Minor Hotel Group has expanded its portfolio of
hotels in Africa with the opening of a second Anantara resort in
Located on a tiny private island in the Quirimbas
Archipelago off the country’s northern coast, the 12-key Anantara
Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa is reached by a 45-minute light
aircraft transfer from Pemba International Airport on the
Currently being considered for World Heritage
Site status, the Quirimbas Archipelago is one of Mozambique’s
best-kept secrets – a 250 kilometre string of tropical islands that
are both marine wonderland and historical melting pot.
Environmentally pristine, the archipelago’s 32 islands are
surrounded by dazzling coral reefs and a wealth of untouched
marine life. Within its waters, the 1,500 square kilometre
Quirimbas National Park provides sanctuary for sea turtles,
dolphins and whales, as well as tropical and game fish.
A collection of just 12 thatched Beach
Pool Villas with panoramic Indian Ocean views line the beach. All
offer direct beach access, a private pool and hammock.
At a resort that
feels miles away from the rest of the world, chefs at the island
resort’s Jahazi Restaurant dish up a range of culinary diversity,
from local specialties to refined western classics, including
feasts of locally caught fresh seafood.
For a truly unique
dining experience, guests can indulge with Anantara’s signature
Dining by Design experience. Choosing from a selection of gourmet
options or collaborating with a dedicated chef to craft their own
menu, dinner is served at a table for two in an idyllic location –
from a secluded, feet-in-the-sand set-up on the beach, to a sand
spit under the stars, with a private butler tending to every need.
The Anantara Spa is a private retreat featuring a
treatment suite and en-suite bathroom. Carefully selected therapies
promise a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
The Glacial Marble Massage, for example, combines the wellness properties of
cooling stones with the ancient healing powers of touch to release
specific points of stress. The Moya Crystal Experience comprises
salt poultice exfoliation, a crystal gem massage, followed by hair
and scalp therapy. The indulgent Me Time personalised journey,
offers bespoke treatment sequences tailored precisely to the
guest’s goal and mood.
Most of the activities at Anantara Medjumbe Island
enable guests to delight in the island’s natural wonders. For
those who enjoy water sports, the resort offers windsurfing, water
skiing and tubing, along with both wake and knee-boarding. A hand
crafted dhow sailing boat takes guests on a sunset voyage of ocean
discovery or to a remote island for a Robinson Crusoe-style
picnic. Nature and bird-lovers can spend time exploring the
island’s unspoiled shores and watching the many Palaearctic
migrants and waders that frequent the area.
In the clear,
tropical waters of the Indian Ocean surrounding the island, guests
can discover a marine ecosystem that is absolutely pristine. With
unexplored coral reefs and an astounding diversity of marine
species, the resort boasts some of the finest diving in the world.
The 12 known dive sites offer a range of underwater experiences
taking in fringing reefs, coral
banks and vertical and sloping reef walls. A dazzling array of
fish from Moray Eels and Stingrays to Barracuda, Kingfish and other pelagic gamefish can be seen whilst diving here, and
dolphins are commonly sighted. Leatherback, Loggerhead and Green Turtles are often seen in the water, coming ashore to lay their
eggs on the sandy island beaches – often right in front of the beachfront villas. Humpback Whales also frequent the island waters
between July and October.
The Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa is
only available to guests aged 16 years or more.
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