Boutique Luxury

Azura Benguerra Island

Azura Benguerra is a luxurious beach lodge situated on the unspoilt island of Benguerra in southern Mozambique. It lies within a National Park surrounded by deserted beaches of pure white sand and sparkling turquoise seas.

Benguerra Island, Bazaruto and the south coast, Mozambique
Azura Benguerra Island
  • Magical stretch of unspoilt beach

  • Helicopter trip over to Benguerra is an experience in itself

  • Picnics on Pansy Island

  • Fabulous diving and snorkelling

Azura Benguerra is a one-of-a-kind property. Located on Benguerra Island, this is Mozambique's first 'eco' retreat. Built entirely by hand by the local community and operated in partnership with them, this boutique resort has just 19 luxurious villas, each with their own infinity pool and designed for both pampering and barefoot escapism. Two of these accommodate families or couples travelling together, offering the ultimate retreat.

Each villa has a Mozambican butler-host who will take care of every whim and desire, ensuring you have a romantic and memorable stay. From arranging breakfast at the water's edge to serving you a cocktail at sunset, they truly care about making you feel at home here.

There are many activities to enjoy both in land and out at sea with a few included in your stay such as a sunset dhow cruise and a Land Rover island drive. Kayaks and paddle boards are available for all guests as well as snorkelling equipment but all guided excursions and day trips are payable direct. Guests can snorkel, dive or fish the waters which are abundant with marine life. There are many magnificent reefs which provide a home to the turtles that nest on the island's outer shores. Watch the sunset whilst sailing on a traditional dhow, or cruise to deserted beaches to look for pansy shells. Gaze at the dolphins, who are regular visitors to the shallow shores, or track down humpback whales on their migration past the island (seasonal). On land, towering sand dunes give way to indigenous bush abundant with local flora and fauna, an interesting variety of birdlife, as well as the odd crocodile or two at the lakes. The island’s local people make for fascinating cultural encounters, and the starry night sky is quite magnificent to behold.

Guests tend to gather each evening in the funky Star Bar before the evening meal is served either in the open-fronted dining room or on the beach. Dining is very much part of your experience here, making the most of the freshest ingredients, accompanied by a superb selection of wine.

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Go for a romantic sunset sail in a traditional dhow boat and appreciate how peaceful the place is!

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Benguerra Island, Bazaruto and the south coast, Mozambique

Azura is located on Benguerra Island within the Bazaruto Marine National Park. Benguerra Island lies 14km north east of Vilanculos, the nearest town and site of the international airport.

It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight, 2-hour international flight, Azura operates a state of the art 4 seater Eurocopter helicopter for the transfers from Vilanculos to Benguerra Island. The flying time is approx 10 minutes, and will connect with arriving/departing flights. Alternatively guests can transfer by road and speedboat if flying is undesirable. Transfer time is 15 minutes by minibus to the port, then 25-45 minutes by boat depending on sea conditions.

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