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“Superb place with excellent hostess”
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Vanilla View
Ranked #6 of 11 Tofo B&B and Inns
Lisbon, Portugal
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“Superb place with excellent hostess”
Reviewed 21 November 2013 via mobile

Vanilla View is a perfect "getaway from the crowd" place. Very nice house with great design a few km away from the beach in Tofo. Perfect for families with kids or for a romantic stay. You are well taken care of by the superfriendly Reanna who really take care of you. She takes you to Tofo twice a day and is very flexible. Beautiful view, nice pool, great but slow breakfast. We can really, really recommend this place- very good vale for money. Magnus, Carin, Maja and Måns

Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

my husband and I had a much needed break, away from it all, and the fact that there was no television, was almost a blessing........ Vanilla View has everything else you may require, and Reanne is always willing to fetch and carry, as this property is a few kilometres from the beach. Although we did not know the other 2 couples who shared the house with us, it was never uncomfortable (there are 3 bedrooms en suite). However, it would be fantastic to share with friends, i.e. 3 couples could book out the house. Beautiful grounds, rimflow pool, and very friendly staff - all in all, very tastefully done!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pretora
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

This stunning villa is absolutely amazing! A mere 1.5 km from Tofo, a great view, great service, very friendly staff and the list goes on! I will definitely go for a longer period next time! Thank you for the awesome experience guys!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 September 2013 via mobile

Wonderfully designed B+B where there are two houses next door to each other. We stayed as a group in one house and I'm not too sure how it would work out if there were 3 couples in one house, who didn't know each other. Pool lovely and cool, no wifi and if you're not self driving you are reliant on Reanna (manager) on transferring you to and from Tofo. This adds a feels of 'organised fun' - as one friend put it - and takes away from the superb setting and tranquility. Perhaps the owners would think of providing dune buggies to residents?
There is a constant battle between form and function with this property, I was VERY taken with it and would recommend it, but others may be put off by the distance. Reanna is a superb - and very patient- asset. Atolina (sp?) is like a muti, pottering around, cleaning and preparing breakfast (and coconuts!) very discretely.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

A short flight from JHb, an even shorter drive from the inhanbane airport and a mere 5 palm trees down a sandy road, lies the peaceful haven of Vanilla View, Tofo. It is THE ONLY place to stay in Tofo if you are looking for simple luxury , beautiful living space, and a place to melt your weary bones into!

Everything about the villa is perfection. From small things like beautiful linen and towels to walls that slide, allowing you to take in the beautiful view and warm air at all times, a day bead overlooking the pool in the shade of a cashew tree, are just the beginning.

A fully equipped kitchen means you can make the most of the plentiful fresh produce available. Fish, clams, lobster and prawns haggled at the market, (our awesome host Reana gave us some tips about ideal prices, also don't be put off by the lack of fridges- its so fresh they don't need fridges), the most incredible fresh greens from the nearby nursery (Reana will show you where this 'blink and you'll miss it' gem is), freshly roasted cashew nuts, the sweetest pineapple bought off the beach, coconuts, delicious peri peri sauce from the ladies at the local market, and even some delicacies from the Chilli Chilli deli at the garage (wasabi, ginger and all ingredients you need for sushi), all are a must have part of the perfect holiday!

This being said, the last thing I want to do on holiday is wash dishes, so having the the lovely Mira around to happily take care of things while you are off kayaking in the nearby mangroves, is the cherry on top. The charming Jose is also around to help you, whether it's making the perfect braai or opening your fresh coconut. Both are around the villa all day and are a pleasure to meet.

We would advise putting one of the many spare mosquito nets around the villa, into the existing built in mosquito nets above your bed, if you are paranoid about mosquitos.

There is so much to do in Tofo itself, but Vanilla view is so wonderful you will find it hard to tear yourself away at all!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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2 Thank GabbyV
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

On holiday there are always a multitude of factors that ultimately determine just how good a time you had; travelling, accommodation, food, staff, managers, airport transfers, flights, restaurants, everything down to the pillow that you place your head on the end of the day. With this limited time that we set aside out of our normal routine to relax and recuperate, holidays are often met with high expectations.

Vanilla View exceeded all expectations. The villa is the ultimate home and should win some kind of an architectural / interior design award. The staff, Reanna , Mira and Jose made us feel right at home. With a great tour and introduction to Inhambane and Tofo Reanna showed us where to shop for supplies and local produce and informed us about what the best things to do while in this seaside gem. Mira the housekeeper taught us some Portuguese phrases every morning and welcomed us in the afternoons to a spotless home and gave us beautifully made beds to rest our weary heads in the evening. Jose the gardener scaled palm trees for coconuts letting us taste fresh coconut water and even cleaned our rental car!

Its coral coloured sunrises and swaying palms, its plush white bathrobes and crisp linen, its friendly local fisherman with huge smiles and fresh seafood, it’s seeing the sky turn a million different colours at sunset, its bathing under the stars at night, it’s a holiday I will never forget!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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3 Thank MarcduToit
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Cape Town
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

This is one of the nicest homes I've ever had the privilege of staying in - just the right balance of comfort and style and delightfully laid back.

The roll-away walls open up the whole villa to gentle ocean breezes and create a wonderful sense of space. The fittings and finishes are great and the proliferation of daybeds made Vanilla View pretty much unleavable.

My personal favourites: the sunken bath in the main suite and the outdoor memory-foam cushions. The hydraulic TV is a nice James Bond touch too.

Reanna, the manageress, was really friendly and helpful and the very sweet housekeepers Mira and Jose were an absolute pleasure to have around.

Together, they kept the house and gardens in tip top shape and Mira cleaned up the massive piles of dishes we managed to accumulate every night as we cooked our way through kilos of fresh seafood from the local market and beautiful fresh veg from a hydroponic farm ( up the road (Reanna connected is with both).

All in all it was an amazing few days and in many ways it was a blessing to be positioned away from the noise and hustle of town and the stretch of beach in front of it.

I'd recommend using Paulo for transfers (he's a legend) he's super efficient.

  • Stayed August 2013
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5 Thank Christopher H
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Property: Vanilla View
Address: Bomba Rd, Tofo 1200, Mozambique
Region: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Tofo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Tofo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vanilla View has recently opened its doors in the small coastal town of Praia do Tofo.The villa has been designed in a “rustic chic” way allowing it to blend perfectly into the surrounds. There is a abundance of birdlife and if tranquillity is what you looking for this is where you will find it.It offers stunning views of the Tofo mangrove and across that the Indian ocean. The villa offers 3 stylishly decorated en suite king size bedrooms all with private open air showers. The main bedroom boasting with his and hers open air shower and sunken bath. The infinity pool offers a great space to relax after a hot day on the beach next to the boma with outdoor lounging area. Or simply stay in and spend the day on you very own private sundeck. There is a honesty bar on site in the main kitchen dining and lounge area and if you are self catering this is the kitchen you want to be cooking in for your holiday! Offering a gas stove and oven with ample freezing and fridge space. We even have a ice machine at your disposal. All rooms are serviced daily. Rooms come standard with mosquito nets ceiling fans, towelling, towelling gowns and high quality percale linen!If you are self drive, secure parking is offered, laundry service, a safe in every room and if you are flying airport transfers can be arranged as well as car hire options. Book a bed and breakfast option or simply self cater. ... more   less 

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