Bakuba is a stylish little hotel overlooking the Mozambique Channel near the 'white city' of Tulear. It's a great place to break the journey from Tana to the south of the country or to spend a few relaxing days, exploring the area on foot and by bike and enjoying a sundowner catamaran cruise.
Your hosts, Bruno and Patricia, and their staff provide a warm welcome. As a guest you are free to wander throughout the hotel, including the kitchen if you're interested in cuisine. There's a mezzanine seating area and meals are served and a terrace. The hotel has a swimming pool, which is ideal for cooling off, and offers spa services. You can go for walks along the beach, explore the mangroves and staff are happy to arrange excursions and activities.
There are 3 guest rooms plus 2 suites, all en-suite and tastefully furnished, each with its own decor and style. All are spacious with high ceilings, stone walls, large windows and screened doors. The architectural style is somewhat reminiscent of Gaudi with its flowing curves, elegant balconies and turret-like towers, and blends well with the African influenced decor and artefacts.
Open: Bakuba is open all year.
Location: The hotel is on the southwest coast just 14kms from the town of Tulear, overlooking the Mozambique Channel. Tulear airport is 7kms away.
Rooms: There are 3 guest rooms, 2 which can be configured as double or twin rooms and are 40sqm (‘Lukengo’) and 50sqm (‘Afrik’) respectively, the 3rd being a double room of 50sqm (‘Tembo’). There are also 2 suites, 1 measuring 70sqm (‘Totems’) and the other 200sqm (‘Masai’), both of which have views of the sea. The smaller suite has 2 twins or 1 double bed plus a single bed, and the larger has 1 double bed. Guest rooms and the smaller suite are all in the main building. The larger suite is in its own garden. All have a private bathroom and a terrace.
Activities: Relax on the beach, go swimming and snorkelling, accompany a guide on a walk, use one of the hotel’s bikes to explore the area (no extra charge) and take a sunset catamaran cruise along the coast including sundowner drinks. Staff can arrange a number of excursions, too.
Facilities: There is an open air infinity pool. There is a restaurant and a rooftop cocktail bar. The hotel offers a massage service. Reception is staffed 24 hour a day. The gift shops sells locally made items, and sales benefit the local community.
Dining: Dine on local seafood and specialities like zebu. The restaurant also serves Oriental and Portuguese inspired dishes. The continental breakfast of bread, jam and honey can be complimented by cooked eggs, yoghurt and fruit.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. 2 of the rooms can take a spare bed to sleep up to 1 child under 12 years. The smaller suite can take an extra bed and can sleep up to 2 children in addition to 2 adults. The larger suite can take an extra double bed and can sleep up to 2 children as well as 2 adults. Children’s meals can be arranged.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.
"This place has style, oodles of it, from all over the world but mainly African influences. Not only that, but within a very short time I felt quite at home here. Maybe it was the fact that the kitchen is not hidden away, but central to the main building. It's not really a beach place, but it has the same relaxing feeling as if it is. You can of course walk along the beach, but it's best to swim and relax by the pool as this is a mangrovey area of coast. I would be very happy with 2 or 3 nights here after a journey south from Tana, and you could easily stay longer and explore the area."
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