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Review of Eden Bay Eco Lodge, Vilanculos, Mozambique

My husband and I have been looking at accommodation options in Vilanculos for a while and this lodge kept attracting our attention. We eventually made our decision and took off for a weekend to Vilanculos at Eden Bay Eco Lodge.

High tide on the afternoon we arrived.

We arrived at Eden Bay just before sunset and settled into our safari-style camping tent. The staff were very welcoming and professional. We were happy to have our self-packed dinner on the deck and enjoy the magical view in the last light of the day. The lodge offers a full-board option as well, where all meals are included, but we decided not to book that this time around.

Paul, the owner of the lodge, also came to greet us and check on us personally, shortly after check-in.

The next day we woke up real early and could still have breakfast and coffee on our tent-deck overlooking the ocean before the rising sun became too bright. We enjoyed the walk-way to the beach and loved the lawn area right next to the beach. The walk to the beach was one of the first ones in a while that we could safely do barefoot. It is a clean path through natural dune vegetation and a soft sandy walk. The beach is ultimately my favourite beach. I have a tremendous soft spot for the Vilanculos area and beaches and the wave-less clear water gives it an on-land island feel. It is far enough from the Vilanculos town to be peaceful and quiet with hardly any other people around. It is also perfect for a toddler to play in the water as there are no waves.

Back from the beach, the front of the tent and the deck was too hot. We moved our chairs to the back of the tent on the lawn and sat in the shade of the tent and the indigenous trees. It was lovely to relax there and have some coffee. My daughter played in the sand around the trees so it was a win for all. Somewhere during the morning a staff member, came by and asked if we needed anything from town since he was on his way to get supplies. We really appreciated this as we needed some juice for my daughter which he brought back for us.

Kid Friendly? One of the reasons why we weren’t sure whether we should book here was because we were not sure how child-friendly it would be. We were pleasantly surprised. An extra bed with its own mosquito net was moved into the tent for our 2-year-old daughter. She is completely mobile, so the wooden walk-ways were no issue at all, but they might be an issue for a smaller child that has just started crawling or walking. There was plenty of grassy areas behind the tent where she could play when we weren’t at the beach.

Around lunch-time the tent-deck became bearable again and we had a cheese-board while admiring low-tide seascape.

In the evening we got a beautiful surprise, just as my daughter went to bed the chef came by and delivered a tasty crayfish. It was our wedding anniversary and they decided to spoil us.

Eco Lodge: The lodge’s electricity comes from solar panels. The entire structure is elevated and built on wooden-structures and wooden pathways makes the impact minimal. As much as possible of the natural vegetation was kept around the units.

Below is a gallery of what the area and the tents look like.

More spoils: On arrival our towels were folded in beautiful towel-origami swans on our bed. I did not take a picture of it, but the next day when I mentioned how much I loved it to the cleaning lady, she folded my towel into an elephant. Impressive stuff.

To sum it all up, we were absolutely bowled over by the fantastic service and lovely experience we had at this Eden Bay. Next time, we might take full board, but we will definitely book an island trip. Thank you to Paul and his team!

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