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Azura Quilalea is an idyllic Mozambique island resort situated in a forgotten corner of Mozambique's Quirimbas Archipelago.
Previously a firm favourite with Original Travel, the property was bought by the owners of the Azura property on Benguerra Island in 2010 and has undergone huge renovations before reopening with great fanfare in November 2011.
This is somewhere to retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, with a relaxed and understated 'Robinson Crusoe' castaway style that belies the comforts and experiences on offer. Attention to detail is paramount in the design, the decor and the overall 'wow' factor of the island experience. In keeping with the uninhabited nature of the island, the retreat consists of just nine seafront villas, accommodating 18 guests. The villas are built from natural coral stone and makuti thatch, and have all been revamped to make better use of the interior space, with natural finishes, indoor/outdoor showers, private decks stretching out to the beach, daybeds and sun-loungers for some serious R&R. Guests need only take a few steps to the gleaming white beach, bask on their sunlounger, or recline in their sala.
Away from the rooms, the main bar/pool area has a chill zone with large cushions for lazing around, and a Boutique with local crafts and designer beachwear. The revamped restaurant specialises in the flavours and spices of Portuguese and Goan influenced Mozambican cuisine and there is also a substantial new Wine Cellar.
Activities on offer include fishing, diving, snorkelling, sunset dhow cruises, kayaking to nearby islands, and cultural visits including to nearby historic Ibo Island. NB: the current images are from the previous incarnation of the hotel.
Azura Quilalea Private Island has an amazing house reef within a few feet of the beach, and where sightings of turtles are common.
Nick, Original Traveller