Hotel Review: White Pearl Resort, Mozambique
Zola Zingithwa gets away to a secluded luxury lodge on the beach for some extreme pampering, with a personal butler and phenomenal food
In Ponta Mamoli on the southern coast of Mozambique. The drive towards the resort is mainly dirt roads and a 4x4 is required for a self-drive there. Other options include parking your car at the border and organising a pick-up with the resort or, even better, taking a helicopter from Maputo International Airport.
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STYLEIf the keywords you are searching for are "beach", "rustic" and "luxury" then this is the place. Sliding doors and windows allow scenic views of the white-sand beach and Indian Ocean to filtrate right into the suites. The surrounding lush forest peacefully seclude each suite. Each suite comes with an outdoor shower, a plunge pool on its own deck with loungers.SERVICEWith each suite coming with its own butler, you are coddled the minute you arrive. There is also a mobile phone in your room that puts you in direct contact with your butler. You always feel taken care of, but are left alone to enjoy yourself. Each time you come back in the evenings, the lights are switched on, with scented candles lit in the bathroom and little treats placed on the bed.
HOW'S THE GRUB?
Breakfast is typical English with a variety of baked goods, fresh fruit and coffee along with hot options like pancakes. But it is lunch and dinner that sees Mozambican flavour take centre stage. Of course the seafood is fresh and delectable, but if nothing else, you have to try any and every prawn dish. All were worth the un-shelling mess, as seen by the second helpings guests always asked for.
The secluded beachfront is the perfect romantic setting for a picnic or stargazing. For the unlazy, there is snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and even a beach boot camp.
The right season brings with it an ocean safari that includes whale watching or even a turtle walk. But if all you want to do is lounge by the pool with cocktails delivered to you at your beck and call, you need only wave a white flag.
BEST TIME TO GOMozambique has amazing weather throughout the year, but the months of December to April fall during the wet season and it can be very humid and hot. Going between May and August, their low season, might be best as temperatures will also be temperate, with the wet season past.
The scented candles and stunning ocean views make it easy to forget that a spa even exists on the premises. But it does, and for a four-night stay or longer, a 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage is included. Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort, but it's much better in the suites than in the reception areas.
The resort offers a Cost-Saver package for residents of SA and Mozambique, with a standard rate and a low-season one.
The standard rate is R6,220 per person sharing per night (R5,040 for low season) for the beach pool suites. The pool suites cost R5,710 per person sharing per night (R4,620 for low season).
The room rate is inclusive of a full breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and three-course dinners, along with most beverages (excluding alcoholic beverages).
• Zingithwa was a guest of White Pearl Resorts..