There is a place where the azure ocean meets the sapphire sky. A place where the warmth of the people is matched only by the radiance of the African sun. A place that allows you to stand still and return to a state of tranquil vitality. That place is Eclectic Beach Retreat.
Sure as the sun is set to rise above the distant horizon, so our seven boutique suites offer you the chance to slow down and unwind to the sound of lapping waves and rustle of gently swaying palm trees.
Whether it’s searching for the tiny seahorses in the Flamingo Bay estuary, enjoying the sites and sounds of Inhambane and Barra or sinking below the surface of the Indian Ocean to mingle with the marine life, there are a number of attractions and activities within easy reach from Eclectic Beach Retreat.
Eclectic Beach Retreat offers the best in exclusive African hospitality. Boutique contemporary suites complement the pristine white beaches, with the gentle waves of the Indian Ocean lulling you into full relaxation.
Whether it’s enjoying your private splash pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, taking long walks along the unspoilt beach or exploring the multitude of attractions and activities on offer in and around Inhambane and Barra, Eclectic Beach Retreat offers the ideal beach getaway.
Mozambique enjoys a tropical climate. The area around Inhambane and Barra enjoys hot sunny weather with an average temperature of 28 °C. The rainy season from November to March brings high levels of humidity.
HAVE A BESPOKE EXPERIENCE
Eclectic Beach Retreat believes in providing guests with a bespoke experience in one of only 7 luxury suites. Fresh waffle-weave gowns complement the high-end bathroom amenities to leave you feeling invigorated after a soak in the oversized bathtub.
Guests can savour the vastness of the African sky in their open-air shower while absorbing the soothing sounds of the waves along the Barra coast. A breakfast nook, mini bar, USB charge points and lockable cupboard round off the facilities in each suite.
BEACH VIEW SUITES
Each suite boasts large, sliding double doors which allows the refreshing sea-breeze to weave its way among the contemporary furnishings. Crisp white cotton linen graces the bed promising a rejuvenating nights’ sleep, while a private deck and splash pool offer a tranquil place for guests to unwind undisturbed.
Fresh waffle-weave gowns complement the high-end bathroom amenities to leave you feeling invigorated after a soak in the oversized bathtub.
Guests can savour the vastness of the African sky in their open-air shower while absorbing the soothing sounds of the waves along the Barra coast. A breakfast nook, mini bar, USB charge points, satellite TV, lockable cupboard and air-conditioning round off the facilities in each suite.
GARDEN VIEW SUITES
2 Garden View Suites offer vistas of Eclectic Beach Retreat’s attractive gardens, while just 50 metres from the water’s edge, 5 Ocean View Suites deliver spectacular sunrises over the Indian Ocean, ensuring an idyllic start to your day.
Mozambique offers a delicious fusion of local produce and spicy Portuguese heritage. Freshly prepared by our highly trained resident chef, our cuisine offers guests’ palates an explosion of flavours and textures chosen to highlight the best the country has to offer.
SUMMER (NOVEMBER TO MARCH)
Summer months are very popular making beaches and restaurants are a little busier than usual. Temperatures and humidity are high throughout the day and long into the evening. It’s the rainy season and while downpours can be heavy, the sunny blue skies are quick to return.
WINTER (APRIL TO OCTOBER)
Winter is a great time to visit as the days are warm, but the cooler evenings offer a welcome respite from the heat.
Diving in Barra is good year round. Summer is popular due to warmer waters and frequent Whaleshark sightings. Winter offers the Humpback Whale migration. February and August tend to be windy, creating choppy sea conditions, which can affect visibility.
WHAT TO PACK
Light, breathable clothing is suggested, along with a hat and sunglasses. Light trousers and sweatshirts are recommended for the winter months of April to October, however these are also useful on summer evenings to help deter mosquitoes.
A pair of sandals and comfortable walking shoes will provide footwear options for a range of activities. A rain jacket is recommended for the November to March period and, of course, swimwear is a must year-round.
In addition to the suggested clothing, mosquito repellent and sunscreen are must-have items to ensure an enjoyable stay in Mozambique.
Whether it’s searching for the tiny seahorses in the Flamingo Bay estuary, enjoying the sights and sounds of Inhambane and Barra or sinking below the surface of the Indian Ocean to mingle with the marine life, there are a host of attractions and activities within easy reach from Eclectic Beach Retreat.
Eclectic Beach Retreat works closely with providers of an array of tours and services to enhance your stay in Barra. Guests of the Retreat can book the following range of amazing excursions directly at reception.
Fill each day with a different experience with a range of outdoor activities in the area. From kayaking and kitesurfing to parasailing and jet skiing, there is a water sport for every taste.
For those looking to stay on dry land, the choices are seemingly endless. Bird lovers can spot over 500 species in this remote area while restaurants, beach bars and nightclubs offer a wide selection of cuisine and music to suit every taste and budget.
Enjoy a day out at sea on a rustic Arabian-style dhow. Take in the magic of the shallow reefs with a touch of snorkelling before drying off under the African sun on the deck.
Barra is known for its party atmosphere and how better to discover the hotspots than with a bar-hopping tour? An open-air game drive truck drives you between the best bars and beach pubs in Barra and Tofo, allowing you to fully enjoy the party without worrying about where to find your car keys at the end of the night!
Mention the word “Africa” and a safari in an expansive grass plain springs to mind. But this is the Mozambican coast, so why not take the wildlife spotting action out beyond the waves too? Spot whale sharks, mantra rays, dolphins, turtles and an ocean-full of other marine creatures on an amazing ocean safari.
Just 7km from Eclectic Beach Retreat lies the surfing capital of Mozambique. Tofo Beach offers waves perfect for beginners while more experienced surfers can challenge themselves at Tofinho and Back Door.
Surf and body boards are available for rent from various beach-bars in the area and there is a great, laid-back party vibe along the beach for those who prefer to keep their feet dry.
You don’t go home after a trip to Barra with the story of “the one that got away”. Join a team of experienced fishermen for an adrenaline-inducing wrestle with the giants of the deep on a fishing charter.
LINGA LINGA DAY TRIP
Across the bay from the Barra peninsula lies a tiny slice of tranquil paradise. Hop on a boat that takes you across the lake to Linga Linga, where you can spend time lazing on the quiet, uncrowded beach and enjoy a delicious lunch before returning to Barra.
SCUBA DIVING & SNORKELING
Year-round diving conditions make this area a world class destination for subsurface exploration. Whale sharks are common during the summer months of November to March, while April to October brings the spectacle of the Humpback Whale migration.
Giant Manta Rays unique to this area are a highlight and a huge variety of other sea creatures make Barra a must-see for any diving enthusiast.
Take a break from the beach and immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Inhambane Town. A diverse and interesting history makes the town an interesting place to explore.
Sit down at one of the local restaurants for an authentic meal, appreciate the architecture of buildings like the Cathedral of Our Lady of Conception or peruse the Mercado Central Market, absorbing the sights and aromas of the selection of fresh produce on sale.