Just returned from 6 night on Vamizi and it’s certainly in the top 5 places I’ve stayed.
The rooms are huge and private, you feel like you are on the island alone.
The food was truly amazing, each time you sat down for a meal you knew you were in for a treat and the chefs (new 2 weeks ago) were only to happy to cater for your needs. Also they were often around to talk to guests and get there views. Each breakfast, lunch and dinner was a first class dining experience. The fresh seafood dishes were just epic.
The island has great diving for all standards and the team make every effort to make sure you see as much of it on each dive as possible. The made sure to point out all the animals and coral on the reef. The water was clear and very warm.
Staff were always around to help and nothing was every a problem. Drinks (or dining) in the room if we’d wanted and the bar was always staffed and happy to help out.
We just came back from two weeks in Vamizi with our kids. Vamizi is not only one of the most beautiful places I have been but also the most relaxing far away from communication overload. The lodge is run very professionally (Russel, the manager is a star!), the rooms are amazing, the staff friendly and professional (especially the restaurant staff, diving school and Emilia, the babysitter). Diving is amazing even though the visibility wasn’t perfect. We loved this place and will come back. Thanks Vamizi!
I travelled to Vamizi in February and i found it to be the perfect destination for a romantic break. The rooms are beautifully decorated, the staff friendly and attentive without being pushy, and the activities, picnics, turtle watching at midnight were well thought out and sensitively delivered. The bar and restaurant was a welcoming place to escape to when you were able to tear yourself away from your villa. i left feeling totally refreshed and revived.
Stayed for 5 nights on honeymoon and didn’t want to leave this extraordinary place.
The flight from Dar es Salaam was smooth, as was the visa stop. The island is perfect white sand, incredible clear blue water and the lodge only enhances the wow factor. The restaurant and bar are stylishly designed as are the villas which are huge. You won’t find airconditioning and flat screen TVs here but the rooms are luxurious and breathtakingly beautiful. Each villa has a view of the beach and sea and is set a very generous distance apart from its neighbours to ensure complete privacy; other than at mealtimes you won’t really see other guests. Best of all, there is absolutely no need to wear shoes.
I went diving and snorkelling, both of which were exceptional thanks to the remote location, clear water and good equipment. Sea kayaking offers fantastic views of the island from the sea and lunch by the lighthouse (on a private beach) is not to be missed. I can also recommend the massage therapist. Essentially one can do as much or as little as desired.
The bar is a wonderful place to relax before dinner over delicious cocktails. I know there have been some negative comments about the food but I have to say that I absolutely loved it – simple but fresh and delicious, perfect for the climate and frankly amazing if you consider where you are and how remote Vamizi is.
Staff were delightful, accommodating and unobtrusive. It’s obvious much thought has gone into every last detail, from the complimentary villa minibar stocked with your favourite drinks, down to the lovely sun hats and pareos provided for guests to use during their stay.
Overall Vamizi is a very special and unique place, hard to fault and I would definitely return.
My wife and I recently spent a wonderful 4 days on Vamizi. We knew what to expect (no glass windows, no a/c, rustic minimalism etc) but we were quite simply blown away by the lodge, the beaches and the surrounding coral filled seas.
The journey from Dar-es-salaam over the mangrove-enveloped rufiji (sp) river delta was spectacular. I’m not great in small planes but it was a comfortable journey and the wonderful landscape below soon had me transfixed. The colours of the Mozambican coastline have to be seen to be believed
We were well looked after in the lodge, with smiling ever-helpful staff. Some of them struggle a little with their English, Portuguese being the main European language of Mozambique, but we always got what we needed in the end. The lodge buildings are beautiful in their simplicity and very comfortable. It is ‘open living’ with cool breezes and no need for moisture-sucking air conditioning. The room or ‘villa’ as it’s called on the island was very spacious and the big bed very comfortable with Egyption cotton sheets. Be prepared for a long’ish walk if you are in the furthest villas – but the beach and sea in the daytime and the spectacular stars at night make it more than worthwhile.
I only did one dive, but it was really special. The quality of the coral is like nowhere else I have ever been. My wife and I also went snorkelling (she doesn’t dive) and she loved it. The boat staff were very helpful and knowledgeable – we even had a hot-chocolate on the boat when we came out the water – nice touch! In short, this was a very memorable 4 days and our only regret is that we didn’t book for longer. The highlight for us was the sheer marine wilderness. We will go for longer next time!
I My Husband & I visited Vamizi early July 2011. The island is in the middle of the Indian Ocean however it is worth the effort to get there. The journey is part of the experience as the flight on the 12seater plane allows you to marvel at the beauty of Mozambique.
Arriving at the Lodge we were stunned by the beauty, chic luxurious simplicity. The Villasand communal areasare tastefully decorated and furnished in a contemporary rustic African Chic style which is perfect for the surroundings.
Vamizi isa place toget away from it all, infact apart from meal times you hardly ever see a single soul on the beach, truly relaxing and v romantic.
The Staff are a delight and ably managed by Huingry andf Leigh Harlin and truly nothing is to much trouble.
The food is excellent, especially the fantastic lunches!
We cannot praise Vamizi highly enough and will definitely return to this paradise.
This is a real Robinson Crusoe island, we didn’t wear shoes for the whole week. Aqua blue clean sea and bright white sand. The lodges are clean and well equipped and the mini bars are stocked with your favorite drinks. All the staff are very friendly, welcoming and nothing was too much trouble.
The diving and snorkeling is spectacular because the area is so unspoilt and the dive teacher is so enthusiatic and knowledgeable. Meals are eaten either by the beach or beach side lodge and are mostly really tasty, although sometimes food arrived either under or over cooked. There seems a need for quality control in the kitchen.
Vamzizi..for those considering going, then consider no more. This place really depicts dreams of a ship wrecked castaway, yet with all the amenities and luxuries that one could require…
Our journey began with a very organised departure from Dar es Salaam airport, setting sail on a very cool little aircraft with refreshments on board.
Boasting spectacular views over southern Tanzania and the giant Rovuma river that boarders Tanzania from Mozambique. Stunning atolls dotting the journey and with a close eye, huge game fish/whale sharks were spotted from the plane.
The visa process was super efficient and punctual, before making the 10 minute flight across to the remote island of Vamizi..
Staff welcomed us off the plane, with more cold refreshments then ushered us into the wild open safari trucks to bumble along the 20 minute road before arriving at the Lodge.
The hospitality manager met us on the arrival and gave us a detailed and informative welcome speech before personally taking us to our ‘room’ /houses. This was a very nice personal touch, taking the time to escort each guest personally to their rooms. Most helpful.
The houses makes one speechless, you really do feel like you are in a coffee table a magazine, with elegant interior design, lighting and attention to detail that makes is flawless. IPOD desks are available, Africology shower/hair products, hairdryers, tissues, writing sets..you name it, it is already waiting for you.
The adjoining lounge area makes one leap..big white sofas to sink into, mini bar with drinks added on request, tea and coffee making facilities and an array of reading books to keep one occupied.
The houses are so private and if one chooses not to make contact with the outside world, it is very possible. The beach lays opposite, with its pristine white sand, and lapping azure waters at your tip toes.
There feels like a secret workforce here, mini bars are topped up without notice, beds made punctually and clean towels provided, without sighting any of the housekeeping staff. Standards of service are like no other I have experienced. Guests needs really do come first, and effortlessly.
One can choose to sit back or relax, but we engaged in many of the wonderful activities of offer for guests such as sunset dhow cruises, with personal cool box and nibbles of choice, scuba diving (the best in the world), private picnics on remote beaches with giant lobster lunches already prepared for your arrival. Or, Mangrove creeks to explore by kayak whist on the picnic. As we kayaked 3 sea turtles came to the surface to breath whilst we were paddling..!, and the game fishing…. we caught many Kingfish, mackerel and snapper. The rod went it, and moments later almost instantly something caught on. Fish are in abundance here, so catching any game fish is almost a certainty. Staff on board the boat were very skilled, and assisted when necessary.
The ‘body and soul’ treatments were brilliant, with very professional and skilled staff providing a variety of different treatments from deep tissues massages to reflexology. Treatments take place in the comfort of your own lodge, using high quality products. In the evenings, staff come and socialise in the bar to informally discuss any treatments/activities one would like to engage in.
Food: was very good, yet could have been more ‘refined’ given the setting and how much one is paying. The chef seemed to spend most of his time drinking in the bar, leaving his local staff to do all of his work. This would be my only complaint.
The restaurant and bar are well organised with very attentive local staff to meet your needs. These guys are working very hard each day, yet always greet you with a smile. They are an asset to the F&B department here.
The wine list is very good, and before each meal the waiter will come to you and request which wine you would like before dinner..and its there waiting for you on the table ready
Its an incredible, memorable place that if one has the chance to experience, MUST GO. Overall, it was the staff and organisation and attentiveness that made this holiday for me so wonderful. For those brave enough to critizise it, then all I will say is good luck finding something that blows Vamizi out of the Indian Ocean..
Thanks to all for my little bit of ship wrecked castaway paradise..