Island Lodge and Ibo Island are for the discerning traveller who want something truly unique.
When you step onto the island you are taken back to a time in history that seems to have stood still. There is everything there to make it a magical experience: forts, old churches, a town that now run down shows the splendours of a former age and a way of life that has remained unchanged for millenia.
The lodge which is an old colonial building completely complements the experience. The staff are warm and hospitable, the surroundings are majestic and the view from the deck simply breathtaking. To sit and watch the dhows go by in the sunset is to totally unwind.
Ibo is not for those who want the beach at their fingertips but for those who want something totally different. The experience of going to the sandbank for breakfast through aquamarine waters will stay with us forever. One's own desert island with butler service !!!!
The snorkelling was out of this world with a vast array of colourful fish - Harris our guide knew so much and was able to point out so many things hidden under rocks.
What is also so rewarding is to see the investment made into the local community both through the staff and the community projects.
A truly unique expereince!!!!!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

Ibo Island Lodge on Ibo Island is not for those who want a sterile, packaged version of paradise. It is for those who will appreciate genuine warmth and welcome from the staff who are all Ibo locals, spacious, ariy rooms, sensitively renovated and decorated, great food and a rich cultural experience. The island's history is an integral part of this experience and the lodge takes care to make it known to all of the guests - a tour of the island is included. We visited the lodge as part of a multiday sea kayaking tour and I would highly recommend this - you are able to explore some of the other islands of the arcipelago and live out any Robison Crusoe fantasies you may harbour - you will see pristine white beaches, snorkel on gorgeous coral reefs, enjoy a meal and a swim on a deserted sand bar etc. At the same time, you will experience the real lives of the people who lead a subsitence existence on the lovely islands - faces are always friendly and welcoming and you feel you are contributing positively to their lives.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

I've stayed at a range of lodges and islands in the Quirimbas, and Ibo Island Lodge remains my favourite. No, it doesn't have the postcard white beach on the doorstep, but that's what makes it so alluring: there's history to explore, and you feel like you are part of a living, breathing island... not in a sterile resort that's been parachuted into paradise.

If that's what Rosanna F means by 'old and tired', then I'll take it any day. Perhaps her old and tired is my characterful and charming...

And if you want to spend a day on the beach, Ibo offers what is surely the most exclusive beach on the planet - a mid-ocean sandspit only revealed at lowtide, washed clean by the tides and perfectly private. Well, apart from the Ibo crew that set up a tent, cook your lunch (usually fresh fish on the coals) and crack open the cold 2M beers. There's snorkelling, fishing, sunbathing... it's idyllic.

Back at the lodge, the walking tours of the village are a wonderful insight into Mozambique's checkered past, and make sure you take dollars in small denominations to buy exquisite filigree jewellery from the silversmiths at the historic fort.

I could go on, but in a nutshell: go. Go now, before this hidden corner of the Quirimbas gets discovered. You'll never forget those mangrove kayak trips, the crab platters served on the rooftop restaurant under the stars, the warm staff, the gently luxurious rooms. Go. Go now. And say hi to Harris (one of the best guides on the planet) for me.

Room Tip: It's definitely worthbooking a seafront room, where your private bench (much of the furniture ishand-carved on the island) is ideal for watching the dhows tack against the tides.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

Hotel fantastic, ex colonial mansion, slightly shabby chic with chalky walls, polished concrete floor and large dark furniture. Rooms large, individual, huge chest with padlock is the room safe! Electricity sporadic . Town to walk around is amazing, children love to see their faces on the camera and tourists still a novelty so the children don't expect anything other than a smile. Food was also very good. Just depends on the fish caught that day, so not much good if anyone asks for chicken nuggets and chips! We had amazing tuna sushi one night, chef rob entertained the kids by setting up a sushi bar and us all wrapping our tuna sushi bites. Lobster, prawns etc very good. Sand bar to visit on dhow exactly as one would imagine desert island, bliss!

Room Tip: Think you may pay more for rooms at front but they have patio outside to look over sea and watch the sunset.
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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