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, 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!
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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
Zanzibar & Tanzania, Tanzania Mainland
A wonderfully stylish retreat with some of the best bedrooms we've seen, located on an isolated and pristine fresh water lagoon and sandy beach within easy range of Dar es Salaam.
from $248 per person sharing
Mozambique, Mainland Lodges
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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