'Vast, deserted white tropical palm-fringed beaches, lapped by the Indian Ocean. It doesn’t get much better than this for a dream tropical idyll. Guludo Beach Lodge is on the northern coast of Mozambique in the Quirimbas National Park.
'This development represents a new ethical approach aimed at nourishing rather than taking away from the host community, acknowledged at the 2007 Responsible Tourism awards as contributing to reducing poverty. All efforts have been made to work with the vernacular building tradition yet meet the demands of modern travellers. The result is the thatched tented banda built on a polewood frame. This is commodious, open yet shaded space, housing lounge, bedroom and alfresco bathroom. Leisure pursuits abound, including diving, boating in mangrove swamps or visiting faded colonial Portuguese islands.
'British architects Cullum and Nightingale maximized passive cooling and shading by extensive use of local materials and orientation of the individual bandas to achieve the most benefit from the sea breezes.
'Materials: Predominantly constructed of locally available, renewable materials.
'Conservation & socio-cultural projects: British co-founder Amy Carter won the New Statesman Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 for her work embracing the local community in new development. There are many projects including the Milala palm weaving group for women, adult literacy classes, a new village water pump and an anti-malaria campaign.
'Food supplies: Fish, including kingfish and yellow-fin tuna, come straight out of the water; other local food supplies are encouraged.
'Cultural events: Integration with the local community gives many opportunities for cultural exchange.
'Ownership:Commercial enterprise by Bespoke Experience, a Fair Trade tourism company.
* Swimming, water sports
* Walking, trekking, hiking
* Wildlife safari
Guludo Beach Lodge MOZAMBIQUE
in 'the eco-travel guide'
Thames & Hudson, 2008