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€3,457
pledged of €100,000pledged of €100,000 goal
54
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, January 7 2019 9:07 AM UTC +00:00

About

Welcome to Little Stunning Dream – the paradise project.

Our concept is to develop 8 hectares of pristine beachfront at the Mozambican coast into a creative bungalow lodge. Our project design aims to craft a tranquil and laid back beach oasis while ensuring that each and every guest has an opportunity to enjoy the stunning Indian Ocean coastline at their own pace. 

If your goal is to experience the Eastern African coast in its natural, unique style, dip into its wilderness and cultural diversity while at the same time benefit from the perks of living in a boutique lodge prepared to elevate your sense of peacefulness, then Little Stunning Dream is a place for you!

Our idea is inclusive – we want our guests to really feel a part of the local culture, have a taste of its cuisine and hear its music. Little Stunning Dream will cater to all of the above, placing a focus on diverse forms of art existing on the African continent. 

The lodge will be 100% eco-friendly and aim at full energy self-sustainability over time. Located in Tofo in the vicinity of a world-class coral reef, Little Stunning Dream will be able to offer one of the best diving experiences in Africa. 

The central feature of the lodge will be its open-air wooden beach bar - lazy by day and active late into the night, bringing cultures and stories together. The design of Little Stunning Dream is a blend of Creole coastal woodcraft, and casual coziness created to encourage a one-of-a-kind experience for those who seek the perfect escape.

A new era of flexible holidays 

Our idea is based on inclusiveness, flexibility and trust. In other words, what we are offering in this project is a membership to global holiday freedom. 

Little Stunning Dream gives you the possibility to enjoy the magnificent Mozambican beach at any time of year for as long as you want. As a part of our global family your membership will be extended to all future Little Stunning Dream lodges around the world. 

Any pledge you place to support our project – from EUR 250 onwards – will ensure your participation in the creation of the new era of flexible holidays. Depending on your level of involvement you will be able to use your holidays as you like: all at once, spread between 5 years or shared with family or friends. You will also benefit from an option to switch your Mozambican holiday with Little Stunning Dream's partner lodges across the globe that share the same concepts, values, beauty and vibe as our own. 

Little Stunning Dream is not about memorized formulas and shallow pleasantries, but it is designed to fulfill the yearning for nature, love, food  and music providing quality socializing along the way. Our lodge is not a "backpacker", so each and every person will feel accommodated in their personal, intimate space (with a hammock!). However, we warmly welcome all intrepid travelers moving across the vast African continent to pitch their tent at our free-of-charge camping ground.

Confident in our success, we are already scouting for our next glorious Little Stunning Dream locations. Our goal is to have a lodge on each continent! As a pledger you will be able to enjoy all of the future lodges worldwide and thus become a member of our global family. We promise that all future sites will be designed with equal care and taste and stand on some of the most beautiful grounds on this planet. 

100% Adventure 100% Home

Our project aims to develop 6 en-suite sea-view bungalows powered by solar energy. We want to provide privacy, liberty and discretion ensuring that guests find what they are looking for. Each bungalow will sleep 2 persons (add-on beds will be available), come equipped with a hammock and an individual terrace. The price of each bungalow will be fixed at USD 150 per night.

Little Stunning Dream's common areas at the bar, pool and restaurant shall be vibrant hotspots with music playing daily and larger music events booked systematically (featuring both African and international artists, such as the ElectrAfrique concept).

Little Stunning Dream will offer yoga sessions at the beach and cultural trips to neighboring sites, such as the UNESCO world heritage site at Ilha de Mozambico. For those staying longer we will be able to propose wildlife safaris to Mozambique's national parks or to Kruger Game Reserve, one of Africa’s most famous national parks.

Besides diving and kite surfing our team will be able to propose snorkeling, kayaking and a well-deserved beer at the beach bonfire under a starry sky.

Come check in anytime you like and you may never leave…

Our community

The diverse history of the Mozambican coast left a rich cultural heritage. The area of Tofo is inhabited by Makhuwa and Tsonga tribes and with notable presence of Shangaan, Lomwe, Shona and Sena. One common denominator among these populations is performing arts, including music and dance as well as graphic arts, sculpture and wood carving in particular.

Within the coastal communities having a good time is equivalent to having a good life. At Little Stunning Dream we know that we can contribute to this good life in a number of ways.

As part of our project we strive to provide employment and to support local businesses with most of our purchases. We also want to go a step further; using the money generated from our Kickstarter project we will run an English school in order to teach a language poorly represented in the otherwise Portuguese curriculum yet so vital to regional African integration and the tourism sector.

All of Mozambique’s six neighboring countries speak English, including its main trading partner South Africa. By supporting local teachers we hope to improve youth's English proficiency, making them more competitive in the labour force and ensuring their added advantage in the tourism sector.

With any contributions beyond our target we will be able to make the school bigger – support more teachers and expand our goal!

Every 10% of the dollar you spend Little Stunning Dream is planning to invest in support of youth’s linguistic skills. Relevant! Especially in a place ranked by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as the top 10 tourist destinations in 10 years!

Moreover, Little Stunning Dream will focus on music.

By bringing new, upcoming local and pan-African artists and giving them a platform to showcase their art our aim is to promote young talent. At the same time, Little Stunning Dream and its guests will benefit from unique, private shows – often delivered for the very first time.

Wildlife

With an area of 800,000km2, Mozambique is home to black rhinoceros, lion, cheetah, African elephant, wild dog, leopard, giraffe and many lesser known species, such as pangolin, aardvark and the only strictly herbivorous marine mammal – dugong. Overall, Mozambique hosts 232 species of mammals and 740 species of birds.

Dwarfed by the safari reputation of its neighbors – South Africa and Tanzania – as well as infrastructure-savvy Kenya and Botswana, Mozambique has struggled to bring in large number of wildlife-hungry tourists. This, however, means that its parks are relatively empty and exploring them feels pristine and peaceful.

Located within driving range to Banhine, Zinave and Kruger national parks in the west, Little Stunning Dream will be able to offer unforgettable wildlife trips.

This cool opportunity will be available for those guests who decided to stay with us for a little longer and take the opportunity of exploring this largely untouched land. Our team will organize a vehicle, prepare the necessary gear, take your favorite food and drinks (and water!) and drive you into the bush together with an experienced local ranger.

Depending on your plans our safaris can take from 2days to one full week!

Most likely to succeed

Little Stunning Dream is a project into which we are investing our own money – purchasing land. Why are we so convinced about it?

Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced remarkable growth in tourism in the past two decades. The region’s market share of international arrivals increased from 1.5% in 1970 to 4.5% in 2003 and now represents 5%. Within Africa the fastest growing markets are Southern and Eastern Africa among which Mozambique is the leader. 

In recent years the revenue generated from the tourism sector in Mozambique nearly doubled from 3 – 5.6% (2014-2016) and it is predicted to grow a further 6.4% in the coming years. According to World Tourism Organization roughly 1.7 million people visited Mozambique in 2016 representing a 9% increased from the previous year. Among all countries in the world Mozambique's tourism growth is ranked 15th out of 185!

World Economic Forum points to Mozambique as the upcoming star of African tourism while World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) predicts Mozambique to be "among the 10 tourist destinations that are expected to record greater growth in demand for leisure in the next decade.”

25 years ago the unassuming beach-settlement of Diani in Kenya’s south coast quietly started its development of tourism infrastructure. What used to be worth several thousand dollars today is valued at USD 500,000 per acre. The WTTC points to Mozambique as the next such miracle.

With easy access to an international airport (15km), neighboring an established tourism hub of Vilanculos and with a world-class coral reef at its fingertips Little Stunning Dream’s location is ideal. The ever liberalizing air space bringing more competition to the aviation industry as well as government's commitment to invest in operational infrastructure also sound promising. 

The 8ha piece of land is large enough to ensure potential for further expansion – creation of value adding services, such as a massage or meditation center. It is also very convenient for starting a small-scale vegetable and fruit farm, which Little Stunning Dream would like to incorporate in order to serve home-made produce.

Tofo presents another great potential. Located at the point of the shortest distance to Madagascar it enjoys two related benefits. First of all, it is protected from hurricanes and tsunamis that sometimes strike this area of the world and secondly, presents an opportunity of sail travel to Madagascar’s southeast coast. A very cool option for adventure hungry travelers.

Land at the Indian Ocean is limited. With Kenya’s prices at their peak and with Tanzania’s policy forbidding foreigners from owning majority share of properties, Mozambique is a natural choice. 

So....?

Our personal input in Little Stunning Dream is the land and a 4x4 vehicle. The target of EUR 100,000 that we set out to achieve will include the following: 
  • Individual water network
  • Power supply 
  • Beach bar 
  • Restaurant 
  • Two bungalows 
  • Water sports and yoga/meditation facilities 
  • English teacher (yearly salary) 
  • Social safety nets for personnel and administration fees 

Any extra budget beyond our target will help us speed up the development of Little Stunning Dream and shall be used as follows: 

  • First EUR 80,000 will be used to develop next 4 bungalows 
  • A further EUR 5,000 will be dedicated to sustain an extra school teacher’s salary for one year doubling the target of students 
  • A further EUR 10,000 will help us become instantly self-sufficient in terms of energy and facilitate the installation of an adequate solar energy system 
  • The next EUR 15,000 will be spent on building the pool 
  • With the last EUR 20,000 we intend to buy a sail boat for longer sea journey and fishing 

Overall, we have plans for spending additional EUR 130,000 to make Little Stunning Dream what it is set out to be - a paradise! 

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Looking at the vast continent of Sub-Saharan Africa there is one striking realization – the hot, tropical waters are only found on its eastern coastline. This is where we want to be and where we want to take you!

Support our dream and come join us living it! 

Risks and challenges

Risks & Challenges

We are aware of the risk that our investment entails. Spending several years on the African continent taught us cautiousness and gave rise to an entirely new understanding of contingency planning.

Little Stunning Dream may face a number of challenges affecting its function:

Cyclones and tropical storms: Tucked away behind the great island of Madagascar the chances of a direct hit are reduced, but nevertheless remain a credible threat. The materials with which Little Stunning Dream will be constructed are:
(a) Light – to prevent any serious damage caused by a structural collapse
(b) Simple – to ensure that they can be easily replaced
(c) Fully insured – to safeguard any physical damage that may arise

Violence, terrorism or civil war: Mozambique has had a turbulent past. Although it showed a credible determination to pursue efficient development with tourism playing a key part, it remains somewhat volatile.

At the moment the political and security situation in the country is only improving. However, the growing terrorist movement on the Swahili coast may affect Mozambique as well.

In order to mitigate this factor, Little Stunning Dream will work closely with Community Eye Watch (CEW) established among the local population. Our lodge will be part of an ear chain receiving insider information about potentially threatening changes in our area. This way we hope to mitigate the risks to our guests and ourselves.

Inadequate turnover: Our business plan, although based on solid evidence backed by a number of international tourism experts, may prove insufficient to sustain Little Stunning Dream’s expenses. Perhaps people stop coming to the beach?

We are prepared to make consistent loses for two years while working hard to increase our global outreach and bring in more guests. At the same time, we will expand our in-house services to generate more income and ensure strong advertising in South Africa.

Max, a marketing expert, will make sure that Little Stunning Dream does all it can to bring in travellers from all around the world all year round.

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    Cool idea

    Don't have much to spend, but want to help the cause? At €1, you'll still have our eternal gratitude, plus you'll receive exclusive backer updates throughout the process! Help us become the hippiest Kickstarter project yet

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    Your name goes to paradise

    We would like to reward you by making you an eternal fixture of our lodge! Your name will be engraved in wood and placed above the bar - with special thanks to..!

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    Adopt a palm tree

    Adopt a palm tree! We will plant a tree of love in our garden - give us your Email/FB/Skype and we will send you photo updates of the progress of your tree at the Mozambican coast!

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    Open bar for a weekend!

    Head to Mozambique! The beach bar is waiting for you with open arms and with all its stock..enjoy and two day debauchery with no limits!

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    Welcome to Little Stunning Dream!

    Karibu on the coast my friend!
    This pledge will give you 3 nights at our lodge guaranteed. Come with a friend or have a romantic few days with the loved one - welcome to paradise!

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    Full week at the Indian Ocean

    Welcome for a week-long retreat at the Indian Ocean in Mozambique! Little Stunning Dream will host you for 7 long days and make you feel like you never want to leave! Come with whomever you want - the bungalow is yours!

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    Two Weeks with fresh coastal breakfast

    You need longer to relax? We totally get it! Enjoy our bungalow for two weeks including Little Stunning Dream branded breakfast option - served at the restaurant or directly to your bed! Enjoy the idyllic Vilanculos beach - we hope you come back!

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    Welcome to the TimeShare!

    Welcome to our family!
    We offer you an 5-week timeshare to be used whenever you want over the next 5 years! Little Stunning Dream will provide you a bungalow for two adults with a possibility of extension. Secure yourself a spot in paradise and enjoy the stunning beach... You are now one of us!

    As Little Stunning Dream member you will be able to benefit from all other lodges planned as part of our concept: Asia, South America and beyond!

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    Diving, Kitesurfing,TimeSharing

    With this option you will secure yourself a prime couples retreat: a 8-week timeshare to be used whenever you want over the next 5 years but with a KICK!
    Your deal includes one dive, 2h of kite surf, a dhow safari and a box of premium South African white or red with each visit.

    As Little Stunning Dream member you will be able to benefit from all other lodges planned as part of our concept: Asia, South America and beyond!

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    Book the entire lodge for a weekend

    If you want to gather a crew and have some privacy on a tropic beach this is the best choice! With this pledge the whole Little Stunning Dream (6 bungalows) will be yours - you can invite 12 adults who will benefit from full board and open bar throughout their stay. Ideal for birthdays or bachelor parties :)

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    Adventure pack

    This is an option for the adventure-starved travelers with a bit of cash to splash...Along with your 8-week long timeshare you will get the following: (a) safari trip to a National Park of your choice (b) trip to Ilha de Mozambico UNESCO Heritage Site (c) 4 dives & 6h of kite surf (d) dhow safari and (e) fishing trip
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    Exclusive rights

    Be the ONLY one with the exclusive rights to shoot a footage of the Little Stunning Dream construction (from start to finish).
    We will accommodate you full board until you're done...come hang out and gather unique material for your exclusive purpose!

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    Ultimate All-Inclusive TimeShare

    Ladies & Gentlemen, our most generous offer!
    10-week full board time share (breakfast & dinner). You will become one of our own and we will share with you the fishing boat, vehicle and other assets so that your stay feels truly like home. All that is ours is yours! - as well as unlimited massages!

    You will be our most special guest and the biggest contributor to our social project - the construction and running of the English school. As our primary donor your name will feature on the school notice board and you will be invited to share your word with the pupils.

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