asDunas Lodge

asDunas Lodge

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Located in South of Mozambique overlooking the Bazaruto Archipelago’s fabulous sceneries, asDunas is originally designed for an exclusive life-style experience. This small boutique lodge offers 6 sea view suites with direct beach access. ALL INCLUSIVE concept only including Spa treatments, for your total peace of mind.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Beach
Diving
Free airport transportation
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Poolside bar
Hiking
Fishing
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Spa
Couples massage
Full body massage
Manicure
Massage
Pedicure
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Private beach
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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English, French, Italian, Portuguese

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Bairro Chigamane, Vilanculos 1304 Mozambique
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ALD wrote a review Jan 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I stayed at As Dunas for seven glorious nights in December 2020/January 2021. In terms of location, the individual lodges are nestled among the green bush and situated on majestic red dunes, overlooking an extensive, beautiful beach. The lodges themselves are spacious, spotlessly clean, and each has a breathtaking view of the beach and islands and its own individual pool. The food, oh the food, is delicious Italian food carefully chosen by owners, Elena and Fabio, beautifully presented, with a different menu every day. The staff, under Elena and Fabio's close direction, were there to assist in anything at all that we needed during our stay. I was especially appreciative of Elena's efforts to make our young children comfortable and her help in arranging child care. This was a dream vacation and truly one of the places that I have most enjoyed. Thank you, Elena and Fabio, for a magical holiday!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Elena Ratti, Proprietario at asDunas Lodge
Responded 12 Jan 2021
Dear Abigail, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful feedback about asDunas lodge! Me, Fabio and all asDunas staff members we are glad you enjoyed asDunas experience and we really hope to welcome you soon again. We wish you and your family all our very best! E+F+asD staff
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Ross wrote a review May 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked just three weeks before travelling and they were very accommodating with minor date changes here and there while we were trying to navigate covid, and when we arrived it was pure luxury and personal service! The place has been perfectly designed to give a bit of a ‘safari’ feel while maintaining the tropical beauty of the Bazaruto Archipelago. We stayed in one of the Luxury Safari Tents closest to the beach and were blown away with how immaculately they are put together with their tent and wooden building work and simple but elegant finishes.
All of the rooms have a fairly large private plunge pool, and even though on a map they all might seem close together, you get absolute privacy at your room sheltered by the surrounding bush.

What made the experience truly special for us were the staff. From Elena and Fabio making us feel like we were at home in their ‘home’ and arranging anything we wanted to do or eat, to all the staff on the property always willing to accommodate, even when you felt you didn’t need it they went the extra mile.

The food is based on Elena and Fabio’s love of their home country, Italy, and all the menus are designed with Italy in mind with local Mozambiquan ingredients. The menu changes every day so unless you are staying longer than a week, you won’t eat the same thing twice. Fabio’s carefully curated wine list consists of all Italian made reds and whites that are all chilled for the hot summer climate, not to mention their delicious range of custom cocktails with local ingredients.

The lodge sits on a property along a private stretch of beach, north of Vilanculos halfway over a famous ‘red’ sand dune and cliff overhanging the beach. The walk down to the beach is short and there are private shaded spaces with tanning chairs that are exclusive to the lodge. At high tide the water comes right up to your feet, while low tide leaves a massive sand bar to have long walks on.
If you want to avoid the expensive and pretentious lodges of the islands, asDunas definitely gives you the privacy while having the islands a stone throw away. The lodge has partnered up with some excellent excursion providers.

Definitely worth a stay!
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Elena Ratti, Proprietario at asDunas Lodge
Responded 25 May 2021
Dear Ross, thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful advise about asDunas Lodge! Fabio and I and all asDunas staff members we are delighted you spent such a great time with us and we are proud of your detailed feedback! We cannot wait for hosting you again offering you new recipes and new proposals in our selected wine list. Definitely waiting for you again for enjoying once more time asDunas landscapes and fabulous sceneries of Bazaruto Archipelago! E+F+asDunas staff xxx
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MaryOleszek wrote a review Jan 2020
Chicago, Illinois8 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Elena and Fabio have worked really hard to create an idyllic sanctuary. The villas and main lodge perfectly blend in to the natural landscape and hold true to traditional African design elements. The property is new, clean and tasteful.

The food, wine, and cocktail offerings are five-star worthy (which they totally downplay in their marketing). Guests will be unexpectedly blown away by the high caliber of carefully crafted menu selections.

Elena and Fabio are fully invested in their guests. From pleasant conversation, insights regarding the local community/culture, coordinating the logistics of daily excursions to accommodating food preferences...they are on top of it! Their business model of providing a quality, all-inclusive experience went above and beyond. Complimentary daily massages and laundry services are noteworthy.

Elena and Fabio are fully invested in their staff, all of whom are from the local community and have been personally trained by Elena and Fabio down to the last detail.

Worth mentioning, Vilanculos is very hot and humid; evenings don’t offer much reprieve. The safari villas include a private plunge pool, which is delightful. But they do not have air conditioning, which made evening sleep slightly uncomfortable. This is not a criticism. We intentionally opted for an open air villa. But you should know what to expect.

We will fondly remember our time at asDunas and plan on returning someday!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Elena R, Proprietario at asDunas Lodge
Responded 19 Jan 2020
Dear Mary, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful feedback about asDunas Lodge! Fabio and I and all the asDunas staff we are so proud of that and we are so happy you enjoyed asDunas Lodge. Waiting for you soon again at asDunas Paradise! E
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Elizabeth F wrote a review Sept 2022
12 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a piece of heaven.. the trip to was magic! Almost felt like visiting family as soon as we landed they treated us with such grace.. Private room with private pool, complimentary massages, beach from god and the loveliest couple serving the most energetically vibrant organic food, thank out Fabio and Elena.. the dinner, breakfast, welcome lunches; catering order to go… fresh, organic, dietary specific.. were mesmerizing bite by bite.. Room felt magically but carefully thought out with all the things and safe….The staff embodied a beautiful sparkle of gratitude and energy that felt so alive… I am blessed to have had stayed with .. this was beyond just a beach villa trip.. quite tantalizing..
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Elena Ratti, Proprietario at asDunas Lodge
Responded 27 Sept 2022
Dear Elizabeth, thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful feedback about asDunas Lodge! We are glad and proud of you enjoyed asDunas lifestyle and we are looking forward to hosting you soon again! We wish you all our very best... E+F+asD staff
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Will C wrote a review Jun 2021
Beckenham, United Kingdom27 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We absolutely loved our stay at asDunas for our honeymoon.

Even before we arrived Elena was great at communicating with us and organising our stay. We were picked up from the airport by Lorenzo, and following a hiccup where the visa printing machine broke just as we were being issued with our visas, plus not having any cash, he drove us to the nearest cash point and waited patiently whilst liaising with the immigration officers in Portuguese on our behalf.

When we arrived at asDunas, we loved the decor which is sustainable and incredibly sympathetic to the environment. Each suite is private with its own pool and phenomenal views of the ocean and the archipelago.

From the carefully thought out cocktails and delicious Italian food, we were thoroughly spoilt during our stay! Elena and Fabio are kind and gracious hosts, proud to show off the beauty of Vilanculos. Fabio has a great passion for food and wine and chatted to us about food options (it is a great rotating Italian menu with local ingredients). We loved the ice cream!! Elena was brilliant in organising all of our trips and tours during our stay and she even took us on a tour of artefact shops.

We cannot be more grateful and thankful to Elena, Fabio and team for hosting us and making our stay even more special. Plus a massage a day was a great addition to each day!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Elena Ratti, Proprietario at asDunas Lodge
Responded 14 Jun 2021
Dear Will, thank you so much for sharing your fabulous advise about asDunas lodge! Me and Fabio and all asDunas staff members we are proud of your wonderful feedback and glad you enjoyed asDunas lifestyle. We wish you our very best and we look forward to hosting you again soon at asDunas lodge. Take care and see you soon! E+F+asD staff
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Merri wrote a review Jul 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
From beginning to end, our stay at asDunas could not have been more perfect. Elena personally picked us up from the airport and brought us to paradise. The hospitality and service is incredible, the staff so accomodating and thoughtful. Breakfast is served at your suite, lunch and dinner is at the main lodge. The menu rotates and all the food is Italian with local inspiration, very unique dishes, and always fresh goods from their garden. Unlimited drinks and daily 1-hour massage included. Recommend learning some basic portuguese phrases to speak with the staff, but certainly not required. The rooms feel so luxurious and incredibly private, with tree tunnels overlaying all the paths. Elena put so much love into the articheture of asDunas and it makes you feel so relaxed and peaceful. She also recommended an excursion to Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, which was the most wonderful day trip to islands visible from the private beach. They come pick you up right at the beach and drop you off again after the excursion. Elena also scheduled our tests and drove us to the Covid testing center, as needed for our travel itinerary, then printed our results before we left--a huge relief. There is also a curio shop with beautiful handmade items. We easily paid for everything by credit card. For the price, the service, and all the love, we could not give a higher recommendation for paradise in Vilankulos.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: Suite 3 is nearest to the beach! All the rooms are very private and with easy access to amenities.
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Response from Elena Ratti, Proprietario at asDunas Lodge
Responded 12 Jul 2021
Dear Merri and Maggie, thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful advise about asDunas Lodge! Me and all asDunas staff members we are very proud of your stunning feedback. We definitely wait for you soon for enjoying again asDunas lifestyle and wonders of Mozambique! Keep well and stay safe! Elena
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Linda N wrote a review Jan 2021
Tzaneen, South Africa10 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently stayed at asDunas in December. The views are incredible, and the best place to go if you just want to relax and have some privacy for a few days. The location is perfect!
The daily spa treatments were a treat, and added to the relaxation process. Elena was very attentive and Fabio and his team made sure we had great meals at all times. The decor is beautiful and fits well with the surroundings.

Just one suggestion though, I think having a small fridge in the rooms would be an added benefit, to keep drinking water cool and having some ice in the rooms would be an idea. Being December when we were there, we found the drinks/water didn't stay cool enough while we were relaxing at our private pool or in the room.

All in all, I would recommend this lodge in a heartbeat. We will most certainly go back. Thank you Elena, Fabio and your great staff for a wonderful stay.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Elena Ratti, Proprietario at asDunas Lodge
Responded 13 Jan 2021
Dear Linda, thanks a lot for sharing your great advise about asDunas lodge! I'm so happy you enjoyed asDunas experience and we wait for you back soon ;) I wish you all my very best! Elena
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Frea B wrote a review Feb 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I can't say enough good things about asDunas. My husband and I were looking for a relaxing beach breakaway and that is exactly what we found. Our stay included a beautiful breakfast in our suite each morning, a 3 course lunch and a 5 course gourmet tasting menu each evening. The food was delicious and wholesome every time. We stayed for 7 nights and never had the same meal twice. The also have a beautiful wine list of Italian wines and a bespoke cocktail menu. We tried them all.

We split our stay and spent 4 nights in a cottage suite and 3 in a safari tent. Both accommodation options provide absolute privacy, private pools and breathtaking views.

Elena and Fabio were fabulous hosts, they made us feel so special and taken care of from the moment I first made a booking enquiry. They really went the extra mile, Elena helped us navigate the Covid19 travel regulations in Mozambique and ensured we received our test results just in time for our flight and Fabio selflessly sacrificed his beauty rest to get us safely to our driver at 3am to ensure we reached Maputo Airport in time for our return flight.

We returned to South Africa relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. We will most definitely be back.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Elena Ratti, Proprietario at asDunas Lodge
Responded 20 Feb 2021
Dear Frea, thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful advise about asDunas Lodge! Me and Fabio all asDunas staff we are proud of your great feedback. We definitely wait for you again for enjoying asDunas lifestyle and testing our new recipes ;) Stay safe and see you soon! E+F+asD staff
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Katrijn_Jeroen wrote a review Jun 2022
Maun, Botswana412 contributions99 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 8 days and it was really outstanding!

They collect you at the airport and takes around 30 minutes to reach Asdunas. The welcome by Elena was very warm.

The room has a private plunge pool and outside deck with pool loungers. The inside of the room is very comfortable with everything you need.

The lodges has 8 rooms so a very cozy atmosphere. The food is sublime and the wines superb. Everyday you also get a relaxing massage.

At the beach you have private area’s to relax while enjoying the beautiful view and they serve drinks there as well.

We went on a trip to ‘dead Island’ a private island only accessible at low tide and had lunch there, don’t miss this experience. Also went on a village tour and visited ASAM, a local school.

The all in concept is really convenient and of very high quality. Fabio and Elena, the owners, are really caring, passionate people and great hosts.

One of the best resorts we stayed.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Elena Ratti, Proprietario at asDunas Lodge
Responded 25 Jun 2022
Dear Katrijn and Jeroen, thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful advise about asDunas Lodge! I'm glad you enjoyed asDunas lifestyle :) It was a great pleasure hosting you at asDunas, Fabio and I and all asDunas staff members we look forward to hosting you again very soon! You will be always welcome at asDunas little paradise... Obrigada !! E+F+asD staff
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Charmain Gradwell wrote a review Mar 2020
Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I visited AsDunas in the beginning of March. We stayed a week and had the most awesome holiday.
Fabio collected us from the airport and was in charge of the meals, true Italian cuisine presented with flair.

Elena went out of her way to make sure we were happy and organised daily outings to keep us entertained.
A trip into the village to see local artists and craftsmen at work, an art gallery, the local market where we bought local fruit and coconuts. A boat trip to the islands to snorkel and braai on the beach.

The accommodation was stunning, a tented chalet with all the luxuries and a few steps from the beach.
The staff were all friendly and efficient and nothing was too much trouble.
Definitely a place to visit again!!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Elena R, Proprietario at asDunas Lodge
Responded 15 Mar 2020
Dear CJ, thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful advise about asDunas Lodge! Fabio and I and all the asDunas staff we are delighted you spent great time with us. And we are glad you finally saw the sweetest Dugong ;) Waiting for you again for enjoying again asDunas landscapes and fabulous sceneries of Bazaruto Archipelago! E+F
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PRICE RANGE
R 10,533 - R 11,748 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
MozambiqueInhambane ProvinceVilanculos
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about asDunas Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to asDunas Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Machilla Magic (3.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at asDunas Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at asDunas Lodge?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a desk, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at asDunas Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at asDunas Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to asDunas Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Casbah, Samara Lodge & Restaurant, and Vilanculos Beach Lodge Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at asDunas Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does asDunas Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, asDunas Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does asDunas Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, asDunas Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at asDunas Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Italian, and Portuguese.
Does asDunas Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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