One year after the opening of a new resort in Mozambique, José Pereira, the General Manager of Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort, gives an interview about the destination and the resort.
1. What are the main attractions of Mozambique?
“Mozambique is famous for its fantastic coast line and for its wildlife, and is considered one of the worlds’ new sanctuaries. Investments have been made to recover the wildlife and one can visit the famous Gorongosa, Niassa and the Quirimbas National parks. The coast line is beautiful and the pristine beaches stretch endlessly. The ocean is perfect for swimming and for a variety of water sports, such as snorkelling, diving, sailing and deep sea fishing. The latest modern water sports like Kitesurfing, kayaking, windsurfing and surfing are also becoming very popular in Mozambique and are available at the resort which offers the perfect conditions. The inland areas of this Province are also extremely interesting to explore, thanks to the stunning landscapes, the flora and the fauna. One can see Inselbergs, rock formations that are unique to this part of the world, mangroves right by the resort, exotic birds and even monkeys. One feels completely at one with nature here.” – GM Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort
2. How does one reach Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort from Europe and Africa?
“The most common way is by air and Pemba International Airport welcomes flights from South Africa (Johannesburg), Tanzania (Dar-es-Salam), Kenya (Nairobi), as well as the Mayotte Island.
European travellers can reach Pemba with a stop-over in Maputo (direct flights from Lisbon with TAP-Air Portugal), via Nairobi and Dar-es-Salam (with LAM), or via South Africa (Johannesburg with Airlink).
Domestic flights arrive daily from Maputo, Beira and Nampula.” – GM Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort
3. Why has the Planhotel Hospitality Group chosen this destination for a new resort?
“The resort fits perfectly with the Planhotel philosophy, in that it is a beach resort located in beautiful natural surroundings, offering friendly service, great food, well-appointed rooms and suites, and also offers all the comforts and services one would expect from a 5-star beach resort.” – GM Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort
4. What are Resorts’ main characteristics?
“This is an all-inclusive resort and our mission is ensure that everything is taken care of for our guests. They come here to switch-off from the outside world and relax completely in a beautiful, natural environment. We pride ourselves on ensuring that everyone, from couples, to families, to business teams or small conferences, all have a wonderful time.
5. What services, activities and sports are available?
The Resort has a highly qualified Thai Spa therapist, offering a variety of treatments as well as yoga lessons.
Activities and sports include kayaking, kitesurfing, windsurfing, wind carting, beach volley, beach soccer, mountain-biking, jogging and the latest addition to our exciting experiences is … horse-riding.” – GM Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort
6. What are the main reasons for a client to visit Mozambique and stay at Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort?
“Mozambique is a beautiful country and the people are very hospitable, humble and friendly. The combination of natural beauty and the elegance of the resort, offers an unforgettable African experience.” – GM Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort
7. What makes this resort special?
“This resort is the quintessential of barefoot luxury. The perfect place to kick back and relax on holiday, without formalities, dress code or stress.
It is the first resort in Mozambique to be affiliated with the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and is quite unique in the destination.” – GM Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort
8. How is the Planhotel Philosophy applied to Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort?
“Happiness is our Goal! This is the Planhotel philosophy and the atmosphere of the resort and the services offered ensure that we succeed in this goal. Our aim is to provide our guests with excellent yet friendly service to ensure an unforgettable resort experience.” GM Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort
9. Tell us a little about whale watching in Mozambique and why Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort is the best place to stay to enjoy this experience?
“The Mozambique coast is world famous for whale watching, as every year the humpback whales migrate from Hermanus point in South Africa to mate and give birth to their calves in the protected warm waters of Pemba, the third largest bay in the world.
Mecúfi is the perfect location to spot these magnificent creatures as they journey from
Inhambane to Pemba. Almost every day from the beginning of August until the end of October, it is a common sight to see them swimming by.” – GM Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort
10. What other developments are you planning for your clients in the future?
“Our talented and experienced stables manager, Sharlene Milev, recently joined the resort team and brings with her many years of experience and her passion for horses. Horse riding lessons for adults and children, horse riding on the beach and in the mangrove forest, will all be available at our resort.” – GM Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort
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