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Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort: New Hotel Gem Sparkles in Mozambique

Far from civilization, it’s surrounded by nothing for miles but grass-covered sand dunes and the occasional mud-brick village.

Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort – with 50 sea-view rooms and suites – is an ambitious hotel in an unspoilt part of northern Mozambique, Africa.

But this member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World is run with such spit and polish that it outshines all expectation.

Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort is a 5-star Mozambique resort.
Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort is a 5-star Mozambique resort

Beach bungalow rooms and suites

Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort
The beach bungalows have views of the Indian Oean

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).

Suites (in stand-alone bungalows) have an additional living room

All rooms and suites 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

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

We arrived to find these welcome treats in our suite

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.

Complimentary lotions and potions…

Kiteboarding, horseback riding… lots to do!

Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort, Mozambique
The pool is so big you can happily swim laps! Or just look at it while eating lunch

The grounds are expansive.

You may want to grab a bicycle to navigate the concrete paths meandering around the sand dunes with newly-planted palm trees.

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

When it’s windy (kite-surfing season May to September), a giant oval-shaped pool set back from the beach offers respite.

We did all sorts of activities in this part of Mozambique.

There’s horseback riding on the beach.

How about horseback riding along the beach?

We also went kayaking along a mangrove-lined river, as well as bicycling by moonlight past fields of wild cashew nut trees and banana palms.

Kayaking at Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort, Mozambique
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!)

Take us to the beach

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

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.

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

Chill time

But we were happiest lounging on our terrace – napping, reading and listening to the waves.

To read, to relax, to nap…

Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort, Mozambique: Details

Number of rooms

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


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


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.

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Photo credits: 2, 5, 6, 10 to 12 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort

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!)

About the authors

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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Wednesday 20th of December 2017

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


Wednesday 20th of December 2017

Oh wow you go to some seriously beautiful places, love the look of the views on the coast!

Ryan Biddulph

Wednesday 20th of December 2017

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.


Irene Levine

Monday 18th of December 2017

Somehow the term "bungalow" seems like a misnomer:-) The bungalows at Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort look simply elegant!

Janice and George

Monday 18th of December 2017

Yes, "villa" might be better descriptive word :-). But bungalow or villa, these accommodations are indeed very elegant!