My girlfriend and i spent 4 nights in Marimba. like most people we work hard during the week and had not been on holiday for more than 4 months so we wanted something off the beaten track. We were looking for a place to relax, read, and not have cellphones ringing, emails coming in etc.
We got what we asked for.
Marimba is very remote although only 20km north of Vilanculos, the only way to get there is on a dirt road so it will take between 1h - 1h30min.
Once there the truth is there is not that much to do except completely chill out. my days were basically spent reading, sleeping, eating, drinking and then more sleeping which is exactly what i needed but this kind of place is not for everyone. The beach in this part of the world has extreme tides so for most of the afternoon you cannot swim because there is such low tide that you will literally have to walk 800m out to find any water (my gf and i measured it.) This means the beach is generally out during the day. so Again sleep , eat and drinks is really your day. However, the beach is completely yours, i walked South Once for about 3km on the beach and only found a few locals fishing.
The rooms are clean and comfortable to sleep in they are on stilts and i cannot fault them at all. The rooms do not have their own toilets or shower this is in a common area. Which i liked but again not for everyone, there is hot water and the toilets were spotless always clean and a pleasure to use.
Electricity only comes on by the generater for about 3-4 hours at night so going to the toilet at 3am is interesting if no one told you to bring a torch but again i didnt mind the adventure. The night sky is beautiful.
Basically, take a torch with. Also a good idea would be to take some snacks, drinks etc as it can get expensive always eating in the restaurant. Keep in mind once at Marimba there are no shops within an 20km radius and you not going to be going for a quick drive there.
We went to Bazaruto island from the hotel and it was a good day trip.
The relaxed restaurant they have is great with chilled music at night.
Basically, this is really a basic place and as mentioned before not for everyone but for what i needed it was perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a peaceful and pristine bay, 25km north of Vilanculos, Marimba Secret Gardens offers comfortable and unique accommodation for individual travelers. Take a time out in pure nature, get to know the traditional Mozambican way of life or discover the Bazaruto Archipelago either by diving, snorkeling or just a day trip.Our restaurant offers a combination of European and African dishes and a big range of cocktails. ... more less