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Casa Babi
Ranked #1 of 8 Vilanculos B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Melegnano, Italy
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Casa Babi”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

We spent 5 days, excellent accommodation, wonderful enviroment and last but not least very good food.A thank to all the staff,especially to Sabrina who gave us the necessary support for our activities and to the six dogs, our body guards in all the long walks we have done in the beach...to everyone reaching Vilanculosa don't forget Casa Barbi!!!!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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sabrov2, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Ciao Antonella e Maurizio,
we enjoyed very much your company and are happy you were so pleased to spend some time here.
We hope you'll come back one of these days for some more diving, snorkeling, good food and long walks on the beach with our dogs.
All the best,
Sabrina, Denis, Virginie, Francisco, all the staff and of course all the dogs!
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

This lovely guest house is set on a spectacular strip of beach with views across the water to the islands. We stayed for 5 nights while completing our PADI Open Water course, and enjoyed relaxing in the well cared for gardens and buildings in the peaceful setting. The place has an extremely personal feel to it, thanks to the genuine and thoughtful welcome provided by all the staff. The pets belonging to the guest house add to its homely feel, and we were quickly charmed by the dogs who were eager to accompany us on walks on the beach at the bottom of the garden and through the local area. The food served surpassed all expectation, all home-made and delicious (we did eat out once or twice during our stay to explore other options, but soon decided it was a much better idea to stick with the truly excellent food on offer at Casa Babi). A beautiful place with lovely people, and we hope to return one day.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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sabrov2, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Hello Grace and Alex,
happy to see in writing what you told us when you left!
the dogs are missing you so much! they are desperatly looking at the beach, longing for a long walk!
we hope you your settling back in England goes well and that you'll sooon have the occasion to come back here.
All the best,
marius, bianca, minimiss, mamadog, fred, vilan and all of us!
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Casa Babi at the end of April, we stayed in their self catering cottage Tucul and could not have found a nicer spot. The cottage had everything we needed to self cater, but to be honest we mostly ended up having supper at their restaurant because the food was good! It is a great location, with a view over the ocean from most of the rooms. We did not dive with them, which is what most guests do, but we did a snorkelling trip with them one day which was well organised. Although the location is a too far from the big hotels and bars for a quick stroll , it is an easy 5-10 minute trip with a taxi if you want that sort of thing. We preferred this side of Vilanculos though and liked the Mozambican feel, being able to walk to the local market, to see the local fish market nearby every day on the beach. We had a great time with the owners the first night (who thereafter left for their own breakaway) and then with their managers the following 4 nights. Being dog owners ourselves we enjoyed the friendly dogs of Casa Babi and we were often graced by their company on our beach walks. The managers were very helpful to organise day trips for us, either with themselves or with other service providers. A great week spent at Casa Babi!

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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sabrov2, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Hello Mia and Hugo,
thank you so much for your lovely comments on our cottage. Since you were amongst ou first guests there your feed back is very important to us.
and we're also very glad you found our menus interesting enough to decide to have a proper holiday and not cook!
we hope we'll see you again soon.
All the best,
Sabrina, Denis, Virginie, Francisco, and all the staff.
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Inhambane, Mozambique
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We stayed in Casa Babi for 4 days during our nudibranch expedition. The place has a stunning view of the Bay and the best food in town! The service is very personalized and every day they make a nice yummy food. Fresh crabs, clams and fish is sold just in front of the hotel, so you always have nice fresh sea food and it is always made in the best french-Mozambican way.The rooms are very comfortable and spacious and everyone very friendly. Odyssea dive center is at Casa Babi making it easy to go out! Lovely! Lovely!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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sabrov2, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Dear Yara,
nothing more to say then we're waiting for you to come back for another nudibranch expedition! we'll make sure to prepare nice meals for when you come back from diving!
see you very soon
Sabrina & Denis
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Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 June 2014

We stayed at Casa Babi for a week and it was delightful. It's located just by the beach so you have this amazing view with a little garden when you can just lay back and relax. There's also a nice pool, some chair and a lounge area where you can just chill, have a drink, talk to people or just play with the dogs and cats that will be asking you for some love and attention.

The team is great, very focused on making sure you are enjoying your stay.

The food is delicious, with gigantic breakfasts and 3 course meals for dinner. All very tasty and with local and seasonal food.

Everything was spotlessand there are quite a few activities that you can choose from. Boat ride to the island, town tour, sailing, etc. The main attraction is, of course, diving. The instructors are great, the location for diving is really good and there's plenty to see under water.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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sabrov2, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Hello Ines and Petru,
thank you for taking the time to share your experience with fellow travellers.
We're happy you enjoyed so much our garden, our food and the company of the dogs and cats! hope you took them for a walk on the beach.. they love it!
All the best,
Sabrina, Denis, Virginie, Francisco and all the staff.
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

This place is close to the community, the lodge is directly on the beach, we can see the fisherman from the garden. With my boyfriend, we had a great time, it is the best place for activities, the reception can manage the activities for you, and concerning the food, I can tell you it's delicious, everything is homemade, so good. And most important thing, they have their own diving club and I really advise you to dive. We would like to say thank you to our hosts Virginie and Pancho (Francisco) who were really nice and friendly with us. We wish you the best to you two. Signed Nathalie and JB (Jean-Baptiste).

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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sabrov2, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this review, 6 July 2014
Google Translation
Merci Nathalie et Jean-Baptiste pour vos très gentils commentaires sur votre séjour chez nous. Nous les avons partagés avec Francisco et Virginie qui se sont apparemment très bien occupés de tous nos invités pendant notre absence.
Nous espérons que vous aurez l'occasion de revenir au Mozambique et chez nous et que nous pourrons vous rencontrer cette fois ci.
Merci encore.
A bientôt,
Sabrina, Denis, Virginie, Francisco et tout le staff.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

We stayed at Casa Babi for 4 nights because we were diving with Odyssey and wanted everything to be easy and close at hand. We were expecting a basic diving type lodge, suited and organised for divers but Casa Babi is so much more than that.

Located at the "quiet" end of the beach (honestly its all pretty quiet), and set on the dunes behind the beach overlooking the ocean. The rooms are a set of 4 with an uninterrupted view out to the islands, and the best seat in the house for the daily fish markets. At lowish tide its easy to walk to anywhere along the beach and there are a number of cafes/bars/restaurants within easy walking distance.

The rooms are comfortable with nice big beds and a high quality mosquito net to keep the bugs out. Lots of hot water, good linen and clean towels makes this in the nicer category of B&B - no cutting corners here.

As we were diving most days we pretty much ate at Casa Babi the whole time we were there (with a couple of exceptions) and the food was great. Tasty, freshly prepared and using good quality ingredients, its just what you want after a day on the ocean. Sabrina is eager to make sure every one enjoys the food, and after we expressed a like for crab she even organised the most amazing crab salad one night for dinner - wonderful.

If you are looking for a friendly, relaxed place that will leave you to do your own thing but be there whenever you need help then Casa Babi is the place for you.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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sabrov2, Owner at Casa Babi, responded to this review, 6 July 2014
Hello Adrienne and Ian,
so many nice comments! thank you very much.
Since you're not too far away, we hope you'll come and stay and dive again here.
We promise we'll prepare great crab platters for you!
All the best,
Sabrina, Denis and all the staff.
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Property: 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 8 B&Bs / Inns in Vilanculos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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