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Vamizi is an eight-mile long finger of jungle covered island, fringed by idyllic sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. It also happens to be about the most idyllic barefoot luxury destination on the planet.
It might seem odd to start with the 'negatives' but when the positives of a place are so overwhelming, it starts to make sense. So, there is no official spa (but the lodge can rustle up massages, treatments and yoga sessions), not a huge range of activities (Vamizi is all about diving, fishing or not having an excuse to do anything but chill right out), and it's quite the journey to get there (but who doesn't like a scenic charter flight over the Quirimbas archipelago?)
Please note that Vamizi Island main lodge is currently closed for renovation, however the villas mentioned below remain open.
Vamizi Island is home to a collection of six exclusive and incredibly private villas: Kipila, Suluwilo, Papilio, Tartaruga, Casa Marjani and Casamina. Each villa is individually styled, and designed by award winning South African architects to ensure both creative, and sustainable design which reflects the nature and historical legacy of the island. So not only can guests completely unwind in idyllic isolation, but they can do so with their Eco Halos well and truly intact.
Villas have either five or six en suite bedrooms, sleeping from 12 - 16 guests and so offering the perfect getaway for families and groups of friends. There is plenty of space for adult lounging, whilst little ones will love the colourful children's bedrooms, and treehouse bedrooms. Each villa offers spacious drawing and dining rooms, as well as private swimming pools (except Casa Marjani - whose pool is currently being designed). A hospitality team and private chef work within each villa to tailor the perfect break, whether that involves a delectable fresh seafood grill, romantic castaway picnics, or a sunset dhow cruise.
If you can muster the energy to do anything except relax, marine activities include sea kayaking, dhow sailing, deep-sea fishing (on a tag and release basis), snorkelling and world-class diving. Over 350 species of reef fish are found in these waters, as well as humpback whales, whale sharks, and the endangered dugong, plus, the dive zone Neptune's Arm is widely regarded as one of the best and most adventurous in the world. Two species of endangered giant turtles also nest on the islands' beaches.
Vamizi is part of the Maluane combination of conservation projects aimed at promoting sustainable, low-impact tourism. The conservation area comprises three Indian Ocean islands (one of which is Vamizi) and a 33,000-hectare inland wildlife safari region - the Messalo area - used extensively for scientific research.
Vamizi is a haven for endangered species such as Samango monkeys, green turtles and humpback whales, but also for anyone in need of a serious fix of barefoot luxury away from the hectic reality of home.
Tom, Original Traveller