Benguerra Island, Mozambique
As a deserted remote island paradise, Azura is one of the most romantic destinations in the world making it the perfect choice for honeymoons. It is also a wonderful place for family holidays with much for children to enjoy and learn about. Located on the unspoilt island of Benguerra, within a Marine National Park, Azura was one of the first eco–friendly resorts in Mozambique. The island is reached by a spectacular low level helicopter flight over the pristine turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

There are just 20 secluded hand–built villas with thatched jekka roofs, offering Africa’s ultimate private luxury hideaways, nestled amidst indigenous gardens, all just footsteps from the pure white sand beach. Each villa has a private plunge or infinity pool and their own butler host service. The 3 bedroom Presidental Villa, located further down the beach for complete privacy, boasts indoor and outdoor bathrooms, media room, sitting/dining area with wine bar, a personal chef, large infinity pool, treehouse with panoramic views to Bazaruto Island and the ocean beyond and a helicopter landing area.

Dining features Mozambican cuisine using fresh local produce purchased from the community. The focus is on fish and seafood, using innovative dining set–ups such as breakfast at the water’s edge, a picnic on a remote sand island, dinner on a candle lit beach beneath the stars or romantic private dinners at your villa. There’s an extensive wine cellar stocked with a selection of the owner’s wines from their Chateau in the Loire Valley, France.

With the Indian Ocean on the doorstep offering magnificent reefs, turtles nesting on the island’s outer shores, migrating whales, dolphins and the protected dugong plying these waters along with marlin, sailfish and tuna, there’s a wide range of water based activities available such as snorkelling, scuba diving, learning to dive at Azura’s Padi 5 Star dive centre, big game fishing and salt water fly fishing, paddle boarding, whale watching (May to October), guided island hopping by speedboat and a dhow boat sunset trip.

Land based activities include beach bicycles, Land Rover tour of the island, dune climbing, crocodile spotting at the island’s lakes, discovering the local fauna and flora, supporting Azura’s soccer team at one of their matches on a weekend, beach horse riding from beginner upwards offered by Mozambique Horse Safaris, helicopter trip to Paradise Island or relaxing spa treatments.

There’s a wide variety of activities for children of all ages, many of which are available with supervision from Azura’s guides, so parents can have a welcome break. Activities such as local guided marine walk to discover the smaller marine life along the shoreline, an evening on the beach learning about the stars, learning to snorkel, learning to dive for children aged 10 years upwards, fishing trips, watch a local soccer game – older children are welcome to join in, Azura school visit, a baking session with an Azura chef, play pirates and enjoy a picnic on a dhow boat whilst it lies on the sand at low tide, kite flying, Azura spa with pamper parties or face painting for up to 12 years of age, special spa treatments for 12–16 years of age. The 2 bedroom Villa Amizade and the 3 bedroom Presidential Villa are ideal for families with a satellite TV, DVD players and a selection of games. The new, large and luxurious 1 bedroom Royal Beach Villas are also a good option for families with 2 sofa beds in the lounge area for children.

Some of the above activities are complimentary, others involve a supplement and are subject to availability, weather conditions, tides, etc.
Prices start from £1246 per room per night on twin basis fully inclusive.
‘To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.’
Isaac Newton
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