Azura Benguerra Island is a luxury boutique eco-retreat, built and operated in partnership with the local community. The retreat has 18 villas, each with its own infinity pool and designed for the ultimate in pampering and privacy. The villas combine modern elegance with traditional Mozambican design. All are air-conditioned villa and have their own beachside sala and are very spacious.
All villas are set on the beach and share the same luxury decor and amenities, each having an outdoor shower, large private undercover deck with a shaded sala and plunge pool. Villa Amizade has 2 bedrooms making it ideal for families or those seeking extra space, and the Presidential Villa has 3 en-suite bedrooms, indoor and outdoor relaxations areas and its own infinity pool.
The public areas of the lodge are open to the beach and sea with views across calm blue waters to the Indian Ocean. Furnished with cool contemporary cottons and the textures of Africa, they are open to the natural breezes. Azura has a restaurant, bar, lounge and library. The cuisine is based on fresh local Mozambican produce, much of it home- caught or home-grown. There is an extensive wine cellar.
The Azura Spa
There is a gorgeous treatment spa to relax and unwind with a variety of therapies and massages. There are 2 double reatment rooms, set on the beach and open to refreshing breezes. Treat yourself to a body scrub in genuine diamond dust, or a 'butter me up' body wrap using African body butters and oils. Massages are also offered, including the tribal Traditional massage, where the body is covered in olive and shea butter and the massage strokes mimic the beating of African drums. African masssage staffs and rainsticks are also used, leaving the body feeling soothed and calm.
Azura is situated within a National Marine Park, on the north-west of Benguerra Island, Mozambique. There are many water-based activities available to guests including snorkelling, diving and fishing. Guests can also go out with the Dugong protection team and search for this shy endangered mammal, help protect and release the turtles from their nests on these shores, sail on a dhow, cruise to deserted beaches and swim with dolphins. There is a marine biologist and community officer on site to show you the area.
Open: Azura Benguerra is open all year.
Location: The lodge is on the northwest of Benguerra Island in a National Marine Park. The island is 14kms from the mainland and can only be reached by air and sea.
Rooms: There are 20 villas, comprising 10 infinity beach villas, 3 luxury beach villas, 3 beach villas, 2 royal beach villas and the larger Villa Amizade and Presidentail Villa. All categories of villa are air conditioned, have tea and coffee making facilities, minibars, en-suite bathroom with twin hand basins and shower, separate outdoor shower and deck with a day bed, loungers and a plunge pool. All come with butler service. Luxury villas offer extra space and infinity villas also have a Nespresso machine, bathtub, 5 metre swimming pool and a ‘gym in a bag’. Royal beach villas are the largest, at 172sqm each, are are at the secluded northern end of the grounds. With a spacious lounge, Nespresso machine, sofas that can be comverted to beds, 2 bathrooms, outdoor decks, salas, an infinity pool and jacuzzi, these offer supreme luxury and comfort.
Villa Amizade has 2 bedrooms and sleeps up to 5 including children. Indoor areas include a sitting room with flatscreen TV, DVD, music system and selection of games, plus a wine bar. There are large decks and a 10 metre pool. You can dine privately on meals prepared by your own chef. The Presidential Villa has 3 en-suite bedrooms and sleeps up to 6. It has a sitting/dining room, media room, wine bar, deck, large infinity pool and treehouse, and comes with a private butler and chef.
Activities: The clear water is perfect for snorkelling and diving with coral reefs where you’ll see dozens of colourful fish. You can take fishing trips and go on dhow cruises to deserted beaches for picnics. On dry land you can take a 4x4 island tour taking in villages and schools, climb sand dunes, go for walks and have picnics delivered at your chosen location! Horse riding is a popular option following trails and cantering along the beach. After dark you can do some star gazing. Facilities: There is a central lounge and bar with a selection of books and DVDs, and a separate room with a flatscreen TV, and a central restaurant. The spa offers a comprehensive range of treatments like body wraps, aromatherapy and massages using local ingredients, and a gym for the fitness-minded. The boutique sells clothes and jewellery. There is a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are eaten at various locations such as on the beach, by the pool and in your own villa as well as in the main restaurant. Picnics can be organised and you can select your ideal picnic spot and have the meal delivered to you. Meals are accompanied by wine, including a selection of the owner’s wines from France. Fresh fish and seafood figure prominently on the menu.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in the bar and lounge.
Azura is all about giving back to communities wherever they can. They use as many local initiatives and community projects as possible to carve, weave, paint and otherwise design the numerous unique dÃƒÂ©cor pieces found around Azura. Their Rainbow Fund supports a variety of social environment projects; they have built the only school on Benguerra Island and houses for the teachers, and they also sponsor our local football team. Azura are also dedicated to wildlife and habitat conservation, aiming for a minimal environmental footprint whilst not compromising on the luxury elements that clients desire. Solar-powered showers and a state of the art sewage treatment are at all their hotels, and they recycle grey water for the gardens to prevent environmental seepage. All in all, not only will you get an amazing Indian Ocean experience at Azura Benguerra, but your money is having a positive effect locally.
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499