Azura Benguerra sits on one of the most perfect stretches of white sand you will find anywhere in the world. The island of Benguerra lies just off the coast of southern Mozambique, in what is known as the Bazaruto Archipelago, and is very sparsely inhabited, leaving you feeling that you have found your very own castaway paradise.
Each of Azura’s 20 villas has a private plunge pool, fabulous lounging deck and is situated right on the beach with its own pair of luxurious sala and sun beds. The villas are draped in pretty, flowing thatch and decorated in a modern rustic chic style with pops of bright colour complementing the generally muted hues of pale wood and white walls. As well as generously-sized indoor bathroom each has outside his and hers showers for when you just can’t miss an opportunity to be in the open air. Villas can sleep from two people up to a family of five or six and your butler-host will be on hand to look after you throughout your stay.
FOOD & DRINK
Fresh, African-inspired cuisine is served in a variety of locations including the open-fronted restaurant or on the beach, with regular barbecue nights. You can also treat your loved one to a private dinner in your villa or under the stars on the beach. Good food is very much part of the Azura experience with freshly-caught seafood high on the agenda.
Enjoy a cocktail while you sample fresh sushi at the beautiful Star Bar, a popular gathering point for guests before dinner each evening. Talk to the resident marine biologist and learn more about the surrounding area with the local community guide. A gorgeous boutique sells designer clothes, handmade jewellery and other beautiful artefacts and, if you really need to catch that important match or game, there’s a TV tucked discreetly away in the library.
OUT & ABOUT
Water-based activities are of course one of the main attractions on Benguerra Island and there are plenty on offer at Azura. The snorkelling and diving here are some of the best in Mozambique and the PADI dive school welcomes complete beginners through to seasoned divers who might be lucky enough to see several species of turtle, dolphins, sharks, moray eels, eagle rays and more.
Above water, sunset dhow sailing is a must on the Azura’s own traditional sailing vessel, as are day trips to nearby Pansy Island (named for its exquisite hoard of pansy shells, littering the beaches) with a delicious picnic.
For the more active and adventurous, big game fishing, paddle boarding and whale spotting (in season) are all possible.
- Azura Benguerra makes for a perfect beach addition after a southern African safari and is a honeymooners’ dream.
- There is no main pool since there really is no need for one. Each villa has a private plunge pool and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are just a few steps away.