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Mozambique Gourmet delights

( The FOOD in Mozambique is often said to be reason enough to visit the country with its Portuguese heritage evident in many of the dishes include:
• Shellfish, of which prawns are the favourite, is served in most popular restaurants in the country. Lobsters and crabs are also popular. Restaurants renowned for their seafood and tourist experiences are Costa do Sol, Marisqueira Sagres and Escorpiao in Maputo.
• Fresh fish is also a speciality, with rock cod being a favourite.
• Mathapa is a local dish produced from cassava leaves and is served at local restaurants such as Coqueiro, situated at the Feira Popular, which houses many other bars and restaurants.
• Traditional Portuguese dishes are also popular, including stews and peri-peri chicken.
Mozambique to invest US$600 million ahead of South African soccer World Cup
Mozambique plans to spend $600 million on new hotels, casinos and other leisure facilities as part of an effort to capitalize on a tourism boom expected when neighboring South Africa hosts the 2010 soccer World Cup.
Cited by the Guardian newspaper, Albino Mahumana, director of tourism in Mozambique, said the country planned to attract a high number of soccer fans to the beaches and cities of Mozambique in 2010.
It is expected that over 300,000 people will visit South Africa during the month-long championships, scheduled to begin on June 11, 2010.
The capital of Mozambique, Maputo, is a few hours from Nelspruit, one of the nine cities that will host the games, six hours from Johannesburg. (macauhub)

Maisha Spa for Polana Serena Hotel
The Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo has a new spa, named “Maisha" which means “life" in Swahili. The spa has been built in the style of a sultna´s palace. All treatments take place in private mosaic-patterned rooms, each with its own changing and washroom facilities. Signature treatments include deep-tissue massages, ´ritual coconut milk´body wraps. “andean hot-stone massages" and ´salt´ginger and lemon body rubs`
All treatments make use of all-natural essential oils, such as frankincense and juniper.

New Luxury Resort to Enhance Benguerra Island
A new luxury resort, Azura, is being built on Benguerra Island in southern Mozambique.
Azura, set to open in October, is located within the Bazaruto National Park and will comprise 14 luxury beach villas and one two-bedroom presidential villa which will feature a large private pool, sitting and dining area and a jacuzzi. All the villas will include air-conditioning, private butler service, double outdoor showers, outdoor sala, private sundeck and a plunge pool.
The resort will also feature a restaurante which serves local cuisine and a “Gecko Deck" for informal dining on the beach. An Afgrican spa is also being built and it will offer various signature treatments incorporating local traditions and ingredients like ground coconut shells, diamond dust and marula oil.

Gildo Neves FUTUR-Mozambique Tourism Marketing Executive Tel:+258 21 307 320/1 Fax: +258 21 307 322 Email: Web:

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