The best place to stay in Mozambique is in Vilanculos. The small beach town has preserved both its culture and beautiful landscape among the southern half of Mozambique. With several tiny islands stretching off the coast, there are many high end resorts available. These cost on average $1700 USD a night, complete with a helicopter ride escorting you from the airport.
A cheaper alternative
If you are traveling to Mozambique, however, you may have already broken the bank just getting there. Which means you are likely looking for a cheaper option that is still clean and safe.
Casa Babi is the perfect solution, located right on the beachfront in Vilanculos. The B&B is run by an adorable French couple that have traveled all over the world. They are also extremely passionate about their business/home.
Sabrina and Denis have put their heart and souls into Casa Babi, creating the perfect home away from home - at a reasonable $150-a-night rate in one of the furthest corners of the earth. The beautiful, clean rooms have unobstructed beach views.
Scuba, explore, and beyond
Casa Babi is combined with their scuba diving company Odyssea Dive. Their tours can take you on many excursions in the area, including the famous and stunning Bazaruto Island. Tours include free snorkling for non-scuba divers, or you can just hang on the beach. You can opt in on these tours whether you stay at the property or not.
Casa Babi has a little restaurant only open for guests. An extravagant breakfast with homemade jams and bread (gluten free for me!) are available every morning, along with fresh fruit platters and eggs - and anything else you like.
Sabrina and her staff are incredible chefs that were beyond accommodating with my strict dietary needs of no meat, dairy, or gluten. She baked special cakes, breads, and created beautiful vegetarian dishes just for me. It was a special dining atmosphere.
Since I eat seafood, we indulged in a few fresh seafood dinners - including a giant lobster one night. If you have read any of my other posts on Mozambique, you know that fishing is huge in the culture.
Hundreds of boats fish every morning then sell their fresh catches of clams, crabs, lobsters and fish every sunset. The locals flock to the beach where you will see a huge crowd buying all the catches of the day. It is one of the few places that has local, high quality fish that is truly wild.
To top it all off, Sabrina has her own garden of vegetables and herbs. We had gluten free pesto pasta with fresh basil and organic green salads...all from her garden.
Casa Babi > Luxury Resorts
I can't say enough good things about this little paradise in Mozambique. I genuinely miss the warmth and love of this place. You really are part of their little community there. They pick you up from the airport, let you walk their adorable dogs and chat with you over a glass of wine. I would stay here over a luxury resort any day.