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AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa – Exotic Splendour in Northern Mozambique

AVANI Hotels & Resorts was launched in late 2011 as a sister brand to Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, and now offers six hotels and resorts, with additional hotels to be added soon in Africa and Asia.

AVANI Hotels & Resorts, a vibrant upscale brand offering relaxed comfort in stylish contemporary surroundings, has added its first property in Africa – AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa in Mozambique. Situated in the country’s far northern province of Cabo Delgado, in the ancient port town of Pemba, this impressive hotel is the perfect choice for business travellers or for an easy beach escape.

Getting there is hassle-free, with flights to Pemba International Airport from Johannesburg, Maputo, Nairobi and Dar as Salaam. Transfers to AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa take just 15 minutes. For guests who wish to explore the local area a taxi service is available, and for travellers who prefer to drive independently, a car rental desk is located within the resort.

As well as a thriving business destination, Pemba is now firmly on the tourist trail as the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago and Niassa Reserve. The Quirimbas Archipelago is Mozambique’s best kept secret – a 250 kilometre long string of tropical islands surrounded by dazzling coral reefs and a wealth of untouched marine life. This is a prime diving destination and is currently being considered for World Heritage Site status. Pemba is also the ideal base from which to visit northern Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve, where four of the ‘big five’ animals are resident.

With its striking architecture blending African and Arabian design, AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa is perched on a headland between the rugged coastline of Pemba Bay and Wimbe Beach, overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean. The 185 guest rooms, suites, villas and apartments are all designed with a dazzling view of the ocean or the gardens from their balcony or terrace. Guest rooms offer comfortable sleeping and working facilities, accompanied by an assortment of entertainment and refreshment options. Suites have the extra comfort of a lounge area. The Two Bedroom Duplex Villas feature a kitchen, dining and living area with an ocean facing terrace downstairs and an en suite queen and twin bedrooms upstairs. In addition, the One- Two- and Three-Bedroom Apartments have an open living, dining and kitchen area with exclusive use of two swimming pools.

When it comes to wining and dining, the restaurants and bars offer an extensive array of cuisines to satisfy both business and leisure guests. The Niassa Bar invites guests to chat over drinks with friends and colleagues and boasts a menu with an Asian touch. The flagship restaurant, Clube Naval, is located on the beach adjacent to the yacht marina and offers a selection of international cuisine, and at Quirimbas Restaurant creative buffet and a la carte theme nights are abundant with local produce and delicious fresh seafood.

With the rebranding come some added AVANI touches, such as the newly opened Grab & Go deli, selling high quality chocolates, pasta, olive oils, wines from South Africa, Italy and Portugal, as well as a Segafredo coffee corner. In addition the hotel has just launched an in-room dining service.

In terms of relaxing and outdoor activities, a selection of four swimming pools will please swim enthusiasts and a well-equipped gym is open 24 hours. Tennis courts are available for players who want to keep up their game while on holiday. Water sports include snorkelling, sailing, skiing, wakeboarding and kayaking. Guests can also enjoy romantic sunset cruises, experience whale watching and deep sea fishing, or take the plunge with a scuba course and dive trips to incredible nearby reefs. Exploring the region is easy with a variety of excursions, from bustling markets and a picturesque wetland lake to watch bird life and local fishermen.

On a site that seems to hover above the Indian Ocean, the idyllic AVANI Spa has been refurbished to new splendour and reflects the Pemba African and Arabian influence in its therapies. An array of treatments is on offer, from massages, body wraps and blissful facials, with each experience customised to individual needs.

The hotel has become a sought after wedding, conference and incentive destination with its main meeting room catering for up to 200 guests or delegates, and an additional 12-seater executive boardroom. The exotic background of tropical gardens and shimmering sea promises a truly memorable meeting or private event.

AVANI Hotels & Resorts was launched in late 2011 as a sister brand to Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, and now offers six hotels and resorts, with additional hotels to be added soon in Africa and Asia. ‘AVANI’ stems from the Sanskrit word for ‘earth’ – a meaning which is expressed through a grounded personality and simple sense of style. AVANI is a refreshing upscale hotel concept offering relaxed comfort and contemporary style to guests who value the details that matter. Designed for guests who appreciate genuine hospitality, AVANI offers a fuss free approach that leaves a great impression.  

AVANI Hotels & Resorts was launched in 2011 to complement Minor Hotel Group’s five star Anantara brand. AVANI offers relaxed comfort and contemporary style in city and resort destinations to guests who value the details that matter. The brand currently has six properties in operation in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia and Mozambique, with a pipeline of further openings in Asia and Africa. MHG has plans to grow the brand across Asia, India and the Indian Ocean and in the Middle East.

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