Azura Quilalea is an idyllic Mozambique island resort located in the Quirimbas Archipelago in the tropical Indian Ocean. Completely uninhabited, this beautiful island offers complete exclusivity and unparalleled natural beauty.
Nine private villas, all with magnificent sea views, provide personal havens of luxury accommodation. Each spacious villa is built of local materials and has a large private veranda. All have en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. Natural rock walls, makuti thatch, and quietly rotating ceiling fans keep the villas cool by day.
The restaurant and lounge is no more than a 2-minute walk from the most distant villa. Set on a peninsula at the north end of the island, the restaurant offers beautiful ocean views to both the west and the east. Guests can enjoy the local Mozambican cuisine prepared by the gourmet chef, accompanied by fine wines from the extensive cellar. Meals can be arranged in various secluded locations for special occasions or simply at your request.
You can relax by the swimming pool, on one of the sandy beaches or lie back in a hammock beneath the baobab trees. If you're feeling a little more energetic there are various adventure activities you can try including diving, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking, bird watching and exploring the island on foot. Dhow sailing cruises, especially those at sunset, are a perennial favourite.
Open: Azura Quilalea is open all year.
Location: Azura Quilalea is on the otherwise uninhabited Indian Ocean island of Quilalea in the Quirimbas Archipelago, northern Mozambique. The island lies 30 nautical miles north of Pemba, the nearest airport. From here its a 25-minute helicopter flight to Quiilalea.
Rooms: There are 9 villas in 4 categories: Kaskazi Villas (4), Kusi Villas (4) and Villa Quilalea. They are arranged above 2 of the islands long, sandy beaches. Kaskazi and Kusi Villas overlook the beach. The bedroom is air conditioned and has a minibar, a large bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, a sundeck with loungers and covered deck with a daybed. Kusi Villas tend to have slightly better locations and views and private plunge pools. Villa Quilalea is in a secluded part of the island. It features a large sitting room, private dining area, a sundeck with loungers and a plunge pool, and access to a private beach for swimming. All villas have 24-hour butler service. The energy consumption of each villa can be regulated using a switch, so you can opt for eco or luxe settings, as you prefer.
Activities: The waters off Quilalea are ideal for diving and snorkelling. You can go kayaking in the mangroves at neighbouring Sencar Island, go deep sea fishing and take a romantic sailing trip on a dhow. There are walking trails on the island to show off its varied scenery and rich birdlife, lovely locations for private picnics and candle-lit dinners by the shore. There is a Gin Bar experience once a week, with a selection of drinks available. Cultural visits to Ibo island can be arranged by the staff. Dolphins and turtles can be seen year round with the latter nesting between October and April. Humpback whales are usually seen from mid-July to mid-October.
Facilities: There is a swimming pool and deck with sun loungers and parasols. Indoors the lounge has long banks of sofas, a TV and free internet access via Wi-Fi and a laptop. There is a separate bar and a wine cellar with a range of wines from the owners 5 estates. The main dining area is shaded but has open sides to admit the gentle breeze. The cliff top spa offers pampering and restorative treatments. The therapist will design a personalised programme for you and treatments can take place in your villa if you prefer. The lodge has its own watersports and PADI dive centre. There is a gift shop selling local handicrafts and beachwear. There is a laundry service.
Dining: Staff take great care in preparing the food and in selecting special, private dining locations by the beach, on a sandbar or by the pool. Fresh fish and seafood including succulent crayfish and crabs,are high on the menu. Most meals are eaten outdoors and dinner is by candlelight.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Family activities revolve around the natural world. Snorkelling and fishing are suitable for young children while older ones may want to try kayaking and scuba diving.
Health: This is a malaria area.
Communication: There is a laptop in the lounge plus Wi-Fi internet access, free for guests to use. Notes: Azura accepts Visa and MasterCard but cannot accept American Express, Diners Club cards or travellers cheques.
Relax on a deserted island in the Indian Ocean, with sandy beaches, golden sunsets and the freshest seafood.
"We were slightly unlucky with the visibility on the diving front and very unlucky on the fishing front but it's still an incredible place. Villa was amazing, staff incredibly helpful. Definitely stayed the right amount of time. Think we were running out of things to do but we're both fairly restless when it comes to sitting in paradise slowly frying in the sun."