Azura Benguerra Island
Imagine an unspoilt island within a Marine National Park. Miles of deserted beaches with soft white sand. Sparkling turquoise seas, crisscrossed by local dhows plying their trade. Swaying palms, gentle breezes. Sunny days and star studded nights. This is Azura Mozambique.
Azura is the area’s first luxury eco-boutique retreat. Built entirely by hand in partnership with the local community, it has just 17 villas, each with their own private pool stretching out to the Indian Ocean beyond, and designed for the ultimate undiscovered getaway. It was the first of several luxury hotels owned and managed by Christopher and Stella Bettany.
With wonderful cuisine, friendly Mozambican service and a vast range of activities and experiences, including a unique African spa, it’s the perfect island escape. How you spend your time with us is your choice, but getting the small things right that will make the difference was theirs.
Azura Benguerra Villas
The handbuilt villas blend modern chic with all that is traditional in Mozambique. The creature comforts you would expect from a luxury boutique resort are there, set off by locally sourced wooden beams and traditional artwork beneath a thatched jekka roof. Each is just footsteps from the beach, yet designed with seclusion in mind. Nestled amidst indigenous gardens, they have created your own sanctuary. A haven of rest and relaxation, where you can feel at one with the environment.
Infinity Beach Villas
Azura has 10 Infinity Beach Villas. They are furnished in afro-contemporary style and look out over a stunning infinity pool towards the beach and sea beyond. They have the best of our beachfront locations.
Luxury Beach Villas
Azura has 3 Luxury Beach Villas, furnished in contemporary style and just steps from the beach.
Azura has 2 Beach Villas, set in a fantastic location at the end of the property close to the Spa, it is wonderfully private and perfect for honeymooners. The Beach Villas are the smallest of our villas, but still offers all of the creature comforts.
Villa Amizade means friendship villa in Mozambique native Portuguese. This 2 bedroom en-suite villa is located at the western end of the property, with fantastic views out to sea and towards the setting sun. It is perfect for families or couples requiring more space and facilities. It offers a sitting area with flat screen TV, DVD, Sound Dock and selection of games, opening onto extensive decking, dining and relaxation areas, including a ‘wine bar’. You can opt for a private chef service, available at a supplement. All the normal Azura design touches and finishes. Maximum occupancy 5 people including children.
The Presidential Villa at Azura has been described as one of the best villas anywhere in the Indian Ocean. It has a very secluded private location, some 150m down the beach from main Azura, and comes with its own Butler-host and private chef.
Its the beach house of your dreams. The epitome of style and luxury, with its own unique décor, there are 3 en-suite bedrooms, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, a media room, sitting/dining area with ‘wine bar’, and huge infinity pool spanning the front of the villa.
It is located just footsteps from the beach at the end of the property to ensure maximum privacy, with a fantastic treehouse to catch the afternoon breezes and panoramic views to Bazaruto Island and the Indian Ocean beyond.
All of the award winning villas at Azura Benguerra Island envelop you in the lap of luxury, and are situated just a few steps from your private pool and beach.
All villas at Azura Benguerra offer a minimum standard of the following amenities:
* Luxurious Egyptian cotton 400 threadcount bedlinen
* Soft lightweight duck down duvets
* Indoor and double outdoor cascading showers
* Organic African in-room amenities
* Aroma-burner turndown
* Bathrobes and slippers
* Azura Beach bag for use during your stay,
* Selection of books
Infinity Beach Villas additionally have generously sized bathtubs.
Villa Amizade additionally has generously sized bathtubs, selection of board games, villa wine bar area, Nespresso coffee machine, Ipod docking station, TV and DVD with satellite viewing channels, private chef (at a supplement, please pre-book).
The Presidential Villa additionally offers generously sized bathtubs, children’s Africology Amenity pack (where appropriate), selection of board games, villa wine bar area, Nespresso coffee machine, Ipod docking station, TV and DVD with satellite viewing channels, a private chef and personalised menus.
The following experiences are included for all guests staying on standard rates:
* Personalised service from your Mozambican Butler-Host
* 15 minute refresher massage at the Spa on day of arrival
* Sunset cruise on our traditional wooden dhow
* Cultural Island Drive to visit the local school, island sights, and the community.
The following wining and dining experiences are included in our standard rates:
Bottle of French sparkling wine on arrival*, sunset Cocktail of the day delivered to your Beach Sala by your Butler-host, every day is different Dining Philosophy, pre-Arrival Questionnaire and tailored menus where appropriate, in room mini bar, unlimited bottled water and soft drinks included, choice of at least 5 inclusive wines*, a selection of inclusive alcoholic beverages*, premium wine and champagne list available at a surcharge.
*Not included in all rate packages, please check at time of booking
Every Time A Special Event
The aim is for you to never eat in the same place twice. At Azura, dining is all part of the experience, from breakfast at the water’s edge, to a picnic on a remote sand island, to dining on a candle lit beach beneath the stars and romantic private dinners at your villa. The Butler-hosts take huge pride in their innovative dining set-ups, and little touches to make your stay special.
They have a fabulous wine cellar for special wine tasting events and themed dinners, and even offer a selection of the owner’s wines, especially flown in from their Chateau in the Loire Valley, France.
The menus are based on what is fresh and available, with a focus on light meals, simple ingredients, and lots of fresh fish and seafood. It’s a simple understated affair. They always offer a choice of dishes, and the chef will happily try to accommodate any personal requests that you may have.
Scuba Diving at Azura
The reefs in the Bazaruto Archipelago are abundant with a variety of fish and corals, and offer a range of depths and reef topography to suit beginner and experienced divers alike. Azura is positioned close to the reefs and hence access is quick and easy. The marine life and corals are often cited as the best off the East Coast of Africa. They have seasonal visits from whale sharks, manta rays and humpback whales and their calves and they regularly see loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles, reef sharks, stingrays, devil rays and moray eels as well as a variety of reef fish such as grouper, bat fish, surgeons, puffers, moorish idols, parrot fish, clown fish, trigger fish and chocolate dip fish. Hard and soft corals are in abundance, with Christmas tree anemones and nudibranchs for those who like to spot the smaller stuff.
Azura has a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre with top of the range Scubapro equipment. The training pool is perfect for refreshing your diving skills or even trying out snorkeling before you head off to the reefs, and for training they offer a full range of courses and have a PADI Instructor. Azura is also a DAN (Diver’s Alert Network) Business Member which entitles all divers doing entry level courses to basic dive insurance coverage.
Azura African Spa
Azura’s spa signature treatments are based on local ingredients and traditions, and offer a wonderfully relaxing and pampering experience.
The treatments take their inspiration from the very heart of Africa. Try a ‘Butter me up’ wrap using a unique blend of African body butters and oils, including the highly prized Mongongo Nut Oil. Follow that up with a relaxing massage using the new beauty miracle, Marula Oil. Or try something different with our Tribal Traditions massage, where olive and shea butter is poured all over the body, and massage strokes mimic the beating of African drums.
Nothing is hurried at the Azura Spa. Relax, lie back and be pampered.