Worlds away from the everyday, Azura Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique, brings to mind Robinson Crusoe and daydreams of casting away to a private island in the middle of a clear blue sea.
Here, nine seafront, African-chic villas are set on a wholly uninhabited isle in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by the pristine waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago marine sanctuary. Guests are invited to leave worries and cares behind as they step foot on this magical island where days may be planned as active or as low-key as one wishes. Snorkel the island’s shores, kayak through the mangroves or indulge in a water-side massage – this is a paradise for marine lovers and romantics alike.
With just a handful of private villas, Azura Quilalea is able to maintain an exclusive ambience to its world-class retreat. Four Kaskazi Villas are amply sized, with open floor plans, with fantastic views across multiple turquoise seas to Quirimba Island and beyond. Four more Kusi Villas are freshly revamped, offering pure African elegance and natural furnishings, a premium location and an additional outdoor shower. For the ultimate indulgence, guests may select the cliff-top Villa Quilalea, with an extended outdoor deck, private dining area, infinity plunge pool and stepladder right into a private ocean alcove and beach.
The enthusiastic Azura Quilalea team aims to wow guests throughout each and every moment of their stay, making each day unique. Activities may be planned according to interest and energy level, young children can be entertained and even taught to snorkel on their own, and honeymooners specially tended to with treats and romantic experiences. From villa energy systems that allows guests to take control of their own eco-footprint to fresh and ever-changing dining options to customized daily activities, your private island experience will be uniquely your own.
A must for marine lovers, Azura Quilalea takes pride in its aquatic offerings in the Quirimbas Archipelago, including snorkeling, diving, kayaking and communing with humpback whales and dolphins in the Indian Ocean. Back on land, diversions run the gamut from cultural trips to nearby Ibo Island and indulgent spa treatments, to strolling under the giant baobabs and birdwatching, which might include a glimpse of the Madagascan Bee-eater and Paradise Flycatcher. Walk the island to view the giant baobabs.
Guests will never eat in the same place twice at Azura Quilalea, where simple and understated meals focus on what’s fresh and available – of course, including scrumptious local fish and seafood. Breakfast may be at the water’s edge, with a lingering lunch on a private stretch of beach and dinner by candlelight in the quiet of a guest villa. The chef is happy to accommodate personal requests, and highly recommends the huge Mangrove Crabs, a particular regional specialty.
Azura Quilalea Private Island in Mozambique is located on a private island in the Quirimbas Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The resort is reached by a 25 minute scenic helicopter flight from Pemba Airport.