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“This is how to Honeymoon”

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Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

This is the most amazing honeymoon you could ever dream of. With only 13 chalets on the island, you have the place pretty much to yourself. The plane ride taking you there is like an escort into another world with jaw-dropping views over coral reefs, scattered islands, whales and dolphins (if your eyesight is up to scratch). Upon arrival, your entourage (management and staff) welcome you as they would royalty. The winding path from the airstrip to the main building takes you from one side of the island to the other in fewer than 5 minutes. Don't dare to think this crowds your space though. With the exiting of the tide, you can walk dreamily to the edge of the earth or hang at the bungalow in your private salt water jacuzzi. We couldn't rate the service any lower than 8 stars (out of 5!!!) since we were treated with the utmost courtesy, friendliness, respect and dare I say, love. The food is spectacular though unpretencious. A taste of the sea with almost every meal makes you feel part of the atmosphere and surroundings as crayfish and daily fresh-caught sea food adorns the menu. While mostly a-la-carte, we did have 2 buffet dinners during our week-long stay at the pool under glorious African night-skies. (Honeymooners - You have to come up for air SOMEtime :D) The bungalows themselves were cosy, comfortable, appropriate to the setting and fitted with aircon and television (don't know why in a paradise such as this) and whatever you'd expect in a standard hotel room. The staff are friendly to the nth-degree and we especially enjoyed the company and service of Paolo (I do hope he is still there since it's been a few months since we went there) and Victor made sure that every need and request was tended to. Even those we did not even know we had! This was a spectacular honeymoon. My wife is ever grateful to me for the surprise and the experience. It's the perfect launchpad to start your married life and a place I'd go visit to relive the happy memories of those first days of a life joined together. It was a sad when when we left. It felt like leaving home.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from a 5-night stay at Medjumbe Island and we are still blown away by the amazing experience and total beauty of this very special island. When flying into Medjumbe by charter plane, you cannot believe how tiny the island is. It is literally 1km x 500m wide and from the air, you can't help but wonder what on earth the experience will be like. I have to say, this was by far one of our most romantic holidays ever - and we travel extensively. The beaches of Mozambique are, in my opinion, the best in the world. This island's beaches just lift that up to another level altogether. Pristine, soft white sand, turquoise, blue and green sea and a tranquillity that is hard to imagine.

We loved our chalet, which is right on the beach and extremely private. We also loved the main lodge area that has views that go on forever, as well as a salted swimming pool which came in really handy for when the tide is out. The bar is right next to the pool and the barmen at Medjumbe (particularly Mussi) are all masters at mixing cocktails and exotic drinks. We found the food to be exceptional, especially since the island is so remote. It cannot be easy for the chef to plan the meals he does, but he pulls this off superbly. Jamie is the activities manager, so he is always around to suggest various things you might want to do and is a lovely perso. We did a sunset cruise which was fantastic. Victor is the manager of the lodge and is courteous, friendly and helpful. All the staff at the lodge are actually fabulous and we were greeted with wide smiles wherever we went.

I cannot recommend this island, and this experience, highly enough. We also did our booking through Rani Resorts and dealt with Elizabeth, who is fantastic and efficient and professional, as well as Lindy, who is also wonderful.

Room Tip: The rooms on the left hand side of the main lodge have a better beach, with less rocks. We stayed at...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

Well it is Africa, so the trip from Maputo flying into medjumbe was interesting but unbelievable. The view from our Cessna was absolutely great. The island itself and the resort lives up to its name, with only 900m by 300m of solid land make this place really special. With only 13 bungalows on the island, it is pretty private. You don't have to see a soul, stay in your bungalow or lie at your splash pool. Snorkel in the ocean, deep sea diving, paddle across the island to the neighboring island, swim with dolphins and have just fun with your partner. AND LOADS OF SEA FOOD.
have fun

Room Tip: Choose the bungalows closer to the spit
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We arrived in Medjumbe after the quite amazing plane ride from Pemba (the views are astonishing!), to a lovely welcome from Victor the manager, Jamie and Joanne (activities & Spa respectively) and the bar staff awaited us with a cocktail on the doorstep! From then on, it was just magical, the chalet was perfect! private plunge pool hidden by the trees ensured perfect privacy.
We spent 7 nights there and we enjoyed every second of it, I have to say, the place was not busy so we go to chat to the staff daily and they became like a family, so lovely and friendly, so different from a hotel set up.
On the last full day, we had a private picnic on a smaller island, followed by dinner on the beach, it was the most perfect day ever.
I actually had tears in my eyes when the plane came back to pick us up after a week! The staff walked us to the landing strip and it was hugs all around, I will never forget the kindness we received on Medjumbe.
I will definetely recommend this place and I wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We spent our honeymoon here, medjumbe private island is amazing, the staff and service excellent what a fantastic place.

Our room was cleaned 2 x daily, fresh sea food, cocktails the works

I will miss this special positive happy place.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

What a resort! Every whim is taken care of, the service team, management team, activities team and Spa team were perfect. You couldn't wish for a more beautiful and romantic resort! Well done to the Medjumbe staff. We will come back

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Arriving there by plane was a true emotion, a toungue of sand in the blue ocean. A warming welcome by a very kind staff, an unbelievable environment, 100% nature, exquisit food.
We spent there one week. We were afraid to get bored in such a small island, but after a while we loved the life there. The room was very confortable, not the maximum luxory ever, but a very credible and consistant with environment place to stay. A warm sun, a fantastic sea (and reef), the ability of the barman and the cook and the capacity of the activity manager maade us have a unique end of honeymoon.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

Address: Quirimbas Archipelago, Cabo Delgado Province 0000, Mozambique (Formerly Medjumbe Private Island)
Location: Mozambique > Cabo Delgado Province > Quirimbas Archipelago
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Quirimbas Archipelago
Price Range: $923 - $1,497 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa is a small and remote 5 star and multi award winning Island resort. It is a 50 min flight from the nearest town Pemba. The island is 1km long and 300m wide at the widest point. It has no mobile phone reception due to its remoteness. It has some of the best diving in the world with pristine corals and a wide selection of fish. ... more   less 
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