Opened as of July 2011, located south of Maputo, in Lagoon Bay, on the border with South Africa, White Pearl Resorts is a brand new luxury beach hotel.
Built on the original Ponta Mamoli site, raised and constructed largely of reclaimed timbers, White Pearl Resorts consists of a main resort of 22 pool suites. The shared areas include a restaurant, a beach bar and lounge and pool with bar. Stunning simplicity – beach architecture, mixed with space age furnishing, alongside deep hued teak wood decking. You will find white wicker scoop seating, daybed frames, and inside, white polished flooring, beige coloured wall benches and an eclectic collection of white framed mirrors lining the length of a bar wall. Traditional beach motifs and arty objects give the White Pearl look a clean and pared down feel and a beautifully relaxing aura.
The food at White Pearl Resorts is delicious. Titbits, snacks and tapas are served in the beach bar. The restaurant provides breakfast – cooked, cereals and fruit – lunch and dinner, specialises in fish, and is happy to accommodate special diets and interests. Meals can be taken on the beach, in the comfort of one’s suite, just about anywhere. The service – from floor to activities instructor – is warm, hands-on, excellent.
Raised, situated overlooking the ocean and, like the main resort, simply constructed, the suites consist of a double bed, private veranda, seating area, pool and en-suite bathroom. In contrast to the bar and restaurant, and marked by a muted colour scheme, the design is more conventional, the emphasis on the simple, the comfortable and the functional. With floor-to-ceiling glass doors, the view is stunning, the quality of light exceptional. The bathroom – toilet, sink and freestanding roll-top bath – is beautiful, spacious and possesses similarly fantastic views.
Activities include turtle and dolphin viewing, horse riding, diving, fishing (great for sailfish, king mackerel, dorado and tuna), kayaking, snorkelling, trips to Maputo Elephant Reserve and massage. White Pearl Resorts is best visited April through May, though it is worth noting that Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles lay their eggs at Ponta Mamoli from November through February.