Barefoot luxury, local charm and nautical pastimes at this idyllic getaway.
Gliding through the sky in a helicopter is the best way to arrive at &Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge. It’s set in a UNESCO world heritage site with a protected marine conservation area, so it’s located is guaranteed to impress, particularly when you first set eyes on it from above.
The lodge has come a long way since its days as a fishing camp. Today, there are seriously stylish suites with infinity plunge pools overlooking the glowing Indian Ocean. There’s a characterful bar carved out of a dhow and a menu of fresh seafood that should only be eaten with your toes dug firmly in the sand.
Yet despite all this, what makes &Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge most magical is the way it combines a modern approach to style and service with a strong sense of its original charm.
You can still take a traditional wooden dhow out to an island for castaway picnics or go fishing like the locals on a catch and release basis. Gin-clear waters lend themselves to excellent scuba diving in some of the world’s most colourful reefs. And riding on horseback along talcum powder white sands will almost certainly be one of your highlights.