Renovations of the Polana Mar wing, a separate building on the property of the famous Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo, are nearing completion. US$4m was spent on the extensive refurbishment, and the wing, now resplendent with its new blend of contemporary and ethnic décor, is set to open on May 1.

Polana Mar has almost the same pedigree as the main building of the hotel, which was built in the 1920s and is recognisable by its gracious colonial style. Polana Mar was originally constructed between 1969 and 1971, and last refurbished between 1999 and 2000.

With the addition of 10 new rooms, the wing will offer 66 rooms over three floors, characterised by light spaces and magnificent views over the bay. The rooms fall into three categories - Prime, Executive and Prime Family.

Four décor themes have been used in the refurbishment, all inspired by Mozambique’s cultural wealth, fauna and flora and designed by a local firm of architects.

Room amenities include minibars, electronic safes, tea and coffee facilities, USB connections and hairdryers.  The wing is served by a dedicated team and butler service.

Polana Mar will incorporate a Kids’ Club with toys, movies and games to entertain young ones – this facility is also due to be complete in May.

The entire Polana Serena offers restaurants, a pool in large gardens, a beauty salon, shops the Maisha Health Club and Spa.