Lux­ury Meets Raw Beauty

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Nowa­days, one does not often get the op­por­tu­nity to spend time in a place of sub­lime, un­touched beauty. why set­tle for a com­mer­cialised re­sort, ooz­ing with tourist para­pher­na­lia and as re­moved as can be from the nat­u­ral beauty Africa has to of­fer? Doesn’t a se­cret slice of paradise tucked away in a se­cluded bay sound bet­ter? Now that’s an ex­pe­ri­ence to re­mem­ber.

what’s even more ap­peal­ing is that this strip of se­cluded shore­line is si­t­u­ated right on south Africa’s doorstep – 25 km from the Kosi Bay bor­der, or a quick 30-minute he­li­copter trans­fer from Ma­puto, Mozam­bique. Nes­tled among sand dunes and the lush ever­green bush of Ponta Mamoli is white Pearl Re­sorts – a five-star beach des­ti­na­tion that has earned its sta­tus as “The Pearl of the Indian ocean”.

Due to the re­gion’s sta­tus as a marine re­serve area, White Pearl Re­sorts can of­fer guests once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­gage with marine an­i­mals in their nat­u­ral habi­tat. Cur­rently, it’s whale sea­son. From July to Novem­ber each year, ma­jes­tic hump­back whales pass by on their an­nual mi­gra­tion. From the com­fort of white Pearl Re­sorts’ ocean sa­fari boat, guests can ob­serve the whales blow­ing, breach­ing, lob-tail­ing, and play­ing. In the later part of the sea­son, you may be lucky enough to en­counter the new­borns as they find their fins. Out­side of whale sea­son, you may still be lucky enough to en­counter pods of gre­gar­i­ous bot­tlenose dol­phins dur­ing the reg­u­larly sched­uled snorkelling trips.

A few months later, some equally mag­nif­i­cent vis­i­tors grace Ponta Mamoli’s shores. Be­tween Novem­ber and Fe­bru­ary, hun­dreds of log­ger­head tur­tles re­turn to the shores from which they first de­parted as hatch­lings, to con­tinue the cy­cle and lay eggs of their own. In part­ner­ship with the south­ern Mozam­bique Marine Tur­tle Nest­ing Mon­i­tor­ing, Tagging and Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gramme, the re­sort works to mon­i­tor and pro­tect these en­dan­gered crea­tures, and guests can wit­ness the amaz­ing hatch­ing process first-hand dur­ing the or­gan­ised tur­tle walks.

one thing’s for sure, you won’t be able to tear your­self away from the tem­per­ate, glit­ter­ing ocean – and you won’t have to. when you’re not on the boat search­ing for whales and dol­phins, you can en­joy an af­ter­noon of surf­ing, kayak­ing, and – from next year – stand-up pad­dling. when you re­turn to the shore­line, there’ll be no wrestling with thou­sands of other hol­i­day­mak­ers for a small spot of sun­bathing space – rather, you’ll have the op­tion to en­joy a pri­vate beach pic­nic com­ple­mented by the sound of the gen­tly crash­ing waves.

The at­mos­phere of seren­ity trans­lates into the at­trac­tive guest ar­eas and your el­e­gant, air-con­di­tioned suite. The guest ar­eas have been de­signed with down­time in mind, and pro­vide the per­fect back­drop for open­ing up a good book, tak­ing on the chal­lenge of learn­ing ntchuva (a.k.a “African chess”), or in­dulging in a pam­per­ing spa treat­ment. The 22 lux­u­ri­ous suites of white Pearl Re­sorts have been sen­si­tively de­signed with the nat­u­ral beauty of their sur­round­ings in mind: think wooden stilts, out­door show­ers, a se­cluded at­mos­phere, and, of course, panoramic ocean views from every sin­gle suite.

The tact­fully placed suites and em­pha­sis on pri­vacy will en­sure that you feel like the only guest in the re­sort, and your per­sonal but­ler will en­sure that your every need is catered to. All you’ll need to do is or­der a cock­tail and bask in your pri­vate plunge pool.

It’s time to re­think ev­ery­thing you thought you knew about beach re­sorts. white Pearl Re­sorts strikes a rare bal­ance be­tween chic lux­ury and raw beauty, giv­ing you the chance to re­lax in style and see the won­ders of na­ture up close. Are you ready to book your next hol­i­day yet?

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.white­pearl­re­sorts.com.

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