- Peaceful location just north of Vilanculos
- Attractive Greek-style architecture
- Fishing, dhow safaris, kite surfing
- Snorkelling, horse riding, helicopter flights
Vilanculos is a laidback, mid-sized town located in Mozambique’s southern Inhambane province. The town has long been one of the country’s leading tourist destinations thanks to its pristine beaches, abundance of outdoor activities and its proximity to the Bazaruto Archipelago, a chain of six beautiful islands known for their superb biodiversity. Of the town’s many accommodation options, Santorini is one of the most eye-catching, drawing inspiration from the Greek island of the same name, which is known for its whitewashed buildings capped with blue domes. This very smart, characterful property lies north of the town centre and offers seclusion along with a really good line-up of outdoor pursuits, a pool and a lovely on-site spa.
There are three accommodation options to choose from, all heavily inspired by the white-and-blue design familiar to many of the Greek islands. The Main Villa is comprised of five uniquely designed separate suites, each of which offers plenty of indoor and outdoor space. A short walk away is The Chapel, which is split into two suites: one is intended for couples and honeymooners, the other for small groups and families. The third option is Villa da Praia, a beachside villa housing three suites. All eight suites are well presented and have ample space, elegant decor and plenty of amenities, not to mention Greek-style furnishings. There’s also an onsite giftshop ‘The Pansy Shell’, which sells a range of locally produced wares, along with useful sundries and the food served at the hotel is very highly regarded in the local area.
There are a number of activities to enjoy in the vicinity. Outdoor pursuits such as paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing and snorkelling are all on offer for no additional charge. Horse riding excursions, dhow safaris, breath-taking helicopter flights and even kite surfing trips can also be arranged. The town of Vilanculos is worth a visit, and nothing beats a leisurely stroll along the beach or a relaxing treatment at the hotel’s very own spa.
The food at Santorini is really good, and the hotel is known locally for its diverse line-up of beautifully-presented dishes made from home-grown ingredients. Dining choices range from formal to informal – there’s a wine cellar and a pizza oven on site, and beach picnics and barbecues can also be arranged.
Families are warmly welcome, and half of the suites will comfortably accommodate parents travelling with their children. There are plenty of age-appropriate activities on offer, from baking and island day trips, to sandboarding, snorkelling, sandcastle making, movie nights (complete with popcorn!) and more. There’s a designated activities room packed with complimentary equipment, and plenty of activities the whole family can take part in together. Chefs provide tasty snacks throughout the day and are more than happy to prepare special meals for younger ones, and to take any preferences into consideration.
- Unpretentious, characterful property
- Wonderful ocean views
- Beach volleyball, water sports
- Visit nearby Barazuto Archipelago
- 12 rooms & suites with terraces
- Garden or sea vistas
- Resort hotel with beach access
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019