Sentidos Beach Retreat

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“Between lake and sea”, among mangroves inhabited by exotic birds and the deep blue ocean once travelled by sailors and pirates, this resort is a true oasis of water and blue hues that soothe the ardour of the African heat. Surrounded by an exuberant landscape, this luxury resort on the Mozambican coastline was designed for those who seek authenticity and tranquillity.
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US_expat1 wrote a review Dec 2020
Maputo, Mozambique9 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for a week and had a wonderful time. The staff are friendly, welcoming and helpful. The rooms are comfortable and clean designed with Asian architecture and nice touches. The location is perfect on a quite end of the beach. The SEE activity center offers many activities. The only down side is there is a barrier wall between the villas and the beach so while the beach is a few meters away from the villa, access requires walking to the end of the property which isn’t far but slightly awkward, instead of walking straight to the beach from the deck of the villa. The beach is calmer than Tofo, this isn’t a beach for surfing but great for kayaking and snorkeling to the reef that is close. The restaurant is good and the staff are happy to accommodate but the options for dinner were limited (mostly Portuguese inspired) and there was no menu for breakfast or lunch but they try to accommodate which becomes an interesting conversation especially if Portuguese isn’t your first or second language. There are other dining options in Tofo (15 minutes away). Due to COVID the spa was closed.
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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tomas c wrote a review Jan 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had an incredible 5-star experience at Ocean Safari Sentidos Beach Retreat. The wildlife sightings were extraordinary, and swimming with the whale shark was the highlight. Our guide, Ligogo, made the adventure enjoyable and fun, while Skipper Américo's driving skills and friendly demeanor added to the overall fantastic experience. Highly recommend this safari for nature enthusiasts!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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MalawiMike2014 wrote a review Jan 2020
Lilongwe, Malawi330 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the pleasure of travelling to Sentidos in December. The rooms are modern and spacious and not far from the beautiful beach. Sadly there has been a bit of tidal damage so they were busy working on getting this fixed when we were there. The food was incredible and the service very impressive. Will definitely be back soon....
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Roving68712774515 wrote a review Feb 2024
Zambia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Only visited the activity center and the restaurant. The food was glorious and the dive and ocean safari teams were brilliant! Joany, Ligogo and Co made our ocean adventures true luxury and and unforgettable experience.

The restaurant food was delicious every time.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The activity center team were world class, and a coconut water and prawn pizza round off the day.
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Fotini T wrote a review Oct 2019
Marondera, Zimbabwe114 contributions82 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I recently visited Inhambane in Mozambique and stayed at Sentidos Beach Retreat for 4 nights. We stayed in a standard villa and were generally extremely impressed by the high hospitality standards maintained at this resort property. The villa itself is very spacious and beautifully decorated in light seaside tones set against beautiful rich, dark wood; all the essential amenities and more are provided. The villas are all located literally on the beach and views from the expansive windows are breathtaking. Our room rate included breakfast which was an absolutely sumptuous affair each morning. They offer a buffet style breakfast including a vast selection of expertly prepared pastries, cereals, fruit and cold meats and cheeses, plus eggs and other cooked options ordered directly from the kitchen. They are not at all "mean" with servings and you are left feeling deliciously sluggish, just in time for a dip in the sea! Dinner is a similarly delicious affair - we again opted for the buffet option, which included an excellent and very generous selection of seafood, chicken and other meats. We indulged in the "Seafood Platter for Two" on our last night and I can honestly say, I have never had a better seafood meal in all my travels! Compliments to the chef. I must also make mention of the fact that all the staff at Sentidos have obviously received a very high level of training - they are pleasant, affable and very quick to please guests. I make special mention of Gertrude at Breakfast and Jaime at Dinner, who were both always outstanding! Well done to the entire management and staff and thank you all for a very memorable holiday at Sentidos! We will see you again sometime! Best wishes, Gerry and Fotini Tselentis/Zimbabwe.
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Date of stay: October 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Joel B wrote a review Jan 2022
Cape Town Central, South Africa50 contributions28 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Finding nice places in Tofo and Barra around Christmas and NYE is not easy. We decided to book Sentidos for 2 days over new years and to celebrate my wifes birthday. We've been coming to Tofo for over 10 years and were excited to be spoiled a bit at this new fancy resort. We went to check in and the front desk said they couldn't find our booking. I showed them my booking on Agoda.com and they looked perplexed by it. They then asked for proof of payment and so I opened up my chase.com account and showed them the charge. Not only did they not have our booking but they only had a room available for 1 night.

One of the front office guys went to the back office and then came back to say they haven't received our booking or the money and there was nothing they could do. It was then I pinged Joanne who I believe heads up activities to get involved. She came over and said she'd try to get to the bottom of it and that hey hadn't had issues with Agoda before. She went to the back office to presumably make some calls. She came back and said sorry they don't know what Agoda is and don't have the booking and there's nothing we could do.

I then proceeded to call Agoda (international call $) and confirmed that Sentidos Agoda account had the wrong email and phone number on it and that they'd email Sentidos with my booking confirmation. Agoda emailed it to them but Sentidos still was unwilling to help us. They made no offer to put us up for 1 night, in fact they told us we'd have to pay an extra $400 for the one night ($800 a night).

Sentidos never tried to call Agoda, never offerred to do anything helpful. It was all awkward, unprofessional denial. They then went on to suggest that it was perhaps a fake listing and that I should look into that.

So we left. I had to make 2 additional calls to Agoda where they then put a refund request through and guess what?! Sentidos received that refund offer and approved it. So apparently Sentidos does know what Agoda is. I emailed Sentidos demanding answers and to make the situation right on Jan 1 and only on Jan 4 did they respond saying that they approved the refund. They attached a PDF from Jan 1 with this info. So it seems even after 3 days of receiving my email and info about the refund that they chose not to communicate it.

I've followed up with them three times since they sent that email asking for an explanation but have received no reply. I've reached out to the Assistant GM without reply. I've reached out to the Design Hotels Group which they are a part of without reply.

If you're expecting a professional treatment (especially when things go wrong) you will not get it from this place. It's clearly a stunning facility but their approach to customer service has been appalling at every turn. I've given them a bunch of opportunities to make the situation right or explain why our holiday had to be so negatively impacted only to hear crickets.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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eltonsmoor wrote a review Jan 2021
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)100 contributions28 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
What can I say.... returned again after first visit in 2018 august. Firstly it is really beautiful. The resort has had immense amount of money thrown in to build a fantastic place. Villas are luxurious, restaurant location is dramatic and views are stunning. Menu is very ambitious and has a wonderful variety, if only they were available. Here lies the problem with Sentidos, and was exactly the same the last time we were there.... half of the items on the menu are not available!!! What there is, is delicious, but unfortunately just too many things not available for a five star resort such as this, and for what you are paying. Sooo frustrating. We even asked them in advance to ensure they stocked up (because of previous experience), however despite the reassurances, too many things were simply not available. They didn’t even have cachaca for the caipirinha!! I mean, you’re sitting on the beach in Barra, yet you can’t even get a caipirinha. Even the cheap beach bar next door has it. It’s also quite remote, and we wanted to just stay at the resort and enjoy a few days after having rented a house on the beach the week before. Just frustrating. Bad enough to not want to go again.
Other small issue is the staff are not taught to speak English. Sorry, but for an international quality (and priced) resort, you gotta have English speaking staff. They did try their best, and Paipe our waiter for the duration of our stay was fantastic, helpful and did his best to communicate with us. Most of the rest of the staff didn’t really understand what we were trying to order so that fell short.
Finally, and another typical example of where Sentidos doesn’t have issues spending money on infrastructure, however just don’t get it when it comes to creating ambiance and a truly special place that it is. They recently built a concrete wall protecting the resort from the sea tides etc, and put a beautiful hardwood balustrade all along the top of the wall (for protection etc), but then proceeded to lay a LED strip light along the entire length of the balustrade (in cool white) such that as soon as it got dark, there was this awful intrusive bright light that ran the entire length of the resort between the villas (and the beautiful softly lit - warm yellow lamps garden with cosy seating areas, etc) and the beach / ocean. So now, when you want to sit on your villa deck and look out to the ocean or up at the stars, you have this revolting bright striplight ruining your view. Suggestion: rip off the striplight from the balustrade, you have ruined an otherwise beautiful place. Then all the terraces (villas and restaurant) also have shade netting instead of canvas, so every time it rains, you have to go inside and all the sofas, cushions etc get soaking wet, so can’t go back outside until the next day when they have to dry out everything.... 🤦🏻‍♂️
That really sums it up.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Yavani wrote a review Jul 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa11 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I, and two children aged 8 and 11 stayed for 7 nights in one of the family beach villas. This boutique hotel is incredible and exceeded our expectations in every way possible. 5 star service in the most magical setting. We arrived as guests and we left with new friends having found a home away from home.

The rooms are luxurious, beautifully decorated and an oasis of calm for your stay. The view is most spectacular and the villa has direct access to the beautiful soft white sandy beach. We all enjoyed early morning walks and watching the sunset from our deck. Such a treat! Barra beach is absolutely beautiful. Pristine and untouched. Paradise away from the crowds... A true haven of calm and serenity.

The activities were fantastic from snorkeling to the ocean safari where we swam with whale sharks, to a quad bike tour through the village. Attention to detail was incredible, special care of our kids, and just going the extra mile - thank you!!! This was all organised by the amazing SEE team consisting of Joannaand Tyler and supported by Zack and Americo. We will never forget these special adventures that we shared with you all.

The personal service of this incredible hotel has to be mentioned. The staff are all so friendly and kind, even making sure we could watch the Cricket World Cup and setting up the most beautiful dinner for us on our last night. Nothing was too big an ask... even picking up that my husband liked coconut water and walking into our room to find 4 coconuts with straws for our after dinner drink. Food was always beautifully presented and delicious! The spa was beautiful and the therapist Layla just fantastic.

We will be back Sentidos team. Thank you for everything!

With Love Yavani and Family
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dzuljet wrote a review Jun 2019
London, United Kingdom76 contributions56 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a 7 night stay in one of the villas. We booked this trip last minute, 2 days before the departure so didn’t do much research. We were surprised how this retreat exceeded all our expectations in terms of facilities (villa with a direct access to the beach, beach, gym, garden), excellent chef and restaurant staff and service rated easily 5* European standards, delicious food. The place gives a feeling of a community; all local staff working in the retreat live in nearby village, they really care and are proud of what they propose to people visiting this part of Africa.

The white sand beach is beautiful, few km long with some good restaurants, bars to the west of the retreat (walking distance) in case you come for long and are looking for some diversity in the cuisine. To the east, you can find one of the most famous surf beach Tofo and a small village, also worth visiting. The staff can drive you there so you can spend some time on your own (excellent diving centre - ask activities manager to organise an ocean safari for you where we could swim with dolphins and whales). Activities manager can also organise other interesting activities for you.

The management is also top, we have been treated as friends rather than guests, never really got that feeling even when staying with other luxurious hotels.

The journey to reach the place may seem a bit long for European tourists, but I rather have a longer journey and spend my holiday in a unspoilt spot than taking an easy one flight and land on a crowded beach. What we could understand there are periods like second part of Dec and first week of Jan and July- August when the retreat have high season. Book for these months if you like more people around you when on holiday. We went in low season (May/June, 25degrees sunny for at least 6h/day) and were on the beach by ourselves, with few tourists met along the coast during the beach walks we did. Sentidos was an oasis of peace during our stay. Best to call the reception and ask for an advice on when best to come depending on how you like to spend holidays (less or more crowd).

Food in the restaurant is excellent, delicious breakfast, lunch menu with snacks or refreshing seafood dishes, good cocktails, a romantic dinner can also be organised as they did for us with candles everywhere. Seafood is often a catch of the day so very fresh.

Mozambique is an excellent destination (which we didn’t really hear much about before) but the people,landscape and nature is just stunning. good to read some history of the country, which helps to understand the local population or go for a historic town tour with Sentidos where you can learn more about the area, population and the country. We met lots of European who went for holiday and never returned back to Europe and they love it. Go there before it gets crowded.

Thank you to all Sentidos staff for making our holiday unforgettable and we will be back one day. Obrigado. Gracie. Dziekujemy.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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João Marcopito wrote a review May 2019
New York City, New York80 contributions36 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Views from inside the room—and laying on bed—are breathtaking. Staff was really exceptional and the hotel offers a variety of activities—like kayaking, snorkeling, biking and even massages. The restaurant has a vary tasty menu. I will definitely go back there on my next visit to Mozambique.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Carolina d
Dear Gillian, Thank you so much for your contact. I will advise you to get in touch with your Doctor. Thank you so much. Kindest Regards, Sentidos Team
Answer from John B
Maputo31 contributions12 helpful votes
The local currency is the Metical but you will probably be able to use Rand in some local restaurants and bars. The best way to get local currency is to use your credit/debit card in ATMs. R.1 = c.Mt.4
Gillian A asked a question Sept 2019
Cape Town, South Africa19 contributions6 helpful votes
Where is nearest airport please?
Answer from John B
Maputo31 contributions12 helpful votes
Inhambane (for domestic flights) is about 30 mins by road. For international flights, Maputo to the south and Vilankulos to the north. Both have connections to Inhambane
Answer from Junaid P
Maputo, Mozambique4 contributions
Hi There, Depending on how many days you intend and time of year you travel, kids could get really bored. There is a kids play room with supervision along with basic jungle gym available. Also, the small kids pool does form part of the large pool structure which does help us parents to supervise while we enjy and soak up the sun. Overall, it has basic facilities however after 2/3 days they could get bored (hence weather is important else they will get bored). Hope the above does help...
Roving68712774515 wrote a tip Feb 2024
Zambia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The activity center team were world class, and a coconut water and prawn pizza round off the day."
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Guildev-Paris wrote a tip Nov 2019
Paris, France157 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Honeymoon villas 11 and 12."
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OxshottLadies wrote a tip Mar 2019
Surrey, UK285 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"rooms 10 was nice and close to restaurant which is a few minutes walk along a bridge walkway"
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Alain C wrote a tip Feb 2018
Whipsnade, United Kingdom208 contributions131 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Villa 12 is lovely"
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Christel v wrote a tip Dec 2017
1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Private, neat and great view!"
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PRICE RANGE
R 5,137 - R 5,746 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
MozambiqueInhambane ProvinceMiramar
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sentidos Beach Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Sentidos Beach Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Praia do Tofo (7.2 km), Marine Megafauna Foundation (7.5 km), and Tofinho Beach (7.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sentidos Beach Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Sentidos Beach Retreat?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Sentidos Beach Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Sentidos Beach Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sentidos Beach Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Branko's, The Green Turtle, and Tofo Tofo Restaurant & Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sentidos Beach Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Sentidos Beach Retreat have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Sentidos Beach Retreat offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Sentidos Beach Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Sentidos Beach Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Sentidos Beach Retreat located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Miramar.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sentidos Beach Retreat?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.