What if you could take a perfect slice of a Greek Island villa and beach and relocate it to a wild and unspoilt place, a place where travellers find vanilla-coloured sand, a warm aquamarine Indian ocean with gentle and welcoming local hospitality? Part of a real escape, is breathing out, feeling your body shuck its defences but also anticipating possible adventure and exciting new experiences. Mozambique only began to find its full international tourism feet over the last 15 years and open the way for a very special break. The white washed walls and architecture of Santorini Luxury Boutique Hotel may reference Greek island architecture but when snorkelling or diving, you’re in a different world. You may come across the fabled marine giant, the Dugong or spy from above the lazy undulations of a Manta Ray on the sea floor, burrowing flat sea urchins that leave their distinctive tracks in the sand or sea turtles on their quest to lay a new generation of their species. You’re on sea-fari in this marine wilderness off the African coast. On calm waters nearer to shore, test your balance and strength by Stand-up Paddle boarding or book a boat for a cruise around the nearby Bazaruto Archipelago.
Back at one of the hotel’s five luxury suites, your dive or aqua-sports would not only have gently tested your fitness but would be sure to stimulate your appetite. The chefs at Santorini will serve up a sea harvest so fresh that you can taste the Indian Ocean. Rest in the afternoon beside one of two pools and decks. Inside, white walls, lime-washed wood, stone and décor in light, marine blues soothe the eye. At night, surrounded by candle or lantern light, dine at the edge of the terrace with a sea view. Sleep under soft swathes of a net in a king-sized bed. If disconnecting from the world is too great a leap, the lodge is fully connected for that essential email or entertainment but with a moonrise over a calm sea, nature might prove a compelling distraction.
What you should know
Be sure to take precautions against Malaria in this part of the world.
Both rands and dollars can be used but the hotel accepts credit cards from major banks.
It’s an idea to pack a few swimsuits or bikinis. You’ll love the water sports and may need fresh, dry swimwear twice a day.
What we love
The Spa Na Colina here offers massages and treatments at a secluded spot outside with an ocean view. A mind and body ‘bliss-out’
Treat yourself to a colourful sarong from the local markets. Dress code is wonderfully casual so pack lightly for your trip.