Look beyond the hotels to find something extra special, the place to stay that’s perfect for you. Searching can be hard work so I’m going to make it easier by regularly listing some of Ilha de Mozambique’s best alternative accommodation options to help you choose. I will also offer practical info on new cafes, shops and other essentials so you are always up to date.
Let’s begin with Magic Ilha
‘Magic’ is a restored 18th century house that’s popular with visitors wanting more privacy than the hotels can offer. Book the entire place: 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms, 2 terraces with Ilha’s best sea views, well equipped kitchen, dining area and living room.
Magic Ilha is very well located in the ‘corredor’. Enter from the arches and walk through to the upstairs terrace with sea views and the prettiest beach only meters away. Magic Ilha is stylishly fitted out; definitely at the chic end of the spectrum.
Casa Fábula in the heart of Stone Town
Casa Fábula rooftop terrace in the heart of Stone Town
A lovingly restored colonial style town house and an important part of the island’s World Heritage. Casa Fábula is a spacious house; bedrooms are large with private ensuite bathroom, comfortable seating area and individual airconditioning. Quality furnishings and selected artworks set it apart.
For relaxing there’s a stylish shared lounge, dining area, an enclosed garden (quintal) and a spectacular roof terrace with City views; absolutely perfect for early morning yoga, sunset drinks and evening dining. Casa Fábula is the choice for travellers who want to stay in the centre of historic Ilha and still enjoy privacy, a high level of comfort and style. It works well for individuals and couples who prefer their own space. Also good for anyone wanting a whole house for a fun social weekend or family holiday.
Casa Girassol: A nearby cafe, popular with students and just right for a simple snack
Small market: Friendly local store for basic supplies
The Pontáo where dhows depart: This is where your dhow safari begins - sail to paradise for the day