Ibo Island Lodge
Ibo Island Lodge, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
Ibo Island lodge is located right on the waterfront of Ibo Island with wonderful views over the ocean. The lodge offers a classic island experience, and with just fourteen luxury rooms assures guests of exceptional service and flexibility. The lodge has refurbished magnificent mansions each over a century old with high lofty ceilings. The mansions are called Villa Paradiso, Villa Niassa and Villa Bela Vista. Accommodation is split between Paradiso and Niassa only - Bela Vista is the public area of the lodge and houses the lodge's restaurant, shop and the main pool in the main garden.
The large, en-suite, air conditioned luxurious rooms are individually designed, and boast antiques and handcrafted furniture, with magnificent wooden doors and shutters that evoke the building's original design. There are four room categories; Standard, Sea Facing, Garden Facing and Historical Facing. All rooms have en-suite facilities with twin basins and large marble showers. Some have baths and outside showers. The wide verandas and spaces are adorned with mahogany and teak day beds, carved by some of the islands most skilled artists and decorated with the softest of cushions covered in vibrant local fabrics.
Meals are taken in the dining room, on the verandas or the rooftop terraces. All have wonderful views over the sea and the restaurant features freshly grown organic vegetables, herbs and fruits and combine traditional specialities with seafood, giant tiger prawns, game fish and crab.
By staying on the island you can experience Ibo and her gentle islanders and you will witness a way of life that hasn't changed for hundreds of years. Staying on Ibo Island is not a white sand beach experience, rather a cultural experience enjoying life as the town presents it. Guests can explore the crumbling colonial townhouses, visit the imposing Portuguese fort and watch the skilled local craftsmen producing delicate silver jewellery. You can also do various excursions from Ibo such as take a cruise on a dhow or a boat trip to a neighbouring island with sandy beaches.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
An enjoyable way to spend a morning is with a trip to Ibo Island. Ibo was a key Swahili trading post and the capital before Pemba.You can wander amongst the main streets which have fascinating, but very crumbling, colonial architecture.
You can explore the island on which there is a very small fishing village where you often see fish out on racks to dry. There is a good amount of coral around the island and the snorkelling is wonderful.