Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa

Pemba Mozambique

Relax and unwind in comfort and style. Guests have a choice of 3-star Classic rooms, luxury Courtyard rooms, a variety of Suites or self-catering Villas; all rooms have air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV, personal bar and al-fresco patios. Endless Mozambique ocean views and striking architecture make Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa unique.

Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa

Pemba Mozambique

Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa is the gateway to the romantic Quirimbas Archipelago on the northern coastline of Mozambique and the Niassa National Reserve. It is a world-class destination where Swahili East Africa meets Arabia in a sweeping compilation of Arabian-inspired buildings, colonnades, turrets and archways. No effort has been spared in crafting this splendid establishment where businessmen gather for high-powered meetings and where international travelers sip Gin &Tonics on manicured lawns before setting off to explore some of the most beautiful islands and pristine safari wilderness on earth.

With sweeping Arabian-styled buildings, magnificent facilities and range of sporting activities, Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa is the ideal destination - whether it be for families, a wedding party, corporate incentive groups or exclusive executive conference. Combining the efficiency of a business hotel with genuine exotic glamour, Pemba has become sought after as a leisure or conference and incentive destination, with the range of water-sports and pure indulgence of the spa serving as delightful antidotes to business pursuits.

Relax and unwind in comfort and style. Guests have a choice of 3-star Classic rooms, luxury Courtyard rooms, a variety of Suites or self-catering Villas; all rooms have air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV, personal bar and al-fresco patios. Endless Mozambique ocean views and striking architecture make Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa unique.

Arriving at Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa is to enter an exotic realm in an ancient land, where you may feel you are living the dream of adventures past and still to come. Representing a fusion of Arabic and African inspired influences, this Mozambique hotel impresses with its sweeping compilation of Arabian-inspired buildings, colonnades, turrets and archways sprawling over 100 acres.

You are spoilt for choice with accommodation at Pemba Beach Hotel, its 102 rooms, all with sea views and individual balconies, providing a truly sumptuous rendition of Mozambique east coast living. The Indian Ocean glitters beyond manicured lawns, whilst inside your room you are cosseted in a haven of rich furnishings, Persian rugs and marble-clad bathrooms. Choose from amongst 60 sea-facing 3-star Classic Rooms, 32 stylish Courtyard Rooms with sea-facing or partial sea-facing views, 2 Royal Suites with sweeping sea views, or 8 self-catering villas, each accommodating four adults and two children. All rooms are air-conditioned and contain en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, mini-bar, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, coffee- / tea-making facilities and electronic safe.

At night, you will enjoy the Mozambique tropical heat as you drift from the Niassa Bar, with its wildlife trophies evoking past hunting days, to the Quirimbas Restaurant where leading chefs sculpt a blend of international and local cuisine, with local Mozambique seafood in abundance.

By day, you may laze around the infinity pool which seems to tumble into the ocean, or take a short walk to the buzzing Clube Naval, with its own swimming pool and adjacent yacht marina. Here the Activity Centre tempts you with all the sporting action your heart desires - deep-sea fishing for Kingfish, Sailfish, Marlin or Barracuda, diving off coral reefs, snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking or water-skiing. Fitness enthusiasts can sweat it out in the well-equipped gym or on the floodlit tennis courts.

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Without a shadow of a doubt this is by leaps and bounds the worst place I have ever stayed in. They have the brass neck to advertise this as a five star resort. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Firstly, a five star hotel will have internet connections if not WiFi in every room. Secondly, a five star hotel will have room service. Thirdly, a five star hotel will have quality staff and management. This is not the case in PBH. Considering the majority of guests communicate in English the staff could barely construct a simple sentence in English.
Service is extremely bad. Expect to receive something different than what you ordered from the menu and if you are a large group expect the waiter to forget to bring some meals as they don't even write down orders. Furthermore, expect to wait for up to one hour for something as simple as a sandwich or burger, even when there is nobody else in the restaurant.
The bar Nissa is the most dullest hotel bar I have ever been to and is completely devoid of atmosphere. It is more like a morgue. Bar staff pay no attention to guest drink levels and just shuffle around idly like zombies or disappear totally for ten or fifteen minutes at a time.
Management offer apologies when guests complain and do nothing else. Staff are clearly untrained and make the same mistakes daily. There is no corrective actions taken. In one case I complained about not receiving my correct order to a white manager who pretended to be sympathetic and then walked away without doing anything about the situation.
While the place is asthetically pleasing to the eye in its Arabic influenced design, bricks and mortar alone do not make a five star resort.
At best I would give PBH a rating of three stars, and that's being generous. It would be interesting to see how many stars a qualified hotel inspector would award PBH. I would not recommend this facility to anybody.
Date of Visit: March 2009 Name of Guests: John Toronto Canada
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Stayed in Pemba a few nights on my way to Niassa and back. Very average/below average rooms and service. The rooms weren't specially clean, the second time I stayed there I came in feeling the room hadn't been cleaned..
Seems to be the best choice in Pemba but definitely only a "transit" hotel!
Date of Visit: Jan 2009 Name of Guests: Sarah France
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We stayed for 5 days in december. The superior courtyard rooms are clean and comfortable with nice balconys. The service is sometimes very efficient, sometimes very slow. Dining is buffet style in the main restaurant (mediocre) or like an american diner in the "Clube naval" beach front restaurant. The local staff always seem to be confused if there is no supervisor in sight. Exchanging local currency with the cashier took 15 minutes, because he had to look for someone, who could provide local currency. When they called you a taxi, it did mean waiting for 15-20 minutes, until it arrived. We found most of the local staff to speak little (or no) english, which by itself is not what you expect from a so called "five-star-hotel". The dive shop is okay, the spa is excellent (but book ahead, otherwise you won't get an appointment because they seem to have few therapists).
This is the most upmarket lodging option in Pemba, but compared to other beach resorts in east and southern africa, it is ridiculously overpriced and poor value for the (lot of) money. We travel a lot in africa and we are used to a lack of professionalism in most 3 or 4-star hotels, but usually prices are according to that fact.
Date of Visit: Dec 2008 Name of Guests: Kassel Germany
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