Inhambane / Tofo
Situated in the lively capital of Mozambique rests Hotel Cardoso peacefully. It provides remarkable panoramas of the bay as well as the dynamic city.
This hotel provides business and conference facilities as well as a beautiful wedding venue and a relaxing, comfortable base for travellers who seek a relaxed place during their stay in the city.
Furthermore it provides a children's playground as well as free private parking is available on site.
Each of the 130 air conditioned rooms and suites are individually decorated and express a charming vibe of a cosy home with convenient features of an international luxurious hotel such as flat screen TV's with cable channels, seating areas and more.
Furthermore it provides a fully equipped and modern gym. More recreational entertainment such as golf, fishing or organised tours can be organised by the hotel.
What is Special?
The friendly staff, the pool with the scenic view of the garden, and the sea as well as the peaceful atmosphere make Cardoso a place to recuperate and relax from the jumpiness in a vigorous city.
The business centre of Maputo is only 5 minutes away by car and just 15 minutes from Mavalane Airport (Maputo International Airport).
An airport service is available by request as well as a car hire.
40km from the bay of Maputo, lies the inhabited Island of Inhaca, home to Inhaca Island Resort. With 40 rooms, Inhaca Island Lodge offers an affordable and accessible alternative to the Bazaruto Islands and Quirimbas Archipelago.
Situated in the Marine Reserve, with the neighbouring Portuguese Island, Inhaca Island Lodge is nestled amongst pristine gardens, and boasts areas of untouched vegetation.
Located right on the beach, Inhaca Island Lodge also offers families special amenities including a Kid’s Centre and watersports activity centre.
Meals can be taken in the restaurant or on the terrace and include fresh local seafoods, local breads and meat dishes.
White Pearl Resort is situated on the southern coast of Mozambique, in the Ponta Mamoli area. The private beach resort looks out on a long stretch of pristine beach which gives access to great swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving experiences. The area is also very well known for the dolphin interaction experiences in the southern coastal waters of Mozambique.
There are 22 luxurious Pool Suites, all set on timber stilts so as to protect the fragile Eco systems surrounding the rooms. Each Pool Suite offers all the creature comforts needed to make a memorable stay. From en suite bathroom facilities, a outdoor shower and air-conditioned bedroom to the spacious covered deck with plunge pool.
Alternatively guests can enjoy magnificent views from one of the many guest areas around the Resort. The Pool deck features four poster day beds to while away the hours with a good book, or enjoy a light snack and refreshing drink from the Beach Bar or a cocktail from the Pool Bar.
White Pearl Resorts offers its guests a large variety of activities on land and in the sea. The eight most popular activities are deep sea fishing, horse riding, sea kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling and swimming with dolphins, viewing sea turtles nesting and the eggs hatching, walking on the idyllic beach or enjoying a relaxing massage treatment.
What is Special?
The lodge offers stylish and luxurious accommodation - the only one of its kind in the south of Mozambique. A highlight activity has to be the Swimming with Dolphins - its is a rare and special experience to swim nearby the wild Bottle-nose dolphins. The lodge is licensed to take a maximum of eight guests on this special outing. Interaction with the dolphins is strictly monitored and controlled in line with conservation guidelines.
The closest airport is the Maputo International Airport. From there light aircraft transfer flights to and from the Resort can be booked. The flight duration is 45 minutes followed by a 45 minute 4x4 road transfer from the airstrip to the property. The Resort can only be accessed by 4x4 vehicles as the roads in southern Mozambique are mostly thick sand roads. Transfers from Maputo can be arranged by 4x4 but are very long (anything from 2.5 - 5 hours depending on road conditions at the time).
Alternatively, guests can reach the Resort from the Kosi Bay border post. It is possible to leave a rental car at the border post at a secure parking area (costs for own account) whilst the Resort collects clients with a 4x4 vehicle. Alternatively guests can self drive with their own 4x4 from the border post, the drive is approximately 1 - 1.5 hours.
The hotel is undergoing a mammoth revitalisation from top to bottom which includes the addition of 111 guestrooms, the addition of conferencing rooms and the complete refurbishment of the existing 158 guestrooms and all the public areas. The hotel will therefore be closed as from 1 April until 1 August 2014.
Updated information on the hotel, its rooms, facilities and features will be provided once the hotel reopens.
Situated on the dunes of the Santa Maria Peninsula in southern Mozambique, Machangulo Beach Lodge overlooks the channel between the mainland and Inhaca Island. The lodge is nestled among untouched dune forests, with endless white beaches, nearby estuaries and the Indian Ocean creating a rich and varied landscape.
The intimate accommodation features 14 private luxury chalets. Each chalet offers a comfortable haven to its guests with en suite facilities, air-conditioning and a private deck for relaxation. There are 5 chalets that have superb views over the ocean and the others are grouped into Villas. All the chalets are connected to the guests areas and beach by walkways and staircases.
Two Beach Villas (each accommodating up to 8 adults and 6 children) offer 4 detached rooms each and are situated in close proximity to the beach. All rooms are en-suite with private deck and partial ocean views. Each Beach Villa has a private swimming pool, large decks, and Boma type fire area. The two Family Villas (accommodating up to 4 adults and two children or 2 adults and 3 - 4 children) feature 2 en suite bedrooms joined under one roof by a large lounge area. The beach is accessed via wooden walkways.
Machangulo's main guest area features a large inviting lounge, bar and spacious dining area. On most clear nights guests normally gather in the Boma area to relax and enjoy the boma fire whilst discussing activities planned for the next day. A wide variety of fun filled activities for young and old are available at Machangulo. Some of the more popular activities include guided offshore and channel fishing, rock and surf fishing, Inhaca Marine Reserve snorkeling or snorkeling on the ledge in front of the lodge, scuba diving, spear fishing, seasonal whale watching (June to November), turtle nesting activities (late spring), kids rock pool exploration and its a birders paradise.
What is Special?
Machangulo is the best option for travellers looking for a great beach destination close to Maputo. As Maputo itself has no great swimming beaches, Machangulo is a real paradise only a boat ride away. Snorkelling in the Inhaca Marine Reserve is a great joy!
The closest airport is Maputo International Airport. From there a road transfer can be arranged to the Maputo Marina. The Machangulo Beach Lodge boat will meet guests here and transfer them across to the lodge. The boat transfer is just over an hour depending on tides and weather.
It is possible to access the Lodge with a 4x4 by travelling through the Maputo Elephant Reserve to Santa Maria (which is a 30 minute walk from the Lodge or quick boat transfer). However, this is for only the very experienced 4x4 enthusiast that can cope with the deep sand conditions of the Reserve as there are no roads or infrastructure per say.