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8 Days Let the Sun into Your Heart Yoga Retreat in Vilankulos, Mozambique

Beach Yoga Retreat Mozambique

This unique retreat combines a perfect blend of yoga, healing therapy, and natural beauty. The yoga practice cleanses body and mind; while the healing therapy allows the body to adjust to the restored state of the soul. The retreat also offers an amazing opportunity to explore and experience the natural beauty and wonders of the Bazaruto Archipelago.

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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Individual card reading session
  • One group session to talk and debate
  • A choice of healing therapy
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily a la carte meals
  • Airport transfers


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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You will stay for 7 nights at Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel. It is the ultimate destination for visitors wanting to experience the colorful 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, a la carte restaurant, infinity pool and bar and fully equipped wellness center offer the finest in pampering and indulgence. Follow the path downwards to their 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.

The beach luxury suite is a pied-à-terre luxury self catering unit with king sized bed, it has a TV lounge, fully equipped kitchenette, private barbecue, terrace with sunbeds, and private splash pool. As for the sea view bedroom, it has an en-suite bedroom with a queen size bed, shower, large veranda with sun beds, and sea view that is overlooking the Bazaruto islands.

The rooms are air-conditioned, spacious, and covered with modern boutique design. It also has a mini bar, internet access, and hairdryer in all the bedrooms. You can also go for an outdoor enjoyment at the verandas or the indigenous gardens, along with the magnificent Indian Ocean that is just right on your doorstep. The accommodation options is on a single and double occupancy basis, you can either book the en-suite sea view bedroom or the beach suite bedroom.


Imagine yourself on a very special trip to a tranquil and luxurious seaside resort in Africa. Your room is spacious, cool, and luxurious, with an elevated sea view overlooking islands so beautiful, that it takes your breath away every time you see it.

Now imagine yourself calmly stepping onto your yoga mat and finding your breath again and greeting the day with an energizing Hatha yoga class. Then, after a day of peaceful exploration, delightful food and relaxation, imagine yourself consciously saying good night to the setting sun with a deeply calming restorative practice to help you relax and unwind even further.

Candice Jones, a therapist and yoga teacher from the Cape Winelands, and the Bahia Mar invite you to join this eight-day luxury Hatha yoga holiday. The yoga holiday includes daily yoga practice that is designed to be transformative, yet playful and fun, at the Bahia Mar, which is luxurious, hospitable, and very gentle on the senses.

This unique retreat is a perfect blend of the physical and mental cleansing offered by yoga, calming and restorative healing therapies and the beauty and relaxation offered by the stunning natural location. The retreat also offers an amazing opportunity to explore and experience the natural beauty and wonders of the Bazaruto Archipelago.

This yoga holiday retreat includes twice daily yoga practice offering you the opportunity to dive as deeply within as you desire through the practice of pranayama, breath-inspired movement, and deep relaxation. A variety of meditations is included to take you on a journey of exploration and mindfulness. Candice, a highly experienced yogini, will guide you with gentle reminders to rediscover your unique and authentic strengths and gifts.

This retreat also includes a therapy session with Candice to help you to ground your experience and to encourage you to explore how making a positive change can be a gentle and enriching process.

There are fun optional extras like Earth Magic and animal power card sessions. These are fun sessions and may help with direction and guidance. A heart opening sunrise meditation to assist with closure will bring about a deeper reverence for nature and its powerful energy. A playful partner yoga class will nurture a non-verbal relating that develops senses such as intuition and compassion.

This also includes loads of free time to enjoy ocean-based activities, spa therapies, a visit to the local fishing village or simply lounging beneath the African sun. Ultimately, this is the perfect holiday to rest, relax, and restore your senses on a luxury holiday with a transformative yogic experience presented by an experience teacher.


Candice Jones
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Candice is an experienced therapist, originally trained in Aesthetics at ISA Carstens, Stellenbosch. While exploring further study in Eastern spirituality, and in particular the knowledge of energy chakras in the Indian yogic tradition, she became interested in a personal yoga practice. Candice fell in love with yoga, particularly for its effect on well-being on the whole organism. She completed an RYT 200 Hatha yoga teachers training at Ananda Sanga (Somerset West) in 2002 and has done further courses in Yoga Chikista at the same institution.


This retreat will be held at Vilankulo, Mozambique. It 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). It is located where the azure waters of the Indian Ocean touches the palm-fringed beaches of Vilankulos on mainland Mozambique.

In addition, the hotel is also sited at the gateway of the Bazaruto Archipelago, the only underwater national park and the most beautiful marine park at the coast of southern. This is the perfect destination for lovers of azure waters and marine life.

Nearby places

  • Vilankulo Airport (VNX), 8 kilometers



  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Mini bar
  • Restaurant


  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access


During this retreat, you will be served daily breakfast, two-course lunch, and three-course dinner. All the meals with be served by Chef Nelson and the kitchen team. Chef Nelson launched an amazing new a la carte menu with local choices, vegan meals or detox, and weight loss options. The infinity pool and bar are the perfect places to try the fresh fruit smoothies and delicious cocktails.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There are plenty of exciting activities and places for you to explore at the retreat site. The small fishing village of Vilanculos is considered the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, it has five picture-perfect islands that are all situated within the National Marine Park. They are privileged to share these breathtaking attractions with their guests. They will provide free transport to and from most of the activities within Vilankulo.

Dhow trips to the islands

Enjoy an unforgettable day trips to the islands by sailing on a traditional wooden boat (dhow). You can either go for snorkeling, or just simply relax and stroll along the deserted white beaches. Also, various dhow trips are available to the different islands as well.


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.

Horse ridding

You can enjoy horse riding along the beach, to the dunes, around the lakes, and even swimming with the horses. It is truly a great experience to get into nature and a must for the horse lovers, beginners are welcome too.

Kite surfing

Bahia Mar has the best spot for kite surfing in Vilankulo! If you are interested, you can go for the kite surfing baptism, learn how to kite surf, or hire equipment to join a kiting safari.

Stand up paddle boarding

The blue and calm waters of Vilanculos’s bay are ideal for paddle standing on a board, known as one of the ultimate water activities. This activity is suitable for beginners, more experienced ones, families, or individuals.

Sunset cruise

You can go on cruise to enjoy the stunning sunset from the water.

Scuba diving

If you are interested in scuba diving, Mozambique is one of the top ten diving destinations in the world, the diving around the Bazaruto Archipelago is magnificent.


There are several stunning snorkeling spots within the Bazaruto Archipelago for you to explore. The most famous one is "The Aquarium" on the inside of two mile reef.

Vilankulo guide cultural tour

The guide for this tour is Faquiri, he is the best guide to show you around Vilankulo. He will take you to the market, church, orphanage, and will tell you all the history of this special place.

What's included

  • 1 individual 30-minute card reading session
  • 1 group session (talk and debate)
  • 2 daily yoga class
  • 3 daily a la carte meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A choice of one healing therapy with Candice
  • Access to the gym and classes
  • Airport transfers

What's not included

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Extra day activities
  • Extra massages or therapies
  • Flights and visa expenses
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Vilankulo Airport (VNX). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Bahia Mar arranges transfers for guests to and from the airport. 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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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