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“Exactly what I hoped for.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Archipelago Resort
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Barnstaple, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“Exactly what I hoped for.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

I stayed at the Archipelago resort for a week in October 2013 whilst on the Horse Riding Safari. It is the perfect balance of rustic Africa and luxury and is everything I hoped it would be, and more. The staff were exceptionally friendly, the resort is quiet, safe and very well maintained and the food is great. The casas are large and well appointed; don't expect Duravit style bathrooms but everything is clean and functional. This is not Oberoi standard but is so much more personal and is much the better for it.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

Archipelago Resort is beautiful, has everything you need, and is staffed by friendly and helpful people. I stayed a week and loved it! (Especially the Malva pudding!)

The beds were comfortable, the casas were very inviting and cleaned every day. No loud noises and a charming design made the stay quite nice.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

The lodges are very spacious, clean and well styled. I stayed a week and felt very safe as numerous security men patrol the grounds and entrances to the site. The beach is lovely and we found a variety of shells there including some collectable ones like the sand dollar.
Im veggie which didnt leave much option on the menu but the hosts did their best to come up with different dishes specially for me each night

  • Stayed September 2013
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Inhambane, Mozambique
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33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

I've stayed at this palmy, seaside resort a number of time over the years. Last month I headed there again, curious to see how the place is faring. It's no different than its been in the past (lovely setting, well-kept, attentive staff, good food and drink). What motivates me to do a refresher review was another, more recent review - describing Archipelago as basically a dump, with an indifferent staff, and buggy accommodations. Well. That wasn't my experience by a long shot. The casas are lovely - spacious, stylish, airy. I was there apparently two weeks prior to the negative reviewer's visit and saw only a gekko on the ceiling. No infestation of flying critters. Its true the resort is a few kms from town, but Vilanculos itself isn't all that appealing a town. Chibuene, where Archipelago is located, is superior location - better swimming, more relaxing, and safer. I was dumbfounded to read that the staff showed zero interest in guest activities. I was offered fishing, snorkeling, diving, horse riding, and as much hard drinking as I could tolerate. My five days there flew by. Can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Hillcrest, South Africa
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

Whilst I did not actually stay at this resort I spent much time at the resort. The situation is spectacular with the most glorious view out over the archipelago from most of the Casa's. The bar and restaurant staff were very friendly and attentive and the food quite delicious. I cannot wait to return with my family.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

My family stayed at Archipelago in July and I was blown away by what a beautiful resort this is. Archipelago is perched on the top of a hill right next to the beach which affords it the most spectacular views of the sea and islands. If you are lucky enough to get a seaview casa, you can enjoy this view from your outside deck. The resort bar and dining room is lovely and welcoming and the food is excellent. The casas are large, clean and comfortable. The beach is just what you would expect from Mozambique - wide and long, with soft sand and dotted with palm trees. A great place for a relaxing family get-away.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Western Cape, South Africa
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

what an amazing honeymoon we were able to share at this beautiful cozy resort!! We were greeted by amazing views good food and cozy romantic chalets. I was amazed at the good prices and outstanding service we received from the staff. Our chalet was cozy dim lit and romatic as any honeymoon should be! We spent days either at the pool or on the secluded beach with no one around to bother us. We were also able to do many activities from romantic horse rides down the beach at sunset to dow trips to the islands where we were able to snorkel and swim with spectacular views of under water life. Nights were spent at the bar chatting and watching the moon rise over the water with friendly and great service not only form the kitchen but also from the bar for this I must say thanks to Norman and Freda Higgs for their outstanding hospitality and going out of their way to assure we were happy and comfortable at all times!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Archipelago Resort
Address: Chibuene, Vilanculos, Mozambique
Region: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Vilanculos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 26 Speciality Lodging in Vilanculos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Archipelago Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort is self catering and consists of eighteen chalets. There is a central area with a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. The chalets sleep six people each and have a fully equipped kitchen. For the more active, we boast an extensive knowledge of the area, with our Dive Instructor/fishing expert having operated in these waters for nearly 10 years. Our portfolio includes unexplored dive sites, fantastic surf, fly and big game fishing. A fully equipped SCUBA dive center, boats and fishing equipment for hire, wind surfers, para sailing, banana boating, island trips and transfers, dhou trips, and much, much more. ... more   less 
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