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Casa Babi
Ranked #1 of 10 Vilanculos B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 September 2013

We booked three nights and wished we had more. The location is magnificent with every room having a beach view, rooms are designed with travelers in mind and all the little details done right.
Food was so good that we didn't eat anywhere else. Sabrina cooks dinner herself they feel more like a dinner party than a lodge.
Kitchen is vegetarian and vegan friendly!
The diving was also great with a fantastic staff of international instructors, excellent equipment and lovely lunches prepared for the group.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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sabrov2, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2013

hello Maor and Tal, thanks for giving us so quickly such a good feed-back. We would have been very happy to have you here longer but are sure you're enjoying your stay in the paradise lodge of the islands! we hope we'll see you next time your travels take you to this side of the world and I'll make sure we have a large enough array if vegan recipes. I'll boost my vegetable garden! See you soon. All the best. Sabrina, Denis, the staff, the dogs (especially bianca!) and the cats!

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Reviewed 29 August 2013

This place seems to be an extension of the Odyssea Dive operation, with only four rooms to rent and only two tables at the dining area (you can't call that a restaurant), but rooms, garden and common areas are taken care of to the detail, the food is excellent -a set menu, different every day- and the life at the beach upfront may keep your camera busy most of the time. Among the owners couple, Sabrina was always attentive and helpful during our stay and she is obviously the brain at the kitchen, but Denis will certainly never win a sympathy award, apparently single-minded towards diving, which we did not do, although opinions received from diving customers during our stay were quite negative.

Room Tip: Chose the ground floor rooms in preference and you will enjoy the garden for the same price.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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DenisMoz, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2013

Hello Vincenc and Maria,

Thank you for your nice comments on our place, always appreciated.

I’m really sorry for the bad impression you had on me… I’m sometimes called by Sabrina “the grumpy French man” and she is right, I can be much more discreet than she is, reason why I let her dealing with our guests at Casa Babi and I focus on the diving! I can remember you also saw me on the boat, dealing with an unusual situation of divers we were expecting coming with the dhow you were on and that was 1 hour late with difficult weather as well. Maybe a bit of stress for me which probably made me even more “reserved”. Sorry for that. I’ll try to be friendlier in the future!

Thanks for the comments on the food Sabrina and her staff prepare with passion. And you’re right this is not a restaurant… we are not opened to the pubic and much prefer the idea of a dining table where our guests can meet and share their Mozambican experiences.

We hope your feelings about me won’t prevent you from coming to visit us again.

All the best
Denis & Sabrina

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Reviewed 22 August 2013

One of the best places I have stayed at - the owners know how to make your experience special - the rooms are beautiful and clean, the food is great and you can book your dives and day trips directly with them. You can enjoy the paradise landscape from your balcony. One day I will come back!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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sabrov2, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2013

Hello Isabelle, many thanks for your great review. We're so proud to read this is one of the best places you stayed at... and you know quite a few! We'll be very happy to welcome you back here, maybe in summer... so that you're not too cold!!! all the best

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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We stayed at Casa Babi for 10 days with our young kids, and loved every minute. Sabrina and Denis have thought through every little detail of this minimalist-but-sophisticated little piece of paradise. From the carefully designed meals, to the diving experiences, we had an idyllic break here. Many places strive to have the "home away from home" thing, but these guys have really achieved it. Our kids did the great "bubble-making" course with Federico and Virginie, the incredibly professional and fun diving instructors. I don't know other places around the area, but what I can say is that you'll love this little gem.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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sabrov2, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2013

Hello Richard & family, thank you very much for this lovely feed back. We'll obviously share it with our instructors and staff. We're very happy you could feel at home here as we really do everything we can to make our guests feel more like part of the family then clients! we hope the kids are doing good in their environment and that you'll all continue diving together. All the best, Sabrina, Denis, Francisco, Virginie, all the staff and all the dogs & cats!!! (who miss the kids too!)

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Reviewed 10 August 2013 via mobile

Vilanculos is Mozambique's tourist hub and when you drive through the town, you may wonder why. It isn't the prettiest town in Mozambique, but once you reach the small Casa Babi, your view changes straight away.

You're made to feel part of the family here. The optional dinner is stunning continental and local cuisine and the owners join you. I think everyone who stays at Casa Babi chooses to stay for dinner because the food is great and reasonably priced.

The rooms are really modern but retain some African influences - the blend worked well.

The beach is a hive of activity - it's not one to sunbath on, but one where you can experience the local culture. The fish market is right outside. The owner's dogs look after their guests as well as the owners do - they accompany you during your walks if you want!

This place is slick - Sabrina and Denis have thought things through from a user experience. Water in the room, a bag containing beach towels is in the room, local amenities are used etc.

The other benefit is they own Odyssea Dive, so you get discounts on their daily snorkeling and diving trips to the Bazaruto Islands. For these, you go on a speed boat so arrive before the slow dhows and get to spend longer on the island after lunch.

We really enjoyed our time at Casa Babi.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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DenisMoz, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2013

Many thanks for your review, Marcus.

We are happy you enjoyed your stay, diving and snorkeling.

Greetings to Ryan!

Denis & Sabrina

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Thanks a lot to the whole team. We had an awesome stay!!! The location, rooms and restaurant are absolutely beautiful and the service was amazing - better than we could expect. Food was delicious, too. The views on the sea were simply breathtaking from Casa Babi. We also enjoyed the diving: nice relaxing dives, very good equipment and dive guides with a very professional focus on safety. The reefs were not as crowded with divers as in Tofo. Overall we liked diving here more than in Tofo. The day trips to Bazaruto are really unforgettable experiences. We took some really amazing pictures over there...

Clearly 6 out of 5 stars!

Room Tip: there are only four rooms and all of them are equally nice
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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DenisMoz, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2013

Hi Christian,

We are happy you enjoyed it.

Thanks for the great pictures and nice comment.

We are not 5 stars, though, please, future guests, don't expect so much!

Greeting to Mieke
Denis & Sabrina

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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Stayed with a friend here before and after setting off on our Sailaway Dhow safari. What a fabulous place - the staff were so friendly & accommodating and Sabrina even took us to the chapa stand and made sure we were safely installed in the chapa we took down to Machite (I think she thought we were mad taking public transport but she made sure we weren't ripped off!). The location is a little out of town but Vilankulos accommodation seems to be spread out anyway & we didn't have any problems - we walked back along the beach from the gallery at the other end of town for dinner then took a taxi back to the guesthouse. We had lovely views over the sea from our room. The food was excellent - dinner was one of the best meals we had in Mozambique - and breakfast was also delicious. We only wished that we'd had more time to stay here for longer!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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sabrov2, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

Hello LovLiv, this is such a nice review, especially coming from guests who spent such a short time with us. Thank you very much. Hope you managed to finish your Dive Course in SA and will come and dive on our side one of these days. I hope I didn't look too doubtful about the chapas! They can be pretty uncomfortable but are definitely part of the travelling experience. See you soon hopefully. All the best,

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Additional Information about Casa Babi

Address: Odyssea Dive | Rua do Palacio, Vilanculos 8000, Mozambique
Region: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Vilanculos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Vilanculos
Price Range: £132 - £170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Babi 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Vilanculos, overlooking the bay of Bazaruto, Casa Babi is the latest addition to accommodation in Vilanculos. Designed by Odyssea Dive as a "boutique hotel," our aim is to meet the needs of travellers, divers and non-divers, who wish to spend some time enjoying our unique decor in a cosy and familiar atmosphere, where details are important. A real home away from home. ... more   less 
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