about us


We are Maribel and Miriam, two wandering souls originally from Spain who met in the DR Congo, in 2013. We both had just joined the UN to bring our professional skills and experience to the peacekeeping mission there, wanting to have a more meaningful career. We have been best friends ever since, and after a year in the field, we parted separate ways geographically, but remained close as ever. We both had pictured our future running a small hotel or lodge somewhere quiet and beautiful during a vacation in Mozambique and, eventually, life brought us to the stunning Laguna de Apoyo, where we have found our dream place.


Maribel continues to make the world a better place as a humanitarian engineer, currently based in the Middle East. She also has a thing for saving and adopting cats in hostile environments: Her Afghan cat, Pablo, will be here for sure waiting for you.  She dreams about opening an animal sanctuary in the near future. Maribel visits Apoyo Lodge very often, if you are lucky, she will be your host when you come to visit us.

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Miriam lives full time at the lodge, helping people bring back their curiosity and become a healthier, happier version of themselves both through their visit to the lodge, and her services as a Health and Lifestyle Coach. She counts on the invaluable help of her partner in crime, Manuel, and her stepdaughter Yahoska. You can join her in one of her two annual retreats, Winter Detox Camp and Healthy Living with Miriam.