Reviews of Marlin Lodge
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Marlin Lodge stay
Difficult to answer this. The experience was very good but, viewed objectively, the Lodge does not really live up to its promotional image. You describe the chalets as luxury; they are not, in comparison with what we have experienced in, for example, Bali. It is quite rustic; rooms are nicely appointed but do not really feel luxurious. We had to ask for our bedlinen to be changed after several nights!
The food is unimaginative and we were disappointed that the fish, which we were looking forward to, tended to be game, i.e. tuna type fish, rather heavy. It was also oversauced to our taste. On the other hand, wine was good and fairly priced (in comparison with the Royal Livingston earlier in our trip.) The staff, however, were very nice - willing , agreeable and competant.
Activities are good but lean heavily to active water sports. A gentle cruise along the coast in a low-powered boat, not a high powered cat, would have been welcome. If you can't snorkel, you don't see fishes. A glass-bottom boat would enable that. Also, several of the cats had no sun protection and some of the guests appeared after a trip on one to have been affected by too much heat.
We were, however, very impressed with the Marlin Lodge lounge at the airport when we left - a very well appointed facility and a nice touch.
All in all, when you look at the cost of the stay, it was perhaps expensive for what we experienced. Perhpas we are just a bit too old and well-travelled for this sort of holiday.
Marlin Lodge review
Perfect! Cannot fault it at all. The honeymoon package included some lovely treats and we did go deep-sea fishing once and really enjoyed it.
The fact it was only 17 lodges with ~80% occupancy at the time was great, enough for a bit of people watching but sometimes totally alone on the beach, I hope they don't build more as this really makes it.. Food was perfect - good quality, variety and healthy! We were glad of chips (home-made!) with our steaks one night!
After reading several reviews on 'trip Advisor' commenting on the 'hard sell' by the staff at pre-dinner drinks to get to you commit to activities - I was prepared, we just wanted a nice relaxing holiday. But there was no hard sell and once they realised we were not interested in the activities we were left alone. There were many people there who wanted to go diving or fishing everyday so they concentrated on them.
Only comment - we took US$ with us and although they are accepted in Mozambique, they do not accept the older style (small head on the notes) only the new ones (larger head) so better to check when exchanging money.
Marlin Lodge review
Great resort, very well organised, friendly, excellent service and food.
Well run diving ,fishing and other activities.
One felt like one could do as much or as little as possible on this beautiful dessert island.