Vilankulo (or Vilanculos) is a coastal town situated in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique and a gateway to any holiday maker’s dream with its white sandy beaches, balmy ocean waters and a variety of resorts dotted along the coast and the Bazaruto Archipelago. With direct flights between Nelspruit in South Africa (which offers easy access to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park) and the Portuguese-influenced Vilanculos, a bush and beach escape is at every visitor’s fingertips and is absolutely perfect for the romantic at heart. At an approximate 3-hour drive from Vilanculos lies Massinga Beach, a barefoot luxury lodge with direct access to a stunning white sandy beach and the turquoise Indian Ocean. Take some time out and enjoy a few extended days snorkelling at “Fingers”, kayaking through the dazzling waves, or simply enjoying long romantic strolls along the shore. In season, you could even get to see whales frolicking in the ocean from the comfort of your own deck whilst sipping on sundowner cocktails.