Azura Quilalea, Mozambique
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 a luxury safari camp in Tanzania or South Africa?
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!
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.
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.
Azura Quilalea is the ultimate laid-back luxe spot for honeymooners! It's hard to imagine a more romantic Robinson Crusoe private island where eco-chic rules supreme and your refuge is one of only nine barefoot castaway luxury villas, all of which are sea-facing. For a blow-the-budget honeymoon, Villa Quilalea, with its secluded clifftop setting, is one of our favourite honeymoon hideaways! It has a private infinity plunge pool, an extended outdoor deck with magnificent ocean views and a clifftop stepladder with direct access to the ocean - enjoy immediate swimming and snorkelling at high tide and a small beach at low tide. The island is jewel-like (you can walk its perimeter in less than an hour) and it is ringed by beaches and rocky bays, not to mention the turquoise waters which teem with tropical fish. Villa Quilalea guests also enjoy a couples complimentary 'gym in a bag' - gym mats, dumbbells and an exercise chart - perfect for romantic couples hoping to keep trim whilst cocooned on this desert island!
Honeymooners receive complimentary treats such as a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, a special dinner and honeymoon turndown on your last night, along with a 40% discount for the bride for stays of 5 nights or more.
For an additonal £225, romantic couples can enjoy Azura's Platinum Package which includes:
- A private wine cellar dinner with a bottle of premium wine paired to the cuisine
- A 'sparkling breakfast spoil' - Azura's signature breakfast accompanied by French sparkling wine served in the privacy of your villa
- A romantic baobab bath on your villa deck
- An optional 'Try Scuba' pool session for two for those keen to take the plunge for the first time
- A guided snorkelling trip on the house reef
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