If you really want to feel like a castaway on your own (almost) private island then you will struggle to do better than tiny, remote Medjumbe. On first sighting the island from your helicopter transfer you will probably find it hard to believe that it’s real, so perfect does this dot of emerald green tropical vegetation encircled by powdery soft white sand and sparkling azure sea seem.
The tiniest resort island in the Quirimbas Archipelago (and perhaps anywhere) is a long spit of white sand lying in unbelievably bright turquoise waters off Mozambique’s north coast. Offering natural exclusivity and privacy it is home to a wonderful array of bird and marine life and just a handful of guests at any one time.
There are just 12 small but perfectly formed thatched rooms on Medjumbe, each with a private deck and plunge pool as well as air-conditioning.
FOOD & DRINK
All meals, including afternoon tea, are served in the airy Jahazi Restaurant, overlooking the ocean. Delicious seafood feasts including calamari, lobster and mangrove crab, are served as part of an a la carte and set menu that changes daily.
Couples will also love the Dining by Design concept whereby a private dinner can not only be set up wherever you want (on the beach, at your villa) but also crafted to your tastes. For an extra special evening, request a private dinner by the lighthouse, now out of use but providing a scenic backdrop for a romantic evening.
The Anantara Spa is a perfect private space for a relaxing massage. Try a signature treatment such as the intriguing-sounding Glacial Marble Massage which employs cooling stones to touch and release specific points of stress. Salt poultice exfoliation, hair and scalp therapy and beauty treatments are also available.
Retreat from the sun for a short while and snuggle up with a book in the rooftop lounge, play a board game or simply enjoy the view. For those in need of more action, the resort has a range of equipment including paddle boards, kayaks and hobie cats, not to mention wakeboards and water skis, to get the adrenalin pumping.
OUT & ABOUT
As you might imagine, most activities on Medjumbe are marine-based so spend your days snorkelling on the pristine reef, diving in crystal-clear water or fishing for a prize catch.
Just 15 minutes by boat from Medjumbe you can enjoy your own truly private island for the afternoon. Head to Quissanga Island where a shaded canopy will await you on the beach, strewn with cushions and the chef ready to prepare a delicious barbecue lunch before leaving you to relax on your own, perhaps take a refreshing dip in the sea and gentle snorkel before making your way back to Medjumbe.
- Savour the chance to be genuinely isolated on a pristine island with only a handful of other guests.
- Medjumbe is an extremely small island so be prepared to have seen all of it within an hour of landing.