During my month long stay in Vilankulo I was lucky enough to stay at the beautiful haven that Marcel and Isabelle have created. The generosity of this wonderful couple started with the long adn bump but fasinating journey-picked up from our front gate and taken through the Macunhe bush to end up in the peaceful and beautiful Marimba Secret Gardens. The children were very excited and ran around happily below each stilt house for hours! We sent many a relaxing hour on the beach and reading in the shade of the shelters. The stilt houses were beautiful and the 4 poster beds with Mozi nets felt like pure luxury-I loved hearing the wind whisper gently through the reed walls. The wonderful staff (all local and trained up by M+I) made delicous food and we all felt very welcome. The food highlights for me were the banana pancakes (which we tried very hard to recreate once home again) and the hot chocolate- actually the breakfast was totally awesome too- delcious muesli and yoghurt. There are so many lovely touches-blackboads showing specials (tangerine juice-yipppe), tide times and the Dinner menu, to the lending Library of books and beautiful solar lanterns. The deco was amazing from the beautiful root lamps hanging above the dinner tables to the round shower block (with very hot water-another luxury!). However what made this visit so special is the warmth and generosity of a beautiful young couple who have such a passion for this place and the community surrounding it- I am already planning my return for 2014-can't wait to book more nights in the beautiful Secret Gardens.
- 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