Polana Serena Hotel Maputo
The hotel rises in the lavish Polana garden suburb, chair of Mozambique’s government ministries and embassy villas, on among the capital’s most notable boulevards; roughly 15 minutes’ drive from the airport and 2 kilometers from town center. On the side it confronts a shore and on another the large FEIRA Crafts Market, a shopper’s (and browser) paradise.
Style & personality
The design is greatly influenced by British colonial structure — really the outside similarity to Singapore’s Raffles resort is striking. Its best features are still the first tiled flooring and a memorable 1927 cast iron elevator, the first to be set up in Mozambique. The subsequent Polana Mar wing close to the shore is much more of a mix of African modern and Portuguese colonial layout.
Service & amenities
Service is pristine and the lodging will reserve you everything out of a town excursion to a three-day trip to the Kruger Park, just 3 hours’ drive away. Facilities tick all boxes: swimming pool, well-tended gardens, tennis courts, chandeliered ballrooms, an Art Deco pub spreading out to a sweeping patio, and a glorious and broad Maisha spa which sports a concealed indoor garden and pool.
Nearly every room feels as unique as the presidential package that’s hosted the Queen, Tony Bair and Bill Clinton. Inspired by Mozambican culture and art, the furnishings differ from a mauve-and-orange ‘beads’ motif to basket-weaving decorations. Rooms have docking stations, USB chips and espresso machines, even although the generously sized tiled baths offer you a assortment of Elemis or even Africology toiletries.
Food & beverage
The Aquarius sushi bar caters to the beach and swimming pool bunch, the Varanda for buffet dishes, although the Delagoa good dining table also includes curtained-off solitude. Maputo diets on fish so this is where to gorge on freshwater, sea bass or the famous Mozambican tiger prawns (Number11 a skewer or #30 for the utmost experience in the Varanda).
Breakfast will have you visiting the buffet more times than may be thought of gracious — however with seven distinct refreshing juices and smoothies, cereals, European cheese and charcuterie boards, French and Danish fries, English cooked breakfast staples in addition to a fermented nook, who cares?
Value for cash
Double rooms from $430 (#328) from the Polana Mar wing with courtyard views; or from $470 (#358) with ocean views. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. The resort clientele — largely diplomats and businessmen — does not change through the year, therefore neither do room rates.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
There are no stairs to the reception and lifts to all floors. There are no specially adapted rooms but their big size renders them appropriate for guests with reduced mobility. The resort supplies wheelchairs and vibrating cushions upon request.
Polana includes two interconnecting family rooms. It gives complimentary cots and extra beds on a sliding cost scale based on age. Restaurants have children’s menus and there’s also a kids’ club with toy rooms and supervised activities. English-speaking nannies are available upon request.
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