Aching for an unspoilt island paradise? One with a deserted beach, turquoise waters, a palm tree or two a couple of minutes from your luxurious thatched villa Well we’ve found the perfect spot: the Azura Retreat in Mozambique. Honestly, this place is picture perfect.
Hidden away on the beautiful Benguerra Island, inside the Bazaruto Marine National Park, this is a tropical playground. With rich flora and fauna inland, thick with everything from birds to crocodiles, and a thriving life under the waves with turtles, whales and even the protected dugong, there’s plenty to explore. There’s even an island that only emerges at low tide, perfect for an island picnic.
Each thatched villa blends local African charm with ultimate comfort. Your personal host is there to meet your every need, so all you have to worry about is whether to walk the few metres to the beach or to just sink into your private plunge pool. And then there’s the decision of whether to sit under your private covered deck or in your beachside sala. Life is tough.
why we like it
Azura is the country’s first luxury ‘eco’ boutique hotel and we love the relaxed yet refined style here. Sink your toes into the sand as you sip on a glass of bubbly or dine by candlelight under the stars on delicious seafood caught that day.
And the best bit? This breathtaking retreat is completely focused on helping the surrounding community. It was built by the locals (by hand no less), with local products, and it’s all environmentally sustainable. So your ultimate island paradise comes guilt-free. Perfect.