PLEASE NOTE: This lodge is closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. In the meantime, we suggest considering Azura Benguerra as an alternative accommodation.
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 seventeen suites. The shared areas include a reception, lounge, library, two bars, dining room, cocktail lounge, activity and business centres, spa, pool and a wrap-around veranda. 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 shady; an ideal escape from the noon heat.
FOOD AND SERVICE
The food – breakfast buffet, a la carte for lunch – is excellent, and the cuisine is a fish heavy mix of Mozambican and European. The service is attentive, subtle and, in keeping with a general lodge ethos, very local.
There are two classes of suite at Marlin Lodge: luxury (fourteen rooms) and executive (just the three). Strung along the beach, protected by mix of coastline trees, raised on platforms, and characterised by jecca thatch roofing, wooden walkway approaches and bush verandas, 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 hybridised style that is both European and African, the rooms are beautifully designed, and the bathrooms – complete with a shower, flush toilet, and twin sinks – are huge. The executive suites are very similar, only larger and taller, with king-sized four posters, air conditioning and the odd extra treat.
Activities at Marlin Lodge include diving, snorkelling, dhow trips, island hopping, beach picnics, fishing, massage and horse riding.