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Located off Mozambique’s south coast, in the Bazaruto archipelago, on Benguerra island, overlooking Flamingo Bay, Marlin Lodge was virtually rebuilt following the 2007 cyclone, and is well known for providing guests with a first rate beach experience.
A wood (Mozambique hardwood), brick and thatch build, Marlin Lodge consists of a main area and 17 suites. The shared areas include reception, lounge, library, 2 bars, dining room, cocktail lounge, activity and business centres, spa, pool and a wrap-around verandha. Characterised by dark polished wooden floors, exposed beams, French doors, high cavernous ceilings, well chosen pieces of furniture (lightweight wicker sofas, super poufs, low coffee tables, slumber seats), the main areas are open plan, minimalist and cool – a welcome retreat from the midday sun. The food – breakfast buffet, a la carte for lunch – is excellent, the cuisine fish heavy, a mix of Mozambican and European, and the service is attentive, discreet and, in keeping with a general lodge ethos, very local.
There are 2 classes of suite at Marlin Lodge: luxury (14) and executive (3). Strung along the beach, protected by mix of coastline trees, raised on platforms, and characterised by jecca thatch roofing, wooden walkway approaches and bush verandhas, the luxury suites are large, open plan and very comfortable. Each includes a lounge, four poster / twin bed, fan, en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower. With large sliding doors, hammocks, wicker seating and a style that is both European and African, the rooms are beautifully designed, and the bathrooms – shower, flush toilet, twin sinks – huge. The executive suites are very similar, only larger, taller, a different colour, and boasting king-sized 4 posters, air conditioning and one or two little extras.
Activities at Marlin Lodge include diving, snorkelling, dhow trips, island hopping, beach picnics, fishing, massage and horse riding.