Flamingo Bay Water Lodge

Flamingo Bay Water Lodge

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AskStefan wrote a review Jun 2009
South Africa3 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The first time we were introduced to our waiter for the week: Joseph we new we were in for a special treat... With any special request from our side, the answer from Joseph would always be the same: “ No problem – all things are possible... and then as if we were doing him the favour- Thank you – Thank you...

This was the tone through out our week long stay at Flamingo Bay and it made for the most memorable and amazing Honey Moon we could ever have prayed for.

We would like to share with you a few notes on what to expect, pointers and tips should you make Flamingo Bay your destination of choice.

Arriving:
 Flying in from Oliver Tambo (Johannesburg) International we landed in Inhambane a very small airport about 45 minutes drive from Flamingo bay. The airport has one customs official and no air-conditioning. Your luggage is of loaded and placed outside in a marked area for you to collect.
 We were greeted by Fernando who to our and other guests to Flamingo Bays luggage to an about 20 seated bus.
 The drive to Flamingo Bay is an interesting drive through local villages. You see a lot of other resorts on your way, and make sure not to expect the same from Flamingo Bay as the tone set by surrounding resorts are not to spoil your expectation for what is to come.
 Arriving at Flamingo Bays main entrance your luggage is taken care of while you have the choice to walk or ride in a golf car the 600m to the main reception building on a wooden walkway. (We suggest you walk it...)
 Arriving at reception all is taken care for. You will be greeted by the friendly staff and a welcoming ice cold drink.
 During this time your luggage is already taken to where the cabins are.
 Each guest has their own private safe and we immediately put all our passports, wallets, etc in their for safe keeping.

Bills
 Flamingo Bay and its neighbour resort Barra Lodge functions on a billing system where you only pay for all your extra drinks, activities, tips etc. at the end of your stay... This makes it very easy not to have the constant worry of money, tips etc.
 We brought with some foreign exchange but suggest that you don't do that to pay for any activities etc. You get a much better exchange rate when using their electronic (Visa, MasterCard, etc) system and you only pay this once off at the end of your stay.
 Should you wish to give your waiter a special additional tip at the end of your stay, you could do that in South African Rand or US dollars. Rands and dollars are also good if you want to buy any memorabilia in the local town nearby.

Meals
 We visited FB on a breakfast and dinner package.
 You are treated to the widest selection of food and tastes. Every dinner menu is different from the previous and during our stay it never repeated. For each dinner you have a choice between 3 starters, 6 main courses, and 3 desserts.
 Breakfast has everything from steaks to yoghurt...
 For lunch we sometimes went to the FB restaurant but most of the time we ate snacks we bought on the duty free side in South Africa before we flew. Each room has its own fridge and we do suggest that you do bring your own alcohol and maybe other beverages if possible, because they are on average twice as expensive at FB.

Rooms
 Each room has an on suite bathroom without a bath – which because of the climate doesn't really matter that much.
 Every time we left the room and came back after an activity we would find that our room has been cleaned and bed made.
 Each evening after dinner we received a special gift on our bed, which always were something we looked forward to.
 Every second or third day new bedding is put on and clean towels given
 Each room has its own private deck and stairs down onto the beach / water depending on the tide. This deck makes for the most amazing sunsets and make sure to have your own private sundowners... Your waiter will gladly organize this for you.
 Rooms 17-20 has the best sunset views and are kind of on the side, so you don’t see any other people when sitting on your deck. We requested to stay in one of these four cabins before hand and they easily accommodated us. If we go again, we would definitely try for 20!!

Activities
 There is almost an unlimited amount of activities to choose from but we would definitely recommend the Quad Bikes and the Ocean Safari. A day or two before going on the ocean safari, make sure you have a few practice rounds in the calmer waters with your snorkel gear. This truly is an amazing experience as you will have the change to swim with the most amazing of sea life!!

General
 All beach- and swimming pool towels are provided free of charge from reception.
 You also have free use of snorkel gear, kayaks and paddles.
 Different board games are also to your disposal, make sure your grab your favourite the first night, as they only have a limited number.
 Make sure to confirm your night on the balcony as soon as possible with your waiter. One evening during your visit he will set a private table on the balcony. Ours were the same night as the visit from the local dancers, we had a great view from above.
 Make sure to bring your own fairy candles – those with their own metal holder should you want to use them to create some atmosphere.
 Malaria: We visited FB end of April and never once saw any mosquitoes. FB is surrounded by saltwater and mostly unaffected by Malaria, do however take precautions, because going on the Quad Bikes or visiting the surrounding areas you might be at risk...

Finally we would like to again thank all the staff at Flamingo Bay, the excellent chefs, Delino at reception, Joseph and Gildo our waiters for making our honey moon the most amazing experience. We truly recommend FB for anybody dreaming the most romantic honey moon.

Stefan and Estee
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Date of stay: April 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kavajo wrote a review Jun 2007
London, United Kingdom124 contributions86 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here as the final leg of our honeymoon in southern Africa. We wanted to relax for the last few days, spend some time on the beach, and stay somewhere special. We were not disappointed.

On arrival you are offered a fruit drink and taken to your chalet in a golf cart. The chalets are built on stilts so you are over the water. They are finished to a high spec and are very comfortable, with lovely bathroom, bed with mosquito nets, air con, kettle for coffee and tea, a balcony and steps into the water.

The lodge is located in a sheltered bay, eged by mangrove forests. The water is shallow, warm and very safe for swimming.

There are kayaks which you can take out at any time free of charge. We went at sunset and passed dhows on their way home from a day's fishing. Also ask at reception if you would like to borrow a snorkel, mask and fins, as there are lots of fish around the chalets.

Other activities available scuba diving, snorkelling, sea fishing, horse riding and quad bikes, but don't miss the 'Ocean Safari' trip, where you go out on a boat in search of whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins. As soon as you find any, fins and masks on and jump in for a swim with them. The whale sharks are amazing, absolutely massive and not scary at all.

The food is outstanding. For dinner their was a choice of three dishes, and as expected, a strong bias towards seafood. I'm not a big seafood fan, but the prawns here are amazing! All the food is freshly cooked to order, and the quality is excellent. Breakfast is a buffet with a reasonable choice.

The staff are all lovely. Whichever waiter first serves you sticks with you for the rest of your stay. This provides a more personalised service, and once again, the standard is high.

Whenever you want to go to or from your chalet, a golf cart is standing by to take you. Of course you can walk across the sand at low tide, or along the stilted roadways and enjoy the stars at night if you prefer.

Flamingo Bay is owned by the same people as Barra Lodge, which is on the beach. Free transport is provided between the two as required, although the walk through the mangroves and along the beach is worth doing too. You can use all the facilities at Barra too and even run a bar tab there.

The management are doing a good job here, the place is being maintained well and Be advised that they don't accept travellers cheques and there are no ATMs, so bring enough cash to last you. You can put all drinks and activities on your bill, but there are local craft sellers and a few stalls at Barra Lodge which you will need cash.

This a really lovely place to stay. Go to Flamingo Bay - you will enjoy!
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Date of stay: June 2007
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karla G wrote a review May 2012
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa22 contributions11 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to Flamingo Bay as a last-minute decision due to great specials through Mozambique Travel - we got a great deal and the trip really exceeded our expectations - especially after reading some negative reviews on tripadvisor. The transfer was fairly smooth, considering that you are driving around on sandy roads, and our reception at the lodge was very professional. We requested room 120 via the travel agency and got it, no problem. The room is spacious, everything works (water, aircon, electricity), the minibar is well stocked with beer, soft drinks and water that they replace daily and add onto your drinks bill during dinner. The room was what we expected, including amasing sunsets - the rest of the lodge exceeded our expectations - very nice facilities. the golf cars that drive you up and down make a little bit of noise, but this is usually only between 9 and 10 in the morning, and then around dinner time - and even then it is not very disturbing. We walked between the lodge and the cabin most of the time, really not far at all and the whole place is just so romantic! The weather was phenomenal - 29 degrees and sunshine every day.
Just some tips:
1. take some insect repellant with you - you cannot purchase this at Flamingo Bay, and you get bitten at night at dinner
2. take your own fins and mask with you if you can - the lodge does not offer this free of use, although you can buy some in the shop (sells t-shirts, sarongs, sunglasses, flipflops, postcards and snorkel equipment). Also take some swimming goggles if you plan on going for a nice long swim - the water is incredibly salty, but unbelievably clear and beautiful, and the perfect tempearture. Also take some sneakers - nice long beach at Barra and hard sand if you are up for a run.
3. they don't charge corkage, so I would recommend buying some wine and/or bubbles at duty free on the way to enjoy with your dinner
4. you cannot buy snacks at Flamingo Bay - only chips, nuts and bananas at Barra Lodge on the beach, so take your own snacks for sundowners
5. put in a request to have dinner on the private deck at the start of your trip with reception - we were told on arrival that we will eat there on our last night, but when the evening came, someone else had booked it
6. if you are not a diver, they recommend the ocean safari as the best snorkeling option - cost is about R500 and we ended up riding up and down the coast in search of whale sharks, mantas and dolphins - found nothing and had a 10-minute snorkel on the reef. If you are not dead-set on swimming in the open ocean with the animals, which are not guaranteed - I can recommend to just do the snorkel trip out to the reef - a third of the price and it has a great variety of sealife.
7. breakfast and dinner are included at Flamingo Bay and was always good. The seafood platter is consistently prawns, calamari and fish, and did not vary from one night to the next. We had lunch there for only one day, and found it more expensive and poorer on quality than Barra Lodge. Barra Lodge has a greater variety, is right on the beach and is cheaper, although you have some guys on the beach trying to sell hats, sarongs, and curios that might bother some people.
8. If you want to buy anything, the LolaShop at Barra has the greatest variety, from t-shirts, pretty dresses, franginpani hairclips, towels, wetsuits, board shorts, etc. There are also some roadside stalls just down the road (you'll see them just before Barra Lodge as you arrive) that sell sarongs and t-shirts
9. you can settle both your barra lodge and flamingo bay bills at flamingo bay reception.
10. free transfers between barra lodge and flamingo bay run every hour between 8 and 5.
11. Flamingo Bay has a conference room that has 2 couches and DSTV if there is something important on that you need to watch (rugby :)
12. wi-fi is available in the lounge at the lodge
13. make sure to order a fresh coconut from your waiter while you're lounging around at the pool :)
14. take your own pillow if you want feathers

All in all, we had a wonderful time, and we will definitely go back.
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Date of stay: April 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All the rooms are good - 120 is very private but it is already located on the sandbank, so it is...
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Response from BarraResorts, Manager at Flamingo Bay Water Lodge
Responded 20 Jun 2012
As Flamingo Bay Water Lodge is part of a well known group, we always try and exceed all expectations. Being surrounded by Mother Nature, we are also focused on the sustainability of the natural environment in which we find ourselves. As feedback from guests is the only way we can uplift our service accordingly, we always take these aspects and convert them into positive action which will be appreciated by future and return guests. We are very blessed with phenomenal weather throughout the entire year, and being surrounded by water, we are the perfect escape from the Concrete Jungle, with a unique romantic touch. Visiting Mozambique, one has to experience the journey for yourself. At the Curio Shop, we try and stock most basic products used by guests. Guests are also more than welcome to enquire any specific product with their booking agent, so that we at the lodge can make sure we have stock, to avoid disappointment. Fins and masks, are available to all guests at Flamingo Bay as snorkeling equipment for their use, with no extra charge, available at Reception. Being the “Honeymoon Lodge”, we do not charge a corkage fee, mainly because some guests might have a special bottle of wine or Champagne they would like to enjoy after organising a special Wedding Day. Located in the Inhambane Province, we also support the local vendors. Thus purchasing most of our Seafood, Fruits and Vegetables on a daily basis, we can offer nothing but mouth-watering Seafood Platters and freshly grilled vegetables. As this not only improves our service, we also support sustainability of the host community and ensuring the future of these loyal entrepreneurs. Over and above all, it is recommended to please inform your travel agent as well as the Reception of the lodge, about any dietary requirements or special needs – because we can and will meet every need! Thank you for your valued and thorough feedback.We truly appreciate it.
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AlikiD wrote a review Aug 2014
Johannesburg11 contributions28 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We travelled to Flamingo Bay for 4 nights on 8 August 2014. Although the setting is beautiful, unfortunately the lodge is very run down. It is in serious need of maintenance. The sun beds at the pool were broken, the cushions were torn, there were no pool towels and the pool area was infested with fleas! I have been bitten all over my body and look like I have miesels. The food was really a disaster. The best meal we got in the 5 days was on the flight back to SA!

The rooms were not bad and we enjoyed the walks to and from the main lodge. Don't think I would have been as happy to walk that way in the hot summer. The first day we got decent bath towels but thereafter we got towels that were old and had stains and holes.

My husband booked a massage for us for the second day. My masseuse's hands were extremely rough. I found out later that she was one of the cleaners! We also later found out that my husbands masseuse is also a cleaner!

The service was really not great. I sat at the pool area the one morning for more than half a hour and not one of the 10 waiters came to offer a drink. I was the only guest there at that time. Thanks goes to Francesco the waiter who did look after us when he was on duty.

Definitely not 5 star! In fact I would not even give it 2 stars. We were extremely disappointed!
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Date of stay: August 2014
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from BarraInhambane, Online marketing at Flamingo Bay Water Lodge
Responded 29 Oct 2014
Good day Aliki Thank you for your feedback, we apologise that you found your stay with us disappointing. We have taken notes of your concerns and have dealt with them constructively. We have made many changes in both controls and staffing and believe we have sorted them all. We hope should you visit again you will see the improvements Regards The Flamingo Team
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Lindy_B516 wrote a review Jul 2012
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution7 helpful votes
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We spent a heavenly week at Flamingo Bay in January 2009 and ever since I have insisted that this is where I would like to get married one day. We returned to Flamingo Bay for a mini-break from the 5 – 9th of July 2012 and what a disappointment! It is extremely sad to see how the lodge has deteriorated in the last three years. It is very clear that the lodge is not maintained at all - from the main lodge, the wooden walkways, the rooms and the threadbare linens and towels.
We were collected in a minibus at the airport that was practically falling apart and from there on our trip just went from bad to worse! On our arrival we asked if we could order something to eat as we had spent most of the day travelling. We were advised that lunch service had ended at 16:00 but (to the Food and Beverage Manager’s credit) they would ask the kitchen to prepare us some lunch. However on the information sheet in our room it indicates that lunch could be ordered until 18:00 every day and on the actual lunch menu it indicated that lunch was served until 17:00 every day. On our first night we advised the manager on duty that the safe in our room would not open and after an inspection by the manager he advised it was because the batteries were flat. They did not have any spare batteries at the lodge so the manager said they would give us new batteries the next day. We followed up the next day and eventually gave up after enquiring about the batteries a couple of times after that and we could not use the safe the entire time we were there. There was no milk for cereal in the morning and the coffee ran out half way through breakfast! There definitely was not enough bacon for the buffet breakfast and when we ordered more bacon for our breakfast the chef only cooked 2 pieces of bacon! There was not enough for one person let alone all the guests staying at the lodge. They bar was not stocked with the delicious fruit juices we had last time and the only juice they had for the entire time we were there was apple juice. The only seafood they had was calamari on the first night and prawns on the second night. The left over prawns were served as an entrée on the third night (two baby prawns each with sweet chili sauce). The amazing buffet dinners with the delicious seafood is a thing of the past! On the third day when we ordered sandwiches for lunch we were advised that they had run out of bread!
On our second day we received a note to say that the golf carts would no longer be available as they were going in for maintenance (a surprise in itself!). We were assured by the Manager that on check out someone would assist with our luggage for the long walk from our room to the main lodge but no one was available on the morning of check out!
The bathrooms at the main lodge were out of order from the Saturday and were still out of order by the time we left. We had no water in our room for most of Friday and the power went out on Sunday. They have installed outside showers since our last visit but the taps are so rusted that we were unable to open the tap at all! It is very clear that the massage therapists have not had sufficient training and the one therapist doubles up as the Hotel Receptionist as well! The WiFi worked for all of 2 minutes during the time we were there. On check out we were told the system was down and that we had to wait for it to reboot before we could pay the bill. We were also told (by more than one staff member) that the staff had not been paid since May 2012! There are a few of the wait staff who gave us exceptional service and its very sad to know that these people have not been paid for two months!

The special nightly downturns we had in 2009 with the Mozambiquan fables printed on a card with flowers or shells that were left on your bed was also sorely missed. Apparently the lodge is under the new management and what a disappointment. It is definitely not worth the price you pay!!
We will definitely not go back to Flamingo Bay ever again and we will NOT be getting married there!! It is really sad that the new management has let the lodge and the service deteriorated to such an extent as the surroundings are so beautiful (but unfortunately don’t make up for the bad experience!)
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Date of stay: July 2012
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from BarraResorts, Manager at Flamingo Bay Water Lodge
Responded 20 Jul 2012
Firstly I would like to thank you for your review. I would like to apologise for the bad experience you had at our property. We at Barra Resorts and specifically Flamingo Bay, pride ourselves with our very special product, and always strive towards perfection. Flamingo Bay has, for the last two months been under brand new management, having a brand new Front office manager, Food & Beverage manager, Kitchen manager, Maintenance manager & Financial manager. With this new, very enthusiastic group of people, I am more than confident that they can pick up inherited challenges to get this beautiful property to the luxury level that it has the potential of being. I would like to just touch the surface on some of the complaints/issues raised, and try to give my own point of view from this: • We have no loose boards anymore, and all broken boards have been replaced but the walkways do not look the same as they did in 2009 when the lodge was just built unfortunately. With more maintenance, we will get as close as possible to that new look. • Our staff do a monthly stock-take on linen and towels to take out the improper linen and towelling. • We use our VW Bus, although it is not a brand new vehicle is serviced regularly and in great condition. • Your room did have an old booklet in which I apologise for, we have removed this booklet, checked the other rooms and have now got updated booklets in all rooms displaying the correct time for lunch. • Milk, Bacon and coffee we have stockpiled in freezers and storerooms so cannot run out of. We also stock 5 different flavours of SANTAL (local Mozambique box juice) in the bar. Apple, pineapple, peach, tropical, orange and offer 2 different types of juice for breakfast. • In regards to the safe, you accepted a key as an alternative to the batteries which were out of stock. • Seafood is an issue in Mozambique as well as globally due to over fishing and conservancy restrictions, we have to bring our seafood in from Beira so do not always get full supply. Many people believe that Mozambique is still the fishing, seafood, prawns etc. capital of the world. However with the huge over exploitation of fishing happening in this area by locals (fishing is the main income for the average man in Mozambique) and bigger Asian & Russian fishing companies, the Maritime of Mozambique has put a restriction on fishing and the amount in kilograms that a person is allowed to fish for and sell. Now most of the seafood comes from Beira, which is hundreds of kilometres away, and this will be the case until the conservancy of the fishing in this area has improved. Getting seafood from Beira has a huge impact on the freshness and the availability, which then has a huge impact on us as a lodge and many of the other lodges in this area. It has been a very difficult time of the year to get seafood but we still serve our seafood platter at each dinner, we have calamari, prawns and tuna available and also fresh oysters as a starter. The prawns are sometimes small but we make sure to have enough on plate to be efficient. Bread we bake daily on site and cannot run out. • We have discontinued the golf carts as they are not only environmentally unfriendly but are also doing damage to the walkways. • You happened to be at the lodge when we had a once off issue with our toilets where someone had attempted to flush a non-flushable item down the toilet which blocked the piping. As you can imagine, all the piping had to be taken out and flushed. AS we do not have on hand plumbers on a Sunday, the GM had to do this himself but could only complete with assistance from maintenance on Monday. This was a regrettable unforeseen once off situation. • When we lost power, we immediately turned over generator which gives efficient power to the entire property and the water was off for a couple hours due to airlocks that had to be taken out on the 6km stretch of piping. • We have checked all taps on the outside showers and although there is a little rust on one or two of the taps due to sea air and water, all taps loosing turn on and off. • We do have an onsite therapist who also doubles up in our souvenir shop when the Spa has no bookings. Our therapist is trained in massage and will soon be qualified as a fully professional therapist which we are very excited about. • Management all work off the wifi at the lodge and downtime is rare although speeds can be slow at times. • Our trained staff do the most beautiful turn downs and in fact a different one every night. We do the cowry shell, Coconut flower, Mangrove info, home-made Mozambique biscuits, Panzy shell, crumbs to feed the fish, etc. and each turn down comes with a very nice Portuguese saying. Flamingo Bay was also a very unfortunate casualty of the cyclone season that hit the Inhambane area from January to March 2012. Our properties were hit with multiple Cyclones, including Cyclone Funso (biggest recorded cyclone in the world that has ever existed), this had shocking results to Flamingo Bay, as roofs were blown off, anything not bolted to the floor was blown into the estuary, the waves in the bay flooded our rooms, it had walkways move and tilt….and it just took its toll on the overall look of the lodge. Mother Nature definitely left her mark! However this was 3 months ago, and since the last cyclone, we have redone all our guest room roofs, restructured and strengthened the walkways. We have unfortunately not been quiet enough to redo the main lodge roof but it is on the itinerary…we also started and will be doing (now in our quieter months) a total varnish of all wooden areas and refurbishing of the other roofs. This will make the entire property look brand spanking new and get the luxury feel back. The only way that any person, property or business can achieve greatness is by taking and feedback or criticism and use it in a constructive way to build on the future and that is what we are hoping to achieve with a review such as this. I do hope that you find my response in good faith.
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Terry C wrote a review Sept 2011
London, United Kingdom2 contributions13 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Our honeymoon trip was very disappointing. Paying top dollar I expected to be treated, wined and dined likewise. As I am in the building trade I was somewhat amazed at the quality and finish of the rooms, restaurant and general grounds at Flamingo. The place is paradise, with unspoilt beaches and lovely people, unfortunately the resort is not being maintained and the owners are using all resources to make more money by expanding their bara resorts portfolio. Issues we had are as follows: Aircon units not working, when fixed aircon unit leaked a pool of water in the room flooding everything within a 4m radius, electrical wires exposed including 3 phase high powered wires at ground level!, parts of the walkway leading to the rooms were damaged which could lead to broken ancles etc, fire extinguishers rusted and date stamp not readable, no emergency lighting when power cuts, no other fire fighting equipment (Perhaps not surprised then that the restaurant burnt down a few years back, door handles falling off, doors not closing properly, finish of bathroom and general rooms was 3rd class and often when problems arose it is evident that these were repaired with little thought to longevity and appearance, buggies taking you to and back from rooms leaking oil all over walk way adding to the fire issues and potential slipping of guests, uneven walkways due to age of warping wood, litter everywhere including within the main entrance area, pool water feature not working as this is too expensive to fix!, staff generally not listening properly to requests, deep sea fishing tour taken by man who could not speak English so trip was very frustrating training fishing tackle for 4 hours without a word being spoken and without an explanation of what will happen etc etc, staff continuously trying to sell you things to supplement their wages, others impeding on the rooms out in the bay trying to sell you things and look into your room (security!), no communication between staff and managers not caring what guests think. We were very disappointed by this resort and will certainly not recommend anyone staying there. If you want a relaxing chilled holiday in Moz, drive around and there are a lot of other resorts charging much less for the same quality.
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Date of stay: September 2011
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Go somewhere else, this is not worth what they are asking.
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Thomas P wrote a review Oct 2011
Johannesburg, South Africa15 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We came here on a company breakaway, and even though they mostly cater for the honeymooners, they had no problem handling our huge group. The location is absolutely beautiful, and the scenery changes dramatically within a few hours. Amazing sunsets, crystal clear waters, and very comfortable chalets. Food was spot on and the service was amazing, until late at night and always with a smile. They even provided transport at the drop of a hat to a person in the group who needed to get into town to see a doctor.
I'll definitely return one day.
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Date of stay: October 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Smorgasbord_10 wrote a review Jul 2011
Toulouse, France15 contributions13 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We went here for our honeymoon and I'm sorry to say it was possibly the worst place I have stayed.

The main problem was the food - we were served raw chicken, food so salty it was inedible and a 'mint pannacotta' made with mint sauce left over from a previous night's roast lamb. It was the single most disgusting thing I have ever eaten. The rest of the food was often not fresh and not of the quality I would have expected from a relatively expensive hotel.

The water lodges were OK, but our shower tray had thick black mould surrounding it (see pic) and we passed staff ogling Playboy magazine outside our lodge.

We took up our complaint with the management and they accepted we had received a poor quality of service and waived our drinks bill and one night's accommodation, but we were left really disappointed with the whole experience there.
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Date of stay: June 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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rhonda p wrote a review Sept 2015
London, United Kingdom302 contributions164 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Flamingo Bay must have been a wonderful place back in the day but it is old and tired and is certainly not worth the amount they are asking per night. The pictures on the website are a bit misleading!
The location and the views are magnificent, the staff are lovely trying their best to please and make up for all the faults. Decent Breakfasts, dinners on the other hand reminded me of boarding school food. On our first night our room had no hot water the little cold that did come through wasn’t enough to wash my hands, the door was broken and didn’t lock, the air-con had been removed, the deck chairs on the balcony were in pieces, a ¼ roll of toilet paper supplied. After discussing the issues with the manager in the morning, we were moved to another room this time the door locked, there were deck chairs BUT the toilet didn’t flush there was no hot water and no toilet paper. The walkways are old and rotten and in some places it was quite scary to walk over.
The manager tried his best to resolve all our problems but I think its time the owners face it. It doesn’t matter how great your manager is, If you want to charge these rates then you really need to update the place to match the price. Wifi was iffy and only worked in reception.
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Date of stay: August 2015
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: rooms 116 to 120 have the best view
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Capitanos wrote a review Sept 2012
Winchester, United Kingdom3 contributions7 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
There are many things you can read about Flamingo Bay here and most of them are accurate, but you have to put it all into context.

If you come here expecting 5 star pampered luxury you will be disappointed. However, if you come here with an sense of adventure and understanding that you are in Mozambique you'll have a great time. We stayed here for 5 nights which was more than enough. Any more and you'll be getting itchy feet to move.

It was a wonderfully located place, and the huts, were a definite akin to Robinson Crusoe and so exciting and with plenty of space to spread out. All of the good points mentioned in the previous review I echo. However there are issues which you should be aware of that got us down. If they don't bother you, then go, you'll have a wonderful time.

The things that irritated us:

The constant power cuts, particularly at night which meant we had aircon in our rooms, but it didn't work. When it did work, your room may have aircon, but because the huts are not sealed, the machines don't have a lot of effect, unless you are standing right underneath them. Your bed is nowhere near the aircon machine so therefore they don't keep you cool at night. Therefore I had two very uncomfortable nights sleeping, before we gave up and opened the door to the balcony where some breeze was a relief.

The amusing thing is, I booked into have a massage in their spa, which was in a sealed hut, and it was so cold I had to get her to turn it off!

The swimming pool cleaner machine was never removed from the pool, despite asking twice.
It isn't difficult to put the machine in at night and remove it in the morning. But it was left in all day, which meant that if you wanted to swim you had to navigate your way around the tubes in the pool.

The most disappointing fact we learnt was this hotel imports all its food from South Africa, instead of locally sourcing excellent ingredients, we found a couple doing at a beach restaurant 250m up the road. To highlight this fact, in the evenings we were offered a local fish platter which we jumped at the chance but were confused why they didn't put it on the menu. They don't, we were told, because they didn't think people would want it. It was absolutely delicious!

To food was good, don't get me wrong, but it could have been so much better, if it was simpler, local and fresh.

The final irritant was the Management. The workers, the housekeeping, buggy drivers and waiters couldn't have been nicer, smiling all the time and really making an effort to ensure you were enjoying your stay. The management on the other hand, couldn't seem to care less, other than welcoming you on arrival and waving you off once you've paid your bill. We laughed when they asked us to fill in a feedback form at checkout. It would have been better if they had checked with us how are stay was actually during our stay. None of our issues or complaints (re the power and zircon and swimming pool) had been followed up or addressed, no apology given.

We felt really sorry that the rest of the staff were being let down by really bad front of house.

All in all, we had a wonderful time here, because we made it so, and dealt with the irritants and didn't let it ruin our holiday. It is a lovely country and a lovely spot to spend a few days chilling.

My top tip, if you are coming to stay here, for more than a few days, think about hiring a car for a few days if you can. It was expensive to get taxis out to explore, and many of the other South Africans who are here have driven over from SA so have their own wheels.

Final comment, a lovely place to stay, but with a little bit more effort this place could be great!
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Date of stay: April 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from BarraResorts, Manager at Flamingo Bay Water Lodge
Responded 26 Oct 2012
Flamingo Bay would like to thank you sincerely for your review. You have been very honest and we will be identifying the areas where we can improve our front office. We are in a situation where it is difficult to source a sustainable flow of food locally at a reasonable price. Food in Mozambique (and more so at the coast) is still extremely expensive and supplies can be erratic and bad quality. We do try and source as much as we can locally such as the beverages and seafood but we do have to import the food you know and love from South Africa. We are always striving to change this so when we find suppliers that can assist reliably, we do change. Mozambique is so young in the Tourism world (post 1994) however, with your support, it is slowly changing.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Flamingo Bay Water Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Flamingo Bay Water Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Praia Azul (4.7 km) and Barra Beach (2.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Flamingo Bay Water Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Flamingo Bay Water Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Flamingo Bay Water Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include The Green Turtle, Mango Beach Restaurant, and Neptune's Beach Bar.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
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Yes, Flamingo Bay Water Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Flamingo Bay Water Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lagoon view available here.
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Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.