Hottest honeymoon destination
11 Feb 2014
Hottest honeymoon destination
Recently named Africa’s Leading Private Island Resort at the World Travel Awards, Medjumbe Private Island in northern Mozambique is the perfect tropical island honeymoon destination
A mere slither of an island with a white sandy beach shaped like a question mark, Medjumbe is a spectacular 40 minute flight over turquoise water from the town of Pemba and sits among pristine coral reef in the remote Quirimbas archipelago.
Just one kilometre long and 300 metres wide, Medjumbe offers complete private seclusion and is the ultimate idyllic haven for honeymooners who wish to do nothing more than be with each other.
Featuring only 12 palm-fringed beach chalets, a Moroccan-styled restaurant, lounge and a spa guests at Medjumbe can indulge in their most romantic whims – whether it’s a private beach dinner, a secluded picnic on a nearby island, a private sunset boat cruise or simply breakfast in bed.
The wooden chalets line the beach and offer sophisticated simplicity with East African interiors in crisp blues and whites, just steps away from the warm Indian Ocean. Couples can spend blissful hours dipping in and out of their private plunge pool or relaxing with a freshly mixed caipirinha in a hammock on their private deck. It’s a gentle pace interrupted only by languorous lunches and siestas, and, with no TV or phone, it’s unplugged-honeymoon heaven.
For those feeling adventurous the marine reserve’s aquamarine waters beckon to be explored. Offering a multicoloured paradise, the tropical waters around the Quirimbas islands are one of Mozambique’s best-kept secrets – with temperatures that reach 30°C in summer and rarely less than 27°C in winter. The underwater wonderland is alive with tropical fish and marine life of all shapes and shades, which can be discovered on snorkel and dive trips. Other activities include whale watching, dolphin spotting and bird watching, kayaking or windsurfing.
Seafood lovers feast on the day’s catch at both lunch and dinner, and crayfish tails, melt-in-the-mouth calamari, spiced crab curry or the freshest tuna are always on the menu (or some such). A special honeymoon treat is a decadent private dinner that is set up on the tide line of the warm waters. Barefoot dining is a prerequisite as the gentle waves hug the shoreline.
Between snorkelling, diving, kayaking and sailing, couples can spend their days in a lazy haze of sleeping, reading, then visiting the spa for a Moya Body Wrap, a custom-made African experience incorporating the healing and therapeutic properties of the seven indigenous Moya essential oils enveloped in a hydrating, nourishing gel base of Aloe Vera and Palm Kernel Oil. A G&T in the stylish lounge and bar makes the perfect sun downer.
Guests fly into Pemba International Airport from Johannesburg, Maputo or Dar es Salaam and transfer to Medjumbe. It’s a 40-minute flight in a light aircraft from Pemba to Medjumbe.
Rates start at 590 USD per person per night and include accommodation, all meals, drinks, non-motorised water sports activities/equipment and emergency medical evacuation. For further information please visit www.raniresorts.com. For reservations please call Tel +27 (0)11 658 0633 or email email@example.com