Our family was fortunate enough to visit this amazing place during July. The stay was beyond our most optimistic expectations!
The beach and location are idillic and the 4x4 drive through the reserve transport you from every day life into this natural paradise.
Vista Abril is fantastic and the owners have taken great care to design and furnish the place tastefully. Given the remoteness of the venue I expected it to be very basic but was pleasantly surprised by how well appointed it was.
This really is a get away from it all venue!
Family with young children
| stayed in 7/2018
Vista Abril is truly one of the most magnificent beach villa's we have ever experienced. We usually spend our holidays in villas in Mexico, but for our large family celebration, decided to find a beach villa closer to home. Vista Abril exceeded all of our expectations. The views from the deck and the beach are quite spectacular. The villa itself is beautifully appointed and stylishly furnished. It lacked for nothing in terms of amenities, including really lovely toiletries and a fully stocked kitchen with sharp knives and a couple of french presses. The housekeeping staff are pleasant and efficient. The stairs down to the bottom bedrooms and then onto the beach are extremely steep. They would definitely be very difficult for older people and young children to navigate. Our group aged between 9 and 60, managed well. The beach is beautiful and pristine. All in all it was one of the most exquisite places we have ever stayed, and we so look forward to going back.
Getting to Vista Abril was an adventure! We crossed the border into Mozambique via Kosi Bay, which went quickly and without incident, but we literally got one of our 4x4's stuck in the sand directly outside the border post which was a sign of things to come. The roads through the Machangulo reserve where only suitable for full 4x4 travel, and the drive was a 6 hour hectically off road experience. Our Jeeps were scratched by the tree branches that populated most of the drive. We didn't pass a single shop between Kosi Bay and Vista Abril so we were very happy that we came fully prepared for how remote this little slice of heaven really is. The large herd of elephants we passed on our way out of the Reserve was a perfect treat to end a magnificent holiday.
Family with young children
| stayed in 6/2017
Not a gaudy pop star mansion but instead the ideal, cool, casual, open to the elements beach house blending perfectly into a remote, private, long, desert-island feel beach with the softest powder sands and azure water...
An architectural surprise and wonder, considering its location...
Go very prepared - it is extremely difficult to get to, requiring proper off-road vehicles, and there is NOTHING there or nearby that hints of civilisation (and then, when you hit that, we're talking Mozambique...). So, as we did, you must take in everything you could possibly need (there is a Shoprite and Woolworths in Maputo, but after that nothing...) and don't expect easy - or any - communications.
It is nonetheless exactly because of this location that it is completely worth it. Not only for the adventure of getting there, but because its isolation (almost like a private island, given the reserve between it and the rest of Mozambique - perhaps feeling a little like it must to have Richard Branson's Necker Island all to oneself) coupled with the quality of the villa and beauty of the place multiplies its specialness exponentially.
Family with no Children
| stayed in 5/2017