Located within a hectare of unblemished beachside forest on Mozambique’s untouched Vamizi Island, Suluwilo consists of five double-volume kitalas or villas, each constructed from natural materials and designed to capture the cooling ocean breezes.
Forget all the ‘usual’ 5-star amenities and break away from the world of television and air conditioning; Suluwilo – which means ‘forest weaver’ in the local Kimwani language – is a world apart. Each villa opens onto a private terrace, mere paces from the deserted white-sand beach. Clamber up the lookout tower to take in the peacock-blue waters or play castaway with beach picnic.
Suluwilo offers true Crusoe-chic – a return to a simpler, less-harried era with endless sunny days to snorkel, scuba dive, drift romantically on a dhow or daydream on sun lounger under the gentle rustle and dappled shade of the acacia trees.
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“These spacious, contemporary villas are all perfectly set up for families and groups of friends who want to relax in privacy on their own private piece of paradise.”Liesel van Zyl, Product Manager
Inspired by the triangular sails of traditional dhows, the shaggy-palm-thatched roofs of Suluwilo peep out of the surrounding indigenous forest. Constructed from spare white walls and natural fibres like woven grass and smoothed wood, the five double bedrooms open up to private terraces. Occasional sorbet tones are found in cushions and daybeds, making for a sun-bleached palette.
Situated in the Quirimbas Archipelago of northern Mozambique, Vamizi Island enjoys long stretches of squeaky-clean white sand, lush forests of acacia, hibiscus and casuarina trees and sparkling blue water. Ocean life is abundant: there are 50 mainstream game and reef species of fish, giant clams and some of the healthiest coral in the world, making for unparalleled snorkelling and diving.
The lodge has a range of vessels to explore the ocean; an understated spa where therapists mix their own treatments from local Vamizi rock minerals, seaweed and sea salt; and Muntu Nkulu, a restaurant just in case you think you can drag yourself away from your kitala.
This exclusive-use beach villa is perfect for groups of friends and relatives who genuinely want to get away from it all and feel like they are at the end of the Earth.
Mozambique enjoys a typically tropical climate and basks in sunshine for the most of the year. For cooler temperatures and low rainfall, head to Vamizi in the winter months (between May and September). January and February can see intense but brief rain showers, followed by brilliant sunshine.
Indicate that you would like spa treatments to ensure that a full range of therapies is available.
Your personal chef will take up residence in the fully-equipped kitchen to produce delicious meals from fresh local ingredients, especially seafood feasts and the spicy delicacy, piri-piri chicken.
The five bedrooms sleep up to eight adults and six children. One is on the first storey, while the rest are at ground level and are connected by a snaking walkway. The walls consist of panels that pivot completely to open up the rooms to the fragrant ocean breezes, which gently caress the frothy white gauze canopies hanging over each king-size bed. Step out onto your private deck for a spot of sun bathing.
Elegantly decorated en suite bathrooms feature walk-in showers and oval bathtubs.
Living and dining areas are free-flowing and spacious and surround a shady Arabian courtyard. Meals can be taken at a vast 8-seater dining table or in the beach gazebo, which also has facilities for a beach barbeque. A children’s game room will keep them busy with table tennis, a library and board games.
After a dip in the salt-water plunge pool, repair to a sorbet-toned daybed or catch up under the soft lap of a timeless ceiling fan. From the lookout tower, see that the tide is up to or pretend you are in your own crow’s nest, spotting sails on the horizon.
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