Marlin Lodge is situated on Benguerra Island, one of three main archipelagic islands, known as the Bazaruto Archipelago, just off the coast of Mozambique. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, mass sand deposits from the Limpopo river formed the Bazaruto Archipelago, which comprises four main islands – Magaruque, Bazaruto, Santa Carolina and Benguerua. Originally named “Sao Antonio” by Portuguese explorers, Benguerua Island was later renamed after a local tribal chief and declared part of a National Park in 1971. The island, which lies 14 km offshore from the Mozambican mainland town of Vilanculos extends approximately 11 km in length and 5,5 km in width. From its sand dunes, savannah, freshwater lakes and wetland eco-systems, acacia woodlands and forests, Benguerua Island is a diverse ecological gem.
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 seascape Luxury Beach Chalets and the 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. Mouth watering cuisine is served in various locations, including the beach, your private patio or in the open-deck dining room.
Shimmering, transparent water, pure white sand, palm trees, sun loungers and cocktails are pretty much all you can see along this beautiful stretch of beach – not to forget the unique outline of fishing dhows when you cast your eyes out to sea. That’s not to say there isn’t plenty to do, however – Marlin Lodge offers a wide variety of activities from diving in some of the world’s most pristine reefs, to relaxing spa treatments. Marlin Lodge has a fully equipped Dive centre and a PADI dive instructor. Guests can enjoy excellent diving and snorkelling on their Mozambique vacation. Guests can also make use of the fishing boats to try out some deep sea fishing. Other activities for your Mozambique vacation include day trips to neighbouring islands, yacht cruises and private picnics on the Southern and Northern points of Benguerra Island. There are also a number of complementary non-motorized water sports available at Marlin Lodge. Marlin Lodge’s Gatineau Spa offers various wellness and beauty treatments. These include facials, full body massages and much more.
With over 2000 fish species and over a hundred coral species, a kaleidoscope of colour awaits you below the surface of crystal clear waters, while approximately 140 bird species steal the show on land. Indigenous cashew nut trees, casuarina trees that prevent erosion and wild orange trees, the fruit of which contains natural strychnine poison when green and can only be eaten when ripe, are just some of the trees on the island. Mlala palms are in abundance and the leaves are used for weaving mats, baskets and hats, while coconut palms are harvested for their fruit. Sisal plants are plentiful and used by the industrious locals, among other things to repair their fishing nets.
Road Travel is offering you a 4th Night Free at Marlin Lodge throughout the year. Another excellent offer worth mentioning is the Honeymoon Package, which is valid from 1 June 2011 until 31 January 2013. All brides get 50% discount on the accommodation rate, and the package is inclusive of a Marlin Lodge bush bath, bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, a surprise couples gift, and a 45 minutes couples massage training session. These packages are inclusive of all meals, laundry, selected soft drinks, selected alcoholic beverages, non-motorized water sports and applicable tax. Contact us to book your dream island getaway.