Bahia Mar is superb for short stays in combination with one of Mozambique’s remoter islands. Rates don’t include activities, so it’s great if your priority is laidback beach time – but it can get costly for those hoping to fit in lots of watersports!
Bahia Mar Vilankulo is privately owned and run, and it’s open all year round. The price of your stay includes full breakfast, and transfers between the hotel and Vilankulo Airport.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The hotel is accessed via approximately 15 minutes’ road transfer from Vilankulo Airport. It’s situated just north of Vilanculos town, in the south-east region of Mozambique.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT BAHIA MAR VILANKULO:
Guest accommodation consists of 12 rooms and suites, across four categories. First up, there’s the Sea View Bedroom, featuring queen-size bed, bedside lighting, ample storage space, and en-suite facilities comprising flush toilet, washbasin, and shower. Doors lead from the bedroom onto a spacious private veranda, with sunloungers, parasols, and beautiful views of the Bazaruto islands. Next, there’s the Beach Luxury Suite, which includes king-size bed, TV lounge, fully equipped kitchenette, private BBQ, terrace with sunloungers, and private splash pool. The Presidential Suite benefits from all the features of the Luxury Beach suites and can sleep a maximum of two adults and two children aged 10 years and younger. Finally, the Family Unit is made up of two Sea View Bedrooms and one Luxury Beach Suite, offering plenty of room for families!
The communal living and dining areas at Bahia Mar Vilankulo are housed in a large attractive building, constructed from timber, stone, and thatch. Inside, you’ll find the tropical lounge, containing well-cushioned seating around coffee tables. There’s also a high-quality restaurant, where Chef Ildo, Chef Orlando, and the talented team rustle up delicious breakfasts and all manner of dishes for their à la carte menu – e.g. local specialties and vegan meals – as well as catering to any dietary requests. The hotel’s gym and fitness centre offers enough equipment for guests to enjoy a full workout, with the option of individual or group training from qualified instructors. If you feel in need of a little pampering during your stay, the wellness centre and spa offers massages, facials, reflexology, and more. And the hotel has a sizeable swimming pool to the side of the lounge area, with highly inviting sunloungers alongside!
ACTIVITIES AT BAHIA MAR VILANKULO:
Bahia Mar Vilankulo offers a thrilling range of additional activities! Here are a few examples:
Luxury boat rides and dhow trips- The hotel is well positioned for guests to head out and explore the idyllic islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Whether you opt for a modern boat ride or a traditional dhow trip, you’ll relish the pristine white sands and sparkling turquoise waters that characterise this breathtaking part of the world!
Scuba diving- Bahia Mar’s friendly staff members are happy to arrange scuba diving excursions for you, through a local PADI centre. The Bazaruto area is famous for its treasure trove of colourful corals and other sea life, such as clown fish, parrot fish, green and hawksbill turtles, dolphins, dugong, and migrating whales.
Snorkelling- Bazaruto is a dream destination for snorkellers too! Venture out at low tide, and you can have fun spotting all sorts of marine marvels below the waves.
Sport fishing- This activity is also organised through a local company. Keen anglers can fish for an astonishing diversity of species, among them giant black marlin, broadbill, sailfish, wahoo, and king mackerel. And a variety of methods is offered, from ultra light tackle spinning to heavy tackle big game fishing!
Kite surfing- Both lessons and kite safaris are possible, the latter offering opportunities to spot rays, dolphins, and whale-sharks while surfing! The islands of Bazaruto provide superb conditions for this sport.
Horse riding- See it all from the saddle when you embark on an equine adventure along the Vilanculos coastline – serene stretches of beaches, idyllic inland lakes, and the pearl necklace of the archipelago, viewed from the high red sand dunes beside the shore.
Fat bikes- Alternatively, hop up onto a fat bike – a bike with gigantic tyres – and go for a super-scenic cycle ride over the sands!
Tuk-tuk tours- A tuk-tuk is a motorised version of the traditional cycle rickshaw. Jump aboard one of these, and you can cover a lot of ground, taking in all the sights of Vilanculos and surrounds.