Vamizi Island Private Villa Collection
A beautiful beach destination, Vamizi lies off the coast of Mozambique in the Quirimbas Archipelago. For the perfect barefoot luxury vacation, stay in one of the four Private Villas, ideal for families or groups of friends traveling together.
At a Glance
Swim in the turquoise waters
Paddle with turtles in the lagoon
Haul up giant fish on a morning deep sea fishing
Walk for miles down the brilliant white sand beaches
Enjoy a delicious seafood picnic on your own private beach
Sit with a cocktail at sunset on a local dhow sailing boat
The diving at Vamizi is very special and has to be one of the best dive locations I have ever been to.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Already feted as one of the ultimate barefoot beach paradise destinations, Vamizi has added a new dimension with four private villas. With either five or six en-suite bedrooms, sweeping private decks for utter relaxation, and direct beach access for those wishing to dip their toes - and more - in the sparkling blue waters of the Indian Ocean, these private villas are the ultimate option for families or groups of on the African coast.
Each of the individually designed villas sleeps between 12 and 16 people, making them the perfect choice for larger family groups, friends traveling together or for individuals just wanting their own personal and private hide-away in a spectacular location.
As with Vamizi Island lodge the service is impeccable, the food is surf-fresh and delicious and your days are your own to choose what you wish to do. Each villa has its personal hospitality team, on hand to talk you through all your options - from exciting and adventurous scuba diving and big game fishing to the more relaxing beach picnics, dhow excursions and whale watching (at certain times of the year). Other activities on offer include snorkeling, salt-water fly-fishing, mountain bike trails and bird walks. The local guides are very happy to lead fascinating walks to explore the island and find monkeys or birds.
Exclusive to the Vamizi Private Villa Collection is the Vamizi Retreats. On selected dates through the year, a four night retreat is offered, led by yoga instructor Claire Finlay. These are the ultimate in get-away-from-it-all relaxation, and are designed to rejuvenate both body and soul. In addition to morning and afternoon yoga sessions guests will enjoy a diving trip, a fishing trip and a luxurious massage during their stay. The perfect option for those wishing to retreat from everyday life, and spend a luxurious few days - guests are guaranteed to leave reinvigorated!
The villas have five or six en-suite bedrooms, and sleep up to sixteen people. Adult's rooms feature vast king size beds, while child rooms come in an array of lay outs: bunks, triples, twins and nannie's rooms.
Kipila (meaning ‘plover’ in Kimwani) is a 5 bedroom private villa, sleeping up to 12 people. Set within 3 acres of grounds and with over 125 meters of pristine beachfront it offers the ultimate in exclusivity. There are 4 en-suite double/twin rooms, 1 children’s rooms that sleeps up to 6 including the nannie's room.
The rooms are all sea-facing, with private decking and intimate pathways leading to the beach. The communal area consists of a spacious lounge and dining room with ample hardwood decking and a swimming pool. Above the dining room is a children’s games room with table-tennis, TV, books and board games. A tower, inspired by the Portuguese lighthouse on Vamizi, offers spectacular views across the ocean; the perfect setting for a sun-downer.
Suluwilo (meaning ‘forest weaver’ in Kimwani) is a 5 bedroom private villa, sleeping up to 12 people. It lies within 3 acres of forest along a pristine white beach. There are 4 en-suite double/twin rooms and 2 children’s rooms (2 bunks in 1 room and 2 single beds in the other).
One of the double/twin rooms is at first floor level with its own balcony, whilst the rest are on ground level with private decking and intimate pathways leading to the beach. The communal area consists of a spacious lounge and dining room that opens onto hardwood decking and a swimming pool.
Casamina is a 6 bedroom private villa, sleeping up to 8 adults and 8 children. It lies within 3 acres of forest and has over 125 meters of pristine beachfront offering absolute exclusivity and privacy. Three of the en-suite double/twin rooms are sea-facing with another set-back in a ‘tree house’. The children’s’ accommodation consists of 2 separate rooms, each with 2 sets of bunks, and a shared bathroom. The communal area, a split-level living, dining area and bar, is covered by an impressive thatch roof with open sides offering spectacular views of the ocean, and leading to the swimming pool.
There are unobstructed views of the island from the top of the tower, the perfect setting for breakfast, and a games room with TV, books and board games just below. A study room on stilts is nestled behind the master bedroom. The local coral limestone walls have been handcrafted and are a distinctive feature of this beautiful villa along with the spiral stairs leading up to the tree house
Casa Marjani, marjani meaning ‘coral’ in Kimwani, is a 5 bedroom private villa, sleeping up to 6 adults and 7 children. It lies within 4.7 acres of forest and has over 130 meters of pristine beachfront offering absolute exclusivity and privacy. The master bedroom has a magnificent view of the ocean, its own private pocket beach and an en-suite bathroom complete with walk-in shower. Bedroom 2 is also sea facing with its own deck leading down to the beach and an en-suite bathroom with walk in shower. There are 2 children bedrooms set back into the forest, both with en-suite bathrooms, and a spectacular elevated ‘tree house’ bedroom also with en-suite bathroom.
The main living area has a striking palm thatch roof and open sides. Its decking flows into the landscaped gardens offering the perfect outdoor dining setting with beautiful views of the ocean. A mezzanine level within the main living area offers the perfect hideaway with comfortable futons and bean bags.
There is an elevated study behind the master bedroom and an open courtyard complete with swinging chairs and hammocks just behind the main living area. The tower, adorned with star gazing chairs, offers uninterrupted views across the island and up to the night sky. Also set within the tower is a children’s room with TV and books and games. A beach gazebo, simply designed with a traditional dhow sail for shade, offers the perfect setting for relaxing on the beach.
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 rejuvenating treatments to aid the relaxation process.
Each villa is staffed with a private chef and hospitality team and has its own 4x4 car with driver. An array of sailing boats and kayaks are available to its guests along with fishing, diving, nature walks, community visits and castaway picnics.
Location & Directions
A slender coral island just off Mozambique's remote northern coast, Vamizi Island is part of the Quirimbas Archipelago, sometimes called the new Maldives.
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.