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Bay View Lodge
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Travelling on a group tour, this was our second stop. If you are looking for a peaceful beach location, with plenty of opportunity for snorkelling and diving, then Bay View Lodge fits the bill. Two beach cafes with good food and where you can relax if feeling lazy are very close by. I was not expecting luxury accommodation (although it is described by such in their website) but feel that they need to look at one or two issues - the front door did not close without using undue force. Two of the bedroom doors would not close properly - in fact the handle of one broke trying to open it - fortunately someone was around to help .... My bathroom was not cleaned... Our chalet (I think the furthest from the main house) was about a 5 minute walk (shortcut) across sand and through the vegetation. However there were no signs whatever to the properties and no lighting at all (at night it was pitch black) - so if going back by oneself, needed someone to make sure one made it back safely. There was the danger of the longer "road" route getting flooded, so this shortcut was the only option. Wooden signposts in the ground would have helped, together with some form of lighting.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Ruth P
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Catharina W, Public Relations Manager at Bay View Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

Dear Ruth
Thank you for taking time to post a review. Unacceptable that bathrooms (or any other cleaning) are not done properly! All units are serviced daily, except Sundays/public holidays and the lady in charge of this house will be shown your review and points deducted.
We're having problems with the local 'hardware' supply - including door handles, light bulbs, and certain rubber seals, which are imported and of sub-standard. We're awaiting an order from South Africa. Also, being at the coast, wooden doors and frames 'swell', resulting in doors not opening/closing properly. The particular house you stayed in is actually a PRIVATE house, in Bayview ESTATE, which we had to use when one of our 2-bedroom houses - which we normally would use for the group of which you were part of - was booked by a local tourism official. Owner of this house now aware of the door situation.
Your remarks re. lighting and/or signage to and from the private houses (where you stayed) in Bayview ESTATE, and Bayview Lodge (holiday units) are valid, and we'll liase with the home owners and our management in getting, particularly lights, installed .
Hope that you will visit again and find that through your remarks, we did indeed improve our cleaning and facilities.
Catharina Wilfinger

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Reviewed 8 March 2017

I absolutely loved staying at Bay View Lodge for my first trip to Mozambique. The lodge was huge even though we only came as a party of 3. The house can easily hold a big family or a larger party. They have everything you need from braai stand, to fully equipped kitchen etc. The rooms were clean, the nets had very small holes but nothing a plaster or tap can't fix. The sheets and towels were clean. It is right by the beach which was amazing and brings in a breeze against the heat. Restaurants were in walking distance and local clubs/music/bars and markets were just a 10 min drive out to Tofo. The staff are just unbelievably amazing. We got there a day late because we took the "Short cut" (don't do this, do not follow gps ask Bayview lodge if coming from JHB and driving) so they accommodated us to stay a day after our initial booking. The security washed our totally wrecked car to perfection as if nothing ever happened. They even washed our sneakers.

All around I am definitely coming back to Bay view lodge on my next trip

Tip: A can of Doom and a stick of peaceful sleep in each room would be helpful since we finished ours in just 2 days. The Mosquitos ARE REAL OUT HERE!

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank SilverWears T
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

we had the most relaxing holiday, coupled with great diving. the room had a brand new aircon which came in handy. simple décor but the room had everything we needed. the management , Sharon and hubby were very helpful and we look forward to returning this year

Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Self catering but the 2 beach bars are both very good so we always ate there. Beach is great. Facility is clean, secure, friendly and well run. Only negative is not being near a supermarket or ATM onsite, the beach at nearby Tofo is amazing and there's a small town market and ATM there, 500 M in a taxi each way. ($5 US). So worth spending some days over there. Dive shop here (Barra Reef) is good, did a nice shallow reef dive, good fun.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

An affordable yet amazing accommodation right on the beach.
The room is self catering and fully equipped to your basic needs, but since the lodge is steps away from the amazing restaurant Green Turtle, do stop by and try the octopus thai curry !!!!

Will definitely return to Bay View, Couldnt have asked for better !!!

Stayed: September 2016
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Address: Barra Road | Praia da Barra, 1300, Mozambique
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Region: Mozambique > Inhambane Province
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 114 Speciality Lodging in Inhambane Province
Price Range: R 655 - R 2 587 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bay View Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bay View Lodge is situated on Barra beach (Praia da Barra) on the northeastern tip of Inhambane peninsula with a long, sandy beach in front and an estuary behind the lodge. All units are within 50 m of the beach, offering self-catering or catered (full or half board) accommodation. The area is famous for snorkeling and scuba diving, and world famous for diving with whale sharks and manta rays. Inhambane town is one of the oldest trading centres on the east African coast, with one of the largest number of dhows (local fishing boats)occuring in the area. Guests can arrive over land - NO 4x4 vehicle needed - or can fly in to the lodge, with daily flights between Johannesburg, South Africa and Inhambane, via Maputo. ... more   less 
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