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Marlin Lodge (Benguerra Island) Mozambique

 

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An African island refuge......where balmy, tropical weather relaxes you, warm, azure waters refresh you and peaceful tranquility renews you.

Marlin Lodge is situated on the south western shore of Benguerra Island, second largest of the four main islands that form the Bazaruto Archipelago off the Mozambican coast. This luxury private island lodge offers 17 sea-facing suites with direct access to the beach, a host of exhilarating activities and delectable cuisine.

 



Location of Marlin Lodge (Benguerra Island) Mozambique - www.africansafaris.travel Getting There:

Marlin Lodge is located off the coast of Mozambique, a 20-minute boat excursion from the mainland town of Vilanculos. There are three modes of travelling to Vilanculos:

Flying by scheduled flight from OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa. Flights depart at 10:15 daily and arrive at Vilanculos at 12:30. Flights can be booked online at www.travelnetafrica.com or through our head office.

Self-drive to Vilanculos, which is approximately 810 km north of the capital city of Maputo.
We offer a secure complimentary parking bay in Vilanculos.
Guests can opt to charter a private plane through a selected company, or fly with a privately owned aircraft.

We offer a minibus transfer from Vilanculos International airport to the harbor, followed by a boat charter transfer from Vilanculos Harbor to Marlin Lodge. Travel time is 20 - 30 minutes, depending on weather conditions.

Air transfers are available from Vilanculos to Marlin Lodge at a separate costing, if the weather in Vilanculos is not favorable for the booked boat transfer, guests will be responsible for the difference in cost for the air transfer.
In order to keep the transfer costs reasonable, guests will be transferred to and from Marlin Lodge at the above-mentioned times, even if they arrive or depart on a flight other than Pelican Air. This includes private charters.
If guests are departing from Vilanculos before approximately 13:30, they will be required to pay for a private transfer, e.g. some LAM flights leave at 10:00 in the morning and guests are required to check in at approximately 8:30.

 

We offer Marlin Lodge guests a private air-conditioned lounge at Vilanculos International Airport with refreshments, snacks and shower facilities while waiting for departing flights. Guests coming to Marlin Lodge from other local lodges or driving to Vilanculos - They will have to meet our representatives at the airport lounge or at the harbor at the above set times. Unless a private transfer is pre-booked, guests will transfer at the above-mentioned times. This can be booked, but is charged at a different rate. Please enquire upon booking.

 

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Accommodation:

Hand built with Mozambican hardwood, reed-clad brick walls and thatched 'jecca' roofs create a lodge that sits in perfect harmony with its pristine natural surroundings. The natural plant life is carefully preserved by elevated wooden walkways that connect the 14 seascape Luxury Beach Chalets and three Executive Beach Suites to the main areas. Attention to detail, soft, inviting furnishings and colours that reflect the lush island greenery and sparkling blue ocean, complete the picture.

Guests can enjoy spacious accommodation, delectable food, rejuvenating wellness treatments and exhilarating explorations on land or under water. At Marlin Lodge you are free to surrender to a nonchalant way of life. This is where time slows down and lasting memories of unhurried bliss are made. Rejuvenate and reawaken body and soul, and indulge in mighty Africa's most beautiful island refuge!

 

Marlin Lodge (Benguerra Island) Mozambique - www.africansafaris.travel Luxury Beach Suites:

Marlin Lodge offers a total of 14 Luxury Beach Suites, each with a sea-view and only a few steps from the white sands of Flamingo Bay beach. Each 60 m² Beach Suite has a 17 m² veranda, perfect for a private dinner or lunch for two, or for watching a breathtaking Mozambican sunset. The Beach Suites have practical yet sophisticated designer finishes, including slated flooring, plastered surfaces and soft lighting.

Each Beach Suite features:

En suite bathroom, Shower
Roof fan, Air-conditioning, Four-poster bed with mosquito netting
His and her basins and vanity area, Inside & outside showers
Open-plan bathroom (including shower facility)
Private lounge, Private veranda with deck chairs
Mini bar,2 lounges
Privacy and direct access to the beach
We accommodate a maximum of 2 guests per Private Luxury Suite.

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Executive Beach Suites:

These spacious suites have their own inimitable style... resonating with Afro-chic elegance and refined furnishings. Earthen creams and oceanic blues blend in perfect harmony with the island’s ambience, while softly lapping waves and palm-hushed breezes ensure a restful night’s sleep to soothe and renew.

The Executive Beach Suite's sheer size makes it unique. With over 80 m² of floor space and a 30 m² veranda, this suite is the perfect haven for the discerning visitor. Similar to the Luxury Beach Suites, the interior has sophisticated finishes such as slated flooring, plastered surfaces and soft lighting.

 
 
 
A total of three Executive Beach Suites are available, each featuring:

En suite bathroom, Open-plan bathroom (including shower)
Double basins, Private outside shower
Separate vanity area, Shower
Air-conditioning
King size four-poster bed with mosquito netting
Mini bar, Coffee & tea making facilities
2 seating lounges
Private veranda with deck-chairs and hammock
Private walkway to the beach, Maximum accommodation per Executive Beach Suite - 2 guests


Marlin Lodge (Benguerra Island) Mozambique - www.africansafaris.travel Dining:

Marlin Lodge is not just about beautiful beaches, luxurious accommodation and azure waters – Marlin Lodge is also about the life experience you have on an African Island. At Marlin we are all for relaxation and taking things slow, even cooking! We are avid supporters of the slow food movement, and invite guests to experience this with us at the lodge. Marlin Lodge’s kitchen boasts with both local and international chefs who will give you a personal Mozambican Chef Experience in three easy steps.

1. A guided tour with our Executive Head Chef of our very own home grown vegetable and herb gardens where an array of fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables are harvested and used in most of our dishes.
2. One will be educated in the various methods of bringing out the best possible flavors in the chosen dish, as well as the most effective way of preparation.
33. Then moving to the kitchen to prepare and cook a three course meal that will entice both friends and family back home. We encourage our guests to request recipes of their favorite Marlin cuisine whilst and be assured of best rates at the lodge, as we want the Marlin Lodge experience to carry on in their own homes. These hands on lessons are held on a Tuesday and Friday every week at 11am and last about an hour and a half.


Diving at Marlin Lodge (Benguerra Island) Mozambique - www.africansafaris.travel Activates:

Diving and Snorkeling:

The warm topical waters surrounding the Bazaruto Archipelago are home to some of nature's finest marine life. A spectacular variety of fish, coral, marine mammals and plants wait to be explored by divers and snorkelers. Led by a resident PADI qualified diving instructor, diving sites and depths are varied along all levels of diving experience. We also have an on-site diving centre with all the necessary equipment.

Water temperatures range from 28°C in summer (30°C between December and February) to 22°C during the winter months. The various dive sites can be reached with our 27-ft catamaran Novacat, equipped to accommodate 8 divers and their equipment. All dives take place at locations as determined by Marlin Lodge's dive instructor.




Fishing at Marlin Lodge (Benguerra Island) Mozambique - www.africansafaris.travel Island Tours

Benguerra Island was originally named "Sao Antonio" by Portuguese explorers and was later named "Benguerra" after a local tribal chief. The island is approximately 11 km in length and 5,5 km wide and lies 14 km offshore from the mainland and the town of Vilanculos.

On the southern point of the Island you will find casuarina trees planted by convicts from penal colonies during Portuguese reign. The trees are not indigenous and were planted to prevent erosion on the island. Cashew nut trees are indigenous and found throughout the island. The local residents harvest the nuts, and the toxic husk of the nuts is used to brew an intoxicating liquor. The fruit of wild orange trees contain a natural strychnine poison when green and can only be eaten when ripe. Sisal plants are plentiful and used in a manufactured form by the locals to repair their fishing nets. Mlala palms are in abundance and the leaves are used for weaving mats, baskets and hats. The sap from the stem of the plant is also used to brew a potent liquor. Coconut palms are harvested by the locals, who also grow a small amount of sweet potatoes, paw-paws, onions and cassava.

 

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For birding enthusiasts, approximately 78 different species of birds have been identified in habitats varying from the coastal dunes, open grasslands and fresh water lakes, to savannah and acacia woodlands. A few of the more unusual birds to be seen are the green coucals, green pigeons, purple-banded and black sunbirds, lilac-breasted rollers, olive bee-eaters, mannikins, paradise flycatchers, fish eagles, flamingoes, starlings and various waders such as curlews, bartailed godwits, whimbrels and crab plovers. Animals to be seen are the plentiful red-tailed squirrels, as well as suni and duiker, which have been reintroduced to the island.

The Archipelago is a shell lover's haven. At North Point, Pansy Island and on numerous surrounding sandbanks, the famous pansy shell can be found in abundance. There are two types of pansy shells, one of which is endemic to Mozambique. The two freshwater lakes on the island are ideal for bird watching and also home to indigenous crocodiles. A guided island tour in a 9-seater Land Cruiser will take you to both the northern and southern points. You can opt to climb the Benguerra dune for a breathtaking view of the island.

 

 

Dhow Sailing

The local way of travel for any Mozambican is done via the colorful dhow, a traditional handmade craft used for fishing and island travel. Marlin Lodge supports the local island people by hiring these dhows and their experienced crew, thereby introducing their culture to guests and providing a livelihood to locals. Dhow sunset cruises around Flamingo Bay in front of Marlin Lodge are extremely popular and for guests who stay two nights or more, the dhow cruise is a gift from Marlin Lodge.

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Picnics

Marlin Lodge's picnic trips give our guests the opportunity to picnic on surrounding shell-speckled islands and stroll along a number of pristine beaches. You have the choice of a number of settings – with South Point, North Point and Pansy Island being just a few of them.

Our chefs pack a scrumptious picnic basket filled with small island delights, and a cooler packed with soft-dinks and other selected beverages. A choice of a table and umbrella, or blankets and pillows and an umbrella can be included. Enjoy an afternoon of unspoilt privacy while taking in the splendor of the island surroundings.




Horse Riding

Benguerra Island is packed with adventure and one of the many ways to discover our unique beaches, freshwater lakes and island culture is a guided tour on horseback. Marlin Lodge, in conjunction with our neighboring lodge, Benguerra Lodge, offers guided tours to various locations around the island. Spectacular views of the coast can be seen from high-lying areas and the village can be explored on the way to the dunes of South Point.

Experience levels range from the complete novice to seasoned riders. Helmets and half chaps are provided for your comfort and safety, and all rides are guided. For more experienced riders, a canter along the beach is an exhilarating experience. A total of ten horses are available. A ride departing from Marlin Lodge, a tour of the island, and return to Marlin Lodge is US$92 per person. A ride from Benguerra Lodge or to Benguerra Lodge is US$102 per person as it includes a one-way vehicle trip (either to or from Benguerra Lodge).




Marlin Lodge (Benguerra Island) Mozambique - www.africansafaris.travel Spa:

When the day is done and the sun is setting, surrender to the resounding African splendor that is Marlin Lodge. Rekindle your soul and allow yourself to be captivated by the allure of a relaxed way of life. A timber sanctuary, a paradise on stilts - Marlin Lodge promises definitive, self-indulging repose like no other.

For those seeking restoration and reawakening, a visit to the Beauty & Wellness Spa Centre will soothe the sun-basked body and clear the mind. Marlin Lodge offers a small, intimate wellness centre with an internationally qualified therapist to look after all your wellness needs.

Our treatment menu offers a wide range of massages, reflexology, aromatherapy, facials and hand and foot treatments. We also provide helpful tips and suggestions in our monthly newsletter.




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Honeymooning:

Selecting a destination for the first romantic vacation as a newly married couple is one of the more important decisions in your life. Not only your wedding day, but each day thereafter is a celebration of love and commitment. Marlin Lodge is a proud favorite among honeymoon couples, as we offer the utmost in luxury island lodgings and well deserved privacy. The suites are stretched along the beach, each with a private walkway and sea view.

Honeymooners special at Marlin Lodge: Stay for 5 nights or more and the bride receives a 50% discount on the accommodation rate. Normal Marlin Lodge per night inclusives apply to the package, plus the honeymooning extras as below, but it can not be combined with any other tempting offers. Valid 10 January 2011 - 10 December 2011, marriage certificate required.

 

Our carefully selected complimentary honeymooning extras include:

The African Bush Bath: A woven Ilala palm leaf enclosure, decorated with an array of local island flowers, holds two galvanized baths, which are filled with hot water and scented bubbles. Here the couple can enjoy the view from the veranda while soaking and enjoying a glass of chilled sparkling wine and the chef’s choice of cheeses.
Bottle of sparkling wine: This can be enjoyed on the day of your arrival, or served with the bush bath. A surprise couples gift.

 

  Accommodation Rates:- From $590 per person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary 

 

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