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Vista Do Mar
Reviewed 9 February 2016

This was my 3rd visit to Vista Do Mar and sadly it has lost some of it's sparkle. The location is fabulous but we missed the small touches. Previously the sense of arrival was great, bottled water in the car when being collected from the airport, chilled facecloths upon arrival at the hotel, a welcome cocktail and a small bag of local nuts on the bed. By comparison this year we got a melted Italian chocolate on the bed. In terms of repairs and maintenance one can see that very little has been done over the past few months; the timber decking and the pool area is in need of some attention. The general cleanliness of the pool was concerning; the walls of the pool were covered in black algae. Previously the manager would personally attend to the pool area every morning, hosing down the deck, ensuring the lounger cushions were placed out and running the creepy and pool pump. There was absolutely no supervision what so ever. And I think there in lies the problem; management was only around for breakfast and again for dinner....and then only in the kitchen. There was no chance of a salad or sandwich at lunch (kitchen closed) and we all had to high-tail to neighbouring restaurants. On the positive, the staff are fantastic and it is a wonderful place to relax.

Room Tip: 1st floor away from the restaurant
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  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

The best word I would use to describe Vista do Mar Lodge is "Quality." The lodge is very easy to find and accessible with a regular car. The quality experience began the moment we first arrived with a warm greeting by the manager. The location is right on the beach--much closer to the water and quieter than the hotels at Tufo Beach. The entire lodge is beautiful! The rooms are very clean, comfortable, and spacious. There is a nice swimming pool. The food and table service are great! Breakfast is included and dinner is optional. We stayed two nights and had excellent meals both times. There is currently no WiFi, but the manager told us it would be up and running very soon. We went down the beach to another hotel to access the internet. I would definitely recommend the Vista do Mar Lodge to others and I would stay here again without hesitation.

Room Tip: I believe all of the rooms face the Indian Ocean.
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  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

We had amazing time at Vista Do Mar. . Whow, great food and wonderful people. Highly recommended. . 2 amazing nights , the mighty sound of the ocean cherisable and room with wonderful view of the ocean.
I am hoping access to wi-fi in our next trip

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

From the time we arrived until our rather sad departure we were made to feel special. Schantal and Gys are great hosts and the staff are warm and welcoming. The rooms are top class and views out of this world. And the food .. wow .. no need to consider eating anywhere else. Truly great value for money. We'll be back and can confidently recommend Vista do Mar to anyone visiting Barra, Inhambane.

Room Tip: All rooms have great ocean views, but upstairs (no. 4) is special.
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  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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GerhardVista, Manager at Vista Do Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2015

Thank you for staying with Vista do Mar and the nice review. It is our goal as managers and staff to keep our guests happy and make they stay with us special.

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Reviewed 26 January 2015

We had a wonderful few days at Vista do Mar! As soon as you walk in, the view of the ocean is breathtaking. The deck space is comfortable and allows you to enjoy the beauty of the beach without getting too much sun. The room was clean and comfortable and had a magnificent view of the ocean. The meals (breakfast and dinner) were excellent. We also had fun playing pool and darts in the great room. Vista do Mar is also located within easy walking distance of several other lodges that offer food and drinks, when you are in the mood for a little more variety. Overall an excellent and highly relaxing vacation! We sincerely hope we are able to return in the future.

Room Tip: Second floor is better, but either would be lovely!
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  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: Vista Do Mar, Praia Da Barra | Inhambane, Mozambique, Inhambane 1300, Mozambique
Region: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Inhambane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Inhambane
Price Range: R985 - R1 695 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Vista Do Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the trendy Praia da Barra (Barra Beach) in Inhambane, Vista Do Mar, meaning 'view of the sea' is a modern, tastefully furnished beach front lodge which offers ten stylish air-conditioned rooms with en-suite bathrooms (all with magnificent sea views 30 meters from the beach)and a range of other luxuries and activities such as fishing, charter, scuba, Jetskis, surfing & snorkling. ... more   less 

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