Multi award winning, luxurious, boutique hotels on Indian Ocean Islands. Azura provides the ultimate private luxury hideaways in undiscovered destinations. African-chic style décor throughout all hotel areas, sea front designer villas, delicious local cuisine, world-class diving & fishing and unique African spas are offered on Benguerra and Quilalea Private Island.
Azura is Benguerra Island's luxurious multi-award winning 'eco'- boutique retreat. Built and operated in partnership with the local community, it has just 16 spacious 'beach chic' designer villas with private infinity pools, kingsize beds, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, air-conditioning and Mozambican Butler service. Cuisine at Azura is considered an art form, with spectacular candle-lit beach dining a favourite. Our vast range of activities and experiences includes world class snorkelling, diving & fishing (Padi dive training centre), island hopping, community visits, star gazing and a unique African Spa. Awarded ‘The Best Beach Villas in the World’ by the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller magazine, member of Virtuoso.
Azura at Quilalea is a hidden gem, a private, wholly uninhabited island paradise surrounded by the pristine waters of a marine sanctuary. The island has statuesque age old baobab groves and stunning flora and fauna, with turtles nesting each year on one of the beaches. Azura at Quilalea is an Eco-Boutique Retreat and consists of only nine seafront villas, accommodating 18 guests. The villas are built from natural coral stone and makuti thatch, and have all been revamped to increase comfort with natural finishings, indoor/outdoor showers, private decks stretching out to the beach, daybeds and sun-loungers for relaxing.
This is paradise for lovers of marine life and offers snorkelling and scuba diving straight off the beach in front of your villa. Kayaking, deep sea fishing, African spa experiences, exclusive picnics and beach dinners can be organised and all guests receive Azura’s trademark Mozambican Butler/Host service.
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Azura's Rainbow Fund is Mozambique's first officially registered charity organisation that is directly affiliated with a hotel. It is approved and endorsed by the Mozambican Minister of Tourism, and is authorised by the Governor of Inhambane. The charity has two main goals;
To provide long-term, increased standards of living and welfare for the locals of Benguerra Island, in terms of Education and Health care. Some of Azura's projects so far include; building a school for the islanders, providing uniforms and clothing for the children, sponsoring a struggling family each month and organising social and up-lifting community events so as to better improve quality of life.
At Azura we believe in Eco-Awareness, Education, and Commitment to correct practices in responsible, sustainable tourism, ensuring minimal impact on the Archipelago. Amongst many schemes, Azura has implemented a 'no fishing zone' in the shallow waters around the lodge in order to allow the rejuvenation of all marine life.