Azura aims to bring a new level of luxury, style and exclusivity to the Bazaruto Islands and provides a lovely beach hideaway for those seeking relaxation time.
Part of &Beyond’s luxurious lodge portfolio, Benguerra Island is a beautiful beachfront option on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by pristine sandy beaches and unspoiled coral reefs, the lodge provides a wonderful base from which to explore this tropical island paradise.
The lodge itself offers stylish, rustic luxury, with a large thatched central area complete with a comfortable lounge bar and pretty dining room area. This leads onto a deck overlooking the garden, with meals often served outside under the trees or on the beach. There's also a charming beach bar housed in an old dhow if you wish to relax with a drink at the water’s edge.
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Benguerra Island offers an intimate number of beautiful Casinhas and Cabanas, as well as the Casa de Familia Villa. All are shaded by milkwood trees and overlook the sandy shores.
The Casinhas are slightly raised on wooden platforms and have a large room with a king sized bed complete with muslin nets. The open plan en suite bathrooms feature baths and outdoor showers, and each Casinha boasts its own private plunge pool and extended wooden deck, furnished with a table and shaded chairs along with two wooden loungers. From here, you can step directly onto the sandy beach, where thick towels are provided for your private thatched sun shade and wooden beach loungers.
The Cabanas are just slightly smaller in size, but are cosy. featuring a bath, indoor and outdoor shower and plunge pool. For a real treat, or for families or friends travelling together, the Casa de Familia Villa offers a master bedroom along with two additional en suite bedrooms. It also boasts a private lounge, dining area and pool with a deck and garden. Guests in the villa can enjoy the additional benefit of having their own private chef throughout their stay.
Situated on the largest island within Mozambique’s beautiful Bazaruto Archipelago, the lodge is nestled right in the heart of a marine conservation area, overlooking a sandy beach and deep lagoon. The snorkeling and diving here is superb, while the island itself boasts a lush interior of forest, wetland and freshwater lakes, as well as the dramatic sand-dunes which the area is renowned for.
Food and drink
The food at Benguerra is superb, with fresh crayfish and other seafood delicacies often on the menu.
The Casa de Familia Villa accommodates four adults and up to four children. For smaller family groups, the Casinhas can be converted into a triple room for two adults and one child under the age of 12.
Facilities and activities
Activities at Benguerra include traditional dhow cruises, island walks, local village tours, birdwatching, sea kayaking and cast-away picnics. You can also explore the miles of unspoilt coral reefs on diving or snorkeling trips, or go deep-sea fishing. Horse riding can be arranged on the island, or if you prefer something more low key, a range of pampering treatments are available at the lodge’s spa.
Benguerra Island is luxurious, beautiful and relaxed. The beach is idyllic, staff friendly and food excellent. If you're looking for barefoot luxury in a place well off the beaten track, Benguerra is the perfect answer.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Located on the beaches of Vilanculos, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel is the ultimate place to experience relaxation in Mozambique and the idyllic Bazaruto islands.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The lodge has a fully equipped Dive and Snorkel Centre and the resident dive instructor will be happy to take you out diving or snorkelling amongst the coral reefs.