The gorgeous little coastal town of Vilanculos is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park and is the hub of luxury and authentic accommodation in Mozambique. Just twenty minutes by car and north of the international airport lies Santorini Mozambique. Built on the prime location above the red cliffs of Kingfisher Bay overlooking the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago – a marine national park that hosts over 1 200 species of fish, world class diving and snorkelling in Mozambique.
The property was inspired by Greek architecture and is an oasis of white and blue and soft lines. White screed floors, elegant curved arches, a palette of blues offset by simple white linen, and lush palm trees that frame the glorious sea views over the balmy, tropical Indian Ocean.
This luxury Vilanculos accommodation is deservedly highly popular and offers extremely high standards of personalised service, outstanding Mediterranean and Mozambique inspired food and an abundance of marine and land-based activities to keep you busy and in love with your Mozambique holiday.
The main villa is a delight and houses five individually designed roomy suites each with elegant interiors, comfy beds, indoor and outdoor showers, stand-alone baths and a private patio with sun loungers and umbrellas and breath-taking views over the sea. In addition, there is a choice of two swimming pools to take the plunge in during the heat of the day, as well as numerous private terraces and smaller secret nooks and places perfect for romantic candlelit dining, or just to nap or chill. A lounge, a snack kitchen, the pizza oven, sunset sala, and TV room encourages you to treat this villa like your home from home Mozambique style.
The Chapel and Villa de Praia are both perfect for families or friends travelling together. Separate from the main villa they are equipped with their own hosts, a dedicated chef, swimming pools and indoor and outdoor dining areas.
Vilanculos has one of the best beaches in Mozambique and a short walk down wooden steps takes you to the beach where you can laze on bean bags under a thatched beach sala or take out a kayak or paddleboard and swim in the glorious ocean.
Access is easy with direct flights into Vilanculos International Airport on the mainland followed by a 30 minute drive to Santorini.
The Santa Caroline Suite is named after the island also known as Paradise Island. It is the largest and most lavish of Santorini’s suites boasting a king size bed with fine white linen, billowing mosquito netting, its own lounge, stylish bathroom and huge shower. But it is the views that extend across Kingfisher bay that make this suite so special as well as its privacy as it’s the only one on the first floor with its own private staircase access.
The Banque, Benguerra, Magaruque and Bazaruto suites all face the islands that they are named after. They feature comfy and gorgeous king size beds, en-suite bathroom with shower and double vanity unit, a separate toilet, Charlotte Rhys amenities, Kikoi bathrobe, beach sarong and bag to use whilst in residence, air-conditioning, wifi an Ipod docking station and all have private patios featuring sun loungers with views across the bay.
The Chapel is a private exclusive use villa, perfect for romantic honeymoons in Mozambique or family friendly accommodation. The name comes from the stylish dome ceiling and the old wooden church doors of the main entrance to this beautiful villa. 2 spacious suites feature King size beds, luxury linen and huge bathrooms. The outside living space has a shady patio with its own BBQ perfect for the chef to whip you up some grilled prawns to snack on and the guest bar is stocked with ice cold frosty beverages. The rim flow pool faces the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago.
When it comes to private and exclusive use beach villas, Santorini’s Villas da Praia is up there with some of the very best villas in Mozambique and is perfect for groups of friends or families. The villa oozes attention to detail in its design, amenities and atmosphere. It is air conditioned and has three suites located on different levels. Two sea facing suites (32 sqm and 34sqm) and one garden facing suite with separate entrance (19sqm) Each suite can be made up with either King or twin beds and feature en-suite bathrooms with large showers and double vanity unit, Charlotte Rhys amenities, Kikoi bathrobe, beach sarong and bag to use during your stay. In addition there is a lounge with flat screen TV, DSTV and DVD player and Private rim-flow swimming pool, guest kitchen and comes with a private chef and host to look after your every whim!
Santorini Mozambique is famous for its magical smorgasbord of cuisine! Vegetables and herbs are picked fresh from the properties own garden and talented chefs produce 3 and 4 courses all served in a variety of surprises and different locations. As you would imagine the freshest Mozambique seafood takes centre stage with freshly caught and grilled giant prawns, tuna steaks or sushi, lula (squid)and line fish all prepared with love and passion. Simpler tapas style food and more casual lunches are also on offer as well as the Santorini famous thin crust pizza and BBQ’s not to mention the help yourself home-made range of fresh ice-cream on offer all day which complements the famous home- made chocolate fondant that is a winner with guests.
There is an excellent selection of wines from the cellar, spirits and malts that are included in the daily rate, and a selection of premium wines, champagnes and spirits charged as extras.
When you are not enjoying the outstanding service and facilities at Santorini there is also a huge array of both land and water based activities on offer led by passionate and capable guides and staff.
There is so much to do in Vilanculos from exploring the actual little town and the market and local restaurants such as Casbah famous for its prawns! Santorini has its own motorized super cat, named Aphrodite which can be chartered for dugong, whale and dolphin safaris, game fishing and of course diving and snorkelling. See the activities box for all that is on offer.
Talk to Voyage2Africa about packages to stunning Santorini, a dream Mozambique beach holiday which can be preceded by a safari in South Africa due to the ease of flight connections between the greater Kruger National Park and the private reserves and Vilanculos.
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