Discerning travellers live in the lap of laid-back luxury at Azura Quilalea, where nine gorgeous seafront villas on this baobab-strewn island in the Quirimbas Archipelago National Park provide you with your own private island castaway home. Few experiences can beat the luxury of stepping onto the beach from your own secluded stone-and-thatch villa and diving straight into the limpid tropical waters that lap at the shore. The unspoilt house reef just off the main beach offers spectacular snorkelling and scuba diving.
Azura Quilalea accommodates no more than 18 guests in absolute privacy. Here, down-to-earth hospitality combines seamlessly with sophisticated luxury. Island life is a wonderful escape, with every villa offering an impeccable Mozambican butler-host service. Outside, daybeds and sun loungers invite total relaxation, and the secluded decks have fabulous uninterrupted views over the beach to the fishing dhows sailing at sea.
Mindfully positioned to take full advantage of the cooling sea breezes, each makuti-thatched villa is designed for seclusion. The four Kaskazi villas are open-plan and spacious, with the island surrounds providing the inspiration for the elegant beach-chic decor palette that includes natural materials and raw textures. The four Kusi villas channel pure African elegance, with their exceptional locations on the island complemented by the subtle beauty of natural furnishings and interior decor accents. The Kusi villas have the added benefit of a private infinity plunge pool and a hammock where you can laze away the day. The spacious en-suite bathrooms include Azura’s signature indoor/outdoor showers, as well as double vanities and a separate toilet and bidet. Relax on a daybed on the shady veranda or soak up the sun from a reclining lounger on your own private sun deck just a few steps from the sea. All the villas are air conditioned, or you can just throw open your windows and doors to the sea breeze.
For a truly romantic sojourn, choose Villa Quilalea. This honeymooners’ delight is set on a low clifftop on its own private part of the island. Luxuriate in your own infinity plunge pool or access the ocean from a stepladder leading into a private alcove with a small beach at low tide and immediate swimming and snorkelling at high tide.
Fine dining and fresh-from-the-ocean seafood are the order of the day here. Enjoy absolutely delicious meals in the open-walled Jellyfish dining room as well as in an array of imaginative and romantic outdoor locations – you won’t dine in the same place twice.
Azura Quilalea is one of the few properties in the entire Quirimbas Archipelago to lie within a fully protected marine reserve, ensuring an abundance of marine life and spectacular snorkelling and diving in the marine sanctuary. A fully equipped Padi Dive & Watersports Centre allows you to take full advantage of the underwater wilderness, or explore the mangroves by kayak at high tide.
Things to do
• Diving (Padi Dive & Watersports Centre)
• Sea kayaking
• Guided birding & nature walks among huge baobab trees
• Deep-sea sport fishing & fly fishing
• Sunset cruises on a traditional 40-foot dhow
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