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Marimba Secret Gardens

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Ramallah, Palestinian Territories
Reviewed 8 September 2015

Mozambique accommodation can be pretty hit or miss - not so at Marimba. I cannot stress enough that if you want to visit Bazuroto and Vilankulos this is quite simply the best place to stay. Marcel and Victor are the perfect hosts. Fresh food, fires, clear skies and good vibes. Boat trips from there were easy. The place is spotless...

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Isabelle M, Inhaber at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you very much for those extraordinarily beautiful words! Offering our guests an unforgettable and enriching experience is one of the sweetest rewards we can get! Take good care and best regards, Marcel, Isabelle and Victor.

Nassau, New Providence Island
Reviewed 2 September 2015

The experience with Marcel and his team from pickup to drop off at the airport was absolutely amazing! The gardens is a beautiful oasis, every meal was divine and the staff's etiquette and manners in hospitality was superb!

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Isabelle M, Inhaber at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you! We appreciate very much your positive acknowledgement of our staff's commitment to hospitality! Best, Marcel and Isabelle.

Reviewed 27 August 2015

We booked three nights, but extended for two more nights and ended up staying five nights in a beautiful stilt Bungalow with shared bathroom: + the whole Marimba Crew is super friendly, very knowledgeable (also about other places in Mozambique) and highly professional + cozy and very clean stilt Bungalows, also very clean shared bathrooms + drinking water from the...

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Isabelle M, Inhaber at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Hey guys, I am lost for words to answer to your positive, empathizing and detailed review!! It honors us very much that you enjoyed your stay with us and have such fond memories of Marimba! Best, Marcel and Isabelle.

Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile

Off the beaten track...very cozy and vibrant place....excellent service ...the staff were so amazing and friendly ......not to forget, two great cooks creating amazing dishes !!!!!! The owner Marcel was sensational from the moment we met him to the end of our stay, he was always there to answer any questions and provide whatever we needed...highly recommended!

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Isabelle M, Inhaber at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you guys!! The compliment to the kitchen has been forwarded and was received with appreciation!! Best, Marcel and Isabelle.

Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 19 July 2015

Marimba Secret Garden looked amazing just from the pictures online. I was looking for something more out of the way to just relax, not the usual backpacker scene with long loud nights (although I enjoy that too). Marcel and Isabelle are wonderful hosts and are delightful to chat too, especially at dinner time when everyone commonly dines at the same...

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Isabelle M, Inhaber at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We love the beautiful words you have found to describe our beach and summing it up in a simple way!! We hope to see you soon again!

Reviewed 9 July 2015 via mobile

We were staying in vilanculos for a couple of days when somebody recommended us to go to marimba. In the middle of the bush, half an hour drive from centre of town. Although next to a beautiful white sandy beach. We got there by boat, and when you step of you immediately notice the well build stairs to the compound....

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Isabelle M, Inhaber at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

First, I have to send you the warmest greetings from Victor - he felt very honoured to read your review! Same to us and the rest of the team, we appreciate your warming and detailed review very much and are happy you have spent some memorable and peaceful days with us! Best, Marcel and Isabelle.

Saint Louis, Missouri
Reviewed 6 May 2015

We had such a wonderful time at Marimba Secret Gardens. Marcel picked us up from the airport and after picking up fish in town for dinner we traveled up to the secluded, beautiful paradise that Marcel and Isabelle have created. The accommodations were very clean and comfortable and the environment was perfect for relaxing and meeting new people. All of...

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you very much, ladies! We enjoyed having you as our guests and were very pleased you had 2 beautiful days on the islands, especially the magical experience of Santa Carolina! Best, Marcel and Isabelle.

Los Angeles, California, United States
Reviewed 14 January 2015

Thanks for an amazing stay, I couldn't have asked for more. I held residence here longer than the average guest and, as time went on, I only became more enthralled with the world of Marimba Secret Gardens. It's a welcoming comfort amid an unspoiled and untouched landscape - and I couldn't feel luckier to have been a part of it.

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review! We hope you had a great finish of your African adventure - and we hope very much, we will see you again one day! Everyone is missing you!

Reviewed 6 December 2014

We love our stay in Marimba ). This is a unique place with a priviledge ubication (Our favorite place in Mozambique. The elevated hut and surrounded garden and kitchen are full of charm. The food and the service is the best we have seen in Mozambique and you will have the beach for yourself, where you will enjoy looking at...

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your wunderful review! We've enjoyed you guys a lot as our guests - especially the beautiful and interesting conversations we had in the evening hours! Take care and warm regards, Marcel and Isabelle.

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 21 November 2014

It was really amazing to get away from it all at this remote lodge in the "middle of nowhere". Even though Marimba is almost an hour outside of Vilanculos (accessible by 4x4 only) it is well-situated for boat trips to the Bazaruto Archipelago. The owners, Marcel and Isabel, helped us to arrange two trips - one to Santa Carolina and...

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Isabelle M, Owner at Marimba Secret Gardens, responded to this review

I have no words to answer to this positive and truly flattering review!! I have already passed on the compliment to Jaime and Arnaldo! Thank you very much! Marcel and Isabelle.

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Bus Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
In a peaceful and pristine bay, 25km north of Vilanculos, Marimba Secret Gardens offers comfortable and unique accommodation for individual travelers. Take a time out in pure nature, get to know the traditional Mozambican way of life or discover the Bazaruto Archipelago either by diving, snorkeling or just a day trip.Our restaurant offers a combination of European and African dishes and a big range of cocktails. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Marimba Secret Gardens

Address: Macunhe, Vilanculos 1304, Mozambique
Region: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Vilanculos
Price Range: RM64 - RM258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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“Take a torch and be patient if the cell reception and internet connectivity are unpredictable.”
LandiRover, 20 Nov 2014 | Read review
“The rooms have no bathrooms, but there are clean showers and bathrooms close to the rooms. The only thing you need to prepare for is that there is no aircondition in the rooms and the electricity is turned off around 22.30 - then there is not much more to do than going to bed!”
fr_ydisgarmoh, 6 Aug 2014 | Read review
“All of the casitas are basically the same and comfortable but not luxury, but for the price you can't beat it.”
4Bohemians, 15 May 2013 | Read review
“All the rooms are similar.”
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13MarisaM, 1 May 2012 | Read review
“The rooms we stayed in had 3 bunk beds that were very nice and had a lot of head room on the bottom bunk. The mosquito nets were well fashioned too.”
TomB654, 18 Apr 2012 | Read review
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