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Villa da Praia, Santorini, Mozambique

Nestled above the red cliffs of Kingfisher Bay in Vilanculos, Santorinis’ unfurling view of the archipelago islands and curling mainland in the distance is unsurpassable. Santorini Mozambique is like a small Greek village in the heart of a raw African landscape – a magical combination.

Here luxury goes hand in hand with a genuine humility and modesty that produce true richness and sophistication adding a welcoming warmth to its ambiance.

Originally created as a boutique villa, the passion and aspiration exploded beyond this, to create mystical pieces of heaven that fell into place against this dramatic backdrop. The entire estate exudes unpretentious charm.

Villa da Praia is your home away from home, only better.

Where is Villa da Praia Vilanculos located and how do I get there?

Vilanculos is well known as the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago and was one of Mozambique’s first well known tourist destinations. With regular flights from South Africa and now improved road access, Vilanculos is fast becoming a popular destination with tourists and travellers alike.

The town itself is only about 5km long, filled with all the amenities needed to make your visit comfortable yet local. The airport is based on the outside of the town with flights arriving and departing on a daily basis.

The Bazaruto Archipelago, a chain of islands strung out like a pearl necklace, is a protected National Marine Reserve (declared so in 1971) that lies parallel to the historical Mozambican channel. The archipelago consists of five islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque and Santa Carolina also known as Paradise Island.

What sort of accommodation is available?

It consists of three stunning suites on different levels with king size beds, fitted mosquito netting and large bathrooms with gorgeous Charlotte Rhys amenities.  Two suites have their own private patio and the third, a manicured garden terrace and separate entrance. Each suite is unique and spacious, with spoils of linen bedding, luxurious cotton bath towels, Kikoi gowns and locally designed beach bags for use during your stay. With mesmerizing views of the archipelago, the outdoor showers at the Villa da Praia are a sensational experience.

In true Santorini signature style, one can find exceptional, personal detail in every corner of every room. The alluring décor, with hues of blues, natural textures and striking art pieces in rustic frames is simple yet sophisticated giving one a sense of complete peace and tranquillity. The main living areas with vast domed ceilings, open plan spaces and delicious design invites relaxation and repose.

You will feel at leisure to snack on homemade treats, cappuccinos or a selection of chilled beverages at the villa bar. Your dedicated, private host will serve you delectable meals under the milky-way or sparkling cocktails by the rim flow turquoise pool while you take in the ever changing, indescribable panoramic views.

When is the best time to visit Villa da Praia?

You can visit Vilanculos at any time, as the clear skies, warm temperatures and sunny days create the perfect tropical weather all year round. Between November and February, temperatures soar into the 30s while the nights remain cool. If you don’t mind a few showers and humidity, visit during the rainy season, between December and February. If you’d prefer to stay dry and laze on the golden beaches, go between June and September. If you’re after some fascinating diving, winter is the optimal time, between May and September.

What should I pack and bring with me?

Pack light cotton based clothing along with a couple of warm items such as a jacket, especially during the winter months (June to August) as it can be cool in the evenings.  Don’t forget to pack your camera and a pair of binoculars if you are a keen birder. A sunhat or cap is essential as well as sun cream and sunglasses as the sun in Mozambique can be harsh. Santorini provides Mosquito repellent in all areas of the villas but should you want any extra protection or specific creams/sprays, it is a good idea to pack these.

What Activities are Available?


Nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, the Bazaruto Archipelago is a much-coveted travel destination in Mozambique. It is known for its white sandy beaches, glistening turquoise waters and some of the best scuba-diving in the world.

As one of the largest marine reserves in the Indian Ocean, the archipelago supports over 2000 species of fish, as well as dolphins, whales, turtles and sharks. It also holds the largest population of Dugong in Mozambique.

The archipelago consists of 5 islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque and Santa Carolina. It is a birders paradise, with a recorded list of over 180 species. You’ll also find 45 reptile and amphibian species; suni antelope, red duiker, endemic butterflies and the characteristic Samango monkey on the islands within the national park.

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