Pomene Lodge

Pomene Lodge

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#1 of 2 lodges in Pomene National Reserve
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Free breakfast
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Pomene Bay, Pomene National Reserve Mozambique
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Diana C wrote a review Feb 2012
Durban
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Pomene lodge is the most special place I have ever been. We camped in order to be as close to the beach as possible (about 1 meter off the beach). The campsites were great. The electricity was not great but we were having such a lovely time we kept forgetting to inform reception. We had the seafood platter one night... outstanding. Lovely time snorkeling (lagoon, otherside of the bay, near the old hotel), walking on the shore (beach, lagoon, old hotel), swimming (rim flow at the lodge, sea, lagoon)... basically chilling and relaxing in the most beautiful and untouched part of the world.
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Date of stay: February 2012
5.0 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 as a couple
Room Tip: Camp in #P4.
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Irma48 wrote a review Jul 2011
George, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great time in spite of the difficulties that a place so remote faces. The one boat did not work - there are only 2 for all the advertised water activities - and each new day held a promise of a new spare part needed. Our group of 7 could scuba together only once and we were the lucky ones, many other people could not scuba at all. When the boat got fixed, the wind was too strong to launch. There is only one dive-master. He has been at Pomene for 8 months and has been diving for one year. I am super grateful that no-one needed medical help - I am too scared to calculate how long it may have taken. The dives were spectacular though. There are 5 quads - not allowed on the beach, and a few horses that gets exercise very rarely. Some of the food was good, the poor veggies was totally overcooked and very little fruit and salad. Some days some supplies run out and you make do. We had no running water from late on our last evening and the day of departure. The staff was really nice. The problem is that they can only do so much.
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Date of stay: July 2011
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Water chalets has great setting
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frances c wrote a review Feb 2016
cape town
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our December holiday was totally amazing - this is a unique spot and paradise! We only experienced 100% help and support from the manager, Conrad , his wife Monique and the team of wonderful Moz people that work there. It is unrealistic to expect total luxury from a remote peninsula destination that is not charging $$$$ - so one has to be self- reliant in many ways - but so be it!
Thank you to all of you in Pomene - good luck with all your proposed improvements!
Keep up the good work!
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Date of stay: December 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Do your research so that you make the right decision for you as to where to stay eg...
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Candice wrote a review Feb 2016
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Pomene Lodge with my family over Christmas and New Year. The magnificent setting of Pomene Lodge is sadly tarnished by its pathetic management. Please take no notice of Joe G's comments below about the "great management couple"... I have no doubt they were great and attended to Joe G's every whim seeing that Joe G was in fact being hosted by Monique and Conrad inside their management chalet....
Whilst the local Pomene staff are warm and friendly and try to be as helpful as possible, it is Conrad's management which stifles the place and makes it nowhere near worth the fee you pay to be at Pomene. Out of stocks are a daily occurrence with BASIC supplies such as coffee and bottled water running out as well as 2M beer, Sparletta Raspberry and Coke light. The food was bland and below average and severely lacks the Mozambiquan greats such as prawns, Piri Piri and sunset R&Rs. The list could go on with a missing toilet seat, a broken fan, leaking roof and a green swimming pool.
But Conrad always had just the right thing to say in order for the irritation to briefly abate. His constant "tell you what you want to hear" attitude is probably more frustrating than a palm fly!!
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Date of stay: December 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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Netter72 wrote a review Jan 2016
Kempton Park, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The setting is beautiful with beautiful beaches. Enjoyed our holiday a lot, but only because we were a great crowd. Management is absolutely pathetic. The staff is very friendly and try to help as far as they can, but with poor management, they can only do so much. The maintenance of the property is very neglected and needs urgent attention. For the price you pay it is not worth it. Bar is constantly out of stock and the same at the restaurant. Palm flies eats you alive and rata running over your bed during the night. Was a great experience but I will be surprised if Pomene is still open by Dec 2016.
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Date of stay: December 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Neptunes2013 wrote a review Sept 2014
Inhambane
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We last visited Pomene Lodge about 5 years ago and the area hasn't changed a bit. The beaches are deserted, the people are friendly, sandy roads, Palm tree forests...its absolutely stunning. Fishing, surfing, diving paradise and if you're like me the beach walks, snorkelling and shell collecting will keep you busy for hours. Pomene Lodge itself has an ideal location with the estuary on one side and the ocean on the other. A group of us stayed in 'the den' which is rustic and absolutely stunning. Nice and airy rooms and the hot water is still heated by the old fashioned donkey. The power goes off at 10pm and the starry sky is amazing! Ian was fantastic, thanks for looking after us so well. We also saw a whale about 1 metre from the boat.....so beautiful! We have travelled a lot in Moz and still rate Pomene as the most beautiful, untouched place to be
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Date of stay: September 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from BarraInhambane, Online marketing at Pomene Lodge
Responded 28 Oct 2014
Thank you so much for your review. Pomene is a very special place and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed it as much as you did.
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Chrishy_NY wrote a review Mar 2011
New York City, New York
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A dive travel agent recommended this place. After not being able to find much online, I thought I'd split my time between their sister resort, Barra Resorts in Inhambane (since I found more on Barra) and Pomene.

I wish I stayed at Pomene the whole time.

Pomene is a beautiful, remote resort with water cottages on stilts overlooking the estuary. There's lots of water activities (diving, fishing, etc.) and non-water activities (quad biking, horse back riding, etc). When I say it's remote, it's REALLY remote - it's about 2.5 hours away from the Tofo airport, 1+ hour on a very rough dirt road. And it runs on a generator a few hours a day (including at night, so no fans work). That being said, bring a lot of books, and light clothing to sleep in because the mozzies (mosquitoes) can be vicious.

The cook (Jason) / menu are fanastic. Some of the guys staying caught so much fish we even ate some of their fresh catch!

Being a young female traveling alone from the states, I felt totally fine too. The staff was super hospitable, accommodating and wanted to make sure you enjoyed. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: January 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Paul B wrote a review Jan 2017
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been returning to Pomene Lodge every few years since 2006. The magic of the place is not only it's position on the spur of land between the bay and the estuary, but it's diversity of accomodation - from the luxury cabins, to self catering, to camping with or without barraca's. All guests are welcome to use the bar, pool and dining facilities. The local comunity comes through the camp each day selling bread, fresh fruit & vegetables, fish and when available large crabs. Diving at Pomene is as good at it gets. The best part is the service received from the local staff - George remembers your name when you were last there two years previously! All this sadly is no more now that MSC Cruisers have bought out the lodge. There will only be ten luxury self catering units to keep on permanent staff and day facilities for visitors off the ships for a handful of days every year. Thus the doors have been closed to travellers who love remote, special places and is now only the playground for the affluent people.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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MAXIMVS M wrote a review Oct 2016
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for 5 nights with 3 other colleagues. The rooms are very basic and had no privacy at all, as the walls are made of shade cloth with no blinds. Something was wrong with the sewage system... the shower had a stinky smell of sceptic tank...

The kitchen/dining building was very poorly built and must violate all H&S rules. We had rats there every night and had to take extra measures to protect our food, including providing a "sacrificial" apple.... cleaBing rat droppings every morning from your dinning table it's not acceptable!

The electrial wiring is a joke and looks like it was done by a 5 year old. The gas cylinder is not protected and is exposed to the elements. This is a reed/grass building.... no fire extinguisher within 100 m!!!!

Electricity was supplied for about 4 h per day.

Friendly staff is the only plus of this place.
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Date of stay: October 2016
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Lock your food in metallic containers!
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Anna wrote a review Jul 2013
Bacchus Marsh, Australia
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
After several nights camping on our way to the Mozambique coast, despite our arrival at dusk, the lights of Pomene and the sounds of waves of the Indian Ocean were very welcoming. Sharon our host, personally checked us in, showed us to our cabins, and explained that despite our delayed arrival, the chef was expecting us, our dinner would be served in approximately an hour and a half. Dinner was excellent; Specialties of the kitchen, whole crab or crab with curry sauce was thoroughly enjoyed by those who ordered this dish as was the fish of the day.

Up early the following morning, the sight of Pomene Bay with its turquoise waters and expanses of white sand stretching for kilometres to the headlands in the distance was instantly relaxing and truly beautiful. The tranquil inlet with resident flamingoes equally so.

The staff, from management to reception, wait and bar staff are friendly, courteous and helpful, the cottages comfortable and well equipped. Whether you are at Pomene to engage in sporting activities or to chill out and relax, the lodge is the perfect location.

Highly recommended.

Note:
A few things which need attention, but do not detract from this enchanting location;
A number of holes in the mosquito netting; one of my lodge mates was eaten alive the first night. Luckily (for me) the mosquitoes did not find the holes in my netting.

Restaurant: I asked if I could order a crab curry the following night, without the shell, and was very disappointed in the way the dish was cooked and the flavour no way resembled a curry. The cut-off times for ordering meals and kitchen hours. I feel that these are a little restrictive.

Breakfast buffet was rather limited and could be a little more expansive; Coffee was mediocre and instant coffee not acceptable; Portions served off the menu on the small side.
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Date of stay: July 2013
5.0 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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Response from BarraResorts, Public Relations Manager at Pomene Lodge
Responded 02 Aug 2013
Pomene is a very special place in a very unique setting. We are pleased to hear that your experience is exactly what we wish for all our guests. Maintenance is on-going at the lodge and mozzie nets are always a priority to ensure guest comfort.
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MAXIMVS M wrote a tip Oct 2016
219 contributions64 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Lock your food in metallic containers!"
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YoliMB wrote a tip May 2016
Bari, Italy32 contributions26 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"I can recommend that you spend the extra money for a Baracca, which will give you a cool area with electricity to use for cooking."
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frances c wrote a tip Feb 2016
cape town8 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do your research so that you make the right decision for you as to where to stay eg self-catering/waterside chalet.camping."
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PiscesMom24 wrote a tip Feb 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa65 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Waste of money!!!"
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Greg H wrote a tip Feb 2016
Dullstroom, South Africa30 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wait till the Lodge is taken over by folk that understand what service is about."
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20
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What are some of the property amenities at Pomene 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 Pomene Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Pomene Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pomene Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Pomene Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.