11 Days » Fitness and Wellness Retreat in Vilankulos, Mozambique, Africa

11 days / 10 nights

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Detox and Relax in Paradise

It has been known since ancient times that scent stimulates memory, imagination, dreams and wellbeing. Now, embracing the soul of essential oils, Bahia Mar SPA chose a new generation of aroma wellness for the in-house treatments. This retreat presents a sensorial journey towards balance and beauty.

Based on purist aromatherapy principles, in which essential oils are lipo-soluble, meaning they penetrate fast and deep into the skin, “aroma serums” and organic ingredients form the DNA of the extensive range, promising profound results. 
Both compelling and comprehensive, our choice of treatments comprises a range for Face (Anti-Ageing, Hydrating and Rebalancing), Body (Detox and Hydrating) and Infusion Teas (flowers and loose teas) which will immerse you into an olfactory world of well-being used in different types of massages and treatments.

During these retreats you will be able to experience our purifying treatments, explore the beauty of the area, enjoy and relax in a beautiful boutique hotel and learn about the Mozambican culture and heritage.


  • 11 days wellness & fitness retreat program which can be flexible according to your schedule and available anytime throughout the year;
  • Taylor made workout program designed especially to hit your targets and with possibility to take it home;
  • All treatments use local and organic ingredients free of chemicals and parabens; 
  • Located in one of the most beautiful Marine Park areas in the world, the Bazaruto National Park is the perfect destination for lovers of azure waters and marine life; 
  • The accommodation and facilities focus in a modern style and comfort; 
  • In this retreat you can mix and match a perfect holiday that will help you relax, detox, rejuvenate and at the same time allow you to explore the beauty of your surroundings;
  • Far from crowds and close to untouched nature and local culture.

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Yoga Styles

  • Hatha Yoga

  • Yin Yoga

  • Aerial Yoga

Natural & Holistic Therapies

  • Aromatherapy

  • Massage

  • Ayurvedic Massage

  • Reflexology

  • Meditation


11 / 11 days with instruction
English Instruction language
English, Portuguese Spoken language(s)

Difficulty Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Minimum age allowed is 18 years
  • The maximum participants in the group is 34 person
  • Seasonality


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    Typical Program 

    Day 1 – Arrival 

    • Interview & assessments with personal training. 
    • Full Body Relaxation Massage. 
    • Yoga or stretch one on one.

    Typical Day along the retreat

    • Morning Workout & Breakfast 
    • A day at the SPA, a free day or a day of activities to explore the surroundings (this can include a boat trip to the islands 
    • or a traditional dhow tour) 
    • Afternoon Strength & Stretch workout

    Last Day - Departure

    • Morning Workout & Breakfast 
    • Final assessment with personal training – tips and suggestions/tips to take home

    Can be flexible with free days included for activities

    • 7:00-11:00 - Breakfast
    • 7:00 - 9:30 - Pilates or Yoga
    • 10:00 - 16:00 - Treatments according to the program with break for lunch
    • 16:30 - 17:30 - Yoga
    • 18:30 - Dinner

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    The Bahia Mar, is located where the azure waters of the Indian Ocean touch the palm fringed beaches of Vilankulos on mainland Mozambique. It is the ultimate destination for visitors wanting to experience colourful local culture as well as the fabulous beauty of the Bazaruto Archipelago.

    Situated on an elevated plateau with panoramic views over the Archipelago, the lodge, á la carte restaurant, infinity pool and bar and fully equipped wellness centre offer the finest in pampering and indulgence.

    Follow the path downwards to our modern boutique accommodation, where your spacious, en-suite Sea View bedroom or Beach Suite bedroom is waiting for you. Air conditioning, mini bar, Internet access and hairdryers are standard in all the bedrooms.

    Verandas and indigenous gardens enhance your outdoor enjoyment and, of course, the magnificent Indian Ocean is right on your doorstep.

    • Private Room/Double Room = Garden Suites
    • Private Room Deluxe/Double Room Deluxe = Sea View Bedroom
    • Private Room Superior/Double Room Superior = Beach Suite

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    Included Meals

    Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner , Drinks

    Food Types Supported

    Gluten Free , Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, Lactose Free, Organic, Pescatarian (You take fish but not meat), Regular (Meat, Poultry, Fish), Seafood, Vegan, Vegetarian

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    Nelson is our in-house personal trainer and group class instructor. He is the host for our Pilates, Aqua Fitness, Circuit Training and HIIT sessions.

    Ana is our leader massage therapist. She is with Bahia Mar since we opened and went to an extensive training by invited international professionals.

    Julia is one of our favorite therapists. Amazing hands that will take you to an overall wellness period. Ayurvedic treatments and massages, use and choice of organic spa products and treatments, and different types of massages were part of her training.

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    The small fishing village of Vilanculos is considered the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, which consists of 5 picture-perfect islands, all situated within the National Marine Park. We are privileged to share these breath-taking attractions with our guests. We will provide free transport to and from most of the activities within Vilankulo.


    Unforgettable day trips to the islands. Sailing on a traditional wooden boat (dhow), snorkelling, relaxing and strolling along the deserted, white beaches. Various dhow trips are available to the different islands. 


    Mozambique is one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world. The diving around the Bazaruto Archipelago is magnificent! 


    There are several stunning snorkelling spots within the Bazaruto Archipelago. The most famous one is ́The Aquarium ́ on the inside of two mile reef. 


    If you love the thrill of a big game fishing day this is the place to be ! The deep sea fishing in this area is world renown. 


    Bahia Mar is the best spot for kitesurfing in Vilankulo! Try a kitesurfing baptism, learn how to kitesurf or hire equipment and join a kiting safari. 


    Experience one of the ultimate water activities. Suitable for beginners or more experienced ones, families, or individuals. The blue and calm waters of Vilanculos’s bay are ideal for Paddle standing on a board. 


    Horse riding along the beach, to the dunes or around the lakes or even swimming with the horses. Great experience to get into nature and a must for the horse lovers. (Beginners are welcome). 


    Enjoy the stunning sunset from the water. Can’t get better! 


    Faquiri is the best guide to show us around. He’ll take you to the market, church, orphanage and will tell you all about the history of this special place.

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    • Accommodation with breakfast included;
    • Half board A La Carte (3 course dinner, unlimited teas and fresh juices);
    • Airport transfers;
    • 1 Boat trip to Bazaruto Island on both retreats;
    • 1 Dhow trip to Magaruque island on the 10 night retreat;
    • All workouts and personal training sessions as described in the program;
    • SPA treatments as described per program;
    • Free access to the gym, classes and all equipment.

    What is included Review Like

    • Accommodation with breakfast included;
    • Half board A La Carte (3 course dinner, unlimited teas and fresh juices);
    • Consultation and assessment on the arrival day;
    • Airport transfers;
    • 1 Boat trip to Bazaruto Island;
    • 1 Dhow trip to Magaruque island;
    • Personalised fitness program;
    • 1 one-on-one workout per day and 1 group class per day;
    • 1 hour SPA treatments on arrival and departure days;
    • 6 days of SPA treatments (2.5 hours per day);
    • Free access to the gym, classes and all equipment.

    What is not included Review Like

    • Flights & VISA expenses;
    • Alcoholic drinks or other drinks not included in the program;
    • Any extra massages not included in the program described;
    • Any extra day activities that can be booked to explore the amazing beauty of this location in Mozambique ("Additional things to do").

    Know before you go Review Like

    • Chef Ildo and the kitchen team have not only included a brilliant breakfast during your stay, but have also launched an amazing new A- La-Carte menu.
    • The infinity pool and bar are the perfect venue to try our fresh fruit smoothies and delicious cocktails.

    How to get there Review Like

    Vilankulo lies at the gateway of the Bazaruto Archipelago – Mozambique’s only underwater National Park – which comprises five islands – Bazaruto, Benguerra, Margaruque, Bangue and Santa Carolina (commonly known as Paradise Island).
    Vilankulos hosts an international airport with flights departing to and from Maputo and Johannesburg on a daily basis.

    There are also flights from KMIA (Nelspruit) to Vilanculos twice weekly.The International Airport is serviced by LAM and by Airlink.

    Bahia Mar is situated just 8km from the Vilankulo International Airport. The lodge arranges transfers for guests to and from the airport.

    The roads to Vilankulos are acceptable and tarred, but look out for potholes en route; a 4x4 is not a necessity. We do not suggest travelling at night in Mozambique. Fuel is readily available, but it is suggested to fill up whenever possible. Unleaded fuel is available in Vilankulos.

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    Cancellation Policy

    Non Refundable

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    The rest of the payment should be made 30 days before arrival

    Features Review Like

    • Boating

    • Diving

    • Fishing

    • Gym

    • Horse Riding

    • Kitesurfing

    • StandUp Paddle Boarding

    • Massage

    • Pilates

    • Sauna

    • Spa

    • Swimming

    • Air-Conditioned Rooms

    • Balcony

    • Bar

    • Beach

    • Café

    • Dining area

    • Eco-Friendly

    • Garden

    • In-Room Safe

    • Luggage Room / Storage

    • Mini Bar

    • Multilingual Staff

    • Poolside Bar

    • Restaurant

    • Yoga Studio

    • ATM / Banking

    • Baby Sitting / Child Care

    • Convenience / Grocery Store

    • Currency Exchange

    • Free Bicycle

    • Free Drinkable Water

    • Free Parking

    • Wi-Fi (Not Included)

    • Free Wi-Fi

    • Hair Dryer

    • Internet Access

    • Laundry

    • Local Market

    • Medical Assistance

    • Mosquito Net

    • Room Cleaning

    • Wedding

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      Beautiful place and amazing staff!
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      What a wonderful place to create memories in! Not only is the scenery magnificent, the food absolutely delicious and the atmosphere beautifully tranquil but the staff are really outstanding and friendly, always ready to support and help where they can! Plus let's not forget the amazing Spa and Pina Coladas!! Thank you to everyone I had the pleasure of meeting! You made our stay in Vilanculos extra special!
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      Stunning experience! Fantastic facilities, beautiful setting. All organic locally produced oils which makes the experience even better. Must do when visiting Vilankulos. Relax in the garden overlooking the beautiful colours of the ocean with a glass of wine after the spoil

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