Need to know
Double rooms from $1119.66, excluding tax at 17 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $15.00 per person on check-out.
Rates include all meals and most drinks, butler service, a 15-minute massage when you arrive, a Landrover drive around the island, a dhow cruise at sunset, laundry and medical insurance, but not a US$10 daily donation each to the Rainbow Fund.
Down on the beach, the spa offers treatments that make full use of the local ingredients and traditions: get wrapped up in a blend of African body butters and oils, including the prized mongongo nut oil.
At the hotel
Diving centre, spa, gardens, gym, free WiFi in the bar and lounge, and a library of books and DVDs. In rooms, minibar, universal plugs and a selection of books. There’s a boutique selling swimwear, flip flops and handmade jewellery.
Our favourite rooms
With a separate DVD-stocked kids’ lounge, and an extra bed for a nanny, two-bedroomed Villa Amizade is perfect for families. For the most secluded setting, go for villa 4 or 7 – they’re the furthest from the hotel’s communal areas. If there’s a few of you, blow the budget on the Presidential Villa, a glamorous complex of three bedrooms, including a split-level master suite, a 16-metre pool and a party-friendly deck with a lounge in an octagonal treehouse.
Each villa has its own sea-facing infinity pool, with teak decking, day-bed, sunloungers and deck chairs.
Bring some pencils, crayons and pads along for the hotel to pass them on to the local school.
There’s a remote chance of malaria-carrying mosquitoes on Benguerra Island, so it’s best to be cautious and take some medication.
Cots are free, and extra beds can be added. Babysitting with hotel staff costs US$10 an hour and, ideally, should be arranged when booking. The chef is happy to discuss dedicated meals on arrival, but younger children are asked to eat at 6.30pm.
The hotel is committed to sustainable and responsible fishing, as well as building projects to help the local community. The Rainbow Fund was used to build the island’s school, and there are plans for a clinic. It also sponsors the football team, and provides English lessons.