The recent discovery of giant natural gas deposits off the north coast of Mozambique will surely lead to a boom in the country’s economy and consequently increased tourism which is sure to benefit the hospitality industry. Already there are a number of good hotels on the coastline that are popular with leisure travellers in particular and will no doubt be used increasingly by those doing business in the country in the wake of spin-offs from the gas find.
African Encounters’ special packages are offered by top travel agents in South Africa and elsewhere and a hotel in Mozambique that they highly recommend is in the historic port of Pemba. The town is on the north coast of the country at the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago and the Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa has wide appeal. There’s an Arabian influence evident in the East African architecture and the hotel’s facilities and services are competitive with those at respectable accommodation establishments the world over.
Only a five-minute drive from the international airport nearby, Pemba Beach Hotel is particularly well frequented by families on holiday, fun-lovers with a thirst for adventure and romantics in search of secluded beaches and amazing sunsets. There are plenty of water-sports to enjoy, the fishing is good and the diving sites are fantastic. And when you get thirsty or hungry – or just feel like chilling somewhere with a wonderful view – there are several options to choose from.
At the nearby Clube Naval (club) there’s a marina where snacks are served. The hotel’s Niassa Bar is the place to enjoy a round of drinks amongst a collection of wildlife trophies. And the Quirimbas Restaurant is where to head for when you’re in the mood for seafood delicacies or one of the other dishes for which the region is famous. Pemba’s top restaurant has air-conditioning indoors, although many guests prefer al-fresco dining on the terrace where they can choose between delicious á la carte dishes or buffet specials.
And the Pemba Beach Hotel is already preparedfor the influx of business visitors bound to result from the gas finds out to sea. The Delgado Conference Room is geared to host up to 200 people, and the Mueda Boardroom is just as well equipped for smaller get-togethers.