Casa Dunas (Home in the Dunes)
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Lodge | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Southern Mozambique has the most spectacular coastline and the Machangulo Estate in particular is becoming one of the most sought after destinations in the region. This beautiful luxury beach home is part of a 22km beachfront concession, fully serviced with roads, driveways, electricity and water. This development has attracted many high profile investors - many of whom have built their holiday homes in this very exclusive area.
This stunning property has 4 bedrooms en-suite (can sleep 12 in need), a lounge/TV room, open-plan kitchen/dining room, scullery/pantry, cold room facility, open lapa, additional store room area, swimming pool, lock-up garage/store-room and excellent staff quarters with additional storage space. The entertainment area is huge and the surrounding deck area is substantial. All rooms are joined by walkways and convene around the main central area. Water and electricity are on site and there is an elaborate water system in place to collect and use rainwater in addition to the good quality Estate water. A Reverse Osmosis system is in place and the quality of the water is excellent.
This unique property offers a playground of outdoor activities. To mention a few: shore and deep sea fishing, scuba diving, nature trails, day trip excursions to Inhaca and Portuguese Islands, boating in the bay and around the islands, snorkeling, bird watching, whale watching and outings to the Elephant reserve. Most visitors to this low density development are looking for the exclusivity and privacy it promises. The wide open spaces and the sheer beauty of the property have allured an audience of discerning investors. The water temperature averages 22-24°C in winter, 25-27°C in summer and is always beautifully clean.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||You have your OWN Private beach!|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Maputo International Airport|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Sea view|
|General||Safe, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Maputo region
Maputo has been the capital of Mozambique since 1898. The city was previously called Lourenço Marques until the country's independence in 1975. It is the largest city in Mozambique and the country's most important harbour. It is situated at the mouth of the Santo River in the extreme south, 90 km from the border with South Africa. People are generally out and about in the streets, walking, driving and getting on with life. The vibe is healthy and active, with little begging and lots of street vendors and markets.
Casa Dunas is located on the Machangulo penninsula about 34km's east of Maputo. It is part of a low-density development spread over 20 km's of exquisite beachfront, fully serviced with roads, driveways, electricity and water.
Inhaca Island is a small-inhabited island, lying just 37 km off the Mozambican capital of Maputo and positioned at the entrance to Delagoa Bay. It's location to Casa Dunas is excellent - the island itself is seperated from the main penninsula by "Hells Gate" - a channel that feeds the greater Maputo Bay.
The island also features large areas of unspoiled evergreen forest and bush land. Large areas of its land and shores have been protected as natural reserve since 1976, providing a unique and pristine environment, which can be enjoyed by taking one of the excellent two- to three-day hiking trails that are available for the avid walker.
All told, Inhaca has some 100 km of coastline, much of it having some of the best coral reefs in the Mozambique Channel. Snorkeling conditions in the inshore bay areas are excellent for novices and, while visibility may not be as good as it is on the offshore reefs, marine life is plentiful.
Situated just to the northwest of Inhaca Island is another smaller island called Portuguese Island. You can amble across the narrow strait when the tide is low, snorkel in the enclosed lagoon, or be even more adventurous and venture out further towards the reef with flippers, snorkel and mask. However, only do so when the water is clear, since there are sharks in the deeper waters of both these islands.
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19 May 2014
"Worth returning to . . ."
We accidentally found Casa Dunas in November 2012. I've subsequently been back twice . . can't get enough of the place. A truly magnificent house that has you stuck between wanting to keep… More
16 May 2014
magnifique villa situee sur des dunes et surplombant l'ocean indien.tres grand confort et belle decoration.lieu d'une grande beaute .personnel competent, discret et tres sympatique.plage des… More
10 Dec 2013
"Not a lot will beat this anywhere in the world!"
Visiting from Australia, my wife, two adult children and I stayed at this piece of paradise in April last year and had the most stunning and relaxing experience. The location in Mozambique and the fac… More
15 Jul 2013
"A wonderful week at Casa Dunas"
A beautiful house in a stunning setting - there can be very few places on the planet where you can have the Indian ocean all to yourselves. The house is beautifully decorated and efficiently maintained by Enosse the housekeeper. We loved the freedom of walking five minutes from the property and having the rock pools to explore one day and walking five minutes in the opposite direction the next day and having the Indian Ocean "aquarium" to snorkel in.
A highlight from our week was the trip across to Inhaca Island by Dhow and snorkeling at the marine reserve.
All five members of the family had a wonderful time and we've come back all suitably relaxed and would love to visit again in the future.
8 May 2013
"paradise in Mozambique"
"A magnificent place to relax and recharge ones batteries"A very special week in a very special place.We caught fish,went on long runs on the beach,visited Inhaca ,snorkelled ,travelled by D… More
19 Apr 2013
"Five Star accommodation set amongst untouched natural beauty"
We had the most wonderful holiday at Casa Dunas. This home/lodge offers 5 star luxury set amongst natural fauna and flora. Each of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms - the beds and linen are all of … More
8 Apr 2013
Casa Dunas is definitely a piece if Paradise, in a totally unspoilt part of the Mozambique coastline. The accommodation is excellent and the staff are extremely helpful and proud of the standards they maintain. The views from the bedrooms, living areas and deck are amazing, with whales, dolphins and turtles often being spotted. The walks along the pristine beach are wonderful, and the rock pools contain some beautiful sea life . The nearby fishing village of Santa Maria offers a wonderful look at the lives of the local people. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to get away from city life and recharge their batteries!
29 Mar 2013
"An amazing property in a unique location"
There are few places left in the world where you can relax in a luxurious property in a true unspoilt natural wilderness. It is amazing how isolated and unspoilt the area is considering it us just a convenient short hop from Maputo, The sea is alive with fish of all sizes (someone caught a 35Kg fish of the shore during our stay), turtles and whales. There is an amazing 50m long rock pool just 3mins walk up the beach which is safe and fun to swim or snorkel in at low tide. There are an amazing variety of birds including fish eagles. The forest along the coast hosts little antelope and monkeys too. .A short 4x4 drive to the neighbouring Maputo reserve offers the chance of viewing hippos, crocs, elephants, zebra, giraffe and several types of antelope.
The staff at the lodge are really friendly and helpful. Nothing seemed to much trouble to them.
I only wish I could stay longer.
27 Mar 2013
A small piece of heaven on earth. A wonderful location with superb accommodation and facilities. You don't wish for anything more. The location and views are out of this world. The staff are extremely helpful and look after the facilities impeccably. I will be back. Paradise.
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