Every year there is more and more accommodation to choose from on Ilha, the range just keeps expanding and the quality improving. This year Casa Quantro Ventos opens for business, ‘Rickshaws Pousada’ is finally underway with a few rooms for guests, and the conversion of the old Feitoria into a luxury 20 room hotel is so so close – staff are being recruited and trained right now.
Where else can you find such fantastic accommodation in such a small area; there really is something for every budget and taste. Ilha Blue are very proud to have great working relations with all of the accommodation providers on Ilha, and we are pleased they recognise our expertise and passion for crafting the kind of unforgettable experiences that their guests are seeking.
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.
Double room with en-suite & A/C 1000mts.
Double room with shared Bathroom no A/C 700mts
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 seems to get a few business people and NGO workers. Perhaps they prefer the general sense of calm that you find here – it’s not unusual to be the only guests so don’t go there if you are hoping to meet other people.
You will however 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)
Ph: +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
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
1850mts with twin single beds and shared bathroom
2000mts with double bed and ensuite
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 Donna Khero can cook for guests
11 Rooms all with a/c
4 with ensuite bathroom,
5 twin shared bathroom
2 double shared bathroom
Rates from 1000 to 2000 mts
Contact+258 26 610034 or 84 48 03664
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.
The en-suite is 2500
Downstairs rooms 1500
Casuarina Camping Jambezi (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 restaurant on site and plenty of shops and market stalls just 200meters away in the Jambesi 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
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 out.
At the time of writing its unclear what is happening with the restaurant and bar. Several changes of management and periods of being closed have dented the reputation of what was once one of the best places to eat.
Lots of singles, couples and occasionally families stay here, it’s also popular with business people & NGO workers.
Prices range from 2800mts through to 7800mts in peak season for a suite.
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 (which is not nearly as good as it used to be), use of swimming pool and wifi
Ph: +258 843898628
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. Various tours can be organised by the hosts, however guests should avoid getting talked into a costly trip on the owners boat
King, Queen or 2 single beds, suite/apartments all with A/C, fans and quality fittings.
9000mts to 9500mts with reductions in the low season
Includes “5 star” breakfast and free wifi.
Contact | +258 84213 1488 or +258 87 8274645 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 is the Contra Costa and to the right is the Museu beach and the Pontão.
This impressive 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.
All rooms have private bathrooms and A/C. Suites sleep up to 4.
Prices range from1500mts to 2500mts.
Contact | +258 820975830 or +258 824543290 | email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 1200
Almira is the owner and guests rave about her wonderful meals
Contact | +258 824367570 or +258 825407622 | email@example.com
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.
Not so many guest stay here which adds to the feeling of abandonment. Those that do are either part of a package group (often Japanese), consultants put there by the government or visitors who failed to book ahead at busy times.
Large Indian family groups have worked out thats its actually pretty cheap and its only a matter of time before others get onto it and book out the whole place. If you can live with the outdated decor and make your own fun then why not give it a try?
The hotel has 23 rooms but only 14 rooms available at present
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 2,600mts 1 person 3200 mts for 2 people
Double room, en-suite bathroom, central fan, big mosquito net 2,400mts 1 person 2900 for 2 people
Double room, central fan, big mosquito net 1,400mts 1 person 1800 2 people
Price includes breakfast, and Wifi from 7pm to 6 am
Laundry service available
Contact | +258 26610090 or +258 824197610 | firstname.lastname@example.org 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. According to the owners the longterm plan is to have 10 ensuite doubles and two family rooms, so far they have just 3 rooms with shared bathrooms.
Rooms are upstairs in the main 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 make up for this.
Rickshaws has a restaurant which is open Thursday to Sunday for lunch and dinner
All rooms have a/c and fan
2 with king-size beds
1 with twin
All priced at 5000mts
Includes breakfast chosen from the menu and wifi
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 600mts low season, 800 high season
Double room 1500mts low 1800 high
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 artifacts and decorated in a 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. There is no wifi available for guests to use.
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
All have A/C and en-suite bathroom. Price includes breakfast and now wifi
Rates range from US$ 175 for single up to US$250 for the rooftop suite.
Contact | +258 846131243 | email@example.com
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 restaurant seems to have a constant staff turnover and that affects the standard of food served. However, it looks like two chefs from Maputo have been reemployed and are already busy in the kitchen – lets hope that they stay around.
Unfortunately for such a fancy place the wifi that doesn’t reach all the rooms and there’s only basic ‘hotel package’ cable TV.
When it comes to tours Villa Sands have their own small boat for Island trips and employ a local guide for walking tours. The managers can be a bit over enthusiastic when pushing these in-house 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 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
All rooms have A/C, fans, en-suite bathrooms. Breakfast is included, as is the use of pool and wifi.