Some lodges just manage to deliver “romance” better than others – here’s some great options to consider when your focus is much more on your better half than on going swimming or deep-sea fishing!
Mozambique, Quirimbas Archipelago
Tiny Medjumbe island with its 12 luxurious chalets is a magical destination boasting some of the most gorgeous white sand beaches we've seen, fringed by stunning aquamarine seas!
from $540 per person sharing
Mozambique, Mainland Lodges
Elena and Fabio have lovingly created this stylish intimate retreat of just 8 rooms (each with private plunge pools!) on top of the dunes looking out on the spectacular seascape that is the Bazaruto archipelago!
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Mozambique, Bazaruto Archipelago
Azura manages that wonderful blend of six-star luxury and laid-back island living which so many places strive for, but very few get just right.
from $655 per person sharing
The first lodge to open in the magnificent Quirimbas back in 2002, Quilálea has been given a superb injection of contemporary decor and service excellence by the talented team from Azura with simply stunning results!
from $825 per person sharing
Zanzibar & Tanzania, Zanzibar
An opulent and stunningly luxurious resort of 30 villas which simply ooze Zanzibari style and character - definitely one of the finest quality resorts on the island!
from €573 per person sharing
This has to be the perfect honeymoon hideaway – the Black Parrot Suites are 12 exclusive and luxurious rooms perched spectacularly on a rocky headland overlooking a bay peppered with picturesque sandy coves.
from €483 per person sharing
Superbly stylish and luxurious resort of 86 spacious villas (all with their own private plunge pools) unusually offers a fantastic All-Inclusive package and caters brilliantly to kids as well as adults! A firm favourite for very good reason!
This new resort has jumped straight to the top of our list of Maldives favourites - and no wonder as it combines great beaches, a stunning house reef, rustically styled yet funky accommodation as well as a wonderfully comprehensive All Inclusive package as standard. And all of this for a reasonable price too!!
Madagascar, Nosy Be Archipelago
Tsarabanjina is our choice as THE best island lodge in Madagascar - it really is the epitome of exclusive barefoot luxury! A great choice for honeymooners or a romantic break, or perhaps for well-heeled divers wanting to explore the area's pristine reefs!
from €252 per person sharing
Zanzibar & Tanzania, Pemba Island
The epitome of Castaway Chic, fashionable Fundu Lagoon is situated in a remote cove on Pemba Island accessible by boat only - great style, great vibe, an unforgettable experience!
from $375 per person sharing
Intimate, stylish and simply oozing romance - Matemwe is quite simply one of the finest lodges we've stayed at! In fact, it was whilst staying here on a holiday in 2005 that we were inspired to start Barefoot Breaks!
from $360 per person sharing
The more exclusive sister-lodge to Matemwe Lodge, the 4 wonderfully atmospheric double storied villas of Matemwe Retreats with their private butlers and plunge pools are a honeymooner's dream!
from $570 per person sharing
The perfect combination of laid-back luxury, delicious food, beautiful accommodations, stunning sandy beach and pristine house reef, Mirihi is a top choice for people wanting a romantic break.
Zanzibar & Tanzania, Mafia Island
With just 7 stylish bungalows this wonderfully intimate beach lodge on the charmingly time-warped island of Mafia is the perfect place to escape for a romantic break or for world class scuba diving!
from $260 per person sharing
Situated on definitely THE most beautiful beach we've seen on Zanzibar, this simple beach lodge is a great spot for travellers looking for a great beach holiday without the five star trappings.
from $236 per person sharing
Madagascar, St Marie and Ile aux Nattes
In the middle of a palm tree grove on the edge of a glorious white sand beach and lagoon you'll find the 20 chalets that make up the most luxurious accommodation on the pirate's island of Sainte Marie.
from €170 per person sharing
This secluded and charming beach lodge (previously known as Blue Footprints) with its 5 comfortable villas perched in the dunes above a seemingly endless beach boasts wonderfully friendly hosting, stunning food and superb and ever-present views over the ocean!
from R2940 per person sharing
A real contender for the most stylish and upmarket beach lodge in Madagascar! If you're in search of a truly intimate and romantic retreat, then these 8 bungalows perched above a lovely sandy beach on beautiful Nosy Komba come highly recommended for honeymooners and romantics!
from €274 per person sharing
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