“We laughed a lot – we watched fantastic sunsets from the balcony – we even went to a local football match… it is so worth it.” Another happy guest at Ibo Island Lodge.
It is a charmingly renovated lodge, in the old Portuguese style, on the mysterious Ibo island. It offers beautiful panoramic sunsets, great dhow rides and appealing walks through villages. It is an amazing, unique place!
Guests say that Ibo Island is unlike anywhere they have ever been before. “The Lodge itself is beautiful, decorated with impeccable taste… Everyone at the lodge was extremely friendly and the food was great. The island itself is extraordinary. Nothing has changed since Portuguese occupation and it has become a sort of ghost town,” enthuses one guest.
If you like camping, then do it the luxurious way – brave a three-night dhow safari involving “roughing it” on a deserted island with a roaring log fire and fresh seafood. The nature of deserted islands is that there is not that much to do except relax – ideal for the stressed out city dweller!
Return to life as it was 100 years ago in Ibo Island – a blend of luxurious mod cons and ancient cultural relics are evident in this renovated lodge. Colonial style, high ceilings and four-poster beds increase the warmth emanating from the thick walls and beautiful gardens.
“A beautiful view indeed, of the sun setting over the mangroves, makes the restaurant on the rooftop the best place for a drink on arrival (and any other time). We had been told of this island, far north of Mozambique, with a very unique atmosphere, a lively and friendly local community: we were lucky enough to be there to judge by ourselves,” notes another content guest.
You too can enjoy the perfect Quirimbas holiday at Ibo Island Lodge - whether it is an adventurous dhow sail to Quirimba Island to walk through the mangroves on the slave trails or a relaxed day on the sandbank where the snorkelling is mind blowing.
“I think this place has something magic. There is a special atmosphere. The balance between the preservation of the old style and the modern facilities is perfect.”