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Azura at Quilalea

Quirimbas, Mozambique

Azura at Quilalea is an idyllic beach lodge on a private island in the Quirimbas Archipelago. With just nine villas beautifully positioned around the island, you can enjoy a very private beach escape, enjoying the warm Mozambique hospitality.

At a Glance

  • Laze on the remote beaches

  • Have a cocktail in hand while watching the amazing sunsets

  • Swim in the clear turquoise waters

  • Enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood

  • Dive from the beach

Beach, Honeymoon, Diving, Eco/ethical tourism

Insider's View

Walk to the other side of the island for a special private picnic. The beach is called turtle beach, if you are really lucky you may see a female coming to lay her eggs

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Insider's View

The house reef is so convenient and the diversity is incredible. For a truly memorable experience, head out for a guided night snorkel

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Adjust to island time without fuss, don’t complain, it’s for your own good. Early bed and early rise to make the most of the cooler mornings to explore

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Get stuck into a famously hard-fighting GT (Giant Trevally), this is one of the hardest pound for pound fighting fish in the world, you’d better be holding on!

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Take a half day trip and see some incredible culture on Ibo Island.

Anna Hearn

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Enjoy a complimentary sunset cocktail brought to your villa as the sun dips below the horizon, turning the sea to molten gold.

Anna Hearn

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The diving at Azura at Quilalea is incredible; mere meters from the beach is a twenty-meter drop-off teeming with wonderful tropical fish!

Anna Hearn

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Take a picnic to Azura at Quilalea's iconic sandbank; just you, delicious food, ice-cold drinks and a soft sea breeze.

Anna Hearn

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The massage sala is built into the coral rock outcrop, so you can enjoy a treatment to the sound of the waves below.

Camilla Whitworth

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Kayak in the turquoise waters which surround the island.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

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Go deep sea fishing for Marlin, tuna, dorado, giant travalley or barracuda.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

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Snorkel on the house reef and see if you are lucky enough to see a hawksbill turtle

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Azura at Quilalea


Azura at Quilalea, on its own private paradise island in the stunning Quirimbas Archipelago, is considered to be among the best accommodation found in northern Mozambique. With four Sunrise Kaskazi Villas and four Sunset Kusi Villas, and a totally separate Villa Quilalea, the lodge is intimate and remote, and the perfect destination for honeymooners or those wishing to get away from it all.

Each of the villas is constructed using local materials, with natural coral stone walls, carved wooden beams, makuti thatch roofs, and timber wooden decks. Windows have no glass, but have shutters that can be opened to allow the breezes through, or closed for more privacy at night. Each room has its own butler, on hand to cater to your every whim. The villas are spacious and luxurious, each with its own private deck stretching out to the beach, and plenty of areas to relax during the day, with daybeds and sun loungers.

The lodge is built ecologically, using solar power and wind generated electricity wherever possible. Guests are even able to control the amount of power they use themselves in their rooms!

The lodge boasts excellent service, hospitality and luxury, and the food is exceptional, making the most of the freshest ingredients and abundant seafood.

Spend your days snorkeling in the crystal-clear, warm Indian Ocean waters, kayaking along the shoreline, or diving to get up close to the colorful corals. Enjoy unwinding at the beautiful African spa on the clifftop, with treatments inspired by Africa and using all natural ingredients.


Azura at Quilalea has four Kaskazi Villas and four Kusi Villas. There is also the Villa Quilalea, perched on the cliff top, which is perfect for those wishing for ultimate seclusion, a private swimming alcove and a private infinity plungepool.

Inside the villas, there are vast handcrafted beds, and the rooms have natural, designer ‘beach-chic’ finishings and furnishings, and spacious bathrooms with a shower with a view out to sea. There are no telephones or iPod docks here, just a fan to cool you down, and air-conditioning should you need it, a fridge full of your favorite drinks, and a wooden pirate chest to store your most precious belongings. Outside, there are daybeds and sun-loungers for relaxing, and the private decks have fabulous uninterrupted views out to the beach and out to sea.

Kaskazi Villas

The Kaskazi villas are located on the east side of the island and have fantastic ocean views. They are en-suite with indoor/outdoor showers and your own private deck.

Kusi Villas

Three Kusi villas are located on the west side of the island and one is located on the east side - all have fantastic ocean views. They are en-suite with indoor/outdoor showers and your own private deck.

Villa Quilalea

Villa Quilalea is located in a more remote part of the island with stunning views and offers guests complete privacy. The villa has a plunge pool, an outdoor shower and a separate dining room and sitting area.


Children are welcome at Azura at Quilalea, however the lodge requests that parents respect the privacy and tranquillity of other guests and that young children dine in their villa with their parents. There is a maximum of one child sharing with two parents in each villa. However it is not possible for children to share with their parents at Villa Quilalea. Meal times are flexible to suit your needs as a family, and the chef will meet with you to discuss what your children will enjoy.


The food at Azura at Quilalea is excellent; you will be served delicious surf-fresh fish, exquisite salads and freshly-baked bread, and delicious dinners, sometimes on the beach under the stars, in the evening. The lodge also holds a barbecue evening regularly.


The diving at Quilalea Island is considered some of the best in the world. Just 20 meters offshore is the house reef, where if you are very lucky you can spot humpback whales as they pass by with their young, between May and October. The stunning coral reefs have a large number of tropical fish for you to discover. The island does not offer d watersports such as waterskiing or jet boating, but there is plenty to do here, including snorkeling, diving, kayaking, fishing and sailing in a traditional dhow. On land, take a stroll to explore the ancient baobab trees, or go on a daytrip to visit nearby Ibo Island to learn about the fascinating local culture of the Quirimbas.

Location & Directions

Quirimbas, Mozambique

Situated in the southern region of the Quirimbas Archipelago, Azura at Quilalea is a private marine sanctuary consisting of two spectacular tropical Indian Ocean islands, the main island being thirty five hectares in size.

When to go

Sunshine, blue skies and temperatures averaging between 24°C and 27°C along the coast are the norm, except during the rainy summer season from about December/January through to April when everything gets soggy and sticky, and temperatures exceed 30°C in some areas.

The best time to visit is from May/June to November, during the cooler dry season.

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