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Azura Benguerra

“Nestled along a pristine stretch of white sandy beach on Benguerra Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago”

Budget level: Top-End
Country
Mozambique
When to Go
All Year
Property Type
House/Villa, Lodge
Location
Vilanculos & Bazaruto Archipelago
Kids Min Age
All Ages

Azura Benguerra is an eco-friendly award winning boutique hotel in the uniquely beautiful, undiscovered country of Mozambique. Nestled along the beach offering all the creature comforts you could wish for: private sparkling pools, Mozambican butler-hosts to look after your every need, fresh seafood straight from the ocean and a relaxing African spa. With just 20 luxury beachfront villas hand built by the local community and no shops on the island, a stay at Azura Benguerra allows you to truly escape.

Imagine an unspoilt island within a Marine National Park, deserted beaches of pure white sand that extend for miles, sparkling turquoise seas criss-crossed by local dhows plying their trade, sunny days and star-studded nights. This is the enchanting island escape you always imagined. Azura Benguerra, the first eco-friendly resort in Mozambique, was hand-built by the local community and is operated in partnership with it.

Azura Benguerra Island’s public areas are right on the beach and open to the sea. They have created several different zones for your enjoyment and relaxation, from the comfortable lounge area, to the vibey Star Bar, and our fabulous wine cellar offering a selection of the owner’s wines, especially flown in from their Chateau in France. The Jellyfish Restaurant offers breakfast and more formal dining. There is a media room for those needing TV and internet access, a boutique at reception, and our Padi 5 Star dive centre with top of the range Scubapro equipment.

Azura on Benguerra Island is blessed with hot and sunny weather year round. Temperatures are generally in the upper 20′s to low 30′s celsius, and rarely fall below 20 degrees even at night. The water temperature is gloriously warm, and ranges from 24-30 degrees plus. Benguerra Island tends to receive on average a quarter of the rainfall that the mainland does, and there can be several months of the year when there is no rain at all.

A kaleidoscope of colour greets you above and below the ocean. Snorkel or dive the magnificent reefs that are home to the turtles that nest nearby. You can learn to dive at the PADI 5 Star Dive Centre or improve your skills through a range of PADI courses. Try your hand at fishing, the waters off Azura offer a variety of reef and big game fish. Sail on the traditional dhows, go island hopping, or cruise to deserted beaches to look for pansy shells. Swim up to dolphins, which are regular visitors to the beach, or track down humpback whales on their migration past our shores. The guides will show you the best this pristine marine paradise has to offer. Take a Land Rover tour of the island, and experience the local culture for which Mozambique is rightly famous, as well as visiting the school which was built with donations to Azura’s Rainbow Fund. 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 we will meet you with a picnic. Or join one of our star gazing events and lie back and listen to the ancient African stories that chart the cosmos.

Azura believe that dining is all part of the experience, from breakfast at the water’s edge to dinner in the wine cellar, a full service picnic on a sandy island, or romantic candle-lit beach dinners under the stars. They believe every day should be different. Famous for their Mozambican butler-hosts who take great pride in their innovative dining set-ups, and little touches to make your stay special, like the cocktail of the day delivered to your beachside sala, or a glass of wine from the Owner’s French Chateau in the Loire Valley.

Azura has just 20 spacious ‘beach-chic’ designer villas, hand built in partnership with the local community. Each has their own sparkling infinity edged pool stretching out to the Indian Ocean beyond, located just a few footsteps from the pristine white sand beach. The villas offer every comfort, with handcrafted king-size beds, feature bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, air-conditioning, daybeds, lounging decks and salas right on the beach. They were designed for the ultimate private getaway in this magnificent beach paradise.

Beach Villas:

  • Azura has 3 Beach Villas, set in a fantastic location at the end of the property close to the Spa, it is wonderfully private and perfect for honeymooners. The Beach Villas are the smallest of our villas, but still offers all of the creature comforts.

Luxury Beach Villas:

  • Azura has 3 Luxury Beach Villas, furnished in contemporary style and just steps from the beach. They are slightly larger than the Beach Villas with a larger private undercover deck.

Infinity Beach Villas

  • Azura has 10 Infinity Beach Villas. They are furnished in afro-contemporary style and look out over a stunning infinity pool towards the beach and sea beyond. They have the best of the beachfront locations.

Royal Beach Villas: “Utmost privacy & uninterrupted views”

  • Azura has 2 Royal Beach Villas, they feature infinity edge pools and magnificent sea views. They are 172 square metres, making them the largest and most lavish of all the villas, with 30 metres of picturesque beach frontage on a large beautifully landscaped plot. They are located at the northern end of the property, ensuring the utmost privacy and uninterrupted views. They offer the next level of comfort for the discerning guest to enjoy. The main bedroom and bathroom area is similar to the existing Infinity Beach Villas and guests can now delight in the luxury of their own lounge area connected together via a walkway with glass sliding doors. The lounge comprises of comfortable sofas around a flat screen television, and has its own bathroom, as well as a tea/coffee area with minibar and nespresso. The sofas can be converted to two beds for any children that may want to share. Outdoor areas are astounding, offering a 10m rim flow pool with a Jacuzzi on the one end, and a poolside sitting pavilion on the other, from which guests have access straight into the pool. The villa also has a double daybed under latte roof, as well as a single daybed on the deck, a dining area, and beachside sala, all of which are perfect for relaxing and enjoying your own private space.

Villa Amizade: “Perfect for families”

  • Villa Amizade means friendship villa in our native Portuguese. This 2 bedroom en-suite villa is located at the western end of the property, with fantastic views out to sea and towards the setting sun. It is perfect for families or couples requiring more space and facilities. It offers a sitting area with flat screen TV, DVD, Sound Dock and selection of games, opening onto extensive decking, dining and relaxation areas, including a ‘wine bar’. You can opt for a private chef service, available at a supplement. All the normal Azura design touches and finishes. Maximum occupancy 5 people including children.

Presidential Villa: “Epitome of Style and Luxury”

  • The Presidential Villa at Azura has been described as one of the best villas anywhere in the Indian Ocean. It has a very secluded private location, some 150m down the beach from main Azura, and comes with its own butler-host and private chef. It is the beach house of your dreams. The epitome of style and luxury, with its own unique décor, there are 3 en-suite bedrooms, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, a media room, sitting/dining area with ‘wine bar’, and huge infinity pool spanning the front of the villa. It is located just footsteps from the beach at the end of our property to ensure maximum privacy, with a fantastic treehouse to catch the afternoon breezes and panoramic views to Bazaruto Island and the Indian Ocean beyond.

Why we like it

  • Chic Mozambique: Stylish villas suited to couples and families
  • Safari & Beach: Prefect combination with a safari
  • Island Hopping: Marine safaris and island picnics
  • African Hospitality: charming private butler hosts look after your every need

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