Testimonials Archive

Andreas and Candice Germany

Wow, what an amazing, out of this world experience! Everything was world class. A big thank you to all the staff that made our stay an absolute pleasure. We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience this gem of nature! P.S. A special thank you to Harris, Rob, Jordan, Pemba and Kissinger for making us feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed. This is something we will never forget. Thank you to all.

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Sally Birrel

Sitting overlooking this view one cannot imagine or prepare oneself for such a beautiful Island . I have trodden here humbly, the dawn and dusk both mystical the pace of life here reinstalls belief in human nature. The sand bank is a world apart, magnifying the beauty of the ocean in one small and shifting fragile place. Such beauty is what happens here in Ibo. Never lose what is here now ! Never let the magic at Ibo escape from the bottle I know when I boarded the air link flight at Johannesburg . The magic was beginning but arriving at Ibo and all that I have seen smelt , touched heard here has have been beyond a dream . I have visited many beautiful places and only a few have stolen my heart. Ibo Island lodge and its people, history and culture did. It is truly spectacular.

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Jodi and David from Australia

As a start to our honeymoon, we could not Have asked for a more beautiful place. The staff (especially Kissinger) were fabulous and special notes to the chef!! The sand bank island breakfast will always be a special memory.

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Lesley –Ann Steer

I just got off the phone with Gideon, a colleague of mine.  He called to tell me that he and his fiancé, Mariaan, had tied the knot in July.  When I asked him where the ceremony took place he said that they had got married on Ibo Island.  What a surprise!   He said that the Lodge organized everything perfectly and that the chapel was lit up with hundreds of candles – they were over the moon with it all.  Just wanted to let you know that you’ve won yet another very happy client…Lesley –Ann Steer

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Sarah Rogers, Melissa Borgo, Anna Hildebrand, Kathy Millet, Dianne Doust and Leanne Wild from Australia

Dear Rob, Glynn and The Team @ Ibo!

What a wonderful stay and dhow safari we have had!! An amazing island and a gorgeous lodge. The experience has truly been fantastic! From arriving by dhow to finishing with our private beach diner, it has all been magical!! Hope to get back one day!

What a wonderful experience! I have enjoyed every minute and learnt so much about Ibo Island culture. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and hope to return one day. I wish you every success.

Thank you for an amazing experience! I will take memories and photos and new friends away with me. Harris is an amazing guide and really comfortable to be around and his knowledge is outstanding. The Dhow safari was a great way to travel and I felt truly relaxed. Rob and Glynn and Ibo you have been really hospitable and I feel like you are instant friends. Thank you again.

The opportunity to share your special part of the world has been fantastic. Thank you for all your hospitality, personal touches & obvious passion for the island of Ibo. We leave with happy memories, many photos and the pleasure of sharing those with you & the islanders. Thank you for the fabulous birthday celebrations – so so special.

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Marion Gibson and family

Our too brief stay at your lodge was magical and an experience that will remain with us. Not only was the service excellent, but also you made us feel as if we were a member of your Ibo Island family. We are most impressed by the positive contribution you have made to the local communities, and the preservation of the local culture. We return home with treasured memories and look forward to returning to this magical place.

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Maurice Gardner from England

Very interesting to visit Ibo and your initiative to encourage development on the Island. Beautiful scenery combined with culture, history and good insight into the local life has made my stay here so rewarding and relaxing. A wonderfully unique experience – everyone so helpful – interesting history everywhere! I wish the lodge and Ibo Island great success. Oh and that beach……….!.

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Leon and Corlia, South Africa

We are Speechless…. ! exceeding all our expectations. The lodge holds true to “IBO” meaning well organised. Beautiful… everything is absolutely fantastic. Amazing food. And very professional staff and service, we will be back.. Good luck with your future plans. We have had an AMAZING week here..

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Nick and Nic

To Kevin and the Ibo Team

Coming here with no expectations, Ibo and the lodge were a famous revelation. Thank you so much for the warm reception and a genuine original experience!

Ibo Lodge is a heaven of tranquillity. Wonderful gats as the sun set at the veranda bar!! Loved our 6 am Dhow Trip to the sand bank for a full English!!! Sailing back was memorable!

Lovely “lateral” few days!

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Monika Brester

Dear Ibo Friends (can I call you friends?)

I have had the most amazing time in Ibo, possibly the time of my life. It’s been only one short weekend but I feel like spent here at least a week – cultural, historical tours were awesome and so was dhow cruise to the sand bank and morning kayaking!! I will never forget my private dinner on the beach with the moon and candles only! Thank you for making my stay here so memorable. Ibo Island Lodge is one magical place!!

Hope to see you again one day!

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Lisa Carr

Not in ones wildest dreams would one believe that such a wonderful place exists. Undeniably a lost paradise in the Indian Ocean. I feel we have been steeped in Ibo’s history and culture and guilty pleasure of staying in this beautiful colonial lodge filled with staff who have surpassed the word service, they have provided us a haven of personality, generosity and damn good food and wine! From collecting fine porcelain pieces on the beach, moonlit walks, sunset dhow trips and crab claws. This has been a truly memorable trip. “A life not reflected on is a life not lived, I feel I have lived on Ibo!!

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Dara Carr

To everyone at Ibo Lodge, thank you so much for a truly magical experience. Everyone made us feel so welcome. Sunsets on the veranda each night were a treat. The sea food each night was the best. The island itself is truly unique and we are privileged to have been here. Ibo is not just a place you recommend someone to visit, it’s a gift you pass on to others who would truly appreciate it. Well done!

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Christina Lamb and family from England

You have created a wonderful haven on this island where time really does stand still. I could sit here for weeks watching the tides and the dhows go out and come back again. The friendliness and simplicity of Ibo has restored my faith in humanity after all the horrors of Iraq and Afghanistan. Thank you for that and for showing us round this island of stories. I will never forget my New Year spent on Ibo (or the delicious prawns).

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Lee Poston

This is my second time to Ibo and it is even more beautiful than I remember. The people are wonderful and the lodge is spectacular. I hope the development continues and it continues to benefit the community of Ibo. Thanks for being such great hosts

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Beno & Brigitta

Dear Rob, Glyn, Ibo the dog & The Ibo team

Thank you for showing us heaven on the earth with this outstanding island IBO!
Especially the birthday dinner on the beach makes our stay unforgettable. We enjoyed the historical and cultural tours very much. We already saw a lot of the world but IBO is really something special, something outstanding which is with getting the world heritage certification.

All the best to the Ibo Team …you’re blessed with this wonderful place on earth. We will be back!

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Mathew and Kate from England.

We’d like to thank you for making our honeymoon on Ibo Island an unforgettable experience. Our room on first sight was amazing and luxurious, the whole lodge is run and managed perfectly;. We bonded ( we think ) with the weaver birds, Ibo the dog, the wonderful staff , Kissinger, Insa, Nacir, Joao, Anli & the rest, and the chefs Bombina, Ussene and Richard, and all the birds by the pool.

We leave with happy memories of every moment, even the sunburn. Thanks to Rob & Glyn for a great arrival at the sand bank too. We will dream of returning one day.

 

 

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Daniella Ratchett

From the moment we arrived we were blown away by this place – the beautiful decor, the impeccable friendly service – we really couldn’t have asked for more. A magical place – we’ll be sending people here whenever we get the chance (and hope we don’t bore everyone waxing lyrical beforehand! Whilst lazing by the pool, or sipping an expertly mixed cocktail or discussing the day’s activities with the ever efficient Dollar it has been difficult to put my finger on why this is the best hotel I have ever stayed at. To cut a long story short, it immediately entered my top 3 on arrival, only to move rapidly up the podium as we enjoyed the comfort and subtlety of the decor and the phenomenally warm and delightful hospitality of all the team. Special mention to all! A big thanks and the best of luck in developing the lodge further.

 

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Sarah & Barend

Dear Ibo Island Lodge Team.
We came to visit this special place on the recommendation of our ornithologist friend & bird guide, Malcolm Wilson, and he is right. Ibo Island Lodge is fantastic! We loved watching the wonders from the roof top of the front, we loved the historical tour with Anli and the sand bank trip with Cosmo (humpback dolphins, humpback whale breaching)… Felicity and her team created a stylish and comfortable atmosphere, and the chef and his team cooked up wonders (crab, prawns, lobster & garden fresh goodies)!
A big thank you to all, and compliments to Rob for ensuring that Ibo Island Lodge is a place we shall want to come back to.
All the best.

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Jan, John, Barrie & Caroline

To Rob, Glyn and all the wonderful staff.
Thanks for making the last leg of our African holiday so memorable. Highlight was the lunch and snorkelling on the sand bank and the relaxing sail home. Paradise!
Ps. Thanks for the lobster!!

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Nick Coates

I have only just arrived back in the UK and thought I ought to add my message of thanks to those you have already received. A magnificent trip…well organised, professionally operated, fascinating, educational and – most importantly – very enjoyable. A huge thank you for all those who extended hospitality….not least Rob and Harris at Ibo Island Lodge. The food at Ibo Island Lodge was truly exceptional. I think makes it the best in the Quirimbas? Congratulations to Rob and the team. You really ought to boast of this – A&K intend to do so. Thanks again for all. I really enjoyed the trip

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