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    The Ilha's main traditional habour

    Don't make mistakes, the sea colour isn't always sky blue around the Island, but incredibly turquoise or brightly green according to the tides or mostly a mix of all these colours. The harbour's also a mix ... of people coming or going, including tourists going snorkelling to nearby small islands.

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    Aloe Arborescens DBL

    Cape chairs and local travel boxes join modern comfort... so we hope! In the back the bath area wall and the island typical window seats. You rest there and listen unseen to the walking people chats. Read More

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    Ancient building traditions

    Buildings can be 200 or 300 year old ... or more, made of coral stones and coral lime, and huge beams and joists made of now rare Iron Wood. Many rooms proud themselves of totally original construction. Woods polished back to original splendour are amazing to see after years and years of neglect.

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    Aloe Vera Bathroom Wall

    Behind the round shape is the inbuilt bathroom. The many tricks of humidity. The spider-web design is a natural change of the original plain yellow colour. The Island is able to impose its own taste on walls and colours!
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    Each room is unique

    High beds, traditional furniture and antique pieces, recovered from oblivion by the patience of Judy are colourfully joined for accompanying your relax. Every room and angle is a small discovery and a search for changing beauty.

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    Our breakfast

    Food and presentation help each other and some etiquette improves both. What we offer is a choice of homemade goodies. Guests eat at our table with us. A good morning and quiet chat help appreciating all the above. Furthermore Bruno likes history and telling stories of his past... some are even interesting!

Jardim dos Aloes Main Page


welcome to the Garden of Aloes (Jardim dos Aloés), a place where history and imagination meet. This is an approach we have applied to the site, food and services we offer. We are located on Mozambique Island, Nampula Province, north of the 2000 km long Mozambican coastline.

We are building a Boutique Bed and Breakfast out of ancient ruins in one of the most historically rich and best preserved sites in the whole Southern African region. Vasco da Gama, the famous Portuguese sailor and explorer who found the route to India for the Portuguese Crown, anchored here in 1498. The Swahili sultan of the time, Mussa bin Bike, unknowingly gave his name to what later came to be known as Mozambique.

In fact Vasco’s “scribe” reported that they landed on the Island of “Moça m bique”, thus naming the island after the sultan.
Soon thereafter, Mozambique Island came to play a pivotal role in the Portuguese route to India and over time became the capital of the growing inland territory of Mozambique. Willingly or unwillingly it became a merging point of four continents and several cultures for over 500 years.

Its huge ancient walls and palaces and the more recent “macuti” houses (palm roof huts), where some local inhabitants live, are all recognized by Unesco as World Heritage sites. Today, the island contains a bustling population and is home again to a variety of peoples and cultures.
Myself, Bruno, an Italian from Rome, Judite, a Mozambican from Maputo, and Lucio Flavio, our little son born in Alexandria, Egypt, started this adventure four years ago after moving here but nine years before on paper, considering that then we acquired the first ancient walls for this purpose. Later more of them were added with the aim of building our home and B&B. We make an effort to make you feel as friends in our home not guests in a conventional hotel. We pay particular attention to details (too much some locals and friends say) and have personalized all areas and rooms as the historic walls suggested.

Finally, the B&B complex will include the family residence, a two-room-suite/apartment, three more one-room-suites, one double and one single bedroom, the garden and the swimming pool, terraces and verandas, all of which are centuries old … except for the swimming pool, of course … but careful, all these when the restructuring works ... will be completed, Insh'Allah.
So far, with much effort from all sides, and low efficiency everywhere, one area out of three has been completed … except for a few minor details.

Presently nobody can honestly see the end of all the works; who can do it are only the various Gods one can choose according to the various traditions and religions of the Island.
The premises are called Jardim dos Aloés (or Garden of Aloes) due to the many varieties of Aloe plants the owners nurture, which include the local Aloe Massawana, the imported Aloe Vera and Aloe Arborescens, Ferox, Marlothy, etc. Each of them gives its name to one room.
We are longstanding devotees of fresh aloe gel. Gels for skin and consumption are made in the house as well as Aloe flower jams … and more. This is practically a family tradition since 1983 and is one of the strong points of the adventure. During your stay you may also enjoy a sailing trip on our 24 foot yacht, historic walks, mainland and bush visits … and more.

What you can see in the pictures of the website are details of the Aloe Vera Suite/Apartment, the Aloe Arborescens bedroom, the Aloe Ciliaris suite, the loggia terrace, the external walls, etc.
Again, Welcome to the Garden of Aloes, Bem-vindos ao Jardim dos Aloés, Karibu ya Bustani ya Udi, Benvenuti al Giardino delle Aloe, Bienvenue au Jardin des Aloés
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