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Terraco das Quitandas

Terraco das Quitandas - front door MV imageThis quaint guesthouse is situated on the island of Ilha de Mozambique. The rich architecture and interior decorations are an eclectic mix of Asian and European influences. The Guesthouse overlooks the beach, with a small garden in front. There are various tranquil settings throughout where you can relax – such as the reading room, balconies and an inner private courtyard. The terrace is an excellent vantage point from which to observe the island or mesmerizing sunsets. Terraco das Quitandas features six spacious suites that offer modern comforts such as en suite facilities and air conditioning.

Accommodation rates include a continental style Breakfast featuring a variety of fresh fruits, breads, cakes and cereals. The friendly staff at Terraco das Quitandas will gladly assist with arranging a guided tour of the historical island. Highlights include a visit to the Meseu de Arte Sacra, Hindu Temple and Fortress of San Sebastiao with an accredited guide. An additional treat is booking a relaxing massage either in the privacy of your suite or on the top terrace to enjoy the secular makua wisdom of harmonizing the body with the mind.

What is Special?Terraco das Quitandas - room interior 2 MV Image

The beautiful guesthouse building is over 300 years old, giving its visitors a unqiue glimpse back into the past hey days of the island.  The interior design and styling, thick walls and ornately carved wooden doors transport you back into history when Ilha was a popular port of the various seafaring nations of old. The island is a perfect destination for those that want to immerse themselves in the history of Mozambique, keen photographers and lovers of architecture.

The island does not really have a great swimming beach and therefore we recommend a maximum of two to three nights on the island followed by an extension to either Coral Lodge or Nuarro Beach Lodge.

Access

The nearest airport is Nampula Airport.  Transfers can be arranged by road and duration is approximately 2 hours.

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Coral Lodge 15.41

Coral Lodge - swimming poolSituated approximately 2 hours south from Nacala on the Mossuril Pensinsula, lies Coral Lodge 15.41, a modern-African luxury lodge in the heart of Mozambique’s remote and in-tact culture. With modern architecture mixed with local raw materials, Coral Lodge 15.41 recently opened with 10 luxury villas, all ensuite, airconditioned, and include day beds and a minibar.

To fully compliment the exterior design of the Coral Lodge villas, architect Edward van Vliet used a blend of African and modern styles for the furniture that decorates the interior of the villas. The bedrooms have been furnished with the award-winning Evening Breeze bed. These beautifully-designed canopy beds allow for full air-conditioned climate control and provide guests with a superb sleeping experience. And if that wasn’t enough, natural materials were used to manufacture the hardness-adjustable mattresses and cushions. To keep it natural, the windows and shutters have been designed with maximum adjustability in mind so that a gentle breeze can always flow through the rooms.

Coral Lodge 15.41 is built on a privately- owned reserve called Varanda. Varanda is a peninsula with a big Laguna. Through the Laguna the tides offer life to the mangrove forest behind the sand dunes, the breeding ground for many sea creatures. The area is visited by east African birds and is habited by bush babies (small nocturnal primates), monkeys, snakes and mongoose. Explore Varanda by canoe or on foot.

What is Special?Coral Lodge - bedroom interior small

Being the only luxury lodge in the area, Coral Lodge gives clients a great oppertunity to visit some of the cultural highlights of the area whilst staying in upmarket accommodation.  Included in the accommodation rate is a guided visit to Ilha de Mozambique, a Unesco World Heritage site and a must see for travellers that enjoy learning more about the history and culture of a country.  Other places of interest include the abandoned Governor's Summer Palace and a hauntingly beautiful old church.

Access

The nearest airport is currently Nampula Airport.  Road transfers to Ilha de Mozambique take approximately 2 hours.  From the island it is a boat transfer across to the Lodge.  It is also possible to drive around the bay to the lodge, adding approximately another hour to the journey.  Private charter flights can also be arranged from Nampula Airport to a nearby airstrip - Lumbo - which is just outside of Ilha de Mozambique. 

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Nuarro Lodge

nuarro-pristine-beachSituated on some of the most untouched beach in Mozambique, is Nuarro. This locally built, owner run eco-lodge is situated in Nanatha, approximately 2 hours from the main centre of Nampula.  Nuarro lodge, built using local design with the intent of naturally cooling indoor spaces, consist of 12 chalets. Two of the chalets at Nuarro can accommodate up to four people (2 in the loft and 2 in the main bedroom) making them perfect for families.

All chalets at Nuarro Lodge are beachfront and the chalets are all ensuite with the additional outdoor showers, and a sundeck nearby the water. The chalets offer spectacular views of the surrounding Baobab forests and the ocean before you.  Meals at Nuarro are a fusion of local and international cuisine. Tea and cakes are served in the library and lounge area during the afternoons and the next to the Activity Centre is a small beach bar where light snacks are also served throughout the day.

One of the main attractions at Nuarro is the diving, which explores some of the most spectacular sites, untouched by human hands. As well as the many attractive water activities, Nuarro also has land based activities, including visiting the local Makua craftsmen while they work.

What is Special?Nuarro whale

Nuarro is one of only two lodges in Mozambique that offers shore access diving.  So long boat transfers are not needed for scuba divers to reach beautiful dive spots - they can just walk in from the main beach.  As such, great snorkeling is also quite easy to reach.  The bay in front of Nuarro is perfect safe haven for whales and their calves.  These amazing giants of the ocean can be viewed right from the beach or take a kayak out to view them up close from the safety of the top of the continental shelf. 

Nuarro lodge is a rustic eco lodge in a beautiful remote location.  There is electricity in the rooms, supplier by solar panels and a generator, but no ceiling fans or air conditioning.  The chalets are designed to make maximum benefit of the sea breeze.  The bathrooms are en suite with a shower only.  The toilet is an eco toilet.  A sandy pathway runs behind the chalets that connects the rooms with the activity centre on one end and the restaurant on the other.  Not ideal for guests with walking difficulties.

Access

The closest airport at this time is Nampula Airport.  It is approximately a 4.5 hour road transfer from the Airport to the Lodge, with the last section over a sand road.  It is possible to get a charter flight from the Airport to the Lodge which cuts down on travel time.  A new airport is set to open during the second half of 2014 at Nacala which is situated a lot closer to the Lodge and will make for a quicker transfer time by road.

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