The Five-Star “Grande Dame of Maputo”
The magnificent five-star Polana Serena Hotel, known as the “Grande Dame of Maputo”, was built in 1922 and exudes colonial charm, but was completely refurbished by the Serena Group and now offers a wide range of luxurious modern amenities. The Polana Serena lives up to its motto, “Inspired by the past, looking toward the future.”
Like all properties in the Serena Group, which includes some of the finest hotels in Africa and the Middle East, the Polana Serena attracts both business and leisure travelers thanks to its world-class facilities and services. Karim Merali, Executive Director, explains, “The Polana Serena is housed in an historic building whose special features were preserved by the Serena Group when it renovated the property. We have 350 associates working here and the hotel is known for its excellent service.”
The Polana Serena, with 142 rooms and suites, enjoys magnificent sea views. It is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and has a stunning swimming pool overlooking the sea, an exclusive residents’ lounge, a business center, meeting facilities including the historical ballroom, a beauty salon and three gift shops.
Maisha Spa and fitness center, a true mind retreat
The hotel is well known for its gourmet dining options, which include the Delagoa Restaurant, Mozambique’s only authentic French Fine Dining restaurant. The Polana Serena also offers the VarandaRestaurant, open all day; the Aquarius Sushi Bar; and the convivial Polana Bar. Guests can be pampered in the hotel’s Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Health Club and Spa or keep fit in the hotel’s state-of-the-art gym, which has its own private heated lap pool.
The Serena Group is now looking for more projects in Mozambique. Mr. Merali says, “We see great potential in Mozambique and the Serena Group is investigating new opportunities here as the country continues to develop.”