Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort: New hotel gem sparkles in Mozambique

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Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort

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.

We arrived to find these welcome treats in our suite

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.

Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort

The beach bungalows have views of the Indian Oean

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.

Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort room

A seaview room – photo Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort

Suites (in stand-alone bungalows) have an additional living room – photo Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort

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.

Complimentary lotions and potions…

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.

Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort pool

The pool is so big you can happily swim laps

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.

Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort

You can walk for miles along the white sand beach and not come across another soul

Mequfi Beach

Tidal pools and interesting rock formations caught our attention when walking Mequfi Beach at low tide

Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort windkart

The beach is perfect for trying the new sport of wind-karting – photo Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort

Or would you prefer to go horseback riding along the beach? photo Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort

Horseback riding anyone?

We had fun kayaking up the river, but it was hard going on the way back against the tide (our timing was a bit off!)

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.

To read, to relax, to nap… photo Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort

Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort at a glance

Number of rooms:

There are 40 deluxe rooms and 10 suites, housed in beach bungalows set far apart from each other for maximum privacy.

Dining:

Whether you choose the half-board or all-inclusive option, meals whipped up by a talented Indian head-chef are delicious.

Season:

If you want a total getaway from the world, Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort is one such place, depending on the time of year. We understand it’s popular with European guests and is often full in July and August, so if you visit then, you may not experience the same absolute peace and quiet that we did.

Getting there:

To get to Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort, fly to Pemba in northern Mozambique. Pick-up from the Pemba airport will be arranged by the resort.

Additional information:

See the resort’s website.

More about our Mozambique trip

How We Almost Fell Off The Earth in Northern Mozambique



All photos are © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase (except lead image and where noted)


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Comments

  1. It sounds so magically isolated and perfect. Sounds like a good place to learn wind karting, something I’ve never heard of.

  2. Hi Guys,

    Absolutely stunning. Seeing the words “air conditioned” does make quite the difference too. Sometimes being in paradise taxes you a bit. I recall living in a Bali villa that checked marks across the board. Save the fact that the owner wanted to be as organic as possible, and skipped the AC. Horrible idea for a villa sitting in the middle of the rice fields, in a hot steamy clime. Loved the place but sweating our rears off did take away from the experience a bit.

    Excellent review Janice and George. Thanks for sharing.

    Ryan

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