Motel do Mar

Motel do Mar

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#1 of 1 villa in Ponta do Ouro
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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The Motel do Mar began to be built in stages in the 50's . Right at the beach it offers 68 rooms with a capacity for four people. It was recently refurbished and furnished thus providing a greater comfort to its guests. Operated by the majority shareholder SODEPO – Sociedade de Desenvolvimento da Ponta do Ouro, Motel do Mar has plans to install during the year 2011, a casino and a pool, to ensure more opportunities for fun and satisfaction to its guests. :: Scuba DivingPonta do Ouro is the best place south of Mozambique to dive. It is famous for its coral reefs, abundant marine life and a variety of dive range. Come and dive with us! :: The beach: It offers a lot of sand and sun, fresh air and plenty of entertainment. The bay is very safe for swimming. Don't forget the sun protector and get the tan of your life! :: Kitesurfing: The bay of Ponta do Ouro offers world-class kite surfing, water level and smooth inside and outside waves. Come, jump into your board and let the kite be taken by the best wind!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Breakfast buffet
Beach
Diving
Shuttle bus service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
24-hour security
Secured parking
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Snorkelling
Windsurfing
Fishing
Currency exchange
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Room features
Dining area
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
VIP room facilities
Coffee / tea maker
Dishwasher
Bath / shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Kitchenware
Room types
Ocean view
Family rooms
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Great View
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Portuguese

Location

Main Beach, Ponta do Ouro Mozambique
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Jeanine J wrote a review Aug 2011
Cape Town, South Africa
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Before i say anything about the hotel i think one has to say something about Mozambique in general. Similar to Lesotho, the inaccessibility (need 4x4, far away from our most populated province) somehow translates to much higher accommodation rates in general. For instance Sani Top chalet (lesotho) is amazing but very expensive comparatively, but its the only place to stay, the views are amazing so that's what you pay for. In Moz, you pay more for just being there, because south africans flock there instead of the overdeveloped KZN coast on the N3 (big highway). Compared to said coastline (Ballito, Shaka's Rock, Southbroom, Margate etc) is is a LOT less developed and way more pristine in Moz. Also the water is warm all year round, unless you hit a cold front with a few days of overcast weather. (Our other really undeveloped and beautiful coasts in the Cape provinces for instance, has generally super cold water!!!.) A natural sand bank in Ponta also makes it safer for swimming and the hot water also means more corals and life so the diving operators are appearing like mushrooms. Combine all this and one can see why half of gauteng goes there in winter - and the demand has meant spiked prices. Also consider that most refined goods are imported, most alcohol except the 3 brands of moz beer, etc, wich also inflates the costs. Issues between SA and Moz also makes the import taxes a lot higher these days. Never forget its a third world county, so some things are going to work great and others not so great!!!

The kosi bay border post is at least a lot less traumatic than the komati poort one!! yes, its incredibly important to abide by all the traffic rules and laws etc as unfortunately some members of the Moz traffic force is on a mission to find things to bribe you for. We saw none of this at the kosi bay border side though. The citizens are generally far more law abiding than in South Africa, and things like violent crime a lot less prevalent, even burglaries are not so common (comparatively).

the other rules - generally stick to them. There were no officials around Ponta to dish out fines but u never know. There is one large dune at the end of the bay which is already suffering form erosion so i totally agree nobody should be climbing it. Its just a giant mountain of sand with shrubs holding it together after all, and provides a lovely wind break for the bay. As most visitors are south africans, I suspect the inflated fines are necessary - generally we tend to be a disrespectful rowdy bunch, its become part of SA culture to break the rules etc. Just look the way we drive ... jeez, really, those fines have to be that high otherwise nobody would heed them!

some of the newer and nicer lodges might also be owned and run by south africans. I really feel that the moz economy is struggling a lot more so its important to try and find a spot that's owned by Moz people - goes for restaurants as well.

Back to Motel do Mar: the food was terrible. The place does look a bit run down. But we expected as much - i did lots of research online first, looked at hundreds of images so i knew it was going to be spartan. But it was spotlessly clean, serviced every day. The restaurant prices are pretty much identical to SA , but we self-catered mostly. If you want to "barbeque" take your own portable one - the communal ones are not enough during peak times and are falling apart. We were very lucky we got one of the front units, closest to beach, on the first storey. The bottom ones have NO privacy whatsoever with a lot of pedestrian traffic walking by. So insist on a top unit, close to beach (we were in third row). That way, the view is awesome!! and the beach really is super close :-)

Remember in SA and our neighboring countries, "fully equipped self-catering" could mean anything - call and find out EXACTLY. Be prepared, you will enjoy it more. take your favorite peeling knife and bottle opener.

The units sleep four but i would not recommend it for 4 adults. The top unit has a nice double volume ceiling but this also means no privacy between rooms. So either 2 adults with their own kid(s) or 4 students having a jol (if you're used to commune living). Remember the kitchen and second bedroom is in fact the same space! (2 bunk beds in your kitchen area). So rather just go for 2 people and not feel so cramped. I thought the beds were comfy. Ceiling fan in bedroom. You are very much at the mercy of your neighbours though, as the units are close together so noisy neighbours = no sleep. good neighbours = great sleep!

Easy to self cater as the market sells onions, garlic, cabbage, greenpeppers, cucumber, lettuce , potatoes, tomatoes. I even saw bags of rice. And lots of other random things, cigarettes, soft drinks, local rum, nuts, sugar, oil etc. Pack your own coffee & long life milk and speciality booz ie nice wine. Can always buy fresh fish or prawns form the local fish shop. Just bring your own (vacuum sealed) meat like beef from SA. They even sell charcoal (not sure about firelighters) and lots of wood. Extra loo paper always a good idea.

Basically the thing with Ponta is you need a bit of experience and need to chat to people who has been, if its your fist time, to get your expectations in order. The weather will also make or break it, and that's got nothing to do with the hotel.
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Date of stay: August 2011
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for top storey room close to beach, no further than the third row from the sea. that way you...
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Shaun N wrote a review Jul 2013
Ladysmith, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Don't be put off by what the motel looks like or by what people say. The Motel is great for what you pay for and for it's location. You simply cannot get any closer to the beach. The breakfasts are basic but filling and the friendly and helpful staff more than make up for any shortcomings you may percieve.
The restuarant seems a bit more pricey than the other offerings in the area but it's convenient. The pub also has a great location, overlooking the bay.
The surrounding clubs playing loud music into the night (only in season) aren't really an issue, since Ponta is a festive village, so it's what you should expect.
To top it all off, Simply Scuba (located on the premises0 are an excellent dive outfit. Awesome service and great staff.
My next stay in Ponta will most certainly be here again.
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Date of stay: July 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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boetier wrote a review Jul 2015
Standerton, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Units no. 65 to 68 are right on the beach! Units are small/basic but comfortable. Very Clean but needs maintenance. Friendly staff. Breakfast is basic but sufficient. Average value for what you get. Worth a stay if you want to be within a few meters of the beach.
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Date of stay: July 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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Shaun N wrote a review Jun 2014
Ladysmith, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our second stay. We were in a family group with a couple of chalets. We had an awesome time and the staff were friendly and helpful.
However, on our last night, we went out for a last blast on the town and having got complacent (my own fault) I neglected to lock our valuables in the car.
We got back to the room to find almost all our electronic items had been stolen, as well as a few bags of clothing. The police were helpful in getting a statement for my insurance but not a word from the Motel itself.
The stuff was not on public display in the room so I get the feeling that one may be under constant surveillance to see if you slip up.

Will I stay again there again? Probably not. I have since found other places with similar value and better options. Maybe if there is nothing else available.

It is a pity since I honestly enjoyed my stays there.
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Date of stay: December 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Seoane79 wrote a review Feb 2014
La Coruna, Spain
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Old, dirty and overpriced hotel. Very unfriendly staff. Breakfast was really poor. Located in front of the beach, but like nearly every hotel in the village. Definitely if you can, choose something different.
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Date of stay: December 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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KLACE wrote a review Jul 2011
Sacramento, California
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We were in South Africa on a long vacation and decided to travel to Moazambique for a long weekend. I would not recommend doing this at all! The border is quaint but we were surprised at the huge visa cost ( $70 per person) for a single entry for anyone from out of the Southern African area. There were 5 of us. Then the motel cost over $125 per night. The beach is great but be careful of doing anything like climbing a dune. They will try and get you to pay a "fine" of up to $7000 (that's thousand! dollars) for doing something that is not well marked. Then when the wind turns the ocean delivers thousands of dangerous stingers (blue bottles). Don't go to Mozambique! Its not worth it!
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Date of stay: June 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The rooms are excessively priced. An equivalent US hotel would charge $25 per night
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DaneSalmon wrote a review Oct 2017
Assagay, South Africa
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of this accommodation is unbeatable - literally on the beach in the heart of Ponto.

The entire resort is however in need of some serious maintenance and looks like it hasn't seen a lick of paint this decade. The rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable.

Note that the plugs are not the usual 3 pin South African ones, so make sure you take a European adapter with you.

Your accommodation price includes a basic breakfast in the communal dining hall, which is a nice touch. The service is unfortunitly not great and they constantly ran out of crockery, toast, etc while we were there.

The restaurant in the resort is terrible. On the (only) night we visited, we were literally the only table in he entire place (we should have thought more about this at the time). Literally only 3 meals from the menu were available and even a number of drinks were out of stock.
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Date of stay: October 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dirk P wrote a review May 2017
Bloubergstrand, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Best option to be right on the beach. Older buildings that need a bit of attention, but lots of character. Fully kitted out for self catering (pots, pans, Fridge freezer, cutlery, crockery) but a great breakfast (bacon, eggs, sausage, cereals) is included in the price. This is a 2 star facility but is great. Neat and clean rooms. Not cheap, but very competitively priced for Ponto.
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Anil Vitoldas wrote a review Jul 2016
Maputo, Mozambique
5.0 of 5 bubbles
motel do mar is for me is * * * * * * * ,staff very friendly,good service,breakfast too tasty ,clean,direct ace's golden beach,every thing from here is near,front of resort sandy area,can walk around 2 km in cost line ,night is too fine because have good outside cooking area and night when sleep can ear only sound of wonderful sound of waves,nice to see night moon to give is peaceful light
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Date of stay: May 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: room sea front
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Lynn W wrote a review Jun 2015
Ladysmith, South Africa
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently spent 8 nights at Motel Do Mar(12 to 19 April 2015). This is the second time we have stayed there and we really love it. The Units are old but clean and are serviced every day, it isn't luxury but we are really used to camping and roughing it so it was perfect for us. We always get the beachfront units as you have such beautiful views of the sea. With a group of 20 we hired 5 units as they sleep 4 each. Value for money is exceptional as there is a full breakfast every day included in the tariff. I would hesitate to book here in high season as it is very close to restaurants and bars and I imagine if the place is full it could get very noisy. Out of season is lovely and quiet. The staff are friendly and helpful if you need anything done. There is a dive school on the premises which is very convenient. We definitely plan to go back again soon.
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Date of stay: April 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Best units are sea facing 65,66 etc. Upstairs has better view and more privacy
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Answer from Teresa M
Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
Sorry, but we have not now aircons, only fans. We are preparing to put them in the next year.
Татьяна Д wrote a tip Mar 2018
21 contributions8 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get a top floor, sea view room to get fresh breeze to help with ventilation and reduce mosquitoes."
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atheliah wrote a tip Jan 2018
Benoni, South Africa167 contributions27 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Beach rooms are great, during peak season you have to be aware that the noise from the beach bars until about 2am. Breakfast is Yummy"
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Heather T wrote a tip May 2017
Durban, South Africa37 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"no aircon just ceiling fans. top floor apartments better views"
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Anil Vitoldas wrote a tip Jul 2016
Maputo, Mozambique50 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"room sea front"
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WeChooseAdventure wrote a tip Nov 2015
Durban, South Africa48 contributions14 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room ON the beach and not one of the units set back from the beach."
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What are some of the property amenities at Motel do Mar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, breakfast buffet, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Motel do Mar?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a dining area, and a dishwasher.
What food & drink options are available at Motel do Mar?
Guests can enjoy an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Motel do Mar?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Does Motel do Mar offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a banquet room and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Motel do Mar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Portuguese, and Afrikaans.
Does Motel do Mar have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Motel do Mar accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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