Kick off your shoes, step onto the soft sand and into the calm waters surrounding Ibo Island. This magical beach side hideaway with just 14 rooms on the coast of Mozambique is bursting with a history of Portuguese and Omani-Arab tradition. While there is plenty to do and see; from the local school to a historic tour around the island with one of Ibo’s experienced guides, there is also the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the relaxed African way of life. Spend your days surrounded by gorgeous sandbank beaches; home to turtles and dolphins or try kayaking though the mangroves. Watch the sun go down on a traditional dhow trip and top the evening off with a dinner of fresh seafood and drinks on the rooftop bar.
In the middle of the Quirimbus Archipelago National Park in northern Mozambique lies the beautiful island of Ibo. Just a quick hop from Pemba on a private light aircraft you’ll get to see the clear waters, white sandbars and palm fringed coastline in its full glory, welcome to paradise.
Choose either a bay or garden facing room, each with its own relaxed and stylish vibe. Take off your watch and let the tide do the time telling in the gorgeous bay rooms or enjoy the tropical Ibo gardens as you relax with your favourite book and cocktail by the tucked away and intimate pools. Your room has a private veranda where you can escape the midday heat but still enjoy the sea breeze in private before sinking into the hand crafted mahogany beds that will leave you fresh and rested for the following day of doing, well, whatever you like.
Why we like it
Ibo encompasses everything you could want in a boutique beach destination, with the opportunity to explore the history of the island as an added bonus. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax on a private sandbank in the middle of the ocean where there is nothing to disturb you but the temptation of the azure water, where a whole tropical world lives right at your very fingertips.