Nestled in the heart of the Quirimbas Archipelago in the north of Mozambique, the Azura Resort on Quilalea Island is a haven of luxury and beauty on an 86 hectare tropical slice of paradise.
Reserved for guests eyes only, the island makes for an ideal destination for exclusive romantic getaways or honeymoon escapes.
Award Winning Villas
A stay in one of the award winning Azura villas will be like nothing else you’ve ever experienced. From the moment you step onto the island you’ll be blown away by the warm and friendly service, charming and luxurious local design elements, and the awe inspiring natural beauty.
The stunning villas have been lovingly designed and built with the help of local craftsmen and locally sourced materials. The thatched and tented roofs help to create a cool and spacious living area, with ultimate comfort and relaxation being a central focus.
Oversized beds, air conditioning, private plunge pools, and outdoor showers are included as standard in most villas, meaning you’ll be able to escape the heat and unwind in peace and tranquility when you're not out exploring the island and its surrounding areas.
Despite the magnificent array of attractions and excursions on offer in the local areas, you could have the getaway of a lifetime without ever even leaving the island. The hospitality is superb, and with a philosophy that ‘everyday should be different’ the staff are accommodating and uplifting, ensuring that your every need is met. Whether you want to have a relaxing spa day, enjoy a romantic meal for two, or get your adrenaline pumping with some fast paced water sports, you can do it all at Azura Quilalea.
What To See
The local area surrounding Azura Quilalea Private Island is rich with colorful villages, breathtaking scenery and enthralling natural beauty spots:
Serving as the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago, Pemba is a port town overlooking the world’s third largest natural bay. Built over rolling hills, residents live in rustic wooden huts scattered among endless baobab trees, giving the town a traditional yet unique vibe.
Home to some of the most beautiful white velvet sand beaches in Mozambique, Pemba’s tropical climate ensures the waters are always warm, making it a prime destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. From patisseries and waterfront cafes to curious boutiques and lively market stalls, it's easy to get lost rambling around this fascinating town.
Quirimbas National Park --
Experience some of the most unique natural landscapes and ecosystems in Southern Africa by taking a trip to Quirimbas National Park. Covering an area of 7,500 km2, the park stretches along the coastline, encompassing mangroves, miombo woodland, and coral reefs, the region is home to some very rare animal habitats and is considered to be important conservation site.
You can arrange an array of trips into the national park to see the beautiful views, unique flora, and native animals who live in this amazing natural landscape. The breathtaking white sandy beaches of the Quirimbas Islands are also home to some fascinating ruins which give a glimpse into the regions turbulent past.
Lake Niassa --
For a truly inspirational Mozambique experience, you can take a trip off the beaten track to visit the third largest lake in Africa, Lake Niassa. The tropical waters of the lake are thought to be home to more species of marine life than any other inland body of water on earth, making it a magnificent place to catch a glimpse of the native cichlid fish which the region is famous for.
The surrounding countryside is dramatic and rugged, and the journey from the island to the lake is an adventure all in itself, so be prepared for a truly memorable experience if you plan a trip to Lake Niassa.
What To Do
Get the most out of your stay by immersing yourself into all that this exciting area has to offer:
Azura at Quilalea Private Island is home some of the best snorkel and dive sites in the whole of Africa, with its own coral reef and unique turtle breeding grounds. The water is teeming with life and visitors to the water frequently catch sight of guitar fish, ribbon eels, flatworms, turtles, dolphin, whales, lobsters, and many more beautiful sea creatures.
The House Reef is just off shore and has an abundance of great dive sites for all levels of experience. There are plenty more dive locations which can be reached by boat from the island, some of which are much deeper and the fast currents attracts some much larger predators to the waters. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon snorkel or an exhilarating deep sea night dive, it can all be arranged on the island.
Mozambique is home to a diverse range of national parks, which are undergoing regeneration after some difficulties in recent times. Thanks to dedicated new teams of park wardens, tourism operators, and wildlife conservationists, safari trips are now becoming an important part of the national park regeneration efforts.
Gorongosa National Park is thriving with wildlife and is home to many healthy lion prides and other big game animals. Niassa Reserve borders onto Tanzania and is the largest protected area in the country at 42,000 km2. Safari trips in the reserve allow visitors the chance to catch sight of elephants, lots of big cat herds, and the endangered African wild dog. The landscape is particularly beautiful and the Rivuma River and Lugenda River offer a much greener terrain than the surrounding grasslands.
More and more cultural, artistic and sporting events are being added to Mozambique’s calendar every year, so if you want to take part in the local festivities then be sure to look out for information about the latest goings on during your visit.
The main action kicks off in May with the Maputo International Music Festival, an event which includes piano recitals, opera performances, jazz workshops, and even film screenings. June 25th is the national Independence Day and towns all over celebrate with traditional dance, music and poetry.
July sees a small but lively fiesta close to Azura Quilalea Private Island with the Tambo International Art Camp and Festival taking place in Pemba. The event celebrates cultural diversity and features art workshops, as well as dance, music and drama performances.
There are also many more festivals taking place throughout the year including the Chopi Music Festival, Angoche Day, Kinani International Festival of Modern Dance, and the Festival of Hope.
Where To Eat
If you’re venturing off the island and are looking to grab a bite to eat then try these places for a true Mozambique experience:
Wimbe Beach --
Only a short boat ride from Azura Quilalea Private Island, the golden shores of Wimbe Beach are littered with an eclectic selection of restaurants, bars and cafes for you to choose between. Whether you want a quick snack before heading out on a diving expedition, a cocktail to watch the sunset with, or to indulge in the full culinary delights that are customary to this region, you won't be disappointed at Wimbe Beach.
Pieter’s Place --
Situated just 5 minutes on foot from Wimbe Beach, Pieter’s Place is a charming place to eat at should you wish to explore further a field. Tucked away in luscious gardens, beneath an ancient baobab tree, this quaint restaurant offers unrivaled hospitality and is open throughout the day.
Kauri Resort Restaurant --
Located on the gorgeous Nanhimbe Beach, the Kauri Resort Restaurant is a popular choice among visitors and offers a vibrant atmosphere come evening. With a great selection of both Indian and Chinese cuisine, as well as a fine selection of wines, their alfresco dining experience is the perfect way to end the day.
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