Arrive by helicopter to an island of unspoilt sands, swaying palms and towering dunes, hemmed by glistening waters and sandbar specks… this is a truly special destination. The mineral-rich waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago provide habitat year-round to turtles, dolphins and the rare dugong, as well as humpback whales (mid-June to mid-October) and whale sharks (December to March).
Azura’s resort is super stylish and luxurious, but it’s authentic too, with a strong sense of place and culture. Benguerra is the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago and is a working island – Azura shares its home with one other hotel and a friendly subsistence farming community. As part of the privately-owned Azura collection which places an emphasis on 'giving back', the resort works in partnership with the community on aspects such as sustainable fishing and building projects – like the village school. A 4x4 drive around the island to see the local houses, school and village bar is a must.
For dining, the focus is on simple, fresh cuisine which lets the quality do the talking. Guests' Mozambican hosts take pride in creating innovative destination dining – think breakfasts at the water’s edge and romantic dinners on a washed-ashore dhow, surrounded by candles. The well-stocked wine cellar features a selection of the owners’ wines flown in from their reserve in the Loire Valley.
Thatched villas use traditional Mozambique materials to create a chic modern design. All villas are secluded in vegetation just a few steps from the beach and each has a Mozambican butler host. Like all of Mozambique’s southern beaches, the beach is tidal, but as every villa here has its own private plunge pool you’ll be able to take a dip at any time of day. For the best views and a larger plunge pool, opt for an Infinity Beach Villa.