Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort
What We Love
- An ocean-view room at a five-star hideaway in Mozambique, with breakfast and dinnerIncredibly beautiful Indian Ocean views from your private terrace
- Ancient beauty rituals and natural ingredients at the Mvua African Rain Spa
- The lovely rooms with four-poster beds and outdoor showers
What To Know
- Riding to the hotel, you'll find the streets are really rough but a few days of barefoot luxury is well worth it
- The beach sports center has soccer balls, stand up paddle boards, surf boards, and sea kayaks
- The resort's Chef Daya and his team whip up incredible (and authentic) Asian, European and African cuisine
Opened in 2015 as a glamorous addition to the port city of Pemba, this five-star resort takes luxury living in Mozambique to the next level. With a stunning setting on the idyllic Mecúfi Bay, not only will you find yourself spending hours gazing at the crystal-blue Indian Ocean, but you’ll be well within reach of the cultural delights this under-the-radar East African gem has to offer. Winner of the 2016 World Travel Awards for best Mozambique beach resort and best Mozambique resort overall, this heavenly property ticks all the boxes.
The 50 rooms and suites are set in whitewashed beach bungalows that mix classic décor with trendy design elements. Each room boasts an ocean-view terrace, a comfortable four-poster bed, an outdoor shower and all the modern conveniences. You’ll spend your days cooling off in the freshwater outdoor pool, booking ancient beauty rituals with all-natural ingredients at the Mvua African Rain Spa, eating your way around the first-class restaurants and enjoying delectable cocktails at the bar.
Set in whitewashed beach bungalows, Deluxe rooms mix classic décor with contemporary design elements. The neutral color palette, wooden flooring, luxury furnishings and ocean-view terraces make for a relaxing sanctuary during your stay. Each room also features a comfortable four-poster bed dressed with a mosquito net, a large bathroom with a shower, an additional outdoor shower and plenty of creature comforts.
Open for American-style buffet breakfasts and globally inspired à la carte lunches and dinners, the signature restaurant, Assinatura, pairs its gourmet meals with fabulous pool and beach views. For daytime snacks and freshly baked pizzas, there’s the poolside Brisa do Mar, and the dinner-only Sea You Restaurant offers a delicious seafood fusion menu. For refreshments, Bela Baia Bar is open daily from 9am to midnight and serves tea, coffee and artfully mixed cocktails and mocktails.
For Zen-like pampering, Mvua African Rain Spa offers all sorts of traditional African, Asian and European beauty treatments, using plants, flowers, salt, cereals, spices, wild honey and unrefined sugar. Take your pick from the African Rain Foot Massage, Oriental Massage, Holistic Massage, Traditional Thai Massage, Healing Ceremony and more. There’s also a splurge-worthy selection of balancing, purifying and moisturizing facials that can be customized to your skin type.
Set on the picture-perfect Mecúfi Bay, the resort is an hour’s drive from Mozambique’s port city of Pemba. Must-dos include cooling off in the sparkling Indian Ocean, scuba diving at Two Mile Reef, visiting the colonial buildings and mosques at UNESCO-listed Ilha de Moçambique and heading to Quirimbas National Park for some 2,900 square miles of coastal forest, mangroves and rich coral reefs. The capital city of Maputo is also well worth a visit, with its Portuguese-style pavement cafés, museum, market and architecturally-striking train station on Praça dos Trabalhadores, designed by Gustave Eiffel.
How to Get There
I cannot wait to return. It's hard to know where to start. The layout of the resort is fantastic. Nothing is too far to walk to yet you feel like you are the only ones there. The location is stunning. You don't see anyone except a few local fisherman on the beach. When the tide is in you have a real sea with waves to swim in. When the tide is out you have a gentle sea and amazing tidal pools full of life to explore. There are so many activities offered by the resort. Too many to do in one trip. But I think the most special thing was the staff. They are all local and if you take the time to talk to them they can share stories of the area and their lives with you. They are so kind and friendly and really make you feel like you are at home. It is the best atmosphere. Casual and comfortable with all the best you would expect from 5 star. The food was delicious. We had a mix of plated 4 course meals as well as a buffet. The chef was brilliant and he even comes out to greet you personally every evening. They add little surprises like getting a big plate of crayfish brought to your table. Nothing is too much effort for them. If something is not as you need it they will go out of their way to change or do what they can to get you what you want. We really appreciated the positive attitude of everyone working there. I can't wait to come back!
An absolutely 5 star experience from beginning to end in all aspects!
A very well run and efficient management team ensured we were looked after 24/7!
Stunning location, top class food!! Great large pool, beautiful beaches, and very warm sea water.
I can highly recommend this resort! The staff is beyond amazing- they spoiled us from when we arrived until we were dropped off at the airport. The food is so good.. we definitely picked up a lot of weight because we just couldn’t say no to all the amazing meals and of course the R&R’s!
The resort (and the rooms) look exactly the same as the pictures on the website.. its really amazing!! I miss the place so much!