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Mozambique Azura Benguerra Private Island Luxury Holidays

The Azura Mozambique retreats are on the islands of Benguerra and Quilalea; the former is a long-established holiday destination with some wonderful villas and lodges – including Benguerra Lodge, the oldest of all on the islands and still one of the best – while the latter, Quilalea, has to be one of the most exclusive destinations in the world.

This completely private island, with only nine luxuriously appointed yet traditionally constructed villas in a truly exotic setting, is simply amazing, and with stunning beaches and beautiful ocean waters to swim and dive in, plus the glorious weather, makes the perfect place for a luxury holiday in Mozambique.

The island forms part of the Bazaruto Archipelago, within a Marine National Park- some 800 km north of Maputo, near the town of Vilanculos. Just 20 villas are nestled along one of the last undiscovered stretches of beach in the world, Azura Benguerra, the first eco-friendly resort in Mozambique, was hand-built by the local community and is operated in partnership with it.

Accommodation consists of two Beach Villas, 10 Infinity Villas, three Luxury Beach Villas, a Presidential Villa and the decadent Villa Amizade. Each villa was constructed entirely by hand.

Each air-conditioned villa has its own infinity plunge pool and beachside sala, and has all the creature comforts and designer touches expected from a luxury boutique resort, set off by beautifully carved beams and traditional artwork beneath a local thatch roof.

Each villa is a stone’s throw from the beach, but has been designed with privacy in mind. Nestled among native trees and shrubs, the villas have been carefully designed to create your own private sanctuary!

Azura Benguerra Resort is the first luxury eco-boutique retreat in Mozambique. The emphasis throughout is on excellent service, architecture in harmony with nature and community up-lifting. Azura Benguerra Island has just been granted Carbon Neutral Status, another first in Mozambique accommodation.

The food is in the centre of Azura lodge on Benguerra Island Mozambique. The exclusive dishes of one of the best international chefs will not disappoint you, as will the vast wine cellar, with excellent wines directly from the owner’s castle in the Loire Valley in France! Local fresh Mozambican produce, most of which is homemade and locally grown, is composed with a contemporary style and touch. The refined restaurant has a beautiful unobstructed view; Gheko Deck offers informal dining in the sand, the Star Bar and a wine cellar also serving as a restaurant!

Most activities at Azura Benguerra lodge are located in and around the sea. Water sports centre offers adventures such as the Padi 5 Star dive centre with top of the range Scuba-pro equipment for the best scuba diving, as well as snorkelling, sailing, big game fishing and kayaking. Island drives and cultural excursions can also be arranged. Swim with dolphins, follow whales during their migration or go out with the dugong protection team in search of the shy and threatened mammal. A traditionally carved 10 meter dhow is moored offshore and available to guests at all times. View all the optional activity options and rates here for what you can do around Benguerra Island.

For those who want to stay ashore, they can explore the island, climb the sand dunes or visit the island’s lakes. Discover complete privacy in your luxurious beach villa where you and your better half can feel alone in paradise!

Azura Benguerra Island houses a decadent and luxurious spa, offering typical treatments based on local ingredients and traditions. Indulge in a "Tribal Traditions" massage, which mimics the beating of African drums! Guests can be coated with crushed coconut shells and natural herbs, covered with tamarind and aloe from head to toe and gently massaged with warm Marula oil…

With sparkling turquoise seas criss-crossed by local dhows plying their trade, sunny days and star-studded nights. This is the enchanting island escape you always imagined!