Azura is Mozambique's first luxury 'eco' retreat. Built entirely by hand by the local community and operated in partnership with them, this boutique resort has just 15 villas, each with their own infinity pool and designed for both pampering and barefoot escapism.
Many of the activities at Azura Benguerra on offer are focused around the sea and reefs of Benguerra Island. 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 beach, or track down humpback whales on their migration past the island’s shores (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.
Accommodation at Azura Benguerra comprises one beach villa, three luxury beach villas, 11 infinity beach villas, one Villa Amizade with two bedrooms, suitable for families and one Presidential Villa with two en-suite rooms and a smaller third bedroom. All offer seclusion and are attended by a personal host who caters to guests every need. The Beach Villa is set at the far end of the beach and is a great option for those who are more budget-conscious, giving the Azura experience at a reduced cost. This villa is still designed to be private and exclusive, yet has a smaller bedroom and shower room.