I am finally back from my very long holiday in Mozambique. I have not taken long leave for the last few years and realised my creativity, tolerance and health was being severely compromised. I spent a month living in Mozambique with my love, and taking time out to smell the roses and just spending quiet time with the person you love is so important. I even managed to decorate a guest house with the little I could find in the small town of Gurue. You know your creative juices are flowing again when you can manage to decorate in Africa with next to no means of doing it and improvising is the best way to create the perfect look.
I had a fabulous time on the farm, its set in the most beautiful mountainous region. And I was very blessed to be taken to the seaside twice during my stay. On my last weekend we spent an amazing weekend at Chocas and Ilha de Mozambique. Ilha de Mozambique, (Island of Mozambique) is the island where the slave trade to the east took place hundreds of years ago. This island is extremely historical, unfortunately very run down and most of these old buildings are so neglected that they are beyond repair. We heard that UNESCO has taken over and is making sure that owners of property restore the buildings properly. This island is a very special place and one can only hope that more is done on the island and that more investors will see the potential and restore the homes and businesses.
We went into a boutique hotel that does not look like too much from the outside, the only reason you know its been restored is because its been painted and re-plastered. A Swiss gentleman has bought the property that was once a bank and has restored this building so cleverly and created a friendly, inviting, relaxing little hotel. Villa Sands is not over the top, it has been tastfully and cleverly decorated. The rooms are simple with clean lines and the public places are tasteful and spacious. I managed to take a few photos to give you an idea.
In Mozambique you see dogs everywhere and unfortunately non of them are well looked after, sometimes I think there are too many NGO’s looking after the people and non looking after the animals. There is no such thing as a vet in Mozambique which really breaks my heart. The other thing that really just made this hotel for me was the 3 resident, well fed healthy dogs, that laze around on the cement floors just making it look and feel like home.
As you can see the outside and entrance a not too fancy, just simple little sign and doors.
The antique chandeliers, mirrors and pieces of old furniture mixed in with the modern are totally pricely. There are old persians all over the concrete floors, it really does have the homely feeling.
This area is up a few steps, it has a sunken pool and bedroom-on-suites on both sides. At the end of this pooled courtyard is a huge antique gilt mirror with antique gilt and velvet covered sofa’s. The flooring is black cement, with dark thick wooden columns and all the bedrooms have dark wooden sliding shutters as doors.
These are the stairs to the roof pool and patio area and the penthouse suite.
This is a great little hotel and very well priced, the staff are so friendly and helpful. It’s right on the water and nice and central on the island. I would just love a project like this to, refurbish and decorate a lovely old building on this island, transforming it into a gorgeous home or boutique hotel.
I am so excited about 2013 and look forward to being involved in numerous creative projects.