Azura Benguerra Island
Benguerra Island, Bazaruto and the south coast, Mozambique
At a Glance
Magical stretch of unspoilt beach
Helicopter trip over to Benguerra is an experience in itself
Picnics on Pansy Island
Fabulous diving and snorkelling
Private infinity pools in each villa
Mozambican butler-hosts to attend to your every wish
Best time to Visit
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The Bazaruto Archipelago is warm and sunny year round with temperatures averaging 25° C in the winter months (May – August) and over 30° C in the summer months (December - March). Rain is possible from November to March, usually in short bursts. The sea temperature varies with the seasons and currents, and ranges between 22° C and 32° C.
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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.
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.
Nestled amidst indigenous gardens, each of the villas is just footsteps from the beach, yet designed with seclusion in mind. All have private pools, air conditioning and fans and minibar.
Accommodation comprises two beach villas, three luxury beach villas, 10 infinity beach villas, Villa Amizade and the Presidential Villa.
The infinity beach villas have the best of the beachfront locations, and are vast, with king size bed and ensuite bathroom with outside double showers, a 5 metre private swimming pool, spacious deck and beachside sala.
The luxury beach villas are a little smaller than the infinity villas, but still have excellent facilities including outdoor double shower, daybed and sunloungers.
The beach villas are set at the far end of the beach, close to the spa, and are a great option for those who are more budget-conscious, giving the Azura experience at a reduced cost. These villas have a smaller bedroom and shower room but are still very private.
Villa Amizade accommodates up to five guests including children. There are two ensuite bedrooms here, one twin and one king, as well as a sitting area with flat screen TV, DVD, music docking station and selection of games, a huge deck and beachfront garden.
The Presidential Villa is ultra-secluded and is designed to be the beach house of your dreams. There are three ensuite bedrooms, a 16 metre swimming pool, two beach salas, media room, wine bar, helipad and a treehouse to enjoy sunset from.
There is one beach villa which has en-suite bathroom and it's own small plunge pool.
|Luxury Beach Villa||
There are 3 luxury beach villas with large bedroom with en-suite bathroom. They all have a private plunge pool.
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There are 10 Infinity Beach Villas which have the best beach location with large en-suite bedrooms and stunning infinity swimming pool.
This private villa has 2 en-suite bedrooms, it is set in it's own garden with stunning 10 meter infinity pool.
The Presidential Villa has 3 en-suite bedrooms, sitting room and dining room and is set in it's own private gardens with huge infinity swimming pool. The Villa provides a butler/host as well as a private chef.
|Royal Beach Villa||
The largest of the Azura Benguerra villas, the Royal Beach Villas measure 172 square metres, and feature a 10 metre infinity pool and adjoining Jacuzzi, separate lounge area and two outdoor relaxation pavillions as well as private beach frontage.
Although there are no specific child care facilities such as kid's clubs, children of all ages are welcome at Azura and there is plenty here to keep them entertained. Food and meal times can easily be tailored to suit younger guests and babysitting is available on request. Villa Amizade and the Presidential Villa are the ideal option for families, but younger children can be accommodated in the other villas with their parents depending on age and occupancies. There are child-focussed activities on offer here, some complimentary and some charged locally - these vary from a marinelife walk in search of starfish, games of football against a local team, baking with the chef, kite-flying, an introduction to snorkelling with the watersports staff, and a visit to the local school.
Guests have a Mozambican host who will take care of every need, serving meals and arranging activities and excursions. A host usually looks after 2 villas at any one time. They are part of Azura’s commitment to the community and upliftment of the country’s people. Many of them have very little in the way of formal education, but they have a genuine warmth and friendliness, and delight in looking after the guests.
Guest can snack on fresh sushi in the Star Bar on the beach or learn more about the surrounding environment with the resident Marine Biologist or Community Guide. The 'Trading Store' sells gorgeous designer clothing handcrafted artefacts and jewellery. If needed there is a TV and internet discreetly tucked away in the library. The Azura spa offers a range of indulging and pampering experiences, inspired by African traditions and ingredients.
Many of the activities are focused around the ocean. Guests can snorkel or dive with the PADI 5 Star dive centre with Scuba-pro equipment offering a full range of instructional courses (Padi MSDT Instructor) or there is saltwater fly fishing or big game fishing. Sail on Azura's traditional dhow to look for pansy shells or enjoy a beach picnic on a deserted sandbank.
Gaze at the dolphins, who are regular visitors to the beach, or track down humpback whales on their migration past the lodge (seasonal).
There are land based activities too. Take a tour of the island, and experience the local culture or climb the dunes, some of which are scattered with the remnants of ancient Arab pottery. Visit the island’s lakes and spot a crocodile or two. Discover the local fauna and flora. Take a long walk and be met with a picnic. Or join one of the star gazing events and lie back and listen to the ancient African stories that chart the cosmos.
Sian Frost (Staff)
After a 15 minute helicopter flip over the exposed sandbanks and turquoise seas you land on Benguerra Island. Your rooms is directly on the beach and you can sit in your sala, or pool, whilst watching the dhows sailing past and the locals fishing just off the beach. As well as many other activities you can go over to nearby Bazaruto Island to search for sand dollars before sliding down the huge dunes back to your boat waiting to take you back to the lodge. The team here are wonderful and really cannot do enough for you, and your hosts cocktail of the day will really have you looking forward to sundown.
Jules Maury (Staff)
This is one of the most delightful Robinson Crusoe hotels I have ever found. Fly into Vilanculos in Mozambique and then a 10 minute helicopter trip whisks you over crystal clear turquoise seas and white sandbanks to the delightful island of Benguerra. Only two resorts are present on this beautiful island and the beaches, seas and sunsets are simply stunning. Faizel and his amazing team will look after your every wish and their lovely bungalows falling directly onto the beach with plunge pool and beautiful sea views are a perfect place to relax and enjoy the best of African island life. Great food, beach picnics, sundowners under a crimson sky and the gentle lapping of waves as you fall asleep each night really create a true paradise.
Activities at Azura Benguerra
Azura Benguerra is the ideal beach retreat where you can relax and unwind by the turquoise waters and stroll along soft sandy beaches. To enhance your experience a selection of complimentary services are available.
Dive the Bazaruto Archipelago
Diving in an area of deserted pristine white beaches, with dolphins, whales and sharks, in warm turquoise seas, a place for truly world-class diving.
Horseriding on Benguerra
Head off on horseback around Benguerra Island and walk along deserted beaches. Once per day.
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Location & directions
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.
How to get there
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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