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.
There are daily flights from Nelspruit and OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg direct to Vilanculos with Airlink. Flight time is around 1 hour 40 minutes.
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.
For the whole family
Being on the mainland, you have the opportunity to experience everything this magical place has to offer. From spending a day out on the magical waters surrounded by the flamboyance of flamingos to exploring the colourful markets and local shops of Vilanculos town.
The activities room is geared for almost any pending adventure, for all ages and it’s all complimentary during your stay at Santorini. There are assorted kayaks, stand up paddle boards, snorkelling gear, fishing gear and even a gym in a bag for a quick workout session or yoga on the sunset patio as the sun rises above the silhouette of Magaruque Island.
Their selection of outsourced available activities has been carefully chosen through partnering with local companies based in Vilanculos and include:
- Scuba diving
- Bill fishing
- Horse riding
- Dhow safari trips
- Kite surfing and
- Scenic helicopter flights are all available
If you are wanting complete exclusivity, luxury and privacy when it comes to outsourced activities and experiences such as diving or fishing, they offer the option of chartering their motorised super cat, Aphrodite.
For The Kids
Kids simply love Santorini and it’s easy to understand why – with an abundance of activities, deliciously presented meals, the choices to fill the days are endless.
Kids love stand up paddling right in front of the villa or kayaking a little further out. Day-tripping to the islands and snorkelling amongst the abundant colourful fish and coral reefs of the archipelago or simply floating around the pool on pool pillows and creating sandcastles on the raked beach beneath the villa. The activity room is packed full of equipment for complimentary use.
On rainy days, youngsters are enticed indoors for baking, crafts and colouring in activities and after a long day in the sun, exhausted kids can collapse on the TV room couches for movie night and be treated with bowls of popcorn and treats.
The chefs prepare special meals for the younger (or fussier) kids presented colourfully and thoughtfully based on personal preference. There is always a selection of tasty snacks throughout the day and a special treat on their pillow at night.
Whether you are up for adventure, complete relaxation or simple walks on the beach – Villa da Praia will make your experience exactly as you dreamt it. A holiday worth treasuring and memories to last a lifetime.
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