Located off Mozambique’s northern coast, in the Quirimbas archipelago, part of the Rani Resorts portfolio and sister lodge to reasonably nearby Matemo Island, Medjumbe Private Island is a highly thought of luxury beach lodge.
Situated on an island less than a kilometre square, within a stone’s throw of the island’s only other building, an old and weatherworn lighthouse, Medjumbe Private Island is a stone, wood and thatch build and consists of a main lodge and 12 chalets. The main lodge includes a dining area, lounge, pool, lookout loft, bar and spa. Characterised by exposed roofing, open sides and dark wooden flooring, the look here is a mix of influences, the area’s Swahili furniture and build technologies combined with a range of beach and lightweight seating, the end result a style all of its own.
The service and food at Medjumbe Private Island are recipients of unfailingly excellent feedback. Everyone mentions the food, a fish-based cuisine, which is fresh and beautifully presented. The quality of service, from restaurant floor to room care to management, is exactly as would hope: welcoming, professional and all round lovely.
The chalets at Medjumbe Private Island overlook the beach. Each includes a four poster double bed, a seating area, private balcony, plunge pool and en-suite bathroom. Again, like the main lodge, the style is very much a mix, the white walls, dark floors and exposed beams offset by, in the bathroom, a range of patterned tiles and, in the bedroom and on the balcony, bright Swahili throws. The rooms are large, airy and comfortable. Please note that one of the rooms is a twin.
Activities at Medjumbe Private Island are many. They include diving, snorkelling, fishing, waterskiing, kayaking, dhow cruises and courses in kite-boarding. Whale watching is available from July to October.