We had a wonderful time in Mozambique. Anantara was the perfect place for our holiday. There were plenty of activities and we managed to do all of them, some twice!
The horses and stables were great. The sand boarding was good fun and even though people might do sand boarding elsewhere , on Bazaruto it really is spectacular with the huge dunes and inland lakes at sunset. Our daughter did a discovery scuba PADI session and the dive guides inspired confidence and the equipment was well looked after. Our son gained a lot of confidence with snorkelling so we all went together and it made for a good family holiday. We saw dolphins, sharks, turtles and beautiful shells, fish and coral.
The trips to Santa Carolina and Pansy Shell Island were beautiful. Our villa was spacious. We liked that the children had their own space and that there was a central living area and air conditioning as it was very hot the first 5 days. The spa was fantastic! they were very accommodating and the treatments were of excellent quality.
We would really like to point out that we were very impressed with the level of professionalism of the staff, who were always helpful and went out of their way to make sure we had an excellent holiday. From start to finish we felt that we were very well cared for.
We would also like to mention that the staff at the lodge were very tactful in talking to all the guests about caring for the environment and being aware that it was a marine park. We like to go to marine parks and national parks and it is upsetting to see that visitors pick up shells or other items as souvenirs. Some people even pick up shells from the sea floor when they are snorkelling which is a real no no. The staff at the lodge were good at talking about it with the guests at the lodge but I did feel that they could have been mentioned at the start of snorkelling trips or boat trips when they do their introductory talk prior to a trip about taking care of the surrounding environment. Pansy Shell island is obviously a place where people like to go to see the Pansy Shells but removing them from the island defeats the object, really.
Thank you for suggesting Anantara to us. You chose the perfect place for our holiday. It would definitely be a place we would like to return to. Many thanks,Natasha, Anthony, Emily and Tristan ( 2016 )