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Casual elegance and a relaxed atmosphere await guests on the north-west coast of Benguerra Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago: Azura - Mozambique's first luxury eco-boutique retreat. Amazing attention to detail has gone into the construction of this beautiful lodge, giving you a good slice of barefoot luxury at its best. And with its position along an incredible stretch of sand lapped by turquoise waters, Azura offers activities in abundance.

The surrounding ocean forms part of a national park and offers you exceptional snorkelling and scuba-diving. Azura has a gold-rated PADI dive centre and also offers catch-and-release deep sea fishing trips. However, one of the best things to do is absolutely nothing: settle onto the plump cushions shaded by thatched beachside salas and watch dhows sail by on the translucent sea.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Conde' Nast Traveler Gold List 2011
  •  Conde' Nast Traveler 2010 - Best Beach Villa

highlights

  • One of only 3 resorts on a private island
  • Pampered yet relaxed island experience
  • Champagne from the owner's chateau
  • Private dining & personal butler-hosts
  • Private pools & in-room massages
  • Spacious family villas & lots of activities
  • Snorkellers' & divers' paradise

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Facilities

At Azura you can be assured of complete relaxation with daybeds right on your doorstep to while away the heat of the day by taking in the magnificent ocean views.

Enjoy an ice-cold drink from the Star Bar with its high-thatched ceiling hung with paper stars or indulge in a treatment at the spa.

The lodge is also home to a professional, gold-rated dive school for guests who want to explore the legendary coral reefs of this top diving destination.

General Facilities

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    Spa
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    Swimming Pool
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    Internet facilities
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    Library
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    Bar

Dining

Meals at Azura are a real treat and usually feature an abundance of fresh seafood including catch-of-the-day barbecues on the beach.

Tucking into huge prawns and lobster tails with your toes in the sand is an experience not to be forgotten. Lunch is à la carte with a choice of fresh salads and other light meals whereas dinner options are varied.

Choose from any one of the dining venues at Azura: the main restaurant has sprawling ocean views while the Star Bar offers a relaxed atmosphere and the Gecko Deck is a short stroll down the beach. You can also ask for a picnic basket and find a secluded spot for a romantic picnic for two.

To complement your food, the extensive wine cellar includes hand-selected fine wines flown direct from the owner's chateau in France's Loire Valley.

Beach Villa

Each of the 14 private air-conditioned Beach Villas at Azura is extremely spacious and features a big comfy bed with huge bathroom and an infinity swimming pool looking out over the turquoise Indian Ocean.

The style is beach-chic with beautifully carved furniture and traditional artwork. A few steps away on the soft sand is a thatched sala with a daybed where you can escape the heat of the day with a good book.

Each villa also has its own butler so you can really relax knowing an ice-cold drink is close at hand. And four are interconnecting for a family option.

Beach Villa AMENITIES

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    Air-conditioning
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    Ceiling fan
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    En-suite shower only
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    Mosquito net
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    Outdoor shower
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    Outside area
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    Private plunge pools
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    24-hour room service

Other Room Types

The Presidential Villa has it all: three en suite bedrooms, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, a sitting room with fireplace, dining area, a heated pool and jacuzzi. This large villa has a beautiful beachfront location at the end of the property which enhances its privacy.

Ideal for families or a couple in search of a more private-residence feel, the two-bedroomed Villa Amizade is truly unique and offers an extensive deck and beautiful heated swimming pool plus a lovely beachfront garden with day beds and a hammock. A small kitchen has been added for the option of private chef service.

Activities

  • Birding
  • Day tours
  • Dune walks & drives
  • Fishing
  • Picnics
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Star-gazing
  • Dhow cruise
  • Cultural tour
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Fly-fishing
  • Local village visits
  • Scenic drives
  • Sunset cruise
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Apr 2014 - 21 Dec 2014 $595 Fully Inclusive
  • 22 Dec 2014 - 05 Jan 2015 $595 Fully Inclusive
  • 06 Jan 2015 - 10 Jan 2015 $595 Fully Inclusive
  • 11 Jan 2015 - 21 Dec 2015 $625 Fully Inclusive
  • 22 Dec 2015 - 05 Jan 2016 $625 Fully Inclusive
  • 06 Jan 2016 - 09 Jan 2016 $625 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Luxury Beach Villa,Presidential Villa,Infinity Beach Villa Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • All of the lodging was amazing and your recommendations where spot on! We most certainly want to thank you for your recommendation of Azura Retreats. Both Matt and I said that it is the most beautiful and amazing place that we have ever been. It was truly a trip of a lifetime and we cannot thank you enough for making it happen for us!

    Caroline Williamson, October 2014
  • We arrived at Mozambique airport to be met by handling staff who looked after us while waiting for our helicopter transfer flight to Benguerra Island. After some time we were given a short briefing and was helped onto the helicopter for our 10 minutes transfer over the breath taking sea. Once we landed we were met and greeted by the Managers of Azura who took us through the grounds of the villas to a warm welcome of drinks and meeting our host/butler (Gregg) for the week. We were shown around and were welcomed by all the staff then our Host/Butler (Gregg) took us to our villa showed us all the facilities and said anything we needed during our stay we were to contact him. Our villa was amazing looking out onto the beach, we had our own infinity pool and garden with sun loungers, table and chairs and Sala at the end of the garden almost on the beach. We had indoor and outdoor showers, and found it lovely waking up and looking out onto the sea while lying in bed. The Island is so peaceful, soft sand, empty beaches, fantastic food, and waited on hand and foot, a true paradise island. There are water trips/activities available and a tour of the island which includes a visit to the school on the island to meet some of the pupils and the teacher, see some of the villages, can climb up the sand dune and may see crocodiles in the fresh water lakes. It is a very safe island where you can walk along the beaches without any hassle. The sea is safe and calm to swim in, where the locals can be seen fishing. Gregg our host really looked after us making our stay a very memorable one he couldn't do enough for us. The room and facilities were kept really clean and quotes/stories were left on our bed at night as a little token. All the staff are friendly, the managers can’t do enough for you, food is fantastic 3/4 courses for breakfast/lunch/dinner, accommodation amazing, and so is the location (Paradise).

    Jane averstock, October 2014
  • We had a wonderful trip and we are all very keen to do Africa again. The water in Mozambique was sensational, accommodation was good ( not amazing ) but still very good, but it was a great few days there. Overall very positive experience.

    Tim Bishop, February 2014
  • Azuna was absolutely stunning and I couldn't have had a better time. It was such a lovely spot and the staff took care of me incredibly well. It was particularly wonderful, as Cape Town was too much fun and by the time I got there, I was a rather broken, but happy, man. But after my time relaxing on the beach, scuba diving, fishing and the like in Mozambique, I was like a new man.

    Hamish Macdonald, April 2012
  • Azura was probably the most beautiful place I've ever been too... and I’ve travelled extensively! It was paradise. The luxury villa was real luxury in every sense of the word, the food good, weather fantastic most of the time and the service and staff out of this world.

    Richard Thornton, November 2011
  • The Azura resort was great - good lodging, people and food. We also had the opportunity to experience the culture and local life. When we were there is was unusually hot - even for the locals ! Also, the ocean was very rough so we could not fish or scuba dive. Therefore this part of the vacation was more low key and relaxed - which was a good break. Still very enjoyable.

    Teresa Taylor, January 2011
  • It was breathtakingly beautiful and everything we wanted for our honeymoon.

    Christina Cafero, November 2010
  • Azura, which was also the best hotel of the island. Thanks you so much for your recommendation. Our butler was the best, and the weather accompanied us during all of our stay ... so it was perfect!!

    Beatriz Mendez del Rio, October 2010
  • Absolutely gorgeous. I really couldn't say anything bad about it if I wanted to. I have no idea what it looked like before, but it's by far the nicest place I've ever been and we were SO sad to leave. The food is also just unbelievable.

    Limor Robinson, December 2009
  • Very very very nice. The villas are lovely and views exceptional. The food is outstanding - their chef is amazing.

    Linda Robinson, September 2009

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Monique Roden

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"Azura is lucky to hold prime location on the island of Benguerra, which is outstandingly beautiful. The opulant villas, award-winning service & amazing seafood dishes are what stood out for me."

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Azura was probably the most beautiful place I've ever been too... and I’ve travelled extensively! It was paradise. The luxury villa was real luxury in every sense of the word, the food good, weather fantastic most of the time and the service and staff out of this world.

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