Ever dream of a tropical paradise with a palm-fringed beach just a step away from your luxurious and secluded hut? Well now you can put a name to that dream and contrary to most utopian dreams, this one won't set you back a limb. Accommodation at Guludo Beach Lodge consists of just nine suites, each built on a raised timber deck, covered with a draped tent and shaded by a roof of thatched palm fronds. The en suite bathroom is almost outside and indeed, with open sides and the glorious Indian Ocean in full technicolour occupying your view, the lines between in and out at Guludo are rather blurred.
The living area is all barefoot chic with fresh ingredients - bought from local fisherman and suppliers - being coaxed and twisted into gourmet silver service cuisine. Everything is made locally and the styles and décor reflect a harmonious relationship between exclusive lodge, the Mozambican villagers and the tropical paradise all around you.
With soft white sand, warm and crystal clear water, pristine reefs and hundreds of tropical fish the highlight will always be the diving. But there is a lot more besides. An island marine sanctuary, reached by dhow or motorboat, is home to the world's largest crabs and surrounded by reefs; whale-spotting from July to September provides a fair excuse for doing nothing; historic islands; elephant lookouts; paddling through mangroves; visiting villages and watching a football derby...tropical paradises can be hard work and certainly a far cry from spending the day dozing in a hammock in the shade of a coconut tree.