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Polana Hotel

Polana Hotel © F Mira
Polana Hotel © F Mira

The grand dame of Maputo, the Polana Serena Hotel boasts one of the city's most desirable addresses, overlooking the bay. The historic hotel is a majestic building, evoking the style and sophistication of colonial times with its gardens, Victorian lift and five-star luxury. The Polana was built in 1922 and is widely considered to be one of Africa's finest old luxury hotels.

If you are looking to splurge while visiting Maputo, the Polana Serena Hotel is your best bet. The hotel is centrally located and close to many of the city's most popular tourist attractions. There are three restaurants at the hotel: the Varanda Restaurant, which is open all day; the Delagoa fine-dining French restaurant; and the Aquarius sushi restaurant. The hotel boasts a stunning outdoor pool area, surrounded by tropical gardens, with a view of the bay, as well as a casino, a spa, and many other luxury features. A sunset drink in one of its cocktail bars is a must for those passing visitors not tempted to splash out on an extravagant stay. At the very least, it is worth asking permission to stroll around the gardens and see the view.

Address: Av. Julius Nyerere

Website: www.serenahotels.com/serenapolana/