Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

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Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort is a Fully Inclusive, small and multi award winning Island resort. It is a short flight from the nearest town Pemba. The island is 1km long and 300m wide at the widest point. It has some of the best diving in the world with pristine corals and a wide selection of fish. 12 Mozambique villas on the island, enjoy the exclusivity of your private slice of island paradise. Cool off in your private plunge pool or in the shade of the cabana.
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Horseback riding
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Cabo Delgado Province 0000 Mozambique
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kalibaj wrote a review Aug 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow! Anantara medjumbe , what a paradise on earth.
We had the luck to experience an absolutely amazing honeymoon, from the time we arrived till we left, we always felt like we belonged there, the staff was amazing, always friendly and willing to make us feel at home; the food, wow, everyday we had something different over the week we stayed, and the famous feitiçeiro(the chef) always served a meal beyond our expectations. The taste, the appearance.

I really loved going fishing and was lucky to see over 30 dolphins around the boat.
During a pandemic, you really forget the horrible things happening around the world.

There really are no words to describe how amazing anantara medjumbe is, we had the luck to be served by the butler abdul and he really made us wish we stayed longer. Its been more than a month since we left and we really miss this gem.

Unfortunately not many people know this place and i really hope they advertise more so more people put this on their bucket list.

I have been around many 5 star hotels and resorts, and medjumbe is miles better than any of them. The views, the comfort, the uniqueness of sleeping at quissanga island.everything was so perfect. It really is worth it.

Thank you Anantara Medjumbe for an unforgettable honeymoon.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Susana Serra wrote a review Apr 2020
Maputo, Mozambique
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Medjumbe is a paradise on earth, We could'n gave picked a better option for our Honeymoon.
The room facing the beach is amazing and the small pool is a very pleasent plus.
All the staff is incredibly nice and we were definitly treated like kings.
Fernando and Ana are supper hosts and granted us with a personal photo shoot of my "trash the dress" that I will treasure for ever.
The food is amazing. Lobster at breakfeast every day in something that we can only dream!
The SPa is also amazinh and we were delicted with our hot stones massage after a day of intense and marvellous diving.
Thank you to all the staff for your hospitality.
We will be definitly go back to the island.
Even though its a perfect location for a honey moon, I think a family experience should be pleasent too, given the many amount of activities that can be done on the island.
See you next time!!!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Alistair Biltmore wrote a review Dec 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
First weekend there was a bit of rain but afterwards it was perfectly sunny skies the entire rest of the trip. The staff is completely professional yet very personable I need help me to order a new pair of glasses nearby using a puddle jumper. Perfect place to get away from everything and maybe get a little bit of work done
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Date of stay: July 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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marksaunders1 wrote a review Jan 2020
Gold Coast, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My fiancée and I stayed 4 nights at Anantara Medjumbe and wished we had stayed longer. The island is an absolute paradise and the staff are so warm and welcoming. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate during our stay and we had overcast skies for the majority of the time, but the staff did their very best to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. We can’t wait to go back!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Tour66075488778, Manager at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort
Responded 18 Jan 2020
Dear Guest, Warm greetings from Anantara Medjumbe and thank you for sparing your precious time to share your experiences with us and the entire TripAdvisor community! We are overwhelmed to read that you had a great time on our little paradise. I have personally shared your compliments to our team that will certainly be an encouragement to all of us. Such positive feedback leaves us a sensation of proudness and we will definitely place an additional passion in what our team strives to deliver to our valued guest like you. On behalf of all of us here at Anantara Medjumbe once again thank you for your wonderful review on TripAdvisor. It would be our absolute pleasure to welcoming your return and ensuring you have another memorable stay with us! Warmest Regards, Anna Tavella | Resort Manager
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sarah k wrote a review Feb 2020
Mkushi, Zambia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Medjumbe is a jewel in the Quirimbas. Fabulous food, accommodation, staff, location. This is a place for romance and relaxation. We did not have great weather, though we knew this was not the best season when we did the booking, but we still found the place wonderful. I can not recommend it highly enough.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Medjumbeisland, Manager at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort
Responded 21 Feb 2020
Dear Guest, Warm greetings from Anantara Medjumbe Island Mozambique and we sincerely appreciate your time for writing and publishing this review! It is overwhelming to read that you had a great trip and wish to visit us again. Our ultimate goal is to deliver the true service and experience to our valued guests. I am so grateful that this has been achieved through the passion of our team & the stunning unique location. On behalf of all of us here at Medjumbe, once again thank you for the wonderful review and looking forward to welcoming you back again in the near future for another memorable experience. Warmest regards, Anna Tavella | Resort Manager
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Mathilda P wrote a review Jan 2020
Bloubergstrand, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The overall experience was just superb. So superb we even extended our stay. Well done on entertaining the guests with an exceptional Christmas Dinner and New Year's event. We love Medjumbe and all the hospitality of everybody. We'll be back
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Tour66075488778, Manager at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort
Responded 18 Jan 2020
Dear Guest, Warm greetings from Anantara Medjumbe and thank you once again for sparing your precious time to share your experiences with us and the entire community! Firstly, we are grateful that you have chosen our little paradise as your holiday destination in the pristine Mozambique. Your satisfaction is the best reward and will certainly be an encouragement to all of us in continuously striving to meet all the needs and expectations of our valued guests like you. On behalf of all of us here at Anantara Medjumbe Island once again thank you for the wonderful review. We all look forward to welcoming you back soon ! Warmest regards, Anna Tavella | Resort Manager
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Alera wrote a review Oct 2014
San Francisco, California
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The management practices at Medjumbe are more reflective of a hotel half their price. Think long and hard before you commit to a holiday on Medjumbe as you could be buying off far more than you planned.

Medjumbe is one of the 32 Quirimbas islands. The lodge is the island and the island the lodge. If you are looking for a quiet spot to hang on the beach, this could be it.

The local staff (e.g., waiters, housekeeping, etc) is excellent and a true asset to the operation. They work hard, aim to delight guests and always seem to be smiling. The management is a different story (read on).

The water is clear, a beautiful color and idyllic temperature. It is quite shallow which enables one to walk easily for hundreds of meters in warm water on soft sand. However, it also means you won't experience much in terms of waves and you have to venture very far out to get in a good swim. Kayaking can also be challenging. Unfortunately, the main beach area is covered with unsightly seaweed and shells making it a rough walk barefoot to the water.

Rooms are cabana style. Each opens up to the beach/ocean with a covered deck for shade, a hammock, and dip pool. There are also outdoor showers, private yet with lovely views of the sea. Inside, there is another shower and a nicer size tub with a view of the ocean. Bed is extremely comfortable with nice quality bedding. The ability to select your choice of pillow and soap is a nice touch. However, due to the natural shape of the island, the lodge is designed such that the cabanas face north. This means you can't really enjoy the sunrise or sunset from your room. A stroll down the beach or a seat at the bar can provide better views.

The lodge is attractive with a pool, an ocean facing bar and dining area, and shaded library/relaxation area. There is limited access to wifi in a dark alcove next to the small gift shop.

Medjumbe is a major splurge for most of us. Pricing can vary but ran me a whopping $667 per night. The flight and hotel are sold as a singular, combined package from the hotel, but I suspect the room portion was probably around $400/night. If one stays for 5 nights, the hotel will typically give one night free and they also offer deals to honeymooners.

Food and some drink are included although the lodge seems to be frequently out of some of the included alcohol. There isn't that much to really do on the island and any activity requiring a boat is incremental (e.g., I paid an extra $100 to go whale watching for a couple hours). When I was there, the activities desk seemed to be in transition so they weren't even offering scuba diving (but when they do, it is incremental). Given this, I wouldn't do a stay of more than a few days unless you are on honeymoon. Solo travelers should really consider other islands given the lodge's honeymooner orientation and limited activities.

The real reason to avoid Medjumbe, though, is their management focus and nickel and diming orientation. Transportation to and from the island is only possible via their contracted airline, even in the case of medical emergency. Medjumbe has no boat and is unwilling to find alternative means for getting guests to land if a plane is not available and/or weather conditions are not perfect.

On the day I was to leave the island, the wind started to pick up. The planes are small and the airstrip short and open so this creates challenges when there is a heavy breeze or wind. This is NOT communicated as a risk when booking but has meaningful implications for the guest, if it happens, since you will be essentially stranded and Medjumbe will charge you for the privilege of being stranded on their island.

Unless you have a great deal of flexibility with time, endless sums of money and don't mind being at the complete mercy of an operation, I strongly recommend you book your honeymoon or holiday elsewhere.

True life example (more detailed elaboration of the above):
The plane that came to the island to drop off inventory for the lodge and take me back to the mainland wasn't fit to fly in the wind levels at the time I was to depart. They called a second plane, which has a slightly higher wind threshold but can't take as much cargo, to pick me up. That plane couldn't arrive for a few hours due to availability. By that time, the wind had picked up and was too much for that plane as well. In addition, 4 more people were now needing to depart (and max capacity for these planes is 4 guests). We were all stuck until the next day and spent most of the day in the dark alcove (wifi) contacting loved ones and rearranging onward travel logistics.

The next morning arrived. Now, we had 7 of us who needed to leave and the wind had picked up to a healthy gust. No one could leave and again we spent most of the day in the dark alcove.

In total, 5 of us were stuck at the lodge for 3 extra nights and 2 people for 2 extra nights spending most of our time stressing and dealing with onward logistics changes.

On the evening of the first delay, the manager told us we would have to pay for the lodging (in addition to all our other expenses associated with changing onward travel logistics). The hotel's stance was that it wasn't their responsibility--it was the wind. We pushed back given that this risk and it's implications weren't communicated at time of booking, the nature of the relationship the lodge has with the airline, and the lack of alternative options the manager was willing to arrange for us (e.g. Boat). The manager acquiesced and said he and the airline were working on it, it's taken care of and we should try to relax. He then waited until around 8pm (20:00) on the last evening (2 days later) to inform us that the airline wouldn't pay so we must pay $175 per person per night prior to our hopeful departure at 7am the next morning. Bear in mind that during this period, we were the only guests in the lodge (their max occupancy is 24 I think) and no new guests could arrive. Again, we pushed back as did the international travel agents who felt the situation was the responsibility of the lodge. As a group, we all agreed we would be willing to pay something reasonable but there was no dialogue and absolutely no responsibility accepted by the manager. He just demanded what he perceived to be a deal at $175/person.

We all arrived at the main lodge at 6am that next morning to get a pilot update and ascertain if the planes would be able to fly, per what had become our daily routine. The manager avoided us until around 8:30 when the pilots told us it would be a go and we could leave within 30 minutes. Because there was risk that the wind could increase, the pilots indicated we would need to go quickly once the planes were ready. At that time, the manager informed us that we would not be able to leave until we paid. He even wrote to the agencies that he was "holding the planes until we paid."

Finally, under pressure from the pilots, he allowed us to leave the island for mainland (Pemba's tiny airport). He then had us escorted to the hotel he more frequently manages in Pemba for 2 hours (until the point where we needed to check in for the flight to South Africa and subsequent international connections). Again, he waited until 10 minutes before we needed to leave for the airport and then had the onsite manager hand us invoices demanding payment for the stranded days (as a reminder we all had already paid thousands of dollars to the hotel for our respective planned stays).The poor onsite manager had strict instructions not to give us our luggage or permit us to leave until incremental payment for the stranded days was received. Again, the agencies told their clients not to pay but the Medjumbe manager would not accept that response. We were held there hostage until the last possible moment at which point some people were forced to pay in order to retrieve their luggage and get to airport. It may sound like an exaggeration but we and our luggage were literally held hostage.

It is difficult to truly describe how ludicrous and infuriating these days were. In my experience, 4 and 5 star hotels (and any top brand for that matter) recognize the importance of word of mouth and ensuring guests leave delighted. They do not treat customers (who did pay considerable sums of money) as we were treated. In the end, a guest that feels valued, respected and "wow'd" by an operation will generate much more revenue down the road through positive word of mouth and possible repeat visits than the money it could force us to pay under duress.

This is an experience I never wish to repeat!
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Date of stay: October 2014Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Cpezel, Manager at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort
Responded 30 Oct 2014
Dear Tracy, Warm greetings from Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa. Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay. The island is situated in a location with a four meter tidal range and with the beautiful white sand beaches this allows for fantastic walks around the island and out to reef heads for snorkeling. At high tide this a perfect time for kayaking or swimming. Due to the prevailing wind at the time of your visit there was an unusual amount of seaweed being washed ashore on the beach and our team were present to rake it up and bury it in the most environmentally friendly manner. The shells along the beach are sporadic and make for a very enjoyable walk spotting the variety of species, colours and shapes. As the resort is part of a national park (Quirimbas) we advise guests not remove shells as these are part of the ecosystem. I am sorry that during your visit you had experienced some challenges relating to the weather which delayed your departure and inhibited supplies from being delivered as frequently as usual. The weather was a most unfortunate and unforeseeable situation delaying the departure of some of our guests, although I can assure you that the team at the resort did their very best to maintain open communication to all of our guests as did the pilots who were also grounded at the hotel. The pilots and the manager regularly kept the guests up to date with the weather forecast. The manager’s phone was offered to all guests whenever required to call airlines, places of employment, travel agencies, family and anyone else necessary, and this was on a complimentary basis given the circumstances. On the first day of the delay, complimentary thirty-minute spa treatments were extended to all even guests as a gesture of goodwill. The next day, when it was evident that the weather was not improving, another complimentary activity of a picnic on our nearby desert island, Quissanga, was organised for the afternoon for all seven guests, of which all guests went and commented how it was such a good idea for them to go and took their minds off the situation. The resort does have boats available however as the sea was very rough (due to the high speed winds) a boat transfer to another island, or to Pemba, was just not safe due to the distance and direction of the wind. Unfortunately with weather related delays, neither hotels nor airlines can be held responsible. Regrettably there was a delay in communicating the final rates to our guests who had been delayed and inconvenienced for which we do apologise. Without going into too much detail, one complimentary night for all guests and a preferential ‘emergency rate’ was extended as a gesture of goodwill. At no point did the manager instruct the pilots not to fly on the revised day of departure when the wind had dropped, however they did volunteer to wait until 08:00 to see if the guests’ concerns over the rates could be resolved. This resulted in the manager spending extended periods of time in the office on the final morning coordinating phone calls and emails from tour operators and counterparts within the company confirming final arrangements. The safety of our guests is paramount and as there were still concerns over the weather conditions with the wind speed escalating on the island during the day, the manager advised the guests that he would prefer to get them to Pemba and arrange transportation to our sister hotel, AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa, to relax while waiting for their onward connections in the afternoon and this would also allow all parties to have more time to resolve concerns over payment. Once again we would like to apologise for the unavoidable inconvenience caused by the weather. As a hotel we strive to exceed guest expectations and it is disappointing that on this occasion we were unable to achieve this. Please let us know if and when you will be returning so we can have the opportunity to restore your faith in our resort and management team.
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Lenvindman wrote a review Oct 2011
London
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I spent 10 days at Medjumbe Island resort (a private island off the coast in Northern Mozambique) in August, 2011. I am a relatively well travelled and experienced scuba diver and had come to Medjumbe specifically for scuba diving, which is being advertised as “some of the best in the world” and had spoken with Medjumbe representatives several times prior to arranging this trip. Unfortunately, while there were many nice aspects which I enjoyed there, scuba diving and snorkling was mediocre.

First the positive: Medjumbe is a small and charming private island located in Quirimbas Archipelago National Park in Northern Mozambique, which provides a feeling of total isolation. Multiple flight connections, including a small shore to island plane is required to get there. The beaches are wonderfull – mostly clear white sand and broken sea shells and the water around the island is a beautiful hues of turquoise blue. Hotel staff try to provide good service which exceeded my expectations for anything that I could have expected in Mozambique. The food was of good quality, often imaginative and changed every day. The chalets were small, rustic but comfortable and right-on the beach, just meters from the ocean. No televisions and very slow internet wifi in the lobby of the main building.

Now the negative. Unfortunately, much of the fish around the island, and perhaps around this area of Northern Mozambique is gone due to many years of overfishing. There are a couple small reefs around the island of relatively poor quality with very little fish to see while snorkling. Many of the snorkelers were therefore very disappointed.

I’ve arranged scuba diving at reefs further away including what is advertised as some of the best dive spots around Medjumbe, unfortunately we didn’t see much of any interest. A number of reefs closer to the island were destroyed by dynamite fishing. Even the areas further away - approximately 45 minite boat ride from the island, did not impress in terms of fauna. In terms of comparison, the scuba diving at Medjumbe was less interesting than in the Red Sea. I had also spoken with several scuba divers who stayed in the sister island – Matemo, and they also indicated that diving was not very good.

Moreover, the activities center which organises snorkling and scuba diving was managed incompetently. The activities manager – Jamie Lonsdale, was new to this area, young and inexperienced. Despite generally good weather conditions, most diving was intitially done at the same beginner level dive site close to the resort where there is a lot of dead coral and very little to see. I have had to plead to go elsewhere and after three days, Jamie took us to more interesting dive sites further away. However, something always went wrong on every trip. A resort regulator rented to one of the guests broke down, fortunately, above water. An oxygen pumping filter broke down on another day. One of the boat’s engines was broken for two days, so travelling between locations was very slow. Finally, Jamie lost his GPS navigator where he stored all the good dive locations around Medjumbe and so dropped us in the water, but often not where we were supposed to be. Generally diving is being done with small 10L cylinders, so the air lasts approximately 35 mintues at best and there is no NITROX.

So in summary, I would recommend Medjumbe as a beautiful beach destination, although a difficult one to get to. However, after spending a lot of time and money planning this trip and traveling there, the snorkling and scuba diving terribly disappointed.
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Date of stay: August 2011
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Kris R wrote a review Nov 2012
Centurion
+1
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If you are reading this, then you probably had the exact same idea in your head as I did back in September 2012. Where to for you're honeymoon??? I was looking for an island along the coast of africa strecthing as far up as Zanzibar and as wide as the Comores and Mauritius. An island that can provide atleast half board but full board preferred with long white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. After carefully considering atleast 20 options, reading reviews and getting all information possible, I chose Medjumbe. Am I glad i did!!!

The Start :

Our holiday started off at OR Tambo Airport where we embarked on our journey to paradise. The flights for the holiday are as follows. Flying with LAM(Mozambique's Airline), you depart Johannesburg for a 1 hour flight East to Maputo. From Maputo you will fly approx 2 Hours and 20 Minutes to Pemba Aiport also with LAM. From Pemba to Medjumbe you will be flying in a charter plane which takes about 40 Minutes. If there are any passengers that need to stop at Matemo Island, they will fly with and a short stop over Matemo will be done. I'm sure SA Airlink also fly's to Pemba and Maputo but we flew with LAM. Once in Maputo you were given a priority pass and wait not more than 10 minutes for the flight to Pemba. On arrival at Pemba, there is a short delay in getting the bags on the conveyor belt. Just a word of caution. Pemba Airport is extremely small. The baggage terminal doubles up as the arrival terminal and space is very limited. The size of a big bedroom to put it in context. The entry to the bathrooms are also here, and the Men's bathroom door shut very loud. So all in all, a real experience in terms of other terminals. We stamped our passports at Maputo so the need to stamp it again at Pemba was not needed.

After an hour of sitting and waiting for all the passengers that were flying with to the respective islands, we got on the plane and our Captain relayd a couple of safety tips since we are travelling over a large mass of water. The flight is an amazing oppurtunity to be wow'd from amazing coral formations and crystal clear water. Be sure to have your camera on board since it looks incredible. As far as I know, there's about 27 islands in the Quirambas and all can be seen upto Medjumbe. They are beautiful. We approached the Matemo island and after dropping off some of the passengers, we were on our way to our own little paradise. Matemo is situated very close to Medjumbe and the flight is another 15 minutes. The breathtaking views as we approached Medjumbe, really got the excitement in 5th gear and the honeymoon just got a whole lot better!

As we touched down, we were greated by Victor, the manager of Medjumbe, at the airstrip and with a quick meet and greet, we followed him to the main lobby. One of the other honeymoon couples had their luggage removed at Matemo, which clearly were a mistake from the charter plane crew. Victor handled the situation extremely well and the couple had their luggage within 30 minutes. As we walked into the lobby, we were greeted by some of the staff with a cocktail and an ice cold cloth for our faces. Victor explained all the important things to us and one of the staff members, Abu, took us to our room and briefed us on our chalet.

The Rooms :

There are 13 rooms that are literally situated on the beach. Rooms 1-8 are above the Bar/Dining Area and Rooms 9-13 are below the dining area. I dont really think any of the rooms have a bad location, it just that some have better location. Most rooms face to the West, where the mainland Mozambique is situated. This makes for unbelievable sundowners in your own chalet! I would suggest any room but any rooms from 9-13 might have the upperhand due to it being better situated for bathing. Our room had a king size bed and a mosquite net. The duvet and linen used for the bedding were definetely fine egyptian cutton and I would suggest a very fine thread count on all bedding. This ensures a very smooth texture and could not find any fault in any of this. The bathroom has one toilet, a deep basin bath and a shower. There are also an outside shower for the more adventurous. The bathroom is fully stocked with "Maria Garcia" hair and body products. This included Lavender infused bath salts, Premium Shampoo, Premium Conditioner, Body lotion and wash gel. The chalet also had a fully stocked bar with beers, water, ciders and cooldrink. This was stocked daily and even if you were running out of any, you could just call the front desk and request a fill up. Infront of the bed, I opened the sliding doors to reveal the almost unreal scene that I once thought is only available in movies. Wow!!! It's incredible. On our left hand side, on the verandah, there were a small jacuzzi type splash pool. The pool is not heated(Believe me you wont need anymore heat), but contains jets similar to a jacuzzi. We used it everyday and everynight. The sea view is incredible whilst having a sundowner in our pool. The water is salt so I take it they use ocean water. I believe this is to limit the amount of still standing fresh water to keep breeding grouds for mosquito's away. The little splash pool in is cleaned daily by the staff members so no worries if there are little sand inside, it will be cleaned. The rooms also consist of a large automatic air conditioner. Believe me if I tell you that this place is warm! You will use the aircon 24/7. Well atleast we did. There are also a tv in the room with about 5 channels, one being Mnet. But this was not used, can't see it being used at all anyway. All in all, I would rate the rooms 10/10. The rooms wa spacious enough and I often hear people complaining about the luxury of rooms in hotels. Medjumbe offer a very basic room with all that is needed. As I mentioned earlier, I could not find fault with any of it.

The Activites :

There are motorised and non motorised activities that is offered by the staff on Medjumbe. The general rule is that all motorised activities is charged for. This includes Picnic to nearby island, Scuba Diving, Whale watching, Deep sea fishing, Sunset cruises and private snorkeling. As we were on honeymoon, they included 1 free sunset cruise and one free private snorkeling session. The activities manager, Jamie is very much focused on the safety of his guests. Jamie has been diving since young age and have made changes to the gear for the better. Our private snorkelling session was enjoyed thoroughly and we felt safe at all times. The sunset cruise was a brilliant oppurtunity to also see some of the local fishermen on their small boats. An explanation of exactly what they catch and how harsh the conditions can get was provided by Jamie. On our way back to the island, we were also suprised by a school of dolphins that were very close by. I can't comment for the Fishing, Scuba diving or while watching. But one of the guys that were also there said the scuba diving were amazing and he rated it as very good. The prices of the motorised activities are not that expensive and definetely a must for avid scuba divers. The non motorised activities included kayaking, paddleboats, snorkelling(Only gear), tennis and volleyball. Some people did try the kayaking and it looked like real fun. Of course you can just do your own little thing on the island and dont really need any activities for it to be fun. We went to the island to enjoy the relaxing and calm atmosphere. If you need to be busy with things being offered by staff members the whole time, I suggest you look at a total different holiday. This is pure tranquility and no rush to get anywhere. I enjoyed the activities that we had. 10/10. Some people might rate this lower, but this is all based on your type of holiday.

The Food/Drinks :

This is where Medjumbe excels!!! The food was by far the greatest I have had in a couple of years. Previous reviews mentioned repetitiveness of dishes. Really don't know what they meant with that. Breakfast was served each morning from early 7AM to 10AM. It mainly consisted of the following. Freshly baked croissant, pastries, rolls, and bread. You then had the choice of all items on your standard continental breakfast. Cheese Platter, Biscuits, Cold meat, Yogurt and assorted cereals. Also on the menu was the option of a omelette with fillings of your choice, a nice fry up breakfast or another breakfast items that included minute steaks, shallow fried patatoes, unions, beans etc. The breakfast was well prepared and out of everything at Medjumbe, was the only item that can really be improved. Not because it's bad or limiting, but only because everything else is soooooo good, the bar is set very high. I would strongly suggest to eat a small breakfast since the chefs really go out of their way at lunch and dinner. Lunch is normally served between 12PM and 2PM with light meals being available through the day after breakfast until 5PM. Lunch options was incredible and we almost always found ourselves having sharing a 3rd plate of food due to the choice just being to difficult to make. If you are a seafood lover, you are in heaven. All fish are freshly caught of the line and ranged from Baracuda to Red Snapper. Do not feel that you won't have anything to eat if you are not a seafood fan. There are always alternatives available. My wife had pasta, chicken burger, prego roll, grilled baby chicken and fillet for lunch and the preperation of these non seafood items were better than some local "speciality" restaurants back in SA. The seafood was awesome to say the least. The lunch consisted of crabs, line fish, lobster salads, prawns, crayfish, burgers, shrimp salads. Dinner was even better than lunch and setting that bar even higher each time, could not have been an easy job at all. Crayfish, Line Fish and Lobster were encountered on all dinner menu's and it was grilled and cooked to absolut perfection. I can go on and on about the food, but all I can say it that you wont be dissipointed at anytime. The way in which the chef prepared each dish was to international standards. Chef Lino, really prepared the most tastiets meals I have had in a while. Presentation and flavour of all the food were just amazing. Medjumbe island is normally sold as an all exclusive package and thus all drink are included. The only drinks that you will probably have to pay for are premium wines, premium whiskey's, all champagne and everything else not mentioned on the menu. They have a big variety of alcohol available. Most SA premium brand whiskey, brandy, rum and gin are avaialble. When I say premium, I mean things like Richiliue, Captain Morgan en Bells. They are all available. The barman, Adamo when were there, have a wide range of cocktails available and will gladly assist in any new combinations. Some shooters are also available on the house. Adamo makes the best Caparinha you will taste! Also try the medjumbe lagoon. A real winner. Overall, the food and the drinks can not be faulted at all. The food is of such quality that the taste often lingers in our mouth way after you have had a meal. Splendid job Kitchen Staff! You're food is nothing less than amazing!!! 10/10

The views and the weather :

Ever seen those photos with crystal clear visibility, turquoise seas and azure blue skies? Well its even better in real life and I can honestly also agree with previous people comments. The photos do not do Medjumbe justice at all. You have to see it to believe it. It looks like the ocean is "photo-shopped", but in actual fact, it looks better in real life. Out of the 5 days on Medjumbe, we had great weather on all of them. This obviously added to the amazing breathtaking views. I can also imagine that the ocean will not look like that when overcast and rainy weather shifts in the monsoon season. However, I think Medjumbe enjoys sunny weather right through the year and overcast, rainy days are more the exception than the rule. We swam each day and one can easily walk upto 200 - 250m into the ocean without getting too deep. The "spit" allows for bathing right infront of your chalet at high tide and at low tide the island expands about twice it's size. Lovely for those long strols on the beach. One word of caution though. The SUN!!! Being way more up in Africa closer and closer to the equator means that the sun's rays will strike you more direct than at any place in South Africa. South Africa is already a very hot place and the lowveld can reach tempratures in the low 40's. Mozambique being no exception, is very hot and humid so be sure to bring more than one bottle of SPF 50+ sun tan lotion that prevents UV-A and UV-B. It's been almost 4 weeks ago, and I'm still peeling from sunburn. Just make sure to take more than 1 bottle. And make sure to use very frequently. The SUN is hot here and being sunburnt on an island like this, wil not be fun. 10/10

The Service of the staff :

If there is one aspect of the island that really surpasses all items above, it most definetely is the service from the staff that we have experienced. Our porter and house cleaner, Abu, was such a cheerful chap and carefully explained everything to us when we first arrived at the island. He took all our bags to the rooms, he cleaned the rooms to the highest standard. He's friendlyness from the moment we got on the island was exceptional! Thanks Abu!!! Keep smilin!! It's contagious. Our Barman, Adamo. There was nothing that Adamo couldn't make in his bar. We threw any request at Adamo, and he was smilin to help with each request. Never got irratated with anyone and never said, "NEVER" Always serving with a smile. It was great to also learn little bit more about him and his family as we asked him on his last night at the bar before taking a well deserved break. Thanks Adamo. Will never forget the best Caparinha in the world. Obrigado! Chef Lino and Chef Sumail was never seen in flesh, but prepared the best pastries and meals that I have had in a while. I'm sure Medjumbe knows what they have in a chef team like the one they currently have. AWESOME Food guys! We had a maintanance guy that worked on replacing a burst pipe under our chalet. I cant remember what his name was, but let me tell the story. After dinner on our first night, we went back to our chalet and shortly after entering the chalet, there was knock on the door. It was the maintanance guy and said that there might be a problem with our water since they can monitor it. He said that he will fix it right now for us if we don't mind, but I really felt bad since he had to get down udner the chalet at 10PM at night and try and fix the burst pipe. I said that he shouldn't worry, we will only be using the water the next day and he can come in the morning after breakfast. In the morning we woke up and the water was working 100%. When I asked him why the water was working, he said he came to fix it round about 3:30AM in the morning so that we can have warm water when we wake up. How is that for service??? Then of course there were Riqotto and Bento. They were our waiters from early morning till late night. Any special request(and we had a few), they catered for. They never had any problem or turned down any of our requests. As I mentioned earlier, there were a couple of times where we couldnt really make a choice between the good choices on the food but they made sure we tasted all of it and didn't have any problem with that. We had a romantic private beach dinner for only ourselves one night and the service was once again outstanding even though Riqotta had to walk up and down the beach, which is a good 250M walk both ways, and there was never any bad service during the whole night. Bento and Riqotta, you guys are the best. You certainly rate among the most helpful and punctual waiters in the world. Then of course last but not least, Victor. Now we first chatted to Victor when we arrived and after making copies of our passports, he explained a couple of guidelines and a few things we need to know about the meals served. He also carefully explained what is included and what is not included on the drinks menu. Victor was visible at all dinners, breakfasts and lunches and we were always greeted with a friendly smile everytime he saw us. Sometimes we would have a chat about a few things and I found Victor's knowledge about the sea and mozambique very broad. It was always a pleasure bumping into him and having a chat. He even taught us a couple of words in Portugues and we gladly used it to thank the staff in their own native tongue. Victor clearly knows what he's doing and I can only congratulate him on how he runs things on the island. Never did I see Victor being bad towards his staff and I'm sure his staff will say the same. Victor, thanks for making our time absolutely wonderful!

Well, I can truely say that we had the honeymoon of lives. Medjumbe is a dream island. The views are absolutely breathtaking. The Food was definetely the highlight for me, as we back in the mainland in South Africa, dont really taste any good seafood unless we head off to the coast. The service of everyone on the island and the friendlyness will make you feel so welcome and warm inside. If you want to experience the honeymoon of your life, go ahead and just book it. Believe me if I say that you won't be dissapointed. I also read alot of these reviews and google'd Medjumbe millions of times. There are not so much information on Medjumbe itself, but really give it a go. You wont be disapointed!
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Date of stay: October 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Rooms 9 -13 the best
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yolanderose wrote a review Jan 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of this island is breathtaking. The beaches are good. The resort itself is terrible. Nothing more than a 3 star location. The lodges are very dated. Extremely small with ancient decor. The towels are horrendous. The food was nothing excitng with limited seafood options. Served pasta for lunch and dinner. They need a new chef. Tea time at 4pm is a joke. Not sure why they bother with silly biscuits. Management team dines with guests. Have not seen this anywhere in the world. Very weird that management team see themselves as guests being served by the staff. Not cool. We were told the resort will be upgraded, but is criminal that they charge the prices they do. should offer accommodation for free, based on what you get. This place needs a major intervention. Please also update diving equipment - life jackets are falling apart. Glad we only stayed for 2 nights, which was also too long.
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: there are none.
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Response from Cpezel, Manager at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort
Responded 17 Jan 2015
Dear YolandeRose, Thank you for taking your time to share your feedback and we would like to express our apologies for the disappointment you experienced during your stay with us. As a valued guest, your comments have received the highest priority and we would like to share with you some of the action taken in response to your feedback. We have recently appointed a Regional Executive Chef who is currently reviewing the culinary offering and ensuring alignment with our brand standards. We support the upliftment of the local communities which includes purchasing fish and seafood from the local fishermen. Due to the poor weather conditions, the fishermen were not going out to sea on a regular basis which resulted in unanticipated depleted reserves for the resort, which explains the limited seafood options. During the course of 2015, as explained during your stay, the resort will undergo a significant refurbishment programme. This will include upgrades to the villas, restaurant & bar and Anantara Spa. It is not uncommon in Africa for the management team to have their meals at the restaurant when no other location is available, The team tries whenever possible to have their meals before or after the guests, we are sorry this has caused you some annoyance. The life jackets are not new, we agree they do not look quite aesthetics but they do the job for the snorkellers. Once again, we would like to convey our apologies on behalf of the team for not meeting your expectations. Would you choose to come back to Medjumbe after the refurbishment, we are confident your next stay will offer you very special memories on that breathtaking location. Sincerely, The Medjumbe Team
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Answer from Michelle P
Dear Julia, Thank you for your message. We would recommend you fly to Pemba, thereafter you can book our helicopter transfer to Anantara Medjumbe Island. It is a 45 minute helicopter transfer from Pemba Airport to Medjumbe Island. Road is not recommended from Durban as it is over 3000km to Pemba and the road conditions are unfavorable at times. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any additional information. We look forward to welcoming you to paradise. Kind regards Medjumbe Island
Answer from Mazwi M
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Hi Fallon, Thank you for enquiring. You may bring the normal carry on rollers bag. We have the duffel bag just incase your suit case does not fit in the Heli. We can keep some of your belonging in AVANI Pemba Beach which is based in Pemba. The duffel bag is always a great choice as it will fit easily in the Heli. We look forward to welcoming to Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort.
ekn2b2013 asked a question Sept 2017
Bangkok, Thailand111 contributions235 helpful votes
When did you open the resort and have you rennovated since? if Yes, when did you rennovate?
Answer from Mazwi M
4 contributions1 helpful vote
We opened Medjumbe in 2005 and renovations were done last year 2016. We look forward to welcoming to the Exclusive Private Island.
ekn2b2013 asked a question Sept 2017
Bangkok, Thailand111 contributions235 helpful votes
has anyone done a group trip booking all 12 rooms? how was your experience and what do you recommend?
Answer from Mazwi M
4 contributions1 helpful vote
We have a package for a buy out. May I have your contacts so that I can send you the details?
Alistair Biltmore wrote a tip Dec 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Call late the night before you go."
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Hannah R wrote a tip Aug 2019
Goromonzi, Zimbabwe7 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"End room was absolutely amazing!"
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finny123 wrote a tip Nov 2018
Windhoek, Namibia428 contributions152 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best villa is number 14, the most privacy. No malaria on the island!"
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JC Snooke wrote a tip Nov 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa55 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"sea view, white sands, relaxing, great service, Aircon, pvt pool, island"
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800marion wrote a tip Sept 2018
Stellenbosch, South Africa5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the villas have their own splash pool with wonderful views"
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PRICE RANGE
R 32,636 - R 34,710 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
MozambiqueCabo Delgado ProvinceQuirimbas ArchipelagoMedjumbe
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a snack bar during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.09 km away from the centre of Medjumbe.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Portuguese.
Does Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.