Anantara Bazaruto. Mozambique
Why we love it
We are pretty strict about only choosing home-style villas in our portfolio, but we have made an exception here by including Anantara Bazaruto with its Presidential Villa and other 12 smaller villas, because we just love it and think you shouldn't miss out on this experience! Yes it is a medium size resort hotel and the villas form part of the resort but they have full kitchens and are essentially mini houses. Unlike many resorts you never feel like you are being processed, but the innate friendliness and personal attention makes your experience very special here. Expect everyone to know your name, and what your plans are for the day!
What to expect
The villas are all set up on the hill with sweeping views across the bay, and each one has two bedrooms, a King size double and a twin. They all have private swimming pools on big decks under ragged thatch, full kitchens ( a chef can be organised with some prior arrangement) and a living room with all the modcons including air-conditioning, TV and Wi-Fi. But we doubt you will spend much time in your villa. The beach beckons you down for an early swim, and to indulge in one of the day's exciting activities. Meals are never the same - they move the location to different glorious venues, our favourite being the seafood barbeque on the beach with feet in the sand. They have cleverly built a kids pool and a honeymooners pool - nicely set apart.
What to do
Somebody will check with you every night regarding your plans for the next day, which may include an early morning horse ride up to the lakes, followed by deep sea fishing or snorkelling. A must is the all-day snorkelling trip to the island with a fire-grilled prawn lunch under a romantic white awning set up on the beach with a backdrop of ice-blue water. The fishing and ocean safaris are very productive with plenty of dolphins and whale sharks. There are canoes and windsurfers and endless toys lying on the beach for your use. You wont be bored.
Kids: We could list all the reasons kids love Indigo Bay, but it might suffice to say that our kids actually cried when we left. That probably says it all.
When to visit
Apil to September is wonderfully mild in Mozambique but you can be assured of warm weather at any time of the year. In winter from July to October humpbacked whales frequent the coastline. Monsoon season is between February and April.
How to get there
There are daily flights (2 hours) from Johannesburg. Transfer from Vilanculos to the resort is a very scenic 15 minute flight and lands pretty much outside the resort door. ream more