If you like beaches, luxury, and privacy, Mozambique hits all the marks. The country is blessed with hundreds of miles of beautiful coastline and pristine offshore islands, but since it’s not a mass-tourism destination, there aren’t thousands of people lounging on them, nor are they crowded with tacky high-rise hotels. Instead there are wide open spaces, friendly locals…and a few well-situated swank resorts.
The luxury beach hotels in Mozambique offer well-heeled travelers space, quiet, beauty and understated, casual-chic ambiance — plus fine cuisine and all the upscale amenities you’ve ever dreamed of.
&Beyond Benguerra Island
This raw and luxurious property is one of the chicest places in Mozambique, featuring 10 beachfront villas shaded by palm trees. &Beyond spares nothing in accommodating for comfort, giving each guest their own butler to bring them cocktails and meals throughout the day. The villas feature natural windows (for lack of air conditioning) that let the cool breezes come in, along with king beds and iron bath tubs. If it gets too warm, there’s a private plunge pool and a hammock on the back of each room. The small resort also specializes in snorkeling, island drives, horse riding, and dhow cruises along the shore.
White Pearl, Ponta Mamoli
With its own stretch of untouched beach, the White Pearl resort is one of the most exclusive in the country. The resort opened in 2011 and features 21 luxurious suites that have all been designed to protect the fragile eco-systems beneath them. Some of the top amenities include a beach bar overlooking the ocean, fine dining, an impeccable spa, and a private plunge pool. There are plenty of activities onsite as well, including a dive center in one of the world’s best reefs, and horseback riding. White Pearl also welcomes day visitors to enjoy the property to relax at the spa or enjoy sundowners over the beach.
Located on the private island of Bazaruto, in the jewel-like archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, this out-of-this-world resort offers 44 beach, sea view and pool villas which have been designed in natural harmony with the unspoiled island surrounds. It’s the perfect place to do daytime activities like scuba diving and deep sea fishing, then come back to luxurious creature comforts. Despite the locations small size, there are four onsite restaurants offering gorgeous dining settings over the water, by the pool, on a terrace and even private dining on a sandbar.
Villa Santorini, Vilanculos
Guests will be transported to Greece at this hotel modeled after the famous architecture of Santorini. The property features multiple levels, white walls, and panoramic views across Vilanculos Bay. There are just five sea-facing villas onsite, ensuring fantastic privacy and access to the beach. Villa Santorini specializes in spa treatments overlooking the ocean, along with fine dining that is customized to each guest. The resort also offers a variety of activities including fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sand boarding, tubing and more.
AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa, Pemba
AVANI is one of the nicest hotels in Pemba, a somewhat gritty fishing town on Mozambique’s northern coast. The expansive beachfront property, which blends Arabic and African architectural styles, has 100 traditional rooms, plus 82 brand-new self-catering apartment units that are aimed at business travelers wanting luxury. Rooms are spacious and well-appointed, with rustic decor, cold air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and comfortable beds. Water sports activities include snorkeling, sailing, skiing, wakeboarding and kayaking.
Azura Quilalea Private Island
Azura Quilalea Private Island is the only resort on a wholly uninhabited island paradise surrounded by the pristine waters of a marine sanctuary. There are nine seafront villas on site, each blending castaway style with impeccable luxury comfort. Guests staying here can enjoy snorkeling and scuba activities from right in front of their villas, or can opt to lounge on the white sandy beaches while sipping cold cocktails. The hotel also offers other perks like romantic candle-lit beach dinners, tranquil baths, and whale watching.
Nestled on a private island in the Quirimbas archipelago, this fabulous property is an adults-only hideaway that is perfect for romance, special celebrations, a dream honeymoon or unforgettable anniversary. The island is so small that it takes just 30 minutes to walk around on foot. The property is on the small side as well, with only 12 luxury villas which are popular with honeymooners. Each of the ocean-facing units has its own private plunge pool, outdoor shower and hammock, as well as air con, satellite TV, mini-bar, and a spacious bathroom. The decor is understated island-chic, and the rooms are so comfortable you’ll be tempted to stay inside all day. There are also plenty of activities available, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, tubing, fishing, sunset cruising, and more.
Dugong Beach Lodge, Vilanculos
Last but not least, this fantastic hotel is located inside the Vilanculos Coastal & Wildlife Sanctuary, making it ideal for travelers wanting to get up close with a mesmerizing eco-system in total luxury. Steps away from the lodge, guests can spot giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, flamingo, great leatherback turtles and more. The lodge has 14 chalets, each facing white beaches and shimmering water. Two of the chalets have private plunge pools, while the others have private decks with day beds for enjoying the panoramic ocean views. Guests can also participate in fun activities like snorkeling, island excursions, crab fishing, nature drives, kayaking, and more.
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