Forty-five minutes by plane—or, more specifically, a beautifully scenic transfer via light aircraft—from Pemba International Airport in Mozambique, the Quirimbas Archipelago sits as largely untouched, paradisiacal cluster of 32 islands. On one of them, Anantara has just opened Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort and Spa, a 12-villa retreat that has the entire island to itself. Mejumbe is small, just one kilometer long and 300 meters wide, but its size and setting make it wonderfully private, home to just a small set of guests at any given time. Thatched roofs and pools outfit each villa, steps from the beach and the larger resort pool, sided by a tropical bar. There’s also the casual Bahari Lounge Bar, seafood feasts in the Jahazi Restaurant, or the Dining by Design option of collaborating with the chef on a custom menu served at a special set-up, such as on the beach under the stars. The spa offers all sorts of creative treatments, such as massages with cooling stones and crystal gems, and there’s every type of water activity imaginable: water skiing, tubing, wake- and knee-boarding, windsurfing, dhow sailboat rides, scuba diving, snorkeling. The archipelago is protected by its namesake 1,500-square-kilometer national park, which includes its waters and all the sea turtles, stingrays, barracuda, kingfish, moray eels, migrating humpback whales, and rainbow-colored reefs therein.
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