By Unique Travel Destinations | June 22, 2009
When one mentions Africa as travel destination, images of a safari trip and wildlife immediately rush to mind. Some more sophisticated travelers may throw in Pyramids, river cruises, casbahs, and souks. But seldom would one expect vistas of a string of unspoiled tropical isles more commonly associated with the Maldives, the Caribbean or South Pacific. But tucked away off the coast in Southern Mozambique lies Africa’s best kept secret, the tiny archipelago of Bazaruto, where you’ll find Benguerra Island home to the breathtaking Azura Resort, Mozambique’s first luxury eco-boutique retreat.
Miles of deserted white sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise seas, while local dhow sail boats gently pass by. Swaying palms, gentle breezes, sunny days and star-studded nights.
Built and operated in partnership with the local community, it has just 14 individual villas and 1 Presidential villa each with either a plunge pool or infinity pool. Designed with discerning guests’ needs in mind, offering the ultimate in pampering, while showcasing and protecting this pristine natural environment. The design language is a blend modern chic with traditional Mozambique. Located right on the beach, each has its own infinity pool, and represents your own private sanctuary, a haven of rest and relaxation.
Azura’s public areas are open to the beach and sea with amazing vistas to the Indian Ocean beyond. Indulge your desires at the fine dining restaurant, where cuisine is considered an art form. There is also a feature Star Bar, library with TV and internet, designer collections at the Trading Store, and feet in the sand dining at the Gecko Deck.
The range of activities available at Azura is just as impressive. A kaleidoscope of colour greets you above and below the ocean, with magnificent reefs that give rise to some of the world’s finest game fishing, snorkelling and diving, as well as providing a home for the turtles that nest nearby. There is also the chance to spot migrating whales, dolphins and the elusive and protected dugong.
Land based activities include beach picnics, dune walks, star gazing events and cultural experiences, as well as Azura’s unique African Spa for the ultimate in pampering. It’s the perfect island escape! For more serious adventure seekers, there is a PADI dive centre and fishing centre on site. Alternatively, guests may choose to learn more about the environment at the Ocean Sea museum.