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This private wholly uninhabited island, just 86 acres in size, is surrounded by the pristine waters of a marine sanctuary in northern Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago. It is one of Africa’s real hidden gems – a place where barefoot luxury meets wild natural beauty and there’s just as much beauty below the water as there is above! It's also perfect for a post safari chill-out - why not twin with its sister luxury safari camp - Azura Selous in Southern Tanzania? Or, if you're planning a castaway off-the-beaten-track holiday for this September, an annular solar eclipse will pass over the remote Quirimbas Archipelago on 01 September 2016 and Azura Quilalea will be in the centre line of the moon's shadow! A once-in-a-lifetime event - this won't happen again in the Quirimbas for another 84 years!
For lovers of marine life – this is absolute paradise! There’s world class snorkelling and scuba diving straight from the beach and amazing dive sites in the surrounding waters (the resort has a PADI five star dive centre). You can refresh existing dive skills or even learn to dive for the first time! You are likely to see turtles, reef sharks, stingrays and dolphins, not to mention a wonderful array of reef fish and corals. The birdlife is abundant and one of the island’s four gleaming sandy beaches is home to dozens of nesting turtles (from November to April). Humpback whales also make an appearance from July to November. You can kayak through mangroves, sail on a traditional dhow, go deep sea fishing, join a trip to nearby historic Ibo Island or indulge in a treatment at the African Spa.
One of the southernmost islands in the archipelago, Quilalea is accessible via a 20 minute scenic helicopter flight from Pemba (the closest airport on the Mozambique mainland). Access via Dar es Salaam is also possible.
Azura’s understated Robinson Crusoe castaway style oozes authentic charm and belies the comforts on offer in the nine Beachfront Villas. Designed with complete seclusion in mind, the villas are open-plan with stylish natural touches of wood, rope, pebbles and rattan which create a feeling of calm. This is a place to relax in a hammock beneath one of the island’s giant baobab trees and forget about the world! A Mozambican butler at your service completes the barefoot scene! The four Kaskazi Villas face the sunrise and look out over the ocean to Quirimba Island in the distance whilst the four Kusi Villas capture the sunset from the western shores of the island. All are sea facing. Secluded on a clifftop with magnificent views, the island’s exclusive Villa Quilalea reigns supreme. It even has a clifftop stepladder with direct access to the ocean. Uniquely at Quilalea, and in line with Azura's dedication to conservation, guests can control their own energy consumption in their villas - opting either for 'Eco' (bare minimum requirements for power such as basic lighting and the fan) or 'Luxe' which provides all mod cons including air-conditioning.
When it comes to dining – imagine a menu with crayfish in abundance and huge mangrove crabs as the speciality! All meals and local drinks (even a sunset cocktail) are included and what’s more, innovative dining set-ups are all part of the experience ....from breakfast at the water’s edge, a picnic lunch on a sandy islet to a romantic candlelit affair on the beach beneath the stars!
Conscious of its pristine natural environment and the need to preserve it, Azura Quilalea has embarked on a unique energy saving project whereby solar power, wind generation, rainwater harvesting and eco-friendly rechargeable crystal batteries are used in conjunction with normal generators and desalination to provide the island's power and water. The aim is for all basic functions to run without the need to switch on generators for lengthy periods, not to mention switching off completely at night to ensure maximum tranquillity for guests.
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Genuinely one of the only wifi (and electricity!) free luxury island escapes in the world these days...this paradisal pearl of the ocean allows you to truly switch off and unwind. Seafood is 'caught that day' by you and the island team, enjoy toes in the sand bbq's on the beach by star and candle light...heaven on earth.
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