Imagine an unspoilt island within a marine conservation park. Miles of deserted beaches with soft white sand and clear turquoise seas, criss crossed by local dhows plying their trade. Coconut palms sway on the gentle breeze. This is Azura Benguerra, a luxury eco retreat.
Built entirely by hand in partnership with the local community, Azura has just 16 villas, each with their own private pool stretching out to the Indian Ocean beyond, designed for the ultimate undiscovered getaway. Voted by Conde Naste as the coolest beach in Africa, Azura is perfect for a safari and beach honeymoon stay.
With wonderful cuisine, friendly Mozambican service and a vast range of activities and experiences, including a unique African spa, it’s the perfect island escape.
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Rooms at Azura Benguerra
Azura’s villas blend modern chic with all that is traditional in Mozambique. The creature comforts you would expect from a luxury boutique resort are there, set off by beautifully carved furnishings and traditional artwork beneath a local thatched jekka roof. Each is just footsteps from the beach, yet designed with seclusion in mind.
Wander down to the pristine beach and welcoming azure sea beyond. Relax on your daybed and have your local Mozambican butler-host serve you drinks. Tan in private then cool off in your sparkling pool. Sip a cocktail in your beach side sala as the sun goes down, then shower beneath the stars before dining in private on your deck.
Indulge your desires with our dining experience. Fresh local Mozambican produce, much of it home caught, put together with contemporary style and flair. The top international chef’s signature dishes will delight even the most discerning palate.
There is always a choice of dishes, including lots of fresh fish and seafood, and staff will happily try to accommodate any personal requests you may have. The seven course tasting menu is a particular highlight. All meals and a large selection of house drinks are currently included in the rate at Azura.
Where to eat is as much of a decision as what to eat. The main restaurant has magnificent uninterrupted views out to sea. The Gecko Deck offers informal dining with your feet in the sand. Or we’ll pack a picnic of your choosing and whisk you off to a secluded spot on your own. And nothing beats dining by candlelight on the beach beneath the stars.
The public areas are open to the beach and sea with amazing vistas across calm blue waters to the Indian Ocean beyond. Furnished with cool contemporary cottons and the textures of Africa, they are open to the breezes, in harmony with nature. Comfortable, simple, spacious and chic. Wander in and out as you please. Find a quiet corner to read a book, or a place to share the stories of your day with others. Sip the cocktail of the day with your feet in the sand, or snack on fresh sushi in the Star Bar when the fishermen have been lucky with their catch.
Learn more about the environment you are in with our specialist guides or browse our collection of designer clothing, handcrafted artefacts and jewellery at the Trading Store. The mod cons are there too if you need them, with satellite TV and internet discreetly tucked away in our library. And the ultimate African spa if you feel in need of some pampering.
In our opinion: This is a superb honeymoon destination, and is perfect for combining with a safari holiday in neighbouring South Africa.
For more information about staying at Azura and safari and beach holidays, contact us here or call our Africa holiday’s team on +44 208 249 5919.
ReviewsIn our opinion: It doesn't get much more romantic than this. Azura is perfect for some relaxation and pampering on a honeymoon or after a safari in the Kruger National Park.
Facilities at The Azura Benguerra
- Fully Inclusive Basis
- Air Conditioning
- A la Carte Dining
- Private plunge pool
- Private deck
- Butler service
- Fan & Mosquito Nets
- The island is reached by helicopter transfer from the mainland airport at Vilanculos. Vilanculos is reached by daily flights from Johannesburg or Maputo. It is also served with direct flights from the Kruger on certain days of the week.