Ever since we overlanded around Mozambique in 2016 we’ve been dying to return. We are frequently asked where our favorite place to travel is, and our answer is always Mozambique.
So when we found ourselves back in Southern Africa we knew we had to make a special trip to the country, even if just for a few days.
The southern coast of Mozambique is something like out of a dream. Blue water, white sand beaches, and absolutely no one around is what coastal Mozambique is all about.
When we heard about White Pearl Resort, easily one of the most romantic resorts in Africa we knew we had to check it out for ourselves.
Checking into the White Pearl Resort
Most visitors to Mozambique and White Pearl Resort will be entering the country at Maputo International Airport (MPM). Maputo Airport is a 1.5-2 hour drive away from White Pearl Resort. The last 30 minutes are so is only accessible by four-wheel drive as you must travel through thick sand.
White Pearl is located right on the Mozambican coast. On a map, it would be near Ponta Mamoli, near Lake Mamoli. Essentially there is absolutely nothing around the White Pearl beside a few small and local villages.
The remoteness of White Pearl creates a private and exclusive experience where you won’t run into many other people besides the resort staff and other guests at the hotel.
There is no doubt that the first time you step onto the property you will be in complete shock. The resort is poised along the sand dunes on timber stilts with round the clock views of the ocean. It truly is one of the most beautiful locations in the world. If you’re looking for a good honeymoon location, this is it.
Around White Pearl Resort
White Pearl has 22 suites, a bar, poolside bars, a restaurant, two infinity pools, and many other areas to explore. All buildings are painted white and blend naturally into the setting. The structures are on stilts protecting the precious ecosystem around.
From the rooms to the common area the look of the resort is beach modern, cool, with contemporary coastal design. It’s exactly what I would expect to find on the cover of a luxury beach magazine.
Inside the Rooms at White Pearl Resort
Each room at White Pearl is a pool suite. That means that at any time of the day you can cool off in your own private plunge pool and relax afterward in the privacy and comfort of your own room. Afterward, it’s best to get clean in the beautiful outdoor shower.
Inside the room, you’ll find air conditioning (can be a rarity in Mozambique), a luxurious bathtub, comfortable bed, living room area with tea and coffee station, and reasonably fast WiFi.
We loved being able to relax in the privacy of our room when we wanted since the room had it all. Then when it was time for the beach that was only a couple of steps away.
White Pearl Activities
The glory of White Pearl Resort is that you can venture here and have an adventurous time embarking on a new excursion every day. Or it’s the perfect place to travel to and relax while doing nothing with your sweetie.
If you are in the mood to do nothing there are plenty of comfortable places to relax and read a book with a cocktail in hand and the ocean just steps away.
However if you came for some experiences you can get just that. The coast of Mozambique is a world renowned area for diving. The area is rich in sea life and is very close to a dive site called Pinnacles. Pinnacles is for advanced divers only, but is where you can often see sharks and big megafauna.
If you don’t fancy going that far underwater then White Pearl is also a great spot for snorkeling. Bottlenose dolphins, whale sharks, and plenty of beautiful fish and coral are often seen here.
For those of you that would rather stay dry a safari in Maputo Special Reserve is a good option. Elephants have been reintroduced back into this reserve so there is a good chance of spotting them. It’s also teeming with birdlife, giraffe, and various other safari animals.
Other fun family friendly activities are a Lake Mamoli Guided Exploration Walk, Turtle Nesting experience (seasonal), or having a romantic beach picnic!
The staff at White Pearl are one of kind. Most, if not all, the staff members are local Mozambicans with a lively amount of energy.
We loved interacting with the staff, especially our butler, YES BUTLER. Every suite has their own private butler to help you out with whatever you may need. Whether that’s coffee in your room, breakfast by the pool, or just to serve you dinner at night in the dining room. Your butler is your main connection with the staff and is there to make your stay as wonderful as possible. I loved having this personal service from the butlers and managers!
What to Pack for Mozambique
Travel Water Bottle
Plastic pollution is a problem in Africa so it’s best not to contribute to the problem buying plastic water bottles everywhere. The tap water in Tanzania is generally not safe to drink, but a water purifier, like the Grayl waterbottle, works well!
However, we also love filtered water bottles in areas we’re uncertain of the water supply. Read more about favorite water bottle for travel in our post.
Chances are you’ll want a camera for your trip to Africa. Our favorite pocket-sized point and shoot camera for quick trips are the Sony RX100V. It takes fantastic photos and video and is the size of your palm.
For more professional photographs we use our Fuji XT-3, and LOVE IT.
Lightweight pants that are made from synthetic material are tremendous to have in your pack. It’s what we wear most days when traveling around Africa as they’re comfortable, antibacterial, and protect our legs from mosquitos (malaria).
We recommend neutral colored pants as they’re great at hiding dirt and can match most shirt colors. What’s great is they’re useful beyond Africa as they are a travel staple and we pack a pair everywhere we travel.
I like two pairs, one pair is made by prAna and rolls into capris and the other are convertible pants. For men, prAna makes the Stretch Zion Pant, a tremendous pair of hiking pants for a reasonable price.
Skin cancer is for real! Don’t forget your SPF when traveling around Africa. We recommend ordering some online before leaving the house as you will need it underneath the sun in the summer.
We highly recommend getting an eco friendly sun cream that does not contain harmful chemicals.
Make sure to protect your eyes from the sun. There are a lot of options for sunglasses and everyone should own at least a pair. It’s best to make sure they do have UV protection for the health of your eyes.
We made our first investment in quality polarized sunglasses with a pair of SMITH Optics Lowdown 2. Truthfully, not everyone needs to invest $150 in a pair of sunglasses, but they do make a huge difference from the crappy $10 ones.
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