By Janis Theron
Getting to Mozambique has never been so easy – travel with the Mozambique experts to a beach destination that you will never forget and where our irresistible special packages and rates give you real value for money. We have chosen what we feel are the top 5 beach holiday destinations in Mozambique because they ring true of an almost unreal break in paradise where the sun sets crimson over the sea every day and where the white sands show only your footprints.
I am sure that you agree that beach holidays should be about balmy sunny days, warm turquoise waves and accommodation that takes your breath away. Sit back now while we take you on a tour through Mozambique where some of the most idyllic, yet still affordable, lodges and hotels await your presence.
1. Southern Sun Maputo
Southern Sun is always a reliable accommodation option and one that is bound to offer you a great location, attentive staff, friendly management and free Wi-Fi of course! Southern Sun Maputo stands out like no other hotel on the city beachfront because it cares about its guests. It is also a very attractive landmark in this southern coastal region of Mozambique.
Awake to a very decent restaurant buffet in the morning, and go to bed to the lulling sound of the sea at night. All day long, enjoy direct access to a long, pretty beach where you can walk and swim. Many business people who choose to meet at this Maputo hotel rave about the great corporate incentive venue where they can still have an early morning beach walk before being holed up in a boardroom all day. From here too, party animals have easy access to nightclubs and pubs!
Take note that, after being a loyal commodity for so long, Southern Sun Maputo still “has it” and can still be described as “phenomenal”. This must be because of the fantastic food, the friendly employees, the renovated rooms, the practical and competent business capacity, and, of course, the Havana cigars and Portuguese wines.
Many guests highly recommend the swimming pool right on the beach and the secret drinks venue under the magnificent fig tree opposite the bar! Or try the freshly pressed vegetable and orange juices for something healthily different.
2. Dugong Beach Lodge
When you holiday at Dugong Beach Lodge in Vilanculos, stay upstairs in the eight-bed lodge so that you can wake up to mind-boggling sea views every morning. Stroll under the cashew nut trees in gorgeous landscaped gardens before you enter the waters at Dugong. Did you know that you are actually entering the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary where amazing creatures and their habitats are protected from human impacts?
This is truly a lovely beach destination in Mozambique, a lodge renowned for its awesome diving and snorkeling, fishing and swimming – all within easy reach. Everything at Dugong Beach Lodge is superb and the swish service unforgettable! The splendid setting of the lodge makes you feel as if you are on one of the islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago – your bedroom view sweeps across the bright blue Indian Ocean towards the mainland in the distance thanks to the curve of the peninsula. You also reach the lodge via boat transfer from Vilanculos, adding an island feel to the entire adventure.
At high tide, the water comes all the way up to the steps in front of your room – the beach chalets are luxury defined. And the food is tantalizing – from fresh crayfish, catch of the day and crab cakes to excellent steaks, the talented chef and his team get top marks! We can guarantee that this Mozambique beach destination is one of the most tranquil places you will ever experience.
3. Pestana Bazaruto Lodge
Fall in love with this simple yet elegant hotel accommodation right on the beach of the largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago. The Pestana Bazaruto Lodge is the best place to holiday on a beach in Mozambique if you are looking for privacy, fun outdoor activities and relaxed people. We love the rustic nature of the accommodation in its stupendous setting – lodge staff are happy to take you to a lovely calm deserted island beach for early morning swims where only you and the tide enjoy the sun’s rays.
You will never forget the taste of the sublime seafood at Pestana Bazaruto – fresh from the sea and served with other delicious Mozambican foods. The resort spreads out along the beach and there is always space to get away from other people, to the silence of the waves as they trickle back and forth onto the pristine sands.
Enjoy your private villa right on the beach where you can swim then shower outside on your deck afterwards. Take a trip to Dolphin Bay for sun downers or cruise on a traditional dhow for something peaceful and unforgettable. Pestana Bazaruto Lodge also features an outdoor pool, games room and a Business Centre with computers, laptop connections and internet access. The romance begins with an exclusive spa beauty treatment followed by the serving of dinner to the sound of African drums!
4. Azura Benguerra
On Benguerra Island you will still be gob smacked by the unspoiled white sand beaches and the bluest sea you have ever seen. Don’t fight your fatigue – rest in the world class accommodation and appreciate the hands-on staff at Azura Benguerra whose attention to detail is exceptional.Do as much, or as little, as you like. Try all the different snorkeling sites and the deep sea fishing if that takes your fancy. Eat like kings!
This is unavoidable as the food is so fresh and truly delicious. We know that you will wait in anticipation for your daily sunset cocktails and your ‘last supper’ that will be prepared and served on the beach surrounded by lanterns!
Your experience at Azura is nothing short of extraordinary. You will leave Azura Benguerra knowing that you got value for your money and more – this is a subtle, exclusive and unique experience on a pristine island, where nature has hardly been altered or negatively affected. Lodge owners have done their best to maintain the fragile balance between community empowerment and eco-tourism.
5. White Pearl Resorts
White Pearl is heaven on earth. A beach resort close to the South African border yet far from everything, in a remote part of southern Mozambique. Favored by honeymoon couples, this is a wonderful romantic destination where the food is excellent and all staff members very professional and welcoming. You simply couldn’t ask for more from a luxurious beach hotel!
White Pearl can be the highlight of your beach holiday if you are looking for an elegant yet relaxing experience. The helicopter transfer from Maputo is the start of an unforgettable adventure to a spectacular location far from the madding crowds. Picture a white sandy beach and pristine blue ocean where a modern beach house type of resort nestles in lush dune vegetation. Spend long sunny days around your private plunge pool or take the plunge and go swimming with the dolphins.
There is so much to do at White Pearl including horse riding, snorkeling and long walks with your beloved. It has to be said that photographs cannot describe the beauty of White Pearl Resort and its unspoiled beach that seems to stretch for miles. You are within a marine reserve therefore the diving is memorable with the diversity of marine life waiting to surprise you.
Settle into your chic accommodation, opening the sliding door to the wooden deck, to allow a beautiful breeze to run through your chalet, increasing the magic of the breath-taking view.
So, if these are the top 5 Mozambique beach destinations this summer, then you need to make sure you get to one of them. Contact us today for the best deal yet.