A mere speck in the Quirimbas Archipelago in the far northern reaches of Mozambique, Ibo Island is a bewitching destination for nature lovers, adventure seekers, culture vultures and romantics alike. Once a centre for the slave trade and a Portuguese colonial stronghold, this fascinating island offers fascinating sights and stories at every turn. Crumbling colonial buildings, silversmiths plying their trade as they have for centuries and an impressive fort set the exotic tone. And situated on the tree lined ocean promenade on this ocean island lies the oasis that is Ibo Island Lodge, a beautifully renovated escape languishing in the tropical heat.
Slip through the carved doors into the cool that is Ibo Island Lodge and you step into another world, an intensely laidback five-star luxury one. Here, time stands still in this renovated old mansion – despite the remoteness of the island, there are luxuries to be had at any time of day or night – from intimate dinners at secluded island destinations to private jaunts to a small offshore sandbank beach reached only by boat to expert led-canoeing, fishing and diving expeditions in the impossibly clear and azure blue waters, local guide led cultural tours of the island and dhow journeys to mangrove swamps.
A place where time stands still, days at Ibo Island Lodge are spent lazing on the rooftop terrace gazing at the view, wandering the overgrown boulevards and peeping into colonial buildings and museums, sipping G&T’s back at the lodge, and enjoying seafood feasts prepared from the local fishermen’s catches.
The rooms (there are nine plus a private villa that sleeps 12) at this luxe boutique lodge are appropriately dressed in spice island style carved furniture, old marble in the bathrooms, the softest linens and curtains that sway in the sea breeze.
There are a number of accommodation packages for the short or longer guest at this Southern African island escape, all are inclusive and many include generous discounts or offerings such as the honeymoon package where the bride pays 50%.
Despite its remoteness, Ibo Island Lodge is easily in reach by charter plane – it is a hidden gem where time stands still and where one is struck by the notion that this is a place you’re unlikely to see again in your lifetime.
- 24-hour Security
- Conference Centre
- Eco Friendly
- Internet Access
- Airport Shuttles
- Babysitting Service
- Credit Card
- Laundry Service
- Cultural Tours
- Historical Tours
- Kayaking / Paddling