Tucked away on the tip of southern Mozambique’s Machangulo peninsula amid untamed dune forests, Machangulo Beach Lodge is a refreshing antidote to the Indian Ocean’s more manicured resorts. Arrival is by boat, so you feel immediately castaway. Empty beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. And with just nine thatched-roof bungalows, there’s hardly anyone for you to share them with.
The surrounding marine reserves are an underwater goldmine. Take a snorkel picnic to nearby Inhaca Island, where you can mingle with giant turtles and kingfish amid pristine corals. You can also learn to scuba at the dive centre or enjoy world-class deep-sea fishing. Keep your eyes peeled for the pods of dolphins that frequent the surrounding waters.
Beyond the beach, staff can arrange for you to visit nearby villages or go kayaking along mangrove estuaries. Whether you spend your days swinging in a hammock or being pampered in the spa, a warm glow of happiness is guaranteed.