Our Rating
7.8
Overall

Bahia Mar

Mozambique, Mainland Lodges

from $ 250 per person sharing

Our Rating
7.8
Overall

Bahia Mar

Mozambique, Mainland Lodges

from $ 250 per person sharing

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Our Verdict

With stunning views out over the azure waters and scattered islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago, the Bahia Mar is a very stylish yet reasonably priced alternative to the expensive island lodges it overlooks!

Our Ratings

7.8
Overall
8.5
Luxury & Style
6.5
Setting
7.0
Activities
8.0
Chill-Out Factor

Our Ratings

7.8
Overall
8.5
Luxury & Style
6.5
Setting
7.0
Activities
8.0
Chill-Out Factor

What's Hot

  • Much cheaper than any of the stylish yet very expensive island lodges offshore - use the Bahia Mar as your stylish base and go out on day trips to explore the archipelago instead
  • Fantastic views out over the Bazaruto Archipelago with its string of islands scattered like loose pearls over the brilliantly blue hued ocean
  • The stunning infinity pool with attached bar and lounging area - we wouldn't blame you if you spent most of your holiday right here!
  • Very attractive and well equipped rooms with their gorgeous contemporary design flair are quite simply the finest accommodation choice in Vilanculos
  • Laze about in the attractive lounge area which adjoins the restaurant under a soaring thatch roof



What's Not

  • The beach below the lodge is not isolated and pristine like those out on the islands
  • The owners are planning to add extra rooms - we hope that this won't compromise the attractiveness of the current lodge
Bahia Mar

Bahia Maras you emerge onto the deck what greets you is a quite simply stunning view out over the azure waters and scattered islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago!

Lodge Profile

With stunning views out over the azure waters and scattered islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago, the Bahia Mar is a very stylish yet reasonably priced alternative to the expensive island lodges it overlooks!

Quick Overview

Rooms
Sea View Bedrooms, Beach Luxury Suite (with private pool) and Family Units (block consisting of 2 Sea Views and 1 Beach Luxury Suite)
Distance to Beach
30m
Air-conditioning
Yes
Pool
Yes - and Beach Luxury Suites have private plunge pools
Recommended Stay
4 - 7 nights

Vilanculos on mainland Mozambique is the springboard to the fabulous islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago, which boast an array of superb beach lodges – the only problem is that the prices of these island lodges are equally fabulous, taking them out of reach of all but the very well heeled! The Bahia Mar presents a handy solution to those folk looking to explore the archipelago and wanting somewhere stylish to stay, whilst unfortunately not having the budget to afford the very expensive lodges on the islands. It is the most stylish affordable accommodation in Vilanculos by far, and makes the perfect base from which you can explore the scenic beauty of the archipelago.

Driving through the dusty streets of Vilanculos gives you little idea of the gorgeous little oasis that you encounter as you drive through the gates of Bahia Mar. As you emerge onto the deck what greets you is a quite simply stunning view out over the azure waters and scattered islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. The superbly attractive infinity pool deck in particular is a quite stunning spot to simply sit back and drink in the views on offer – and why not enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie or delicious cocktail at the same time!

As mentioned previously the rooms at Bahia Mar get our vote as the most stylish in Vilanculos – and you can mix and match according to the size of your party of travellers. The accommodation consists of little "2 up and 1 down" blocks with each offering 2 separate top floor suites (called Sea View Bedrooms) boasting fantastic views and which are a great choice for couples. Downstairs you’ll find more spacious units (called Beach Luxury Suites) which offer a gorgeous plunge pool and hugely spacious lounge area. And if you’re a family needing extra space, then – hey presto – you can combine the 3 units and enjoy a superb duplex Family Unit (consisting of 2 Sea Views above with the Beach Luxury Suite below) This then offers space aplenty as well as your own pool for the whole family to enjoy! Whichever room you end up in, the interiors are wonderfully stylish and well equipped in a contemporary yet natural style that we found irresistibly attractive!

As well as beautiful indigenous gardens, Bahia Mar also boasts delightful coconut curtained spa rooms where you can enjoy a relaxing massage – or if you’re more of the active type you can keep yourself toned in the very well appointed gym.

It’s probably fair to say that the beach below the lodge isn’t the most attractive and pristine which is understandable given that it is in the town, so our advice whilst at the lodge itself is to enjoy swimming in the sensational swimming pool whilst looking out over the islands; you can then splash out some of the considerable money saved by staying here on excursions out into the islands by boat – either speedy ski-boat or perhaps an atmospheric trip by traditional dhow! Diving, wake boarding and kitesurfing are just a few of the exciting activities you can enjoy using Bahia Mar as your handy base.

Back at the lodge the good news is that the dining experience is excellent, whether you’re enjoying your fresh seafood whilst soaking up the stunning sea views seated out on the deck, or tucked cosily away under the attractive thatched roof of the restaurant area (and remember to keep an eye out for the genet that we saw climbing high along the roof beams above us whilst we were staying here and which is apparently a regular visitor!)

Pricing

per person sharing

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Booking Notes

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  • SOUTH AFRICANS: the package prices you see including flights from Johannesburg, accommodation and transfers are INDICATIVE prices based on mid-season airfares and mid-season room rates - these fluctuate throughout the year as do exchange rates, so please enquire with us for an accurate price based on your specific dates of travel
  • INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS: the prices you see are per person per night prices for accommodation only based on the normal public prices for the property in question - note that in many instances we are able to provide better prices to our clients, so please enquire with us

Child Policy

  • Infants under 3 are welcome and can share existing bedding free of charge. Cots are available at the hotel
  • Children aged between 3 and 11 are welcome and can share existing bedding free of charge. Bunk-beds are available at the hotel. Beach Suite Rooms only
  • Guests older than 11 are subject to the full adult rates