This tiny sliver of an island – off the northern coast of Mozambique, Africa – has only 12 villas. Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa truly defines escapism. (Read: Bring lots of books).

Anantara Medjumbe Island Pool And Main Building At Sunset

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa is located on a tiny private island in the jewel-like Quirimbas Archipelago off the northern coast of Mozambique. It’s just one kilometre long and 300 metres wide, only has 12 pool villas, and is reached by a 45-minute scenic light aircraft transfer from Pemba International Airport on the mainland. You want a paradise escape that is naturally exclusive? This is it.

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A boutique collection of 12 thatched beach pool villas line a postcard perfect beach and reveal panoramic Indian Ocean views. With direct beach access, a private pool and hammock, the charmingly furnished interiors blend comfortable luxury with Anantara’s signature modern amenities to offer the ultimate tropical island retreat. Although why you’d need a pool when you’re surrounded by the blissful and environmentally pristine Indian Ocean beats us.

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Currently being considered for World Heritage Site status, the Quirimbas Archipelago is undoubtedly Mozambique’s best-kept secret – a 250-kilometre string of tropical islands that are both marine wonderland and historical melting pot. Within its waters, the 1,500 square kilometre Quirimbas National Park provides sanctuary for sea turtles, dolphins and whales, as well as tropical and game fish.

You sold? Rooms start from only S$777. And don’t forget to pack the books.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa

Random fun fact: For hundreds of years throughout Thailand, people would leave a jar of water outside their house to provide refreshment and extend a welcome to the passing traveller.  Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means ‘without end’, symbolising this sharing of water and the heartfelt hospitality that lies at the core of every Anantara experience.