Azura at Quilalea
At a Glance
Laze on the remote beaches
Have a cocktail in hand while watching the amazing sunsets
Swim in the clear turquoise waters
Enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood
Dive from the beach
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.
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Azura at Quilalea is an idyllic beach lodge on a private island in the Quirimbas Archipelago. With just nine villas beautifully positioned around the island, you can enjoy a very private beach escape, enjoying the warm Mozambique hospitality.
Azura at Quilalea, on its own private paradise island in the stunning Quirimbas Archipelago, is considered to be among the best accommodation found in northern Mozambique. With four Sunrise Kaskazi Villas and four Sunset Kusi Villas, and a totally separate Villa Quilalea, the lodge is intimate and remote, and the perfect destination for honeymooners or those wishing to get away from it all.
Each of the villas is constructed using local materials, with natural coral stone walls, carved wooden beams, makuti thatch roofs, and timber wooden decks. Windows have no glass, but have shutters that can be opened to allow the breezes through, or closed for more privacy at night. Each room has its own butler, on hand to cater to your every whim. The villas are spacious and luxurious, each with its own private deck stretching out to the beach, and plenty of areas to relax during the day, with daybeds and sun loungers.
The lodge is built ecologically, using solar power and wind generated electricity wherever possible. Guests are even able to control the amount of power they use themselves in their rooms!
The lodge boasts excellent service, hospitality and luxury, and the food is exceptional, making the most of the freshest ingredients and abundant seafood.
Spend your days snorkeling in the crystal-clear, warm Indian Ocean waters, kayaking along the shoreline, or diving to get up close to the colorful corals. Enjoy unwinding at the beautiful African spa on the clifftop, with treatments inspired by Africa and using all natural ingredients.
Azura at Quilalea has four Kaskazi Villas and four Kusi Villas. There is also the Villa Quilalea, perched on the cliff top, which is perfect for those wishing for ultimate seclusion, a private swimming alcove and a private infinity plungepool.
Inside the villas, there are vast handcrafted beds, and the rooms have natural, designer ‘beach-chic’ finishings and furnishings, and spacious bathrooms with a shower with a view out to sea. There are no telephones or iPod docks here, just a fan to cool you down, and air-conditioning should you need it, a fridge full of your favorite drinks, and a wooden pirate chest to store your most precious belongings. Outside, there are daybeds and sun-loungers for relaxing, and the private decks have fabulous uninterrupted views out to the beach and out to sea.
The Kaskazi villas are located on the east side of the island and have fantastic ocean views. They are en-suite with indoor/outdoor showers and your own private deck.
Three Kusi villas are located on the west side of the island and one is located on the east side - all have fantastic ocean views. They are en-suite with indoor/outdoor showers and your own private deck.
Villa Quilalea is located in a more remote part of the island with stunning views and offers guests complete privacy. The villa has a plunge pool, an outdoor shower and a separate dining room and sitting area.
Children are welcome at Azura at Quilalea, however the lodge requests that parents respect the privacy and tranquillity of other guests and that young children dine in their villa with their parents. There is a maximum of one child sharing with two parents in each villa. However it is not possible for children to share with their parents at Villa Quilalea. Meal times are flexible to suit your needs as a family, and the chef will meet with you to discuss what your children will enjoy.
The food at Azura at Quilalea is excellent; you will be served delicious surf-fresh fish, exquisite salads and freshly-baked bread, and delicious dinners, sometimes on the beach under the stars, in the evening. The lodge also holds a barbecue evening regularly.
The diving at Quilalea Island is considered some of the best in the world. Just 20 meters offshore is the house reef, where if you are very lucky you can spot humpback whales as they pass by with their young, between May and October. The stunning coral reefs have a large number of tropical fish for you to discover. The island does not offer motorized watersports such as waterskiing or jet boating, but there is plenty to do here, including snorkeling, diving, kayaking, fishing and sailing in a traditional dhow. On land, take a stroll to explore the ancient baobab trees, or go on a daytrip to visit nearby Ibo Island to learn about the fascinating local culture of the Quirimbas.
Sarah Clegg (Staff)
Quilalea Island is one of the more southerly islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago. The island is easily accessed by a 20 minute helicopter flight from Pemba Airport, making the lodge one of the quickest and easiest to access in the area. Azura Quialea is the sister lodge to Azura Benguerra, found further south on Benguerra Island of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Azura Benguerra has a fantastic reputation, my experience at Quilalea only serves to strengthen my confidence in the Azura brand. The lodge is made up of only a handful of villas, either on the sunrise or sunset sides of the island. Unlike Azura Benguerra do not think of Quilalea as an island characterized by miles and miles of white sand, instead this is a coral island of small coves with rocky, coral screens. It is a quiet and private place, truly somewhere to come to relax and adjust to island time. Guests are actually requested to change their watches to island time on arrival. The sea around Quilalea is incredibly rich: where else can you walk off the beach to dive along the house reef and get the chance to witness inquisitive Hawksbill turtles and uncountable numbers of beautiful underwater species, all in clear warm water at depths under 10 meters? Amongst numerous other in-house activities, the deep-sea fishing here is great, although with fishing anywhere, never guaranteed. The management are always on hand to help enhance your island experience with both enthusiasm and professionalism.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Azura Quilalea is Robinson Crusoe chic at its best, arrive on this tiny jewel in the turquoise Indian Ocean by helicopter from Pemba Airport. You can not fail to relax once you have the white sand beneath your toes and you collapse on your sun lounger and soak up the tranquility setting. Fantastic staff looked after us from the moment we arrived and even set up a wonderful private dinner for us on the beach lit by lanterns.
The villas are all very similar in style and size (except for Villa Quilalea, which is a bit bigger and more private with its own plunge pool). The villas have an airy bearfoot beach chic feel to them. Azura quilelea is perfect for those who want to escape the real world, snooze by the pool, snorkel along the house reef and even have a massage in the small spa while listening to the sea lapping against the coral below you. For the more active the is an excellent dive center which can arrange trips to some fabulous dive sites in the archipelago including some excellent wall dives. They also have a couple of deep sea fishing boats for those who want to pit their wits against the marlin, sail fish, tuna, wahoo and giant travalley.
Camilla Whitworth (Staff)
Azura Quilalea has to be one of my favorite coastal lodges. Getting there is not the simplest, with a flight from Pemba to Quirimba Island, a short drive through the coconut plantations to the other side of the island, and finally a boat ride to Quilalea, however it is most definitely worth it and you do really feel like you are making your way to somewhere special. Quilalea is a private island, which takes approximately 40 minutes to walk around! The lodge has been furnished with an expert eye for detail and the decor is beautiful, with a relaxed but stylish feel to it. The food was absolutely delicious, made all the more special with our meals being arranged in a different location every day which always kept us guessing. Although it may be a small island it is not lacking in things to do from incredible scuba diving on untouched reefs, snorkeling, trips to Ibo Island which is a cultural highlight of the region, lunch on the sandbank, kayaking around the island and for those that want something a little less active there are two massage salas. I think that Quilalea is ideal for couples, and their honeymoon villa is simply out of this world.
Location & directions
Situated in the southern region of the Quirimbas Archipelago, Azura at Quilalea is a private marine sanctuary consisting of two spectacular tropical Indian Ocean islands, the main island being thirty five hectares in size.