No surprise that AirBnB is now fully established on Ilha with around 20 accommodations listed here and on other popular platforms such as booking.com. In addition there is a new accommodation called Cafe Central who’s clever reliance on these booking platforms has allowed it to rise to prominence seemingly out of nowhere.
All of which gives visitors more choice than ever before and access to some real bargains even during the high season. Add to this some aggressive discounting such as the prestigious Jardim Does Aloes offering of 50% discount during the month of September, plus fine art on display at O’Escondidinho, and you’ll agree, there’s really never been a better time to visit Ilha De Mozambique.
A locally run accommodation very conveniently located in Stonetown on the central road between the Market and the Hospital. It’s a cool shady place (hardly any windows), a little bit basic but clean. All rooms are different and the front one on the left as you go in is the cheapest and in my mind the nicest with daylight and a breeze from the street, but may be noisy at night. Not updated
Double room with en-suite & A/C 1700mts.
Double room with shared Bathroom no A/C 1500mts
Ph: +258 84 8540403 or +258 82 4551420
Don’t be fooled by the crumbling façade of this hidden guesthouse located just a few doors up from Ruby’s. Once through the gate you enter a luscious garden with spacious rooms and terraces to one side.
Casa Azul is a very low key sort of place, so much so that I’m no longer really sure if its open. They may still get a few business people and NGO workers who prefer the general sense of calm. Don’t go there if you are hoping to meet other people, however you will meet the two very large and friendly dogs that belong to the owner.
All rooms have A/C and Ensuite bathroom
2500mts includes breakfast (2015 rate) Not Updated
Contact details (good luck getting through)
Ph: +258 827 942 540 or +258 847942541
Casa Branca is an impressive building on the Contra Costa overlooking the sea with spectacular views towards Ilha Dos Cobras and Ilha De Goa. It’s the home of Dona Flora, a local identity.
All rooms are currently booked in a long lease arrangement
Contact details are the same as for Mooxeleliya
Ph: +258 820975830 or +258 824543290
E: email@example.com Not Updated
Casa Das Ondas
Located on the Contra Costa, which, because of its large (and normally empty) official residencies is generally quieter than elsewhere in Stonetown with the added advantage of a cool breeze. This 3 room guesthouse gets some long stayers and lots of repeat visitors (in fact we often stayed here on our first visits to Ilha). Rooms are large and clean. All rooms have a/c
Laundry service available
Double bed and ensuite 3000mts
Twin single beds and shared bathroom 2500
Extra mattress 350
Contact Nina 82 4386400
On the Contra Costa, the space is shared with local family. Popular with Peace Corp volunteers and others looking for a truly local, and consequently, more affordable option
Laundry service available and Dona Khero can cook for guests
11 Rooms all with a/c
4 twinwith ensuite bathroom, A/C 1500mts
5 twin shared bathroom A/C 1500mts
2 double shared bathroom
Contact+258 26 610034 or 84 48 03664 Not Updated
Casa Dos Quatro Ventos
A large place fully furnished with antique pieces from Uganda and elsewhere in Africa. Located in a peaceful street close to everything. Here guests rent the whole house complete with kitchen. One double room has a/c and all rooms have fans. Large garden, rooftop terrace up a set of wooden stairs, perfect for party or other social/business event
3 rooms, 2 with double beds and private bathrooms and 1 twin shared bathroom
Prices $160 per day. $900 per week. From 4 to 6 people
Ph: +258 84 5350795 or 82 07 96610
Casa Yasmine is situated on the Contra Costa, next to Cine Teatro Nina, the sea view gives a sense of space and wonderful breeze. The Indian families of Yasmine and Himo go back many generations on Ilha, they are an important part of the fabric of island life and their house is a hub of activity.
Alongside their own living quarters there are 5 ground floor rooms each with en-suite and A/C. Upstairs is a much larger room decorated to their taste. None of the rooms take advantage of the view which is unfortunate but the family atmosphere compensates for that.
Its often people that have a long association with the island that stay here but everyone is welcome.
Casa Yasmine is not taking guests this year for family reasons
Casuarina Camping Jembesse (Not updated)
On the mainland to the left of the bridge. Situated on a busy village beach with views across the water to Ilha de Mozambique, spectacular when the sun or moon is rising. There’s a simple restaurant on site and plenty of shops and market stalls just 200meters away in the Jembesse village.
Casuarina Camping has ample parking making it suitable for over-landers and camper vans but its location on the ‘wrong’ side of the bridge rules it out for most travellers.
Rooms with double bed and shared bathroom 1000mts/night.
A small house, double bed, en suite bathroom, 2000mts/night
A larger house closest to the water, en suite bathroom, several beds that can take up to 5 people, 2500mts/night
Camping with Casuarina’s tent 300mts/night/person
Bringing your own tent 250mts/night/person
Price includes: breakfast
Contact | +258 824545960
Coral Lodge 15.41
Coral Lodge is under new ownership. The story goes that a guest enjoyed his stay so much that, learning that it was up for sale he decided to buy the whole place.
The lodge describes itself as “…a beach sanctuary which tastefully blends luxury and comfort with the authentic feel of Mozambique style and simplicity” and who could argue with that. The setting is world class and the rooms and excellent cuisine guarantee a wonderful stay. There are 10 luxury villas, some facing the ocean the other facing the spectacular lagoon.
Coral Lodge is not actually on Ilha but across Mossuril Bay, 3km by Swahili Dhow which is the best way to get there. Being so close to Ilha makes it a great place to explore the World Heritage site and the other nearby islands.
In recent years Coral Lodge has been through some turbulent times (hence the sale) and things haven’t always been as harmonious as they are now. Since the passionate and very talented management team of Filipa and Ricardo took over more than a year ago things have gotten much better and the energy of new owners should ensure that things stay that way.
- Air Conditioning above your bed (this works a treat)
- Electronic safe
- Coffee & tea making facilities
- A fully-stocked private bar
- Outdoor shower
Ph: +258 840 456 058.
Escondidinho – Hiding Place
This light and airy place is right in the centre of Stonetown. Rumored to be a former slave market it is now a comfortable mid-priced guesthouse with spacious rooms most with en-suite bathrooms. The swimming pool at Escondidinho is the best on the island, situated in a shady garden next to the restaurant and bar it’s a good place to escape the midday heat and do as the name suggests and hide away.
The restaurant and bar have had several changes of management and periods of being closed which have dented the reputation of what was once one of the best places to eat on the island. Now things are looking a bit more stable so lets keep our fingers crossed.
Lots of singles, couples and occasionally families stay here, it’s also popular with business people & NGO workers.
Prices range from 2600mts/$43 through to 7500mts/$125 for a suite in peak season.
All have A/C and most have en-suite bathrooms. There is also a very large room that sleeps 6, good for a family or group of friends but no a/c – 7800mts.
Includes: breakfast, use of swimming pool and wifi
Ph: +258 843898628
Feitoria Boutique Hotel
The newest and by many accounts the best value accommodation on Ilha. From first impression (10 out of 10 for ‘Wow’ factor) to what you can’t see (or hear) off-site utilities, this development is designed to please. Like any new place it will take time to find its way but the opening months have been very promising with lots of happy guests. The Feitoria offers “resort style with sophisticated trimmings”.
Located in a very central position in Stone Town, next to the bank and on the sea. The reception and conference facilities are situated in the main heritage building, then there’s a large open area with swimming pool, soon to be massage facilities and a restaurant / bar on the terrace by the sea.
While the buildings are distinctly Portuguese Colonial, the fittings have an exotic Indian theme in keeping with the islands eclectic cultural mix.
Most of the accommodation is built into what were once separate warehouses. These run down either side of the open area, rather like terraced cottages surrounding a village square. All have their own front door and window, ensuite bathroom and there’s a choice of twin or double beds. The large suites and conference facilities are located up the magnificent staircase.
What the visitor doesn’t see is the utilities: generators, water treatment plant, storage and other backup services that are all cleverly hidden in an adjacent building. A lot of thought and investment has clearly gone into this project with nothing left to chance. Car parking is in reserved spaces at the adjacent park.
Prices to September 2017
Standard: 4 rooms, all double beds. 6000mts/ $100
Superior: 8 rooms, 5 twin 3 double 7000mts/ $117
Suite Junior: 3 suites 2 double 1 twin, 1 with sea view 8500mts/ $142
Suite Senior: 2 suites, all double with terrace and sea view 9500mts/ $158
All rooms with hot/cold water, wifi, TV, hair dryer, robe, sandals
Arrangement can be made for extra childs bed in the suites
Conference space for 25
258 82 9696963/+258 84 9696963 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jardim Dos Aloés Boutique B&B
This accommodation strives to provide “elegance and comfort for discerning clientele looking for something special”. Situated in the narrow lanes of Stonetown, entrance is through a wooden side gate.
Another place where the simple entrance provides no clues as to what lies behind. This property includes several heritage buildings all being carefully renovated to a very high standard by a slightly eccentric Italian/Mozambican couple, Bruno and Judith (who you will see a lot of during your stay). The Jardim Dos Aloés prides itself on old-fashioned style and service and the food is excellent, using fresh, locally procured ingredients wherever possible. Breakfast is included and additional meals are available by arrangement.
King, Queen or 2 single beds, suite/apartments all with A/C, fans and quality fittings.
10000-12000 mts with reductions in the low season
Includes “5 star” breakfast and free wifi.
Contact | +258 84213 1488 or +258 87 8274645 | email@example.com
Hospedagem Monteiro, A Nivukhu
Situated in a side street between the Central Market and the old Capatania Building. There are 16 rooms squeezed into a fairly small space. I don’t know of anybody that has stayed here but my hunch is that it appeals to government employees and other medium income earners visiting the island for work.
Double with ensuite and a/c 2000mts
Double with ensuite no a/c 1500mts
Twin room with outside bathroom 1000mts
Single outside bathroom 500mts
Ph: 82 6696880 or 84 9299059
A large Stonetown guesthouse with dolops of character. Situated at the narrowest point of the island, the sea is within 200 meters in either direction. To the left as you step out the door is the Contra Costa and to the right is the Museu beach and the Pontão.
This impressive heritage building has a large sala with period fittings and windows that are open onto the street. Three of the bedrooms also share this view, while the two other upstairs rooms open onto the large and lush garden behind. The downstairs suites have been improved to make them more comfortable, even so they lack the character of those upstairs.
In the busy season Mooxeliliya is often booked out by groups of travellers who take over all the rooms (Italians in particular). At other times it is popular with travellers avoiding the backpacker scene but still on a budget. Locals, including government employees, also like to stay here.
All rooms have private bathrooms and fans. Suites have A/C and sleep up to 4.
Prices range from1500mts to 2500mts.
Contact | +258 820975830 or +258 824543290 | firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
More info | www.ilhamocambique.com.sapo.pt
Omakuthini – Casa Luis
This was for a long time the only tourist accommodation situated in the south of the island, right in the heart of Makuti Town. For most people Casa Luis is too far from the island’s main tourist attractions but for others, it’s the very reason they go there.
This family run place is very friendly, clean and tidy and rooms are all comfortable. It’s one of the cheapest options listed here and consequently attracts the more price conscious travellers along with those seeking an ‘authentic’ cultural emersion.
Dorm beds 500
Double/twin Rooms 1000
Almira is the owner and guests rave about her wonderful meals which she can prepare for a small extra cost
Contact | +258 824367570 or +258 845631513 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Omuhipiti (Pousada da Ilha de Mozambique)
Formerly the government run hotel, Om’uhipiti is well situated in a large area of landscaped garden at the northern end of the island. Close to the Fortaleza and two of the best beaches but a long way from shops, cafes and most bars. Om’uhipiti’ can boast that all rooms have a sea view, and that’s something no other accommodation has.
Described as 4 stars but looking as though it had a 80’s make-over and nothing since, this hotel is fairly dilapidated and lacks soul.
The hotel has 23 rooms , Prices are from 2016
Standard Single 2600/double 2800
Junior suite single 3000/double 3600
Master suite single 3600/double 3950
Extra bed 700/800mts
All rooms have en-suite and A/C. All have sea views
Ph: +258 826965500
Patio dos Quintalinhos (Casa Gabriel)
Located on the border between Stonetown and Makuti Town, on the seafront and next to the Central Mosque. This tastefully developed and furnished guesthouse belongs to Italian architect Gabriel Melazzi and is often referred to simply as Gabriel’s Place. It has a boutique aesthetic without being the least bit pretentious.
There are 6 rooms, a swimming pool, rooftop terrace and stylish living areas. It is popular with singles, couples and small groups of friends who are prepared to pay slightly more for comfort and style.
Gabriels now offer secure inside parking, not that crime is such a problem on the island, but if you have lots of gear in your car its always better to lock it out of sight.
Pricing has changed so that there are better deals for single travellers.
Suite with en-suite bathroom, A/C, patio and terrace 3,200mts 1 person 4000 mts for 2 people
Double room, en-suite bathroom, central fan, big mosquito net 3,000mts 1 person 3,800 for 2 people
Double room ( external bathroom), central fan,A/C, big mosquito net 2,000mts 1 person 2,600 2 people
Price includes breakfast, and Wifi from 7pm to 6 am
Laundry service available
Contact | +258 26610090 or +258 824197610 | email@example.com
More info | www.mozambiqueguesthouse.com
Located to the south of the Slave Memorial Garden and overlooking a pretty beach. When it is fully finished this will be a fantastic addition to the island’s accommodation offerings with 10 ensuite doubles and two family rooms planned. So far they have just 3 rooms with shared bathrooms and a large suite with private facilities.
Rooms are upstairs in the main heritage building. Some guests find it strange that the rooms are all built under the same high roof and lack separate ceilings (which would provide more privacy) but others don’t seem to mind and they find that the attached lounge with local antique furnishings more than makes up for this.
The restaurant is open Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
All rooms have a/c and fan
2 with king-size beds
1 with twin
Private kitchen shared bathroom. 5000mts per room per night.
(The three rooms can be rented as a three room suite with private sitting room, kitchen and bathroom for 10,000 per night).
Includes breakfast chosen from the menu and wifi
There’s also a private suite with bathroom, kitchen, king bed, twin day bed, a/c, sitting room, sea view, DSTV/cable tv. 10,000 meticais per night.
Contact Ph: +258 82 678 0098
This cosy backpackers is a local treasure. There are Dorms and one double room, a lively public bar, a rooftop terrace and a small shady courtyard garden for guests.
The popularity of this place is mainly due to the sociable staff and dedication of the first owners, Claudia and Uwe, who lovingly transformed this near ruin into a lively and stylish hostel. They managed to keep most of its original architectural features and added their own kooky improvements.
Ruby’s changed ownership last year and I’m pleased that new owner Joanna is keeping up with the style and has made a commitment to employing local staff in all positions.
Dormitory beds 750mts
Double room 1700mts
No A/C. Shared bathrooms
Laundry service or wash your own clothes in tubs provided
Ph: +258 84 8660200 or 82 46 70524
Terraço Das Quitandas (T.Q.)
A large property well located overlooking Ilha’s most pretty beach. This is one of the most exclusive and consequently expensive places to stay on the island. There are 6 well appointed rooms and lots of cosy seating areas overflowing with fascinating colonial/African and Asian artefacts giving it a distinctive Swahili style.
Terraco is something of a retreat and has a reputation for keeping itself separate from island life, they have a strictly ‘guests only’ policy in the building and try to arrange all activities ‘in house’. This approach is not popular with everyone as it makes it difficult for guests to sample the best of what the island has to offer. Apparently wifi has now been added.
Terraco appeals to well-heeled couples as well as people seeking solitude and minimal interaction with locals.
4 rooms with king size beds
2 rooms with twin beds, one of which also has a queen size bed, which normally works as a family room
All have A/C and en-suite bathroom. Price includes breakfast and now wifi
Rates range from US$ 150 for single up to US$250 2 persons sharing for the rooftop suite.
Contact | +258 846131243 | firstname.lastname@example.org
More info | www.terracodasquitandas.com
It’s not easy to do chic on a remote island but this modern and stylish hotel is giving it a good go. Once a warehouse for storing cashews, it has been completely transformed by Swedish owners into a spacious waterfront hotel. Recent renovations have increased capacity to 12 rooms, there’s a public restaurant, swimming pool, bar and a small conference room.
The hotel lobby is expansive with comfortable seating where you can arrange to meet people or just relax with coffee and a book. There’s also an outdoor deck area and small pool overlooking the sea.
The hotel, and in particular the restaurant, seems to have a constant turnover of staff and this affects the standard of service in the kitchen and elsewhere. Amazingly for such a fancy place the wifi doesn’t reach all the rooms and there’s only ‘hotel package’ cable TV which doesn’t have the sports channels that many guests expect.
When it comes to tours Villa Sands try to keep things in-house, they have their own small boat for Island trips and contract local guides for walking tours. The managers can be a bit over enthusiastic when pushing these activities so its wise to check out all the options before committing yourself.
For government/business travellers (and others not picking up the bill) this is usually the first choice for somewhere to stay. It is also very popular with couples and on the weekends Villa Sands gets lots of visitors from nearby Nampula and Nacala. Villa Sands, along with Ruby’s and Escondidinho has public areas where everyone is welcome, so even if you don’t want to stay here it’s worth paying the price of a coffee just to experience this prominent hotel.
Price US$200 to $300 with STO and residents rates available Not updated
All rooms have A/C, fans, en-suite bathrooms. Breakfast is included, as is the use of pool and limited wifi.