Best hotels and hostels in Mozambique

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cóbuè

    Nkwichi Lodge

    For setting, service, romance, proximity to nature and integration with the local community, Nkwichi Lodge can rival anywhere in Africa. Gracing the shores of Lake Niassa, its seven hand-crafted bungalows seem to spring naturally from the rocks and foliage, and come equipped with private outdoor baths and showers built into the bush. Several look out onto their own white-sand coves.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chocas, Cabaceira Pequena & Cabaceira Grande

    Coral Lodge

    If they gave out six stars for hotels, Coral Lodge might just qualify. Everything gets top marks, from the setting (an idyllic beach with its own natural diving lagoon) and the rooms (the beds have built-in air-con) to the service (akin to having your own butler) and the business ethics (most staff hail from the local village of Cabaceira Pequena).

  • Lodging in Vamizi, Rongui & Macalóè

    &Beyond Vamizi Island

    A world-class resort that manages to be tranquil, conservation minded and agreeably rustic, Vamizi is the kind of beach paradise where you'll kick off your shoes on arrival and won't put them back on until you leave. The dozen gorgeous beachfront villas have wooden lattice screens, private sitting rooms and northern-meets-southern-African furnishings. Numerous activities include whale watching and diving.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bazaruto Archipelago

    &Beyond Benguerra

    This is perhaps the most intimate of the archipelago lodges, with lovely, well-spaced beach chalets ('cabanas') and villas (' casinhas '), fine beachside dining under the stars and a good selection of activities. The entire lodge is open design, with open-air showers, luxury bathtubs with views, and private infinity plunge pools. It's well worth the splurge, if your budget allows.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Medjumbe & Matemo

    Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

    At Medjumbe you're essentially on your own private island. You and a dozen other lucky devils are accommodated in detached villas, each with its own plunge pool and sundeck. The villas are elegant-rustic, the food exquisite, the service fit for a king (or queen) and the sunsets hallucinogenic. Diving, kayaking and lazing around are all heartily encouraged.

  • Lodging in Maputo

    Hotel Polana

    In a prime location on the clifftop with uninterrupted views over the sea, the Polana is Maputo’s classiest hotel. Rooms are in the elegant main building or in the ‘Polana Mar’ section closer to the water. There’s a large pool set amid lush gardens, a business centre, and a restaurant with daily breakfast and dinner buffets.

  • Lodging in Bazaruto Archipelago

    Azura Benguerra

    This lovely place is one of the archipelago's most luxurious retreats. Accommodation is in secluded beach villas nestled amid tropical vegetation, with private plunge pools, wonderful cuisine, outdoor showers under the stars, fine views and a selection of activities.

  • Lodging in Moçimboa da Praia

    Hotel Chez Natalie

    By far the best bet in town if you have your own transport, Natalie's has large grounds overlooking the estuary, camping and a handful of rustic but elegant family-style four-person chalets with mosquito nets, coffee maker and grill. It's very tranquil. Breakfast and other meals are available by advance arrangement only.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gorongosa National Park

    Montebelo Gorongosa Lodge & Safari

    Located at Chitengo park headquarters, Montebelo has lovely comfortable rooms in rondavels or standard blocks. Count on hot water, soap, mosquito nets and night-time coffee. It also offers the opportunity to organise 'fly camps', depositing you deep in the bush with your own tent and guide (US$500 per person for two nights including flight, meals and guide).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ibo Island

    Ibo Island Lodge

    This nine-room luxury boutique hotel – the most upmarket accommodation on Ibo – is housed in three restored 19th-century mansions in a prime setting overlooking the water near the dhow port. Furnishings throughout reflect the nuances of Ibo's past (Swahili, Indian, Portuguese and African), with mahogany chests, four-poster beds, and indoor and open-to-the-stars showers.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ibo Island

    Cinco Portas

    Ibo is an idyll wherever you stay, but Cinco Portas could well offer the best deal when you factor in price, friendly ambience and flawless, nothing-is-too-much-trouble service. Housed in a spruced-up old warehouse with a brilliant waterside setting, its small but comfortable rooms are complemented by lovely communal areas embellished with mahogany carvings and the best restaurant on the island.

  • Lodging in Murrébuè

    Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort

    The newest of half a dozen luxury Indian Ocean Diamond resorts, this one guards its own slice of sand around 12km south of Murrébuè. Despite its large size, it's deliciously tranquil, with accommodation in neat detached villas featuring wooden beams and thatched roofs. There are numerous handy extras including spa, medical clinic, car hire and childcare.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Beira

    Jardim das Velas

    For a fantastic alternative to the business hotels of Macuti, check into this quiet Mediterranean-style place near the lighthouse. Upstairs are six spotless, modern doubles with views of the sea, and there are six equally well-equipped four-person family rooms with bunks downstairs. A lush walled garden hosts breakfast and an all-day cafe and snack bar that makes excellent waffles.

  • Lodging in Tete

    VIP Executive Tete

    Built on the back of Tete's coal boom, this newish hotel makes a stab at the luxury end of the market and largely succeeds. The beer view is certainly beguiling: the hotel's set high above the Zambezi with a bar overlooking a curvaceous swimming pool. Rooms are functional rather than beautiful, with parquet floors and beige accents; some have kitchenettes.

  • Lodging in Murrébuè

    Ulala Lodge

    Small is beautiful at Ulala, right on Murrébuè Beach, with six wind- and solar-powered bamboo bungalows and a separate large dining/relaxing area. A couple of the bungalows are raised on stilts just back from the beach; two others cater for families. All have hot water, nets and covered decks and are visited by the sea breeze.

  • Lodging in Quelimane

    Hotel Elite

    Look out, Quelimane: the accommodation bar has been raised! Seeming small and relatively modest, the new Hotel Elite is something of a palace behind its outer skin and not as small as the exterior suggests. The 23 deluxe rooms come with all mod-cons, and a number are equipped with king-sized beds and sofas.

  • Lodging in Mozambique Island

    Villa Sands

    Imagine a cross between Swedish and Mozambican design (if you can) and you've imagined Villa Sands, which mixes sleek, minimalist Scandinavian lines with more elaborate African accents: think gilded mirrors and wood-beamed roofs. Bright boutique-style rooms overlook the water; the upstairs ones have views and their own pool, and there’s also a restaurant (meals from Mtc600) and rooftop terrace.

  • Lodging in Zalala Beach

    Zalala Beach Lodge

    Located on a lovely and apparently endless stretch of shore some 12km north of Zalala Beach village, this wonderful lodge is accessed via a signposted, sandy track (4WD only). If it's coastal isolation you're after, this is it. The place is pretty self-contained, offering 10 elegant rooms in thatched chalets, a funky restaurant, a fun pool and bags of activities.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Pemba

    Avani Pemba Beach Hotel

    If you're a romantic with a penchant for luxurious beachside hotels that have an Arabian bent, then this five-star establishment is the business. Sitting like a mini-Alhambra in expansive grounds north of Wimbi Beach, it has well-equipped rooms, a dreamy restaurant, gym, spa and infinity pool, a handy travel agent, and staff who touch their heart when they say 'good morning'.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mozambique Island

    Jardim dos Aloés

    These three exquisite suites are relatively new on the island scene and have upped the ante, mixing retro decor (record players, antique phones) and interesting books with elements of the island's past and present. It's a beautiful melange of hammocks, terraces and alcoves hidden behind high walls in the heart of Stone Town.