AndBeyond Benguerra Island is on an island 14kms off the Mozambique mainland, reached by an exciting helicopter or light aircraft flight. The main lodge has a large lounge-bar and a dining area, both with wooden decks, thatched roofs and indoor and outdoor seating areas. You'll enjoy delicious fresh fish and seafood here. There is an infinity pool and a spa offering a range of treatments.
Accommodation is in individual cabanas, casinhas and a large, 3-bedroom villa. The cabanas and casinhas are spacious and have en-suite bathrooms and private decks with plunge pools. The villa, known as the Casa de Familia, is indeed perfect for families, with self-contained accommodation and a generously-sized wooden deck with its own swimming pool. You'll even have your own chef to cook up some gastronomic feasts!
Activities are mainly water based. This is a great area for diving and snorkelling with some beautiful reefs to be seen. Kayaking, catamaran trips and sunset dhow cruises are also popular. On land, you can go horse riding, climb up sand dunes, have guided island and village tours, enjoy picnics and go bird watching. Of course, you are also welcome to do nothing more than relax and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings, unspoilt beaches and sea views.
Open: &Beyond Benguerra Island is open all year and re-opened on 1st June 2015 after an extensive refurbishment.
Location: The lodge is on Benguerra Island, the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago. The lodge is reached via a flight to Vilanculos and an onward helicopter or fixed wing transfer of 10-15 minutes to Benguerra Island which is 14kms off the coast.
Rooms: There are 3 types of accommodation, cabanas, casinhas and a villa, between them accommodating a maximum of 32 guests. The 2 cabanas are at the edge of the beach and each has a queen-sized bed with mosquito net, ceiling fan, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, large bathroom with bath, shower, toilet and outside shower and a private deck with a Jacuzzi or plunge pool and sun loungers. The 10 casinhas have similar facilities plus a lounge and outdoor gazebo, ideal for al fresco dining. 2 of the casinhas can take an extra bed to sleep a child up to 12 years. The Casa de Familia has 3 en-suite bedrooms compriosing a master bedroom and 2 interconnecting bedrooms, indoor and outdoor living and dining areas, a personal chef, a private deck and swimming pool and direct access to the beach.
Activities: The lodge can arrange a variety of excursions including rides in open 4x4 vehciles to explore the island, bird watching trips, village visits, catamaran and dhow cruises, picnics, kayaking and horse riding. You can also go on island walks, climb sand dunes, and go swimming, and catch-and-release deep sea fishing. The snorkelling and diving here are excellent.
Facilities: There is a large lounge and bar and a separate dining room, both with wooden decks and outdoor seating areas. Meals make use of freshly caught fish and seafood. There are various locations around the lodge where private meals can be enjoyed. The lodge has a swimming pool and small spa.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables indoors and outdoors.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The Casa de Familia provides ideal family accommodation and can accommodate up to 4 adults and 4 children. 2 of the casinhas can accommodate a child on an extra bed in the main bedroom. Age limits apply to some activities. The WILDChild Programme arranges special activities for children.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access.
And Beyond has engaged with the local community to identify their top priority projects and is about to begin the construction of a multi-purpose centre for the village (June 2015). They also support the conservation of the islandâ€™s endangered dugong herds.