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Karula Sands Villa


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Karula Sands Villa is a magnificent Self-Catering House on Barra Beach. Rates from R1,695 per night. Private Pool, Direct Beach Access
Modified: 2022-02-07 14:17:24


Karula Sands Villa is a magnificent Self-Catering House on Barra Beach. Rates from R1,695 per night. Private Pool, Direct Beach Access


Type: Self-Catering

Bedrooms: 2

Capacity: 6 people (sleeper couch in lounge)

Bathrooms: 2 (En-suite)

Kitchen Appliances: Stove/Oven, Fridge/Freezer

Features: Sea Views, Private Swimming Pool, Direct Beach Access, DSTV

From R1 695.00 per villa per night

Karula Sands Villa is a magnificent self-catering house on Barra Beach, situated within the secure and upmarket Karula Sands Estate.

This dreamy beach holiday house is located on a secluded stretch of the Barra peninsula, surrounded by the mesmerizing scenery of endless turquoise waters dotted with quaint sailing dhows and silky white sand.

This beautifully styled villa has tall thatched ceilings, allowing the cool salty breezes to flow through the house.

Accommodating a total of 6 guests (two on sleeper couches in lounge), there are 2 en-suite bedrooms separate from the main house - linked by a wooden walkway.

The living area comprises a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, guest loo and living room with DSTV and blissful ocean views. The living room has 2 comfortable sleeper beds.

Glass sliders lead from the living area to a spacious wooden deck enclosing a sparkling pool. The deck is equipped with built in seating and a gas braai/barbeque.

Each of the houses on the estate are positioned for privacy and to maximise the ocean views. The roads to and within the estate have been laid with coral sand – no need for a 4x4 vehicle!

Karula Sands is the perfect setting for a refined yet relaxed coastal holiday.


Rates are subject to change without notice

2022 RATES

Low Season

R1 695.00 per house per night (6 sleeper)

High Season

R2 795.00 per house per night (6 sleeper)

Peak Season (Easter and December holidays)

R3 950.00 per house per night (6 sleeper)


R2 000.00 refundable key deposit is required when making your reservation

R75.00 service fee


Private Pool


Air-Conditioning in Main Bedroom

Ceiling Fans

Gas Braai

Serviced Daily

Secure on-site Parking

Controlled Access

Walkway to Beach


Scuba Diving



Boat Trips to Pansy Island

Fishing Charters

Dhow Trips to Maxixe

Quad Bike Hire

Ocean Safaris

Whale Watching (seasonal)

Local Craft Markets

Restaurants, Bars & Cafes

Arts & Crafts

Local Markets


No 4x4 Vehicle Required

Guests required to bring own Bath and Beach Towels


I must admit, although we love Barra & go back there at least every second year, we were very disappointed in the accommodation.

For what we paid, it was a huge let down.  The place is very poorly maintained & has so much damage.  The floors & built in cupboards has so much water damage!  The roofs were leaking, inside the main building as well as on our bed - we slept in the rain numerous times.  The poor staff did everything they could to make it better for us, but they can only do so much.  They gas stove didn’t work properly.  Peter got someone out to try & fix it, but still it didn’t work.  The aircon did not make the room cold at all and dripped on our heads almost every night.  Again Peter arranged someone to come & fix it, but also wasn’t able to fix it.  The house does not have proper cutlery & crockery.  There’s no wine glasses, no proper knives, no braai casserole, no gas braai as specified.  We ended up braaing on a tiny old wobbly braai.  The fans didn’t work, we ended with the kids in our room with the separate fans we brought.  The fridge/freezer has seen much better days, and is definitely not enough for a family staying for as long as we did.  There’s not enough space to freeze meat, fish & bags of ice.  It was really frustrating.

The place unfortunately does not look like the pictures & is not nearly worth the money we paid.  We’ve always booked directly with owners & hoped that by booking through an agency it would be reliable & trustworthy, but unfortunately we were extremely disappointed.

The staff, Peter, José, Joanna & Petrus, were extremely helpful & hard working with the limited resources that they have!  Peter goes out of his way to help wherever he can!

C. Stoltz, January 2021

I give Karula Sands a 5/5 (excellent), it was amazing, the location was breath-taking, the staff are friendly, OMG the cleaning lady even did our laundry :), definitely coming back for longer this time. THANK YOU SO MUCH for a wonderful experience

K. Khazamula (April 2019)

Service: Average

Friendliness: Average

Cleanliness: Average

Facilities: Average

Overall: Average

The cleaning lady was average, she only worked for about 3 hours per day, never greeted us unless we greeted her and never offered to do anything extra.

We got a huge amount of bug bites after the first night, the caretaker said that it was palm flies and that there was nothing we could do. That was the worst aspect of the house, as we were constantly being bitten throughout the two weeks.

There was no constant flow of warm water when showering and the pool pump was never switched on, however general maintenance that we required was attended to.

The Mosquito nets had many holes in.

The caretaker told our guests that they were not allowed in the estate and we were not made aware of such policy. There was no regulation i.e. stickers etc. as to who is staying in the estate and we were asked to pay to use the bridge almost every time. However, the caretaker told us we would not need to pay to use the bridge.

There was not a single hook to hang towels or anything in the bathrooms, nor any form of wash line to hang wet towels in the sun.

Paul (January 2018)

Specific details

Area Activities: Bar, Beach, Bird Watching, Boat trips, Fishing, Quad Bikes, Restaurant, Shopping / Markets, Surfing, Whale Watching
Facilities: Air Conditioning, Fans, DSTV, Television, Housekeeping, Swimming Pool
Star Grading: Not Rated
Accommodation Type Luxury, Self-Catering


Barra, Inhambane, Mozambique
Barra, Inhambane Province, Mozambique

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