I have just travelled to Mozambique on the back of a trip to South Africa to check out some lodges and resorts. All in all it was a fab time, learning lots about Rani Resorts as well as looking at current travel logistics in Mozambique and how best to include the country into our itineraries.  The tropical islands in Mozambique are ideal for chilling on the beach, diving and water activities and eating masses of seafood after  the “hard work” of a safari.  I was a guest of Rani Resorts at Indigo Bay Island Resort & Spa.

High Points : 

  • Food was excellent, especially the fresh seafood offerings throughout the day
  • Extensive house wine list (especially the Boschendal Blanc de Blanc)
  • The Sanctuary Spa — both treatment and the facility were excellent. I loved my soul-to-soul massage, and thought the spa facility to be one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen
  • Excursion over to Paradise Island – an awesome trip – the boat ride over, snorkelling, the picnic lunch, and the walking tour of hotel ruins
  • The competent presence of the front-of-house staff & managers.  Their attitude was “can do” and they were always around and visible
  • The Bayview Villa was comfortable and I slept like a baby

There were one or two lowlights… like when housekeeping didn’t notice the “do not disturb” sign was on the door and came in to clean the pool only to find me running around scantily clad!

In a nutshell it’s not an intimate lodge, but a full-scale resort.  It’s a good product and excellent for families. It would work well for incentive groups, honeymooners (in the Beachfront Villas) and multi-generational trips (using the Bayview Villas).

Rani Resorts also own Matemo Island, Medjumbe Private Island and Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa if something smaller is your preference!