This is a lovely, airy hotel designed in the Arabic style. (The wonder is a Saudi.) The common areas and grounds are huge, but the room size has suffered a bit to achieve this. While adequate, rooms are on the small side for a hotel of this class. My room had two small twin beds with lumpy mattresses but was otherwise fine.
There are two swimming pools, one large infinity pool overlooking the beach with blue tiles which therefore has greenish looking water which might make people think the water is dirty (some sand does blow in from the adjacent beach) but is lovely for doing laps and the other a smaller normal pool. Both have fresh water. You can organize diving here and the offices of Kazkarini Tours are on site for any other excursions you may need. There is a decent WIFI service in the reception area and three Internet machines for use by hotel guests (free but you need to ask reception to put in the password). They also have a limited number of TV satellite channels. They will arrange pick up and drop off to the airport for guests (free). The town center is a five minute cab ride into town.
There are two restaurants. One overlooking the garden close to reception which serves breakfast and a set menu for dinner. I found the food here to be good and reasonably priced. The other restaurant is Club Nautico which is a five minute walk away and set overlooking the beach. It serves more casual food and I didn’t find the food there good and it was expensive.
Service is friendly. Cleanliness average. It’s the best hotel in the area but not up to the standards of the superb Indigo Lodge on Bazaruto Island run by the same chain. I enjoyed my stop over here and would stay again. Previous reviewers were not as happy but note that the hotel recently appointed a new manager who has improved things over the last few months. Give this place atry.
My wife and I spent 3 nights here on our honeymoon. Our room was plush with amazing sea views. The service was excellent – especially from the guest services manager Miguel. He took care of our every need. He was both meticulous and friendly.
Some of the facilities were very good: the spa and infinity pool spring to mind. The restaurant was mediocre but the fresh seafood in the poolside bar was excellent. There is a PADI dive centre on site which organises a range of activities. The snorkelling was disappointing – too many jelly fish when we went.
One evening we went to Canaia’s House for dinner, an excellent Mozambican meal cooked and served in the home of a local lady, Canaia. A real taste of the local village. Definitely recommend it.