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“Best hotel in Tofo, with some reservations”
Review of Casa do Mar

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Casa do Mar
Ranked #3 of 10 Tofo B&B and Inns
Reviewed 6 April 2013

First off, I absolutely loved this hotel and the Daphne! Daphne is the sweetest person in the world and so helpful, starting from when we booked our rooms almost a year in advance all the way through our stay! Casa do Mar is clearly one of the best hotels in Tofo- I believe the only one with air conditioning! This is quite important as it's hot and humid in Tofo! Casa do Mar is right on the beach and you have balconies that have a great ocean view (request a room with an ocean view! I think there are a couple rooms in the back that face the other side). The rooms are clean and spacey. You feel like you're at home because the policy is that you can take whatever bottled water or soda or alcohol from the fridge and just write it down on a list and pay for it at the end. It's nice not to have to "check out" each time you want a drink. The staff keeps the place impeccably clean (I felt bad when we tracked in dirt which is inevitable since it's a beach town). The chef Etu is amazing as well- made us delicious food artistically displayed! Only thing to know is that the food takes a LONG time- and this is the same everywhere in Tofo (and probably everywhere in Mozambique). You should definitely expect to wait an hour after you ordered before getting the food. However, Etu is amazing --> food was much better at our hotel than in town. (Everyone in town recommended Tofo Tofo which we tried but it really wasn't anything to write home about, and took just as long). For dinner there's a menu, but for breakfast there isn't a menu and we didn't realize at first that you can just order whatever you want (omelets, frittatas, whatever you can think of that the chef can create!) The location of the hotel next to Peri Peri divers is great! It was very convenient for scheduling dives and whale shark safaris (especially if you brought your own gear). It's a walk into town (but not horrible)- you have to go down a hill, walk along the beach for a quarter mile or so, and then turn into town... takes about 10 minutes. Again, not a bad walk --> very scenic and beautiful, but this makes it so you probably want to just stick with Peri Peri divers instead of going to one of the other dive shops. We went to Peri Peri and one of the other dive shops --> I think they all have uniform prices and all go to the same sites, and the divemasters are contractors and rotate through the various dive shops so I think the experience is pretty uniform no matter where you go.

So why the 4 stars instead of 5? The main reservations I had are regarding the treatment of management towards the staff. I'm not referring to Daphne who is who you'll deal with most of the time. Jakkie is less involved with the customers but he does order the staff around --> and sometimes I felt like it was a bit derogatory and uncomfortable for me to see. The staff all wear shirts that say "Master Jack" which is a bit derogatory also.

Also, the trail leading to the beach is not fabulously maintained so it can be a bit scary at night. Bring a headlamp if you're heading into town at night since the town, the beach, and the trail back up are all not lit.

Overall, would stay at this hotel again. I had some concerns on the treatment of the staff from management but otherwise would have given the place 5 stars!

One more note --> you have to pay in cash. To hold the room ahead of time requires wiring money and BofA had issues doing this despite my trying 4 times (mainly they had problems wiring Mozambican meticai to a bank in South Africa, and then I think the receiving bank kept turning it down once we got the other issues resolved). I ultimately ended up bring US dollars and paying Daphne in case on arrival. Daphne goes to South Africa often and thus accepts any US bills but you should be aware that around Tofo US dollars are accepted but they have to be new and crisp (I think the date cut off is 2004 or 2006 so check the date on the bills). Also, do not tip staff with $1 ($1 bills not accepted in Mozambique)... We just tipped once at the end.

Final note --> they use South African plugs (two large round plugs and one small one, or other way around). Oh, and they don't have bed nets --> our travel partners had no problems since it is air conditioned, but if you are on the paranoid side or allergic to mosquito bites (like me), you'll need to bring your own bed net. No hooks so the stand-alone tent type is better!

Room Tip: Choose one with an ocean view!
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

The hotel has an excellent location with a sea view and near Peri Peri Divers. Service is superb and the owners are constantly taking care of you. The rooms are really nice and very clean. There are to ways to go to the beach, one down the road which is smooth and another on the way to Peri Peri Divers which is not in its best shape but yet ok to go to the beach.
Thank you Jakkie & Daphne!

Room Tip: Top floors have better view
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

We stayed here for 8 nights and it was beautiful. The B&B is very luxurious and has the best views in Tofo without a doubt. Our room (room 1) was enormous and very comfortable, and nothing beats lying ing in bed watching the sea over the balcony. The other key thing is that every room has air con, this is VERY important as in January when we were there it was 30 degrees and humid at night. You also feel very secure and that your possessions are safe. The only downside for us was that the owners were away when we stayed. Although the staff were very friendly and would do things if you asked (sometimes twice) they were obviously having down time. It was little things like the pool not being clean so you did not want to go in it and not putting cushions on the seats on the balcony so you had to go and ask for them. If this had been better this review would be 5 stars

The other thing to note is that as you are on the cliffs there are some badly maintained stairs down to the beach which you need to be steady on your feet to use. The road is a very long way into town. Also as nothing is lit take a torch, but that way you do get to enjoy the stars.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

This place is unreal, and there arent any places in Tofo like it.
View, room and staff are amazing. It is paradise, and great value.
We are now spoiled. It is overlooking the beach, right in the center of the action, but so quiet, safe and peaceful.
We were right next door to Peri Peri divers for really cool snorkeling trips where we saw great dolphins and manta rays.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

The style of this newly-opened Guest House, perched on the cliff top with a fine sweeping view of stunning Tofo Beach, wasn't to my (entirely subjective) liking - 'over the top' I suppose sums it up - but it couldn't be faulted for comfort, spaciousness, friendliness (the owner, Daphne, is a gem as are her staff) and Sergio's omelette scored right up there in my ongoing 'omelette challenge'. His coffee wasn't so great but for a fine espresso, try Fatima's Nest on the beach; 50 mets buys you a cracker.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 December 2012

This was our first stop on our 3 week honeymoon and we were pleasantly surprised when we walked in with the gorgeous view of the beach that greeted us.There are only 7 rooms in this guesthouse so for sure you will get your privacy. The only down side is that you have to walk down a series of not very well kept stairs down to the beach/market/restaurant area. Rooms are clean (but remember to bring your own toiletries, only shampoo/soap provided and if you plan to go to the beach, bring your own towels, they don't allow you to bring theirs down) and are well kept with air conditioning and large bay windows for the sea wind to come in. The owners - Jakkie and Daphne are very hospitable people and make sure your stay is comfortable, remember to ask them for a seafood platter (not on the menu) as they catch their own fish. The staff are great and help to make your stay smooth. This place really does feel like home, from the self serving bar to the smell of what's cooking in the kitchen when you walk in after your dives. I think it would be a great place for a big family or party to rent the whole house for a holiday.

Room Tip: face the beach!
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2012

This is the best guest house in Tofo. Clean, luxurious, fantastic views across the beach, helpful staff, breakfast on the balcony, lovely pool area. What else can we say. We really enjoyed our time here. Also loved the fact that the guests are trusted with an honesty bar. If i came back to Tofo, would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask for room 1 or 2. They are bigger than the others. Be sure to get a sea view whatever you do.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa do Mar

Address: Tofo Beach, Tofo, Mozambique
Region: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Tofo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Tofo
Price Range: $189 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Guesthouse on Tofo Main Beach Airconditioned Private Bathrooms Swimmingpool Wi Fi Bar Restaurant Deep Sea Fishing Dstv.Stunning View of the whole beach.82 Kva standby Generator.9 Rooms. ... more   less 
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