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Anantara adds second resort in Mozambique - Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, a leading developer and operator of luxury hotels, resorts and spas, is continuing the expansion of its portfolio in Africa with the opening of its second resort in Mozambique. Idyllically located on a tiny private island in the Quirimbas Archipelago off the country’s northern coast, the 12-key Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa combines sophisticated simplicity with unrivalled hospitality.

Just one kilometre long and 300 metres wide, the former Medjumbe Private Island is reached by a 45 minute scenic light aircraft transfer from Pemba International Airport on the mainland, which is accessible from Mozambique’s capital Maputo or by international flights from Johannesburg or Dar es Salaam.  

Currently being considered for World Heritage Site status, the Quirimbas Archipelago is undoubtedly Mozambique’s best-kept secret – 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. Culturally, the Quirimbas islands also have an important history to reveal with their combination of Arabian, European and African influences.

A boutique collection of 12 thatched Beach Pool Villas line a perfect beach and reveal panoramic Indian Ocean views. With direct beach access, a private pool and hammock, the charmingly furnished interiors blend comfortable luxury with Anantara’s signature modern amenities to offer the ultimate tropical island retreat.

Guest areas are stylish and understated, designed to provide the privacy that guests are seeking - whether lazing around the pool, sipping cocktails in the tropical bar area, or relaxing in the informal Bahari Lounge Bar whilst enjoying the mesmerising views.

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, where intuitive hands pamper guests with a spa menu encompassing the most revered eastern and western techniques. Carefully selected therapies ensure a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating pampering experience. The Glacial Marble Massage 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.

A paradise for romantic escapades, ocean thrills and natural treasures both above and below the water, the startling beauty of the Quirimbas Archipelago comes with a sense of extraordinary adventure. A nature lover’s paradise, 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 that are simply breathtaking, 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.

Perfect for romance, special celebrations, a dream honeymoon or unforgettable anniversary, total tranquillity is assured at the adults-only hideaway of Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa, which welcomes guests aged 16 years old and above.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa is the second Anantara in Mozambique, following Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa which joined the portfolio in December 2013. A third resort will be added next year – the 24-villa Matemo Island is currently closed for refurbishment and when it reopens will be rebranded to Anantara Matemo Island Resort. All three properties are part of Minor Hotel Group’s long term strategic partnership with Rani Investment LLC to own and operate properties in Mozambique.

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