Ibo Island Lodge is one of the loveliest hotels I have stayed in. Forget about standard hotels or lodges; this lodge is the tastefully restored house of the old Portuguese governor and has no signs of stereotypical hotels or lodges. You won't feel like you've stayed anywhere similar before and the views of the changing blue hues of the sea or the lush green of the gardens instantly instill a sense of peace.The decor is restrained colonial with all comforts and guests are treated as family by the hosts and delightful staff. One is woken to a tray of delicious Ibo coffee to enjoy in bed or,far better, on the verandah outside one's room gazing at the early morning sea. Breakfasts and dinners are served on the rooftop overlooking the tidal plains of the Indian Ocean stretching across to the African mainland. What a romantic setting where one can imagine being a Sultan for the night. The food was outstanding; 5 courses including delectable seafood, soups made from local ingredients, interspersed by sorbets and salads. How they manage to source so many fresh and varied ingredients on an island is remarkable.
Lunches are served in the shade of the lovely tropical garden.The gardens of the house are lush and tropical and brimming with birds who dip into the inviting pool overlooking the beach. A second smaller pool offers privacy at the back of the lodge. Locally trained staff were on hand to answer questions, recommend walking tours of the fascinating old town or bring cooling drinks to the pool. Exploring the town can take days but one is quickly convinced that Ibo Island Lodge is the best accommodation on Ibo. While one can happily laze at the pools a must is the kayak trip. Using graceful and stable glassfibre PaddleYak craft we paddled around the edge of the island to the Old Fort and also into the mangrove forests. Cosmo was a perfect guide, offering information and interpretation but also allowing us our own private enjoyment. The snorkelling trip takes one on a dhow to a pristine white sand bank. Coming out of the warm water a delicious lunch effortlessly appeared under a shaded tent. Ibo Island Lodge offers a truly memorable holiday with the best in food, service and activities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibo Island lies in the Quirimbas Archipelago of northern Mozambique. Nominated for World Heritage status Ibo has been described as one of the most unique and atmospheric islands in the world. Ibo offers pristine beach excursions, snorkeling, sea kayaking, dhow sailing, birding, mangrove forests, sumptuous seafood, romance, simplicity, tranquility and a perspective that will change your life forever. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibo Island Hotel Ibo