Review: White Pearl Resort- Part 1 (and a special Jozilicious Reader Offer!)*

I had the most divine weekend at White Pearl Resort recently. This is one of the few places I’ve reviewed where the website accurately conveys the feel of the resort. Before I go any further, please go to the website and tell me if you have set your eyes on a more spectacular set up.

Now… I’m super excited to tell you that White Pearl is offering Jozilicious readers a discounted rate. You guys get 15% off the standard rate, meaning you can stay there for around R2500 per person per night, including a 3 course dinner and breakfast. 
To enquire, email reservations@whitepearlresorts.com and quote “Jozilicious”

I feel like people are always against travelling out the country for a weekend. It always feels like one should spend a long period of time “overseas” to do the flight justice. Did you know that Maputo is only an hour out of Johannesburg? British Airways flies there (and back) every day, and the flight was great. Flights start from R1800 one way, so a weekend trip is totally doable. Visit www.ba.com to book.

Once in Maputo, it’s a little bit of a shlep getting to the resort, although the commute is an adventure in itself. We were met by a White Pearl representative, who took us to the teeny tiny charter plane we’d be travelling on to an airstrip close to the resort.

Last time I visited Mozambique, we also had to take one of these 6 seater planes to the resort, so I knew what to expect- but the experience is still pretty cool. You get to see exactly how the plane is flown, and flies relatively close to the ground, so you are treated to an amazing view.

We landed on a dusty airstrip, and within minutes of getting off the plane, White Pearl’s airconditioned 4×4 was waiting to take us to the resort. This was probably the longest part of the journey for me- the drive took an hour, but if you go in about a month’s time, the airstrip that White Pearl is currently working on will be complete. This airstrip is right outside the resort, cutting the commute time down significantly. Of course, I had our end destination in mind, so I had no qualms about the drive.
We arrived in Ponta Mamoli  (where the resort is situated) and were met by the staff, who I later got to know quite well. The lobby area is small- but the white and blue furnishings combined with glass walls overlooking the ocean create the most perfect setting. The architecture and design of this resort are its key drawcard. All the other beach resorts I’ve visited have been decorated with red or purple finishings, with dark wood furniture. At White Pearl, everywhere you look there’s something new to be admired. The attention to detail is unbelievable.  
The resort is designed as multiple standalone buildings. There are a few common areas, like the lounge below and 2 restaurants, as well as a pool deck, but the rooms are so spectacular you honestly don’t even need to leave. All guests are assigned a private butler and are given a cell phone with which to contact him. You can literally ask him for anything, and make all your arrangements through him- no need to set foot in reception.
The common lounge area- I was so excited when I saw the board games. Rishav and I played a game of Scrabble 🙂
Our room with a view… well all the rooms have a view 🙂
We had a private deck with a plunge pool

Each suite is completely private. They’re built high up on the rocks, and although you can see the structure of the suites, you can’t really see any other guests. I loved the clean, earthy feel of the resort in general. I could tell that everything from the lampshade to the soap dish in our room had been individually selected. The pictures may give the impression that the resort is quite small, but it’s actually on a huge plot of land- possibly bigger than some of the resorts I’ve stayed at in Mauritius. You can walk on the beach for ages without reaching “the end”. The water was warm and clear- no coral to be seen.

We were playing around with the self timer on the camera here 🙂
Hopefully I’ve given you quite a good feel of the resort’s aesthetic- which is what blew me away initially, until I experienced the service! In terms of a luxurious relaxing weekend away that is close to home, you can’t get better than this. In my next post, I’ll tell you what we did- ate, mostly 🙂 – but also went horseriding on the beach, visited the spa, and stargazed.
The sea was too rough to do any sea activities, although the resort does offer plenty. As usual, I’ll give you a pretty good overview of the food you can expect- which was excellent.
All that coming up later this week.
Until then, check out www.whitepearlresorts.com and make a plan to get there!
xxx H