Newmark Hotels, one of South Africa’s growing hotel management groups, proudly announces another new comer into their increasingly diversified portfolio: Coral Lodge 15.41 in Mozambique.
“It’s not about expansion for the sake of expansion; it has been our mission to find the right hotels and resorts that complement our portfolio and ethos. Without a doubt Coral Lodge adds great depth to our expanding portfolio,” says Neil Markovitz, Managing Director of Newmark Hotels.
Built on a privately-owned peninsula reserve, Varanda, Coral Lodge is a buffet of unique and enriching cultural, gastronomic and adventure experiences.
Markovtiz continues: “Coral Lodge is located in an area steeped in heritage, which is something that we at Newmark respect and value, as one can see from our Cape Town properties. With this comes a cultural authenticity that cannot be replicated and as such Coral Lodge offers the real Mozambique experience – and then some!”
Located near Mozambique’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilha de Mozambique, guests at Coral Lodge are able to explore the former Mozambican capital and uncover over a century of history when visiting Vasco de Gama’s previous residence and exploring the colonial buildings and even the San Sebastiao Fort (1558 AD) which can be seen from the lodge itself.
The local Macua people of northern Mozambique will share the stories of the city’s controversial history from the days that it was an important stop on the ancient Indian trade route.
These Arab and Middle Eastern influences are evident in the lodge’s every day fare; and Coral Lodge’s experienced chef infuses these flavours into the traditional Mozambican cuisine. Using only local ingredients and supplies, with a particular focus on seafood, guests can look forward to a gastronomical journey with the accompaniment of great wines from South Africa.
For the adventurous among us, Coral Lodge offers a host of activities that will enrich one’s overall experience.
- Join the chef on his daily visit to the local market and engage in African cooking upon return to the lodge while learning to cook Chef’s favourite Mozambican dishes.
- Explore Varanda’s mangrove forest with its prolific animal and bird life and the lagoon’s many sea creatures, by canoe or by foot.
- Go fishing or sailing with the lodge’s local dhow; and if one is lucky enough to catch something edible, Chef will whip up the fresh-catch into something delicious. Alternatively, take the moment to sip on cocktails and watch the dolphins.
- Private lunches and beach dinners is an intimate experience for guests who wish to capitalize on the nearby uninhabited islands.
- Enjoy an easy or more strenuous dive; and for those who wish to see more than the earth’s ultimate aquarium, visit the 17th century shipwrecks and explore the treasures of these ancient Portuguese vessels.
- Whale watch between July and October while picnicking or exploring the islands in front of the lodge.
- Snorkel in the lagoon at low tide and delight at the sight of thousands of trapped fish that form a colourful and exciting “fish tank”. Combine a luxurious visit to Coral Lodge with a stay at the Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique’s recently opened National Park.
- Learn to windsurf in ideal conditions with the Indian Ocean’s constant yet gentle breeze and the warm and forgiving ocean waves.
Coral Lodge 15.41 officially joins the Newmark Hotels portfolio as of 01 February 2013. For more information on how to book, visit www.newmarkhotels.com or call 021 427 5900.