A jewel of a private island in the Quirimbas Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort and Spa is the idyllic island paradise that you dream of being stranded on. Soft white sand beaches, warm Indian ocean waters and undiscovered coral reefs are the ideal setting for a honeymoon, while the wide range of water activities offers something for everyone. The 2014 Anantara rebrand adds another layer of luxury, such as the indulgent Anantara spa treatments at the beachfront spa villa, which provide the extra touch of pampering for the ultimate romantic island escape.

Medjumbe Island is just 1 km long and 300m at its widest point, so there is a feeling of exclusivity with only 13 thatched beach villas spread along the beach. Long grass thatch fringes the private verandah, where guests can laze between plunge pool and hammock before strolling down over the sands to the azure ocean water. Decorated in casual beach chic with rich textiles in the cushions and rugs and carved wood finishes, there is a hint of exotic East African heritage without any formality. Tiles and Moroccan lamps carry this through into the ensuite bathroom with tub and separate shower plus a wonderful private outdoor shower. Air-conditioning, ceiling fans, a safe and satellite TV ensure the modern comforts, and wifi is available at the main building.

Sunsets are dramatic from anywhere on Medjumbe whether sipping an exotic cocktail at the Bahari lounge bar, beside the swimming pool, or sitting down to a feast of seafood at Jahazi, where chefs cook up varied menus inspired by the freshest ingredients. The bold flavours of Mozambique, European classics or Portuguese colonial fare combine the freshest seafood caught by local fishermen and top quality ingredients from the mainland. Or book dinner à deux with a tailor-made menu in a secluded island location.

Scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and kite-surfing are just a few of the watersports on offer. There is wonderful bird-watching on the island and whale watching from July to October. And don’t miss a dhow sunset cruise to complete the most romantic of island getaways in style.