&Beyond Vamizi Island Lodge
Vamizi Island, Quirimbas and the north coast, Mozambique
based on 7 nights
per person for 7 nights based on 2 people sharing a villa on a fully inclusive basis including transfers.
At a Glance
Peace and tranquillity combined with barefoot luxury
The Diving on the pristine reefs at Vamizi is spectacular
Pristine white sandy beaches
Go for a butterfly walk across the island and see how many different species you can see
Swim in the turquoise waters
Paddle with turtles in the lagoon
Haul up giant fish on a morning deep sea fishing
Enjoy a delicious seafood picnic on your own private beach
Sit with a cocktail at sunset on a local dhow sailing boat
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
Vamizi Island Lodge is an exquisite beach destination that lies off the north coast of Mozambique in the Quirimbas Archipelago. The crescent shaped island is small and intimate and Vamizi Lodge offers guests the definitive experience in barefoot luxury.
Simply grand or grandly simple - this lodge is not about the usual five star luxury and all mod cons, it is about the more rarefied pleasures of exclusive island life. Exclusivity is one of Vamizi Island's greatest assets and, as the only lodge on the island, it has the space to spread wide, so each villa amply commands its own part of the beach.
With just 16 secluded villas only a small handful of guests can step out of beautifully appointed beach houses into a world of powder white sands, virgin reefs and secret coves. Four of the beach villas have been designed as two-bedroom suites, to provide exclusive seclusion for families or friends. Rooms have king-size four poster beds with billowing muslin mosquito nets and Egyptian cotton sheets. Swahili day beds are perfect for an afternoon siesta on the private veranda.
Vamizi has just launched its two new private villas, which each have five en-suite bedrooms, a private deck and beach access. They sleep up to twelve people and are perfect for larger family groups, friends traveling together or for individuals wanting their own private hide-away.
The Maluane Project – Vamizi Island’s conservation arm - has sought involvement at community level from the beginning, as conservation and community are inextricably linked. A thousand people live in three villages on the eastern tip of the island. The Maluane Project aims to help these villages beat poverty and improve daily life, to develop decent medical and school facilities, create new options and conserve this island home and its bountiful ocean riches, for the good of the community, their children and their children's children.
For guests needing activities Vamizi Island Lodge offers excellent snorkeling, scuba diving, big game fishing, salt water fly-fishing, mountain bike trails, bird walks, dhow cruises and private picnics. The local guides will enjoy sharing their knowledge with those guests wanting to explore the island and look for monkeys or birds.
Sixteen villas - one- or two-bedrooms - are right on the shoreline, all with stunning views of the ocean. The villas have plenty of space with lots of room for sofas, a marble shower and vanity area and outside, a sun deck. Three villas have been specifically designed as family rooms, with large double (possible triple) bedrooms adjoining a central decked lounged area.
Vamizi has just launched its two new private villas. The villas have five en-suite bedrooms each with private deck and beach access and sleep up to twelve people.
There are 7 one or two bedroom villas. All the bedrooms are airy and spacious with luxurious bathrooms and private sun-deck.
There are no specific child care facilities however young ones thrive in Vamizi. It is safe and private, and there is a gently shelving beach, perfect sand and plenty of sunshine which make Vamizi Island a haven for parents and children. The sea is rarely rough on the shore and the water is a perfect temperature, with no end of shallows to toddle about in and small wondrous things to see, hear and feel. There are plenty of toys for children and adults: kayaks, sailboats, snorkeling gear, windsurfers and fishing equipment. Three rooms have been specifically designed as family rooms, with large double (possible triple) bedrooms adjoining a central decked lounged area. All beds are mosquito netted, even though Vamizi is a low- risk malarial area and, for the night time, babysitters can be arranged.
The lodge serves surf-fresh seafood and other tropical dishes, set off by the sea breaking on the shore just feet away. Alternatively, guests can take the total desert island approach - and dine alone with a shipwrecked picnic on some deserted beach. The lodge has its own dedicated water sports center, yoga teacher and a range of beauty therapists.
Vamizi Island has some of the best diving in the Indian Ocean, the surrounding waters offer is an outstanding reefscape - mountains, valleys, plateaux and cliffs - teeming with a bewildering amount of sea life, from whales, dolphins, turtles and reef sharks to gregorian corals and giant clams. Vamizi Island lies right by the point where the south equatorial current splits. Vamizi Island is also a fish Eden. Over 50 mainstream game and reef species are present in the Vamizi seas - the majority all year round - including a huge variety of big game fish, such as sailfish, yellowfin tuna, greater trevally and marlin.
Other activities include kayaks, sailboats, snorkeling and windsurfing. There is also an Ashtanga yoga teacher on hand to practise daily yoga with guests and a range of deeply relaxing or re-juvinating treatments to aid the relaxation process.
Mr Hugo Smith (Guest)
We LOVED Vamizi, a truly SUPERB choice. We even saw turtles hatching one night on the way back to our room after dinner.
If you were to decide to take it easy on Vamizi, you would be following in the footsteps of a star studded crowd many of whom have fallen in love with the remote beauty of this desert island idyll, in the words of Daniel Craig, "a piece of my heart will stay on Vamizi."
A hidden jewel for those in the know this castaway nirvana offers just 13 villas nestled on a private island at the top of Mozambiques magnificent coastline mile after mile of picture perfect deserted white sand beaches, iridescent seas and gently swaying palms.
The allure of Vamizi Island has drawn princes and pop stars alike to this Robinson Crusoe paradise. From Will Young to the Aga Khan and the Qatari Royal family there is something for everyone as Vamizi Island boasts some of the best deep sea fishing and diving in the world.
Perhaps it was the warmth of the glistening water and the breeze gently breathing through intricately latticed windows that drew Nelson Mandela and Sven-Goran Eriksson and Nancy dell Olio.
The design concept of the pristine white billowing muslins surrounding vast beds, colonial style chairs and day beds stuffed with cushions and sensational marble bathrooms might have been what appealed to Dolce and Gabbana.
Whatever it was that grabbed the attention of this red carpet list of guests you can be sure that you are in good company should you want to follow that star with a wonderful week at magical Vamizi Island.
Mr Jeremy Bott (Guest)
Simply six of the best days of our lives. Vamizi truly exceeded our expectations in every way. A beautiful island, inspiring project, incredible staff and fantastic villas. Fantastic memories.
Mr Joaquim Peres (Guest)
By the way, you were absolutely right. I will never forget Vamizi as one of the top five places I have ever been and definitively the best for diving (namely at Neptune's arm). The diving team was superb.
Camilla Smith (Staff)
Vamizi is quite possibly the best beach lodge I have ever been to! You feel like you have landed on a desert island! If you are wanting to head to a beautiful unspoiled and remote island surrounded by turquoise waters and brilliant white sand this is the place to go to! The villas are all beautifully designed along the beach front with thatched roofs on wooden stilts, everything is very conservation conscious you can hardly see the villas from the beach as they blend into the surrounding foliage. Each villa is huge with a large bedroom and bathroom with a gorgeous marble shower, to the side you have a lounge area with squashy sofas, mini bar and table with a deck area and sun loungers overlooking the sea - the villas are incredibly comfortable but relaxed and barefoot in feel. They have brilliant family villas or double villas suitable for 2 couples.
On arrival at Vamizi you really do just kick off your shoes and put your feet in the sand. People wander about in kikoys in a very relaxed and informal manner. Some people dress up for the evening, but floaty dresses and shorts are welcomed. Anything goes and you are welcomed to do what you want. Meal times are flexible, meal locations are varied and you can do as much or as little as you want!
On two different days I was left with my partner in two different stunning spots on the island with a shady area, a growning table of fresh seafood, a coolbox of drinks and a snorkel and mask! it was incredible - we had this whole stretch of beach completely to ourselves for the whole day with absolutely noone in sight!
Days can be spent lazing in different parts of the island, reading plenty of books and eating amazing fresh food. For those who want to be more active I highly recommend a scuba dive, or even a snorkeling trip. The reefs are colorful and varied and offer some of the best diving in the world. A fishing trip is also highly recommended even if you are a complete beginner! On a 2 hour boat trip, I hauled up 4 enormous barracudas and a large tuna fish - it was amazing!
For those that do not need 'phones in the room or air conditioning, love local hospitality and service (which may not be particularly sharp at times!) but want an authentic barefoot stunning beach lodge look no further, it is worth every penny!
Location & directions
Vamizi Island, Quirimbas and the north coast, Mozambique
A slender coral island just off Mozambique's remote northern coast, Vamizi Island is part of the Quirimbas Archipelago, sometimes called the new Maldives.