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@ Ibo Island Lodge
Located on the prime waterfront site where romantic dhows sail out to sea on each high tide, Ibo Island lodge encompasses magnificent mansions each over one hundred years old. Coral and lime walls over a meter thick, high lofty ceilings and original beams. Ibo Island is a potential World Heritage Site, and therefore rooms have been designed to incorporate the architecture and style of the original ruins. The lodge accommodates guests in beautifully elegant, yet simple rooms, with indigenous solid teak and mahogany furniture, handcrafted by the people of Ibo.
All nine bedrooms are individual and feature a king size 4poster, or twin hand crafted bed with crisp cotton linen and Indian silk throws. Wide verandas are a traditional feature of all Ibo mansions, but we widened ours considerably to house comfortable plantation style chairs with soft cushions .......
Located on the prime waterfront site where romantic dhows sail out to sea on each high tide Ibo Island lodge encompasses magnificent mansions each over one hundred years old with coral and lime walls over a meter thick, high lofty ceilings and original beams. Ibo Island is a potential World Heritage Site and therefore rooms have been designed to incorporate the architecture and style of the original ruins.
The lodge accommodates guests in beautifully elegant, yet simple rooms, with indigenous solid teak and mahogany furniture handcrafted by the people of Ibo.
All nine bedrooms are individual and feature a king size 4poster, or twin hand crafted beds with crisp cotton linen and Indian silk throws.
Bathrooms are all ensuite with twin basins and large marble showers and hot and cold water. Wide verandas are a traditional feature of all Ibo mansions, but we widened ours considerably to house comfortable plantation style chairs with soft cushions from where you can enjoy drinks and make the very most of either sea or garden views.
Energy and sustainable power policy at the lodge:
All rooms have ceiling fans and air conditioning, but power at Ibo Island lodge is supplied by our own two generators and is available at certain times of the day and night.
Fuel requirements to operate our generators make a large eco impact on the footprint of the lodge. We aim to conserve as much energy as possible without impacting on your comfort. Generator times as well as a full lodge briefing are given during check in by management. A typical guideline is:
Energy is usually available between: 07h00 and 09h30 in the morning when guests are rising and showering etc. Between 09h30 and 17h00 it will generally be switched off in an effort to conserve energy and resources and in keeping with the peaceful atmosphere of Ibo Island. At this time most guests are out enjoying activities or at the beach or one of the pools.
Evening generator times are generally 17h00 until 03h30 the following morning. Air conditioner power is available between 17h15 and 23h00, after which the lodge switches over to a smaller generator which will only power room fans and lights throughout the night.
The Niassa Mansion
The Niassa Mansion was once the headquarters of the mighty Niassa trading company and accommodates 8 rooms. Niassa is a grand old original dwelling with a pitched roof that still boasts her original red tiles that were shipped to Ibo from Marseilles during the colonial times.
Niassa has been rehabilitated to accommodate 4 rooms: 2 bay facing rooms at the front of the mansion, Ndorwe, (fish eagle) Mweezi (moon) both look out over the bay of Ibo through the mangrove forests and to the distant outline of the mainland on the horizon. They afford beautiful views of the sea at high tide and an ever changing vista throughout the day as the tides changes, and dhows drift out to sea. At low tide it is possible to walk out onto the sand amongst the birds and crabs and search for pieces of ancient porcelain that still get washed up on each high tide.
Both Ndorwe and Mweezi share the entire length of the deep front veranda of Niassa and there is a carved Indian screen that divides the space giving guests extra privacy should they both be outside on their veranda at the same time.
Kixewa (King fish) and Luwa (frangipani flower) are the two garden facing rooms at the rear of the Niassa mansion. They also share the entire length of the Niassa rear veranda and look out over the garden and thick palm tree’s and Niassa’s small pool which is perfect for cooling off during the heat of the day.
At the rear of the Niassa mansion, original annex ruins housed the storage area’s for the main dwelling. These ruins have been rehabilitated into four garden facing rooms: Juwa (sun) Tataruga (turtle) Makonde (Makonde tribe) and Brubuletta (butterfly)
These rooms have generous proportions with a king or twin bed the feature of the room and a large wide veranda with plantation or cane chairs from which to relax and enjoy the peaceful garden and tropical surroundings.
Ngalawa (dhow) is the only room in the Bela Vista mansion. It is sea facing and enjoys the use of the entire Bela Vista veranda.
- Air conditioning and ceiling fan
- Large windows for sea breeze
- King size extra length hand crafted bed with mosquito net (twin beds are also available)
- Indigenous teak and mahogany handcrafted furniture
- Solid mahogany wardrobe with hangers
- Chest safe with lock
- Brass and antique fittings
- Linen gown for use whilst on the island
- A range of Ibo guest amenities
- Hair dryer / Water flasks / Morning tea and coffee
There are many spaces in the gardens and the public areas of the lodge to nap, read or soak up the tranquility and guests are encouraged to explore and treat the lodge as a real home from home.
Ibo Island Lodge is stylish, simple and unique.