As in East Africa many of our luxury safari clients love to spend time at a luxury beach lodge after their safari – most people travel down to Mozambique which boasts white sandy shores, remote islands, amazing snorkelling and very exclusive and luxurious beach resorts – here are a few of our favourites.
Azura Benguerra Island, the first eco-friendly resort in Mozambique, was hand-built by the local community and is operated in partnership with it. With just 17 villas, each sporting a personal infinity swimming pool, thatched roof and spectacular beachside location, Azura offers an enchanting seaside escape. Set within a Marine National Park, the outstanding beauty of Benguerra Island provides an exquisite backdrop and is situated on one of the last undiscovered stretches of beach in the World. The retreat offers three types of accommodation within their 17 villas catering for couples through to larger families and groups, all villas are a few steps from the beach. Azura’s ethos for sustainability is commendable and the resort continues to operate as a community initiative which see the local islanders benefiting as much as the guests.
This newly opened retreat is situated on an idyllic private island part of the Quirimbas archipelago and located within the Quirimba’s National Park which will ensure it remains uninhabited. Azura Quilalea is accessed via light aircraft from Mozambique. This offers unrivalled views of the spectacular aerial scenery of the islands making up the archipelago and possible whale sightings!
Each of the nine villas making up this intimate retreat has been built sourcing only local materials, the stone walls, hardwood floors and coconut palm thatch are all island specific – ensuring the resort’s minimum carbon footprint. The villas, decorated with oversized beds and the finest Egyptian cotton, provides luxurious comfort and can be booked individually or on a whole lodge exclusive use basis, making Azura Quilalea a great option for a group getaway or family celebration.
This multi award winning resort has been internationally recognised for its marine safaris, community focus and value. Located within the Quirimbas archipelago, Ibo Island has a rich heritage as one of the oldest settlements in Africa and is nominated for World Heritage Status it, like Quilalea, is protected under its National Park status, safeguarding the island against overdevelopment. The truly unique element of Ibo is its accommodations, three historic and magnificent mansions, each over one hundred and fifty years old, have been lovingly restored to their former glory in order to provide 14 beautiful rooms. Each air conditioned room has been individually designed in locally sourced materials to give an authentic example of its Island location. Perhaps the jewel in Ibo Island’s crown are the many and varied activities on offer, from the Quirimba mobile island hopping safaris, scuba diving, sea kayaking to the traditional dhow sailing. But don’t worry, for those less actively inclined the resort boasts award winning chefs who can create a gastronomic feast of a picnic to enjoy on the island’s fabulous secret sand bank beach!
For those who like their beach lodges to have rustic charm there is Benguerra lodge. Benguerra Island offers a diverse example of flora and fauna thanks to the forest, savannah and freshwater lakes and exists, along with the additional islands that make up the Bazaruto archipelago, as one of the last remaining habitats of the mystical Dugong, a curious sea mammal once believed to be the source of mermaid fables. Accommodation is set within the islands picturesque surrounding forest and offered in the form of ten casinhas and two cabanas, thatched and partly exposed allowing the cool sea breeze to circulate. All boast four poster beds, generous bathtubs and outdoor showers to complete the luxury chic whilst still offering a nod to its African surrounds. Nothing is too much trouble for the friendly lodge team who will see to you every need, ice cold cocktails, freshly caught and prepared seafood all served on your own private veranda, enjoyed whilst watching the spectacular African sunset.
Situated on a spectacular peninsula within an unspoilt nature reserve, Coral Lodge is only minutes from the World Heritage Site of Ilha de Mocambique, the former capital of Mozambique. It is this unique, largely untouched, location that allows visitors to Coral Lodge the perfect balance to learn about the culture and history of the area whilst relaxing in its breathtaking beauty. Ten luxuriously decorated villas make up the accommodation at Coral Lodge, an allocated room steward is on hand to ensure you have all you need. From talking you through the extensive daily menu and meal options through to the unending choice of spectacular location from which to savour it! Enjoyed your meal? You can even accompany the chef as he makes his daily visit to the local market and learn to cook his favourite Mozambican dishes back at the lodge. The Coral Lodge team are all local to the resort and relish the opportunity to show guests their communities and their homes. It is this welcoming spirit of the Maucau people that stays with you, a feeling that you arrived here a traveller and are leaving as a friend.