The Azura Benguerra is one of Mozambique’s premier luxury resorts. If our blog doesn’t inspire you to drop everything and jump on the next plane, we really don’t know what will!
A Bit Of Background
Imagine an unspoilt island within a pristine Marine National Park. Miles of deserted beaches with soft white sand. Sparkling turquoise seas, crisscrossed by local dhow boats plying their trade. Swaying palms, gentle breezes, sunny days and star studded nights.
Built entirely by hand in partnership with the local community, The Azura has just 20 spacious ’beach-chic’ designer villas, each with their own private pool stretching out to the Indian Ocean beyond, and located a few steps from the pristine white sand beach. They offer the discerning guest every comfort, with handcrafted king size beds, feature bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, air-conditioning, daybeds, lounging decks and salas right on the beach.
Their most recent Royal Beach Villas have spacious en-suite bedrooms that lead out onto a covered patio, with a half-moon-shaped rim-flow pool just beyond, as well as a Jacuzzi. In addition, each suite also has a large living room with a TV and two sofas, as well as a guest bathroom. Sliding doors from the living area lead out onto the open deck, with a private beach sala a few steps beyond. There is also a large covered daybed at the end of the patio, the ideal spot in which to while away the idyllic island days. The 2 bedroomed Villa Amizade is perfect for families, friends, or those requiring a little more relaxation space, with the benefit of its own lounge and dining areas, ‘wine bar’, and larger swimming pool. The 3 bedroom Presidential Villa has its own beachfront location for complete seclusion and privacy. It has a magnificent master suite, as well as 2 further en-suite bedrooms, and is perfect for a family stay. There is a vast infinity pool, great entertaining space from the lounge bar to the treehouse deck, and a private chef and Mozambican villa host for the ultimate in personalised service during your stay.
Their new luxurious world-class spa will include a welcoming reception area where you will arrive and enjoy a complimentary footbath, the traditional start to any treatment at the Azura. From reception, you will be transported to another world as you stroll past mesmerizing water features, a pond and natural wooden decking, all of which add to the tranquillity of the space. The spa has two fully air-conditioned treatment rooms, and an outdoor massage deck, which overlooks the beach and offers rarely seen views of the island.
At Azura, they believe that dining is all part of the experience, from breakfast at the water’s edge, to a full service picnic on a sandy island, or romantic dining on a candle-lit beach beneath the stars. Their Mozambican butler-hosts take huge pride in their innovative dining set-ups, and little touches to make your stay extra special. They are what the Azura’s guests comment about the most, and are there to personalise your stay, as well as providing a unique insight into all things Mozambique.
What’s There To Do?
When it comes to activities, you are spoilt for choice at the Azura. Snorkel or dive the magnificent reefs that are home to the turtles that nest nearby. You can learn to dive at their PADI 5 Star Dive Centre or improve your skills through a range of PADI courses.Try your hand at fishing, the waters off Azura offer a variety of reef and big game fish, as well as saltwater fly-fishing for the enthusiast. Sail on their dhow – a traditional Arabic sailing vessel common throughout the Indian Ocean, go island hopping, or cruise to deserted beaches to look for pansy shells. Swim up to dolphins, which are regular visitors to their beach, or track down humpback whales on their migration past the island’s shores. Their guides will show you the best this pristine marine paradise has to offer. Take a Land Rover tour of the island, and experience the local culture for which Mozambique is rightly famous, as well as visiting the school which was built with donations to Azura’s Rainbow Fund. Climb the dunes, some of which are scattered with the remnants of ancient Arab artefacts. Visit the island’s lakes and spot a crocodile or two. Discover the local fauna and flora. Take a long walk and the resort’s staff will meet you with a picnic. Or join one of their star gazing events and lie back and listen to the ancient African stories that chart the cosmos. Alternatively, just sit back and relax at your villa and take in the incredible surroundings. The choice is yours!
If our blog has seriously whet your appetite, why not visit our Mozambique page for more information or contact one of our experienced travel advisors on 020 7843 3500 to plan your dream holiday today!