Villa Espanhola

Villa Espanhola offers stylish, yet affordable accommodation in Tuscan-style studios as well as self-catering units. These are situated in spacious gardens with direct access to the calm and clear waters of the lagoon.

Our open plan thatch dining area creates a homely atmosphere which overlooks Bilene’s lagoon with warm crystal clear water, a mini-Mediterranean in Africa. Breakfast is offered daily and a set dinner menu is available on request. Exclusive use of the lodge by groups allows for self-catering accommodation. A white sandy semi private beach is a mere 50m from the lodge offering safe swimming along the shallow calm shores and perfect conditions for any water sport and boating activities. Villa Espanhola is your choice holiday destination when it comes to location, perfectly situated away from the noisy town, but a stone’s throw away from the lagoon. We warmly invite you to come and enjoy our majestic sunsets, beautiful stars and tranquil beaches.


A lovely holiday awaits you at Villa Espanhola. The lodge is situated in spacious gardens with easy access to the calm and clear-water lagoon, only 1km from Bilene main village.

The lodge offers 8 unsuited bedrooms, two 2 bedrooms units, an open-air dining room with television, and a full equipped kitchen.

The bedroom-units are built in an X-shape, with 4 bedrooms per building, which are serviced daily by our friendly staff. The two buildings are next to the dining area (around 20m.

Secure parking is available, suitable for buses and large coaches.

The facilities are for the sole use of lodge’s guests and their visitors only.

Check-in time:   Between 14:00 – 19:00 (kindly arrange for late check-ins)

Check-out time: Before 10:30

About the area

Villa Espanhola is situated on the outskirts of the village of BileneGaza provinceMozambique. Bilene is nestled next to the wonderful 27 km long San Martin lagoon (Lagoa Uembje) and is easy accessible to visitors on good tarred roads. Turning off 160 km north of Maputo (Mozambique’s capitol) at the town of Marcia you will travel a further 30 km to reach Bilene. Although Bilene is an ideal Mozambique holiday destination on its own, it also serves as a good stop over point for those traveling to destinations such as Xai XaiInhambane and the Bazaruto Archipelago. The town has restaurants, for lunch and dinner. Petrol and diesel are both available at Praia do Bilene. There is also a small colorful market where basic products can be purchased.

About things to do

The 27km long and 5 km wide lagoon is an ideal family spot with long bright white stretches of sand for beach games and shallow, calm water for safe swimming. The lagoon does plunge up to depths of 50 meters, but is so shallow near the shores that it’s perfect for children. Bilene is particularly popular for water sports enthusiasts, from jet-ski’s, water-skiing, to the more serene non-motorized sports such as paddle-ski’s, and windsurfing. Other popular activities in Bilene include decent fishingsailingdiving both in the lagoon and the open ocean, kayakinghikingcanoeingwake boarding, snorkeling and boat rides on the lagoon. There are some lovely off road routes around the lake system as well, with great quad bike trails. A 35 km ride through villages and inland lakes go as far as the Limpopo River Mouth. Birders also enjoy the birdlife, with large populations of flamingos and various other water birds visiting the area in the summer months searching the shallow fringes of the water for food, adding a true tropical paradise feel to the region. We will gladly provide information and maps to assist in planning and organizing your activities.