With 50 sea-view rooms and suites far from civilization – surrounded by nothing for miles but grass-covered sand dunes and the occasional mud-brick village – Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort is an ambitious new hotel in northern Mozambique.
But this member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World is run with such spit and polish that it outshines all expectation.
Beach bungalow rooms and suites
Air-conditioned accommodations are in white-washed, duplex beach bungalows with soaring thatch ceilings, all scattered wide apart for privacy.
The 40 rooms each occupy one half of a duplex bungalow; the 10 suites have their own bungalow each (occupying both sides of a duplex). All have a covered stone terrace facing the turquoise Indian Ocean.
Inside, we were blown away by the solid quality of construction and serene beachy décor. A four-poster, king-size bed dominates the bedroom, where polished tree stumps serve as night tables.
In the bathroom, wood-framed mirrors hang from the ceiling by jute rope, and an indoor glass shower opens onto an outdoor stone shower.
Welcome discovery: Small jars of mosquito gel and sunscreen in faux pearl-studded amenity boxes.
It’s all designed to look great on an Instagram feed…
Housekeeping at Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort is immaculate too – our whole suite was virtually redone at turndown each night. And despite the remote location, we could catch up on world news on our flat-screen satellite TV and surf the Internet via high-speed WiFi.
Kiteboarding, horseback riding… lots to do!
The grounds are expansive; you may grab a bicycle to navigate the concrete paths meandering around the sand dunes with newly-planted palm trees.
When it’s windy (kite-surfing season May to September), a giant oval-shaped pool set back from the beach offers respite.
The beach is miles and miles of white sand perfection – no houses or resorts, no footprints, no other people (at least when we visited in June).
And it’s so clean, with no washed-up garbage on the beach (unlike some places in the world like, sadly, Bali, which is otherwise beautiful). Occasionally you come across seaswept rocks with interesting arch formations that you can walk though at low tide.
We tried all manner of activities, from horseback riding on the beach to stand-up paddleboarding along a mangrove-lined river to bicycling by moonlight past fields of wild cashew nut trees and banana palms.
But we were happiest lounging on our terrace – napping, reading and listening to the waves.
All photos are © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase (except lead image and where noted)
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We stayed at Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort as media guests. But if a place isn’t up to snuff, we won’t write about it. (This place is definitely up to snuff!)