Anyway, back to a holiday a little closer to home. In my last blog post about White Pearl, I gave you quite a comprehensive feel of the resort. In this post, I want to share what we got up to. I really enjoyed the fact that the resort caters to all tastes- couples who just want to relax and adventure junkies equally.Being big foodies, Rishav and I were really keen to taste some traditional Mozambican food- especially chicken and prawns. The resort’s beach bar offers casual dining, with both of the above on the menu, as well as some other tapas style items designed for sharing. Food is a big part of any holiday for me, especially when visiting a resort that is relatively isolated, meaning that one can only really eat at the resort. The giant prawns we had were among the best I’ve tasted, ever. They came off the shell instantly and were soaked in lemon juice and garlic- yum! The chicken was less flavoursome- we were expecting it to be a bit spicier but I guess the resort has to cater to a diverse audience and not everyone likes spicy food.
I love the feel of the beach bar- it carries through the elegance and simplicity of the rest of the resort.
Before dinner, there was a traditional dance performance by local children. We tried but the lighting was just NOT working and we didn’t get any blog worthy pics. I think it’s important that luxury African resorts contribute to uplifting the area they’re situated in. White Pearl employs mostly locals from the area, and the dancing is another way the locals are part of a guest’s experience at the resort.
After that, we tried something a little different- stargazing. The resort happened to have an expert around who was going to show us a few star formations. It was a crystal clear night, and we saw some of the planets as well as some well known formations (although I can’t say I’ll be able to identify them again by myself!) Our stargazing expert was really knowledgeable and gave us tons of info about the solar system. This was one of those moments where things came into perspective for me. Often my problems seem like the centre of my world, but when I think about how insignificant I am in the context of the earth, let alone the galaxy, it seems like a bit of a waste to stress over relatively trivial things.
It had been a long day, and I was looking forward to a good meal that night. While lunch at White Pearl is casual, dinner is fairly classy. The menu is very much fine dining. I liked the fact that there was one traditional Mozambican dish on the menu each night. I tried the Mozambican marinated calamari, served with steamed potato and garden greens tossed with an olive oil and coriander butter sauce. Other dishes on the menu included “Piexe Grelhado”- grilled herb crusted barracuda cutlet served with crushed potatoes and a paprika, lemon and tomato sauce as well as slow roasted lamb, served with potato wedges and butternut in a red wine sauce.
Dessert was amazing! We had chocolate eclairs served with Frangelico macchiato and vanilla ice cream, as well as a lemon and ginger crème brulee with a lemon and ginger ice cream- yum! Dinner comes included with the half board rate- and I think it’s great value given that you’d be paying around R400+ per person for a meal of this quality at a restaurant.
Breakfast at the hotel is quite a treat- you can literally ask for anything you want. Pancakes with nutella, French toast, eggs benedict- anything! I think it’s quite cool for a resort to offer this. In addition to “anything”, we also got a tray of breakfast favourites to start off with.
The next day, we opted for an early breakfast on our private balcony- it was heavenly!
In terms of activities, we weren’t able to do any sea activities because of the wind and roughness of the sea, but I didn’t mind too much because I really just wanted to chill. I visited the spa and had a hydrotherapy massage which was unlike anything I’ve had before. The spa is currently a converted room, but the resort is building a new spa and gym which is going to be spectacular, I’m sure.
I had to take off ALL my clothes (which I was a bit nervous about!) and lay on my back on the massage bed, which felt like a heated water bed. I was then told to cover myself with a towel. After he therapist said I’d be covered the whole time, I felt a bit more at ease. Using oil, she slid her hands underneath me and massaged me, while I stayed on my back. It was a little weird at first but I soon got used to it and ended up loving it! The view of the ocean (complete with whale sightings) didn’t hurt either. The spa uses Africology products, aligned to the amenities in the rooms.
My favourite activity was definitely horse riding on the beach. I’ve only ridden once before, but the guides made me feel completely at ease. It’s so cool to be high up on a horse with wind in your hair, and endless beach ahead of you.
It was Rishav’s birthday on the day we were due to depart, and when the resort found this out they went all out to make it special. I was really touched because this was definitely beyond the call of duty and it definitely wasn’t something I expected to get at no charge.
In addition to arranging a romantic private dinner, they made a beautiful cake, and all the staff came to our room and sang Happy Birthday for him, the Mozambican way.
And all too soon, our weekend was over! We went for 2 nights and I do think that this was a bit too short- I’d recommend 3 nights at least. Remember you can also drive there, if that’s your preference. Mine is always to fly- and British Airways was a great choice. To book your flight, visit www.ba.com. BA flies to Maputo every day and the flight is only an hour long.
Also, don’t forget that White Pearl Resorts is offering a special Jozilicious Reader Offer to all my readers. You can get 15% off their standard rates in non-peak periods. Check out their website- www.whitepearlresorts.com for more.
If you do end up going, PLEASE let me know what you thought! It thrills me when I hear of readers enjoying travel or food spots I recommend- that’s what I’m here for 🙂