Choosing Where to Stay in Vilanculos, Mozambique…

Choosing Where to Stay in Vilanculos, Mozambique…

Welcome to Paradise!! If you are considering visiting the incredible beach town of Vilanculos, you’ve already made the right choice.

Vilanculos is so beautiful that you really can’t go wrong with deciding on where to stay. Most tourist accommodations are located directly on the beach or within walking distance to the beach.

Accommodations in Vilankulo range from self-catering (select meals are prepared to order and added to the cost of your stay), all-inclusive (all meals are prepared and included in the cost of your stay), or offer breakfast only. You may also find camping options!

Best accommodation for large groups:

group of Black travelers at vila do paraiso

Vila do Paraiso

In October 2023, we chose Vila do Paraiso for my 40th birthday trip and loved it!

The hospitality in Vilanculos was everything! The staff made us feel at home the entire time.

They cooked for us daily and would chat with us about our cultures. It felt more like visiting distant relatives that are excited about having you over and want to share everything with you.

Each day they would ask us what we wanted to eat, go out and purchase the items, and then prepared it for us by an agreed upon time. They planned and cooked my birthday braai (BBQ) at their restaurant on the beach!

This self-catering group of beachfront villas is located on Mahaque Beach. This is the best option to accommodate large families as well as groups of friends.

Each villa has 4 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a plunge pool, and a personal butler. The butlers prepare meals to order daily.

You can book most activities daily through your butler or the office manager. The VDP staff also runs water activities such as sailing, snorkeling, or diving in the Bazaruto Archipelago.

I highly recommend these accommodations because the vibe felt so genuine and so personal. I have to reiterate, the butlers really felt like family.

Best Accommodations for Couples:

Vilanculos Beach Lodge

This Vilanculos hotel is also a beachfront property that is just a few minutes along the beach from Vila do Paraiso. The lodge has small beach bungalows for a max of 2 people.

My mom and aunt booked the lodge, but quickly realized that it was more of a couples spot when the saw the glass shower! Whoops!

Vilanculos Beach Lodge Bungalows

The views from the lodge’s infinity pool are incredible.

Picture it…. A happy hour drink watching the sunset on an African beach… Pure Bliss.

Best Luxury Accommodation:

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort is a gorgeous all-inclusive, family friendly beach resort on Bazaruto island. It is by far one of the best hotels in Mozambique.

Room/Villa capacity ranges from 2 – 4 guests. If you are looking for a stay that offers a more private, luxury experience, this is it.

Best Boutique Hotel:

Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel

Bahia Mar is a beautiful boutique hotel in Vilanculos that offers the perfect accommodations for couples, travel buddies (2-3), and solo travelers.

The staff is amazing and the views are stunning. The photos do not do this place justice!

Best All-Inclusive:

Santorini Mozambique

Santorini Mozambique is one of the more popular, all-inclusive hotels in Vilanculos! The architecture and design mirrors elements of Santorini (of course!)

Aside from the obvious beauty of these accommodations, there is a nice range of room sizes.

Room sizes range from a 2-person suite to 3 bedroom villa.

As will most hotels, you can book activities and excursions with hotel staff.

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