We visited Ibo Island Lodge last year for 6 nights.
From the moment our little plane bumped down onto the island it was special.
We had a room facing the water (ask for this - not all of them do), complete with four poster bed (which was covered in fresh petals when we arrived) and nice antiquey fittings.
It was simple and elegant and very comfy.
The lodge itself was great. The staff are friendly, especially Kissinger who was our waiter while we were there. The food was excellent, fresh fish and shellfish at virtually every meal, we had crab, kingfish, crayfish, prawns during our stay. There's no beach at the Lodge but most days we took the boat out to the sandbar. We had breakfast out there a few times which was great - being served a big cooked breakie at a table sitting on a sandbar in the middle of the sea - very cool. We spent lots of our time reading by the pool and watching the dhows on the sea. Otherwise we walked around the village - which is one of the things that makes Ibo what it is - all these beautiful old portuguese buildings. Some overgrown and deserted. And some maintained and occupied by the local villagers. We loved the feeling of being on a tropical island with a very African feel.
The nights are particularly stunning with dinner served by candlelight up on the roof deck overlooking the sea and under a beautiful african night sky.
We also took a boat ride to some of the other islands around and did some snorkeling, and kayaked up a river through a mangrove forest.
The best recommendation we can give is that we would love to go back and will do so as soon as the opportunity arises.
- 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