Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel

Our guests are making a difference!

    Company Description

    The Bahia Mar boutique hotel is located where the azure waters of the Indian Ocean touch the palm fringed beaches of Vilankulo on mainland Mozambique. It is the ultimate destination for visitors wanting to experience colourful local culture as well as the fabulous beauty of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Unspoiled, luxurious destination, sleep in spacious comfort and wake up to breathtaking sea views. Caring, friendly staff, superb food, and cocktails in a pool with endless vistas. Being pampered in coconut curtained spa rooms, or toning in a well-appointed gym. All this and much more comprises the heart of the Bahia Mar experience.

    What makes us special

    Empowered by our guests we are furthering the cause of Fair Trade Tourism.

    Starting price per person in €


    Additional Info

    This is the rate for a single Sea View bedroom with breakfasts and airport transfers included.
    The rates at the hotel are set in USD - the rate above is in Euros at the exchange rate of the day.

    Community Programs

    The Bonguile Project
    Since 2014, Bahia Mar has supported community preschools in Vilankulo to provide learn-through-play opportunities to local three to five year olds. Without this support, children would start school at six years old and miss out on critical development opportunities that bring life-long benefits. The children love to receive visits from guests!

    Our staff are not forgotten, health checks, English lessons and above the minimum stipulated salaries are part of the support the hotel provides to its valued team.

    Environmental Programs

    Partnership with Xico Giavota
    In response to the local and international ocean plastic issue, Bahia Mar invited the world renowned ocean plastic artist Xico Gaivota for a month residency. He teamed up with the local Beach Clean team, trained local artisans in his craft and made presentations to local school children. Xico Gaivota donated all sales from his exhibition to local environmental and education projects. This partnerships has plans to move on in 2019 and many year to come.

    SAVE THE SEAHORSE - Campaign Kuhanya Indigo
    On World Tourism Day, September 27th, 2018 this campaign was launched to end large-scale poaching and trafficking of seahorses in collaboration with local authorities. Through research, education, enforcement and tourism, the local community turns to alternative income sources and help the protected population recover to sustainable levels.

    These passionate local youth clear the beaches of rubbish every Saturday. Along the way, they teach the local community about the negative impacts of litter!

    YUSE (youth upcycling and sex education)
    This team of 12 local youth deliver key environmental messages in primary schools and work with student environmental clubs on special projects to take action on environmental conservation. Bahia Mar is a key supporter!

    Rewards & Certificates

    Bahia Mar is an official certified hotel by FTT - Fair Trade Tourism.
    Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) is a non-profit organisation promoting best-practice responsible tourism in Africa. FTT certification is defined by fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing and operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. FTT members understand the positive impact that fair and sustainable tourism can have in local communities and aims to amplify visitor experiences, creating truly transformative tourism options for both tourist and tourism trade alike.
    By choosing to stay at Bahia Mar, which is a certified member of FTT, you are directly contributing to the livelihoods of everyone involved in your visit, from the staff who work here, the communities we support, the service suppliers and – importantly, the projects we have adopted to protect the environment.



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    How To Come To Us

    Vilanculos hosts an international airport with flights departing to and from Maputo and Johannesburg on a daily basis. The International Airport is serviced by LAM and by Airlink (South African Airways).


    The roads to Vilanculos are acceptable and tarred, but look out for potholes en route; a 4x4 is not a necessity. We do not suggest travelling at night in Mozambique. Fuel is readily available, but it is suggested to fill up whenever possible. Unleaded fuel is available in Vilanculos.
    Please ensure you bring a valid Identity Document with driver's licence (S.A.D.C. or INTERNATIONAL) as well as your ORIGINAL vehicle registration documents. Mozambican temporary import permits for all vehicles (including boat trailer) are obtainable at all border posts and are valid for 30 days. 3rd Party insurance is compulsory. You do not need a 4 x 4 to get to from South Africa to Vilanculos, as the road is tarred all the way. We do however urge you to ensure that your vehicle is in reliable roadworthy condition, as the roads can be unpredictable. Keep to the speed limits. This is usually 30 kmph - 50 kmph in towns and 120 kmph on the open road.
    It is advisable to keep your fuel tank filled as the distances between filling stations could cause problems and stations occasionally run out or have intermittent electrical supply to run their pumps. There are filling stations in Maputo, Macia, Xai-Xai, Quissico, Inhambane, Maxixe, Massinga, Vilanculos and Inhassoro.
    Try not to travel after dark. There are a lot of people and animals using the roads as well as vehicles without lights.


    By road
    Vilanculos is located on the National EN1 road, which runs between Maputo and Beira. Roads are
    tarred and a 4x4 is not required. However, do look out for potholes and road-works.
    Directions from the South: Follow the main toll road from Komatipoort to Maputo. Just before entering Maputo, you turn left onto the National road EN1 to the North (Xai-Xai, Inhambane, Vilanculos, and Beira). From this point the turn-off to Vilankulo is approximately 780 km and you will travel through Xai-Xai, Maxixe and Massinga. At Pambarra you will find the Vilanculos turn-off (to the right). Vilanculos is 20 km from the Pambarra turn-off. Once you arrive to the village you turn left (BCI bank ahead of you) and turn left again once you see the BIM bank. Follow the road up the hill and go straight untill you see Bahia Mar sign on the right side of the road (aprox. 3 km).
    Directions from the North: If you are travelling from Zimbabwe, Tete or Chimoio: follow the main Beira road and turn south at Inchope. This is the National road EN1 to Inhassoro, Vilanculos, Xai-Xai and Maputo. You will cross the Revue, Busi and Save Rivers. The Vilanculos turn-off is approximately 380 km from Inchope. At Pambarra you turn-off to the left and Vilanculos is 20 km from Pambarra. Once you arrive to the village you turn left (BCI bank ahead of you) and turn left again once you see the BIM bank. Follow the road up the hill and go straight until you see Bahia Mar sign on the right side of the road (approx. 3 km).

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