&Beyond Vamizi Island Private Villa Collection
Vamizi Island, Quirimbas and the north coast, Mozambique
based on 7 nights
per person for 7 nights based on 8 people sharing a villa on a fully inclusive basis including transfers.
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
Best time to Visit
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What a schlep to get here. But then this is proper coastal wilderness. Gosh, this is an expensive shack on a beach, and yet it instantly turns you into a kind of giant baby, lolling about in laziness. You really dont need clothes. And you absolutely dont need shoes. You can walk out of your villa naked, into the sea, without so much as meeting a starfish. Boy, is the diving good these are some of the healthiest and most pristine corals you will see anywhere. And the fishing! Just 15 minutes from the beach and youre mainlining the best deep-sea fishing you can possibly imagine wahoos, sailfish, marlin to break records. You eat what youre given: simple but tasty fish and avocados that taste like tropical cream. Vamizi is building some really rather swanky villas watch its progress like a happy hawk.
Mrs Cathra Kelliher (Guest)
We absolutely loved the Kipila Villa on Vamizi island. It is a completely unique setting, luxurious while being quite simple and 'back to nature', masses of space for our family to spread out. There was no air conditioning, which we loved even though it was hot. At night we could hear the rain on the leaves, the night birds singing, the monkeys moving in the bush and the waves lapping only a few yards from our beds where we lay in our great big beds safely tucking under our mosquito nets. In the morning, a swim, then coffee on the deck, breakfast..........
The food was simple and fresh, staff at the villa were very attentive and hardworking and they went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable, for instance laying our dinner table in a different location every evening to surprise us, often right on the beach! We were also taken care of by managers who looked after our every need in a remote and, at times, difficult, location. Everywhere we went we had towels, water and, on the dive boat, even hot chocolate!
We had some wonderful diving, snorkeling, anthropological, nature, boating experiences. We also had various types of massages and my daughter and I had a pedicure, all in our villa. The whole experience was amazing. You can't beat sundowners on the beach with not a soul - or any other sign of human life! in sight and the white curve of the beach spreading out in front of you and the waves gently lapping just feet away.
All in all Vamizi was incredible! We just loved the combination of rawness and luxury and the sense that Vamizi was a 'project' much larger than just 5 star tourism. How wonderful not to feel wrapped in 5 star isolation and to really feel that we were experiencing the island and all the while being so incredibly well looked after. The place is pure magic....
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.
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.
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.