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“Value and great food” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Zombie Cucumber
Sao Paulo, SP
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49 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Value and great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

We stayed at Zombie Cucumber for a week, and enjoyed quite a lot. Got a nice discount for the long stay (bargaining before booking is very advisable). The pool is nice, the room (we got a double room overlooking the pool) is recently built and the owners help a lot with excursions or recommending things to do. The restaurant is very, VERY good, and when you get to know other neighbouring places to eat, you realise the price is also fair.
Only two things bothered us in an otherwise very enjoyable week: 1. the room cleaners could do a much better job. A couple of times I had to point at cobwebs and dirt that they hadn't seen/cleaned in the room. 2. The owners like to have fun, and sometimes they loudly entertain guests at the restaurant until late in the evening. A couple of nights we had to kill time reading until the noise level went down.

Room Tip: The double rooms near the pool are really nice. They don't have double beds for couples, but I...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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valerie1209, Propriétaire at Zombie Cucumber, responded to this review, 14 September 2013
Hi and many thanks for your comment specialy about our food.
Regarding the room, I try to check everyday with the maid to be sure she cleans everyday where ans as I showed here plenty of times. That the most difficult job here : to have people memorising how to do the same things every day ; that's just impossible... Why ? I don't have any answer. ALso, it's very hard job to teach the spiders that my lamps are not their house :)
Regarding the bar, sorry we have a lot of friendly guests who like to share a drink at the bar explaining their experiences or asking us how and why we was arriving there...We didn't realise that the noise is going upsair to the rooms. Sorry ; we have to plan to manage that. Otherwise many thanks to stay with us. You stayed in our new hotel that is named Casa Jules ; Zombie is the backpacker... Best regards. Bruno & Val
Val&rie & Bruno
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

We travelled as a group of 5 people from South Africa but because of delays at the Komatipoort (Ressano Garcia) border we only arrived at very late on Sunday night 23 June.
To our delight our host Bruno was still there waiting to welcome us.
His staff helped us to unload our vehicle and carry luggage into our two chalets.
Although it was 9pm in the evening the kitchen staff were happy to prepare pizzas for us and we spent some time chatting to Bruno at the bar and drinking the delightful 2M beer.
We stayed in units number one & two, of the four lovely thatched chalets. We had double beds and the mosquito netting gives it the appearance of a four-poster bed. The linen was clean and fresh. For a short stay there is more than enough space for packing and hanging out your clothes.
The ablution facilities are more than adequate and were always kept clean and tidy and we always had hot water to shower.
Zombie Cucumber is a little oasis in Vilanculos. As you enter through the always attended main gate you are immediately surrounded by the tranquility of the well-manicured gardens filled with colorful bougainvillea, tall trees and coconut plams and lots of little nooks filled with hammocks hanging chairs and local sculptures. The pathways are covered with bark chips so you always walk quietly to the various facilities. The lodge is wonderfully lit up at night.
But whilst I can wax lyrical about the pretty things at this lodge, the most important thing about Zombie Cucumber are the owners and their staff.
Bruno was left to manage the lodge alone whilst Valarie was away on holiday in Europe. And what an amazing host he was! He was ever attentive to all his guests every need. He is ever present and always jovial, always asking if all is well and if he can help in any way. He even went shopping for us to buy supplies for our picnic on the islands. He is also happy to put you in touch with the right people at the right price for the island excursions. Ask him to contact Hilder at Mapapay Dhow Safaris for you and negotiate a good deal. Mario is a great skipper!
Their staff were also attentive to all our needs and were always polite, smiling and willing to help. Well done guys.
A special thanks to Nuro and Ito who kept the bar open into the wee hours.
Unfortunately Valarie was away for our visit but she made sure that our booking was professionally handled and all my many e-mails were promptly answered. They also have a South African bank account which makes EFT payments for South Africans a huge advantage.
We can highly recommend Zombie Cucumber as a well-priced destination in this amazing part of Africa without reservation. Zombie Cucumber Rocks…!!

http://www.zombiecucumber.com/eng/index.php

Merci Bruno & Valarie nous attendons avec impatience notre prochain voyage avec vous!

A note to fellow SA travelers using the EN1 route to Vilanculos. It is a full 15 hour trip from Nelspruit to Vilanculos. Left Nelspruit at 6am and arrived at 9pm at Zombie.
In future we will definitely schedule a stopover in Xai-Xai.
Driving up the EN1 is very taxing as you have to drop your speed to 60kph at every town and village. Trust me there are very many of them along the way.
Watch very carefully for the speed restriction signs as it is very easy to miss one and get fined. Beware of the “black and white” traffic officers with their speed traps. They seem to be stationed at every village, and their trapping devices all seem to be calibrated at 5 to 6 kilometers to your disadvantage.
If you get trapped at a little over the designated speed limit insist on seeing the devices “calibration certificate.” We insisted and got waved on when it could not be produced!
Also driving at night is very dangerous. I had to dodge numerous pedestrians, dogs, and un-roadworthy vehicles without lights. Indiscriminate driving seems to be the rule of the road in Mozambique and passing on blind rises and corners seems to be absolutely the norm.

Room Tip: We used the chalets because of budget but they also have the Casa Jules "Hotel" with onsui...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Eugene B
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valerie1209, Propriétaire at Zombie Cucumber, responded to this review, 8 August 2013
I am so happy Eugène, that you enjoyed your stay after all our mails and funny internet correspondance ! As I wrote you in my last mail, I'm just sure that you was missing the most important thing at zombie : me ! and that make me sure that you'll come back soon with family and friends. I was realy sad to miss you but so happy to read that you had a wonderfull stay. Your friend sent us plenty of pictures. Thank you, thank you thank you ! Valérie &... Bruno
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Stockholm, Sverige
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

I stayed three nights in one of the bungalows - and had a great time. This is exactly the type of medium prized accomodation I am looking for when I travel on my own. A place to hang out and meet nice people.

Room Tip: I liked my bungalow, numer 4, but they are basically the same.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Wild_at_heart_50
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valerie1209, Propriétaire at Zombie Cucumber, responded to this review, 14 July 2013
Hello and many thank for your comment ; it was funny to welcomme somebody coming from so faraway... Good luck and good life. Valérie
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

We stayed for one night at Zombie Cucumber and would recommend it highly. We stayed in one of the cheaper rooms but it was still very nice, clean and safe, and there is a bar area where you can sit outside and have some of their delicious food or a cocktail. The location is very convenient, too.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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valerie1209, Propriétaire at Zombie Cucumber, responded to this review, 17 June 2013
Hello Sam. Many thanks for the review and we hope that you'll stay longer next time. All the best. Valérie& Bruno
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Porto
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

We were well received by the nice couple from Zombie.
The bungalows are good value for money and the whole lodge is a very nice area to be!
We had all the meals in the restaurant and very well served as well.
The bar is a get together place where you could find people coming from the surrounding places.
It's right across the road by the beach and 5-10 minute walking from Vilankulos.

Room Tip: All rooms/bungalows/dormitory seem fine and good for their value.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank esbleki
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valerie1209, Propriétaire at Zombie Cucumber, responded to this review, 17 June 2013
Thank you so much for the good review. We hope to see you back soon and we promess to be able to speak portugues next time... Bruno starts lessons today. All the best. Valérie & Bruno
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London, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2013

We loved every minute of our stay at Zombie Cucumber! We walked through the gate and were instantly so impressed by the grounds and layout of the place, it is beautifully kept. The owners, Bruno and Valerie are lovely. They were very friendly,made us feel so welcome and couldnt do enough to help us. They looked after us so well and gave us great advice of where to go and what to do during our stay. We enjoyed the atmosphere in the restaurant/bar and met great people whilst there. The staff are brilliant. We thought we would stay in Vilanculos for a few nights but ended up staying for over a week as we were so reluctant to leave. It was by far the best place that we stayed during our trip to Mozambique and I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

Jess and Neil

(Aged 26 from London)

Room Tip: All rooms great! A good tip is to try the stone baked pizzas with homemade piri piri sauce!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Jess M
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valerie1209, Propriétaire at Zombie Cucumber, responded to this review, 30 May 2013
Hello Jess. Thank you so much for the comment or also the nice one (comment and drawing) in our visitor's book. We hope the return was Ok for you and not too cold and too sad in London ! I was so happy to talk with Neil about my last job and to meet young people happy, nice and so friendly. It was like to have my daughter here. Take car Deas Jess. Xx
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Boulogne-Billancourt, France
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

a very good note to remember an excellent stay, near everything and with very helpful staff ... and please enjoy the shrimp pasta speciality meal !!! the dorm is very well organized ... simply stary and chill out the nice mozambican atmosphere ! the staff is always worrying about quality for food, beds and daily activities

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank albin a
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valerie1209, Propriétaire at Zombie Cucumber, responded to this review, 17 May 2013
Hello Albin. A lot of thanks for your friendly comment. Offer a good service is very important and difficult here in Africa, so I I will forward your message to my staff that's very important for them and for us, of course. Good luck...
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Property: Zombie Cucumber
Address: Avenida Marginal | Bairro Central, Vilanculos 0000, Mozambique
Region: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Vilanculos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 26 Speciality Lodging in Vilanculos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zombie Cucumber is very well located (2mn walking distance from the beach, facing Bazaruto archipelago)and has been fully renoveted in 2012. The new owners, Valerie & Bruno, are french and belgium and do anything to turn your journey in their small paradise as the best remember of your life. ... more   less 

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