Machangulo Beach Lodge
In the point of this Machangulo peninsula, this is the nearest luxury beach lodge to Maputo or really South Africa’s Kruger Park, which makes it the perfect option for a bush-and-beach mix. The lodge organises ship transports from Maputo (1 hour) and bus transfers in the Kruger (four hours). Even though subject to strong winds due to its place, the calmest interval is handily May to September.
Style & personality
Constructed vertically at different degrees on platforms from exotic hardwoods, the thatched-roof bungalows, each having their own private deck and walkway, look universally African at first glance. The interiors, however, supplied with vibrant batik fabrics called capulanas, are clearly Mozambican. ‘Barefoot luxury’ could be an overused cliché, but it conveys absolutely the lodge’s personality.
Service & amenities
Service is meticulous and careful with enthused English-speaking guides accountable for different activities. If you would like something outside lounging by the swimming pool or lying around the shore, you may see the villages of Santa Maria and Inhaca, set off on a yearlong stroll or go scuba diving, kayaking and snorkelling from the coral reefs that are nearby. A slender spa overlooking the Indian Ocean centers on massages and facials beginning from US$25 (#19).
The obligatory four-poster beds with mosquito nets would be the most eye-catching characteristic in each area, but you will quickly appreciate details like canvas drapes, teak furniture and rattan armchairs. Baths are open-plan with enclosed showers, while loos most likely have viewpoints.
Privacy is indeed complete beneath the encompassing guarri trees, casuarinas and whitened ironwoods which you may shut your eyes and pretend you are marooned — mercifully following having flashed the minibar. There are no televisions anywhere in the hotel.
Food & beverage
The sizeable breakfast is a large English-style fry-up followed by cold vegetables and fruit, also Portuguese-style homespun hamburgers: cream cakes, pineapple pies and coconut tarts. Eat well because lunch is a mild affair; you will likely lie on a remote shore with a picnic basket. Dinner menus concentrate on freshly caught fish, though you are always going to be provided a selection of meat and a vegetarian choice.
Lingering on the sundeck bar with a cocktail may be your idea of heaven, but in Machangulo do not lose out on the option of excellent South African wines.
Value for cash
Double rooms from US $375 (#285), complete board. Free Wi-Fi. Minimum two-night remain. There are not any high/low season differentials. On the other hand, the rainy season (January-March) sees a great deal of special offers (like cover 5 nights, stay for seven).
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
There are two family villas comprising two en-suite bedrooms with a personal plunge pool. Free cots and extra beds are all supplied. Kids receive their own unique menu in the restaurant and also a tiny gift upon arrival.
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