An unspoiled island set within a Marine National Park, and with beaches of pure white sand that extends for miles kissed by gentle turquoise waves – this is paradise found at Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique.
Here, every creature comfort awaits, fish and seafood comes fresh from the ocean and a welcoming Mozambican community introduces guests to a fantastic range of activities and experiences on one of the last undiscovered stretches of beach in the world. Snorkeling with kaleidoscopic fish, sinking into an indulgent al fresco massage and sipping cocktails under a star-studded sky – dreams become reality at Azura Benguerra Island.
There are just 18 beach-chic designer villas at Azura Benguerra Island, each as welcoming as the next with a private pool facing the Indian Ocean, handcrafted king-size beds, bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, air conditioning and lounging decks and salas right on the white-sand beach. For families, friends or those who crave more relaxation space, there’s the two-bedroom Villa Amizade, with its larger swimming pool and wine bar, and the three-bedroom Presidential Villa, complete with entertaining space, private chef and Mozambican villa host.
Exuding a hospitable and friendly Mozambican personality, Azura Benguerra Island prides itself on an authentic experience for all guests. Stays are customized according to guests’ wishes and preferences, allowing one to do as little or as much as one pleases. Azura’s dedication is in giving back to its community – in particular supporting community initiatives with its décor items – and invites guests to visit the islanders and school children as part of their lineup of activities. Through the Rainbow Fund, Azura was able to build a school for children, as well as the teachers’ housing blocks. They now have some 400 children in education on Benguerra Island, compared with just 40 when it started. Rainbow Fund is the first registered charity of its kind in Mozambique.
Languid days on a private island are already decidedly dreamy, yet Azura Benguerra Island has added to the mix with myriad guided experiences for its guests’ enjoyment, from world-class snorkeling to SCUBA diving with dolphins and sea turtles, from visiting local communities to island hopping by helicopter. Days here are as relaxed or as active as one wishes, and memories are made while dining in the wine cellar, enjoying a drink on a beachfront sala and relaxing into a massage in the African Spa.
Daybreak at Azura Benguerra may bring breakfast at the water’s edge, while mid-day, guests may find themselves treated to a full-service picnic on a remote sandy island. Later, the resort’s Mozambican hosts craft innovative dining experiences, perhaps beneath the stars in a candle-lit and pleasingly private stretch of beach. Meals are fresh and light, focusing on what is locally available. A fabulous wine cellar complements each meal, including the owner’s wines flow in from their chateau in France’s Loire Valley.
Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique is located in a Marine National Park in the Indian Ocean. The resort is reached by an exhilarating 10 minute helicopter transfer from Vilanculos.