Ibo Island Lodge embodies all the elegance of a colonial past, from its thick coral walls, towering ceilings and hand crafted solid wood furniture to its characteristic wide shaded verandahs with soft plantation-style chairs. One of nine understated yet luxurious suites, mine is infinitely inviting with its massive four poster bed, crisp linen, colourful silk throws, extravagant marble bathroom and vast terrace looking out over the mangroves to a turquoise ocean dotted with authentic Dhoh sailing boats.
Idyllic relaxation aside, there is plenty for the adventurer and culture vulture too. All manner of water sports, guided nature walks, tours of the romantic old town with its forts and quaint architecture, charters around the islands. Being flat, I do a lot of exploring by bike. Mealtimes echo the simple luxury of the lodge. Fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables compliment superb local seafood and shellfish. My recommendation? Giant dressed crab with soft coconut rice. A show stopper!