Azura Benguerra, Bazaruto Archipelago

Mozambique

A remote paradise set on miles of pure white sand within the Bazaruto National Marine Park.

Your arrival by helicopter nods to what’s in store at Azura Benguerra. With luxurious tranquillity and all the superlatives that you can throw at this retreat, the swaying palms and glistening waters that surround you only add to the sense of remoteness.

Blending modern chic and traditional Mozambique, the villas are just footsteps from the beach. Each has its own private pool, outdoor sala and deck while a two-bedroom villa and presidential suite are available for those who desire more space than they could possibly need. But it’s not all about stylish abodes and personal butler service, the mineral-rich waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago are waiting to be explore – they provide habitat year-round to turtles, dolphins and the rare dugong, as well as humpback whales and whale sharks at certain times of the year.

As for dining, quality does the talking and seafood is an obvious star of the show. Lobster, tiger prawns, snapper cooked to perfection by the expert chefs, ready to be served in a destination of your choice. It’s hard to select between on a moonlit beach or washed-ashore dhow surrounded by candles, but even harder to choose from the well-stocked wine cellar which features some of the owners’ wines flown in from their reserve in the Loire Valley.

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Location

Benguerra Island lies a few miles off the coast of Mozambique. Fly to Vilanculos Airport and arrive at the lodge in style with a short helicopter flight.

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