Azura Benguerra: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
|No. of rooms||17|
Main description of Azura Benguerra
Azura Benguerra: Facilities
|Property facilities||Eco Friendly|
|Room facilities||Tea / Coffee, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Shower, En-Suite, Verandah, Outside Shower, Air Conditioning, Mini Bar, Deck, Dressing Gowns, Pure Cotton Linen|
|Available services||Room Service, Laundry Service, Credit Card, Babysitting Service|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Bird Watching, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Walks, Fishing, Gourmet Picnic, Horse Riding, Kayaking, Massages, Catch-and-release Fishing, Child Friendly Activities, Cultural Tours, Deep Sea Fishing, Fly Fishing, General Sightseeing, Helicopter Rides, Kayaking / Paddling, Whale Watching, Beach, Sea Kayaking|
Room types at Azura Benguerra
Azura has 2 Beach Villas, set in a fantastic location at the end of the property next to the Spa, it is wonderfully private and perfect for honeymooners. The Beach Villa is the smallest of our villas, but still offers all of the creature comforts. Amenities: Beachfront location and views Mozambican Butler-host service Private undercover deck Private plunge pool Beachside sala Day bed and sun loungers King size bed with down duvet Air-conditioning and fans Mini bar Tea/coffee making facilities Bathroom with shower and double basin Separate toilet Outside his and hers showers
Infinity Beach Villa
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. Amenities: Beachfront location and views Private 5 meter swimming pool Mozambican Butler-host service Private undercover deck Beachside sala Day bed and sun loungers King size bed with down duvet Air-conditioning and fans Mini bar Tea/coffee making facilities Bathroom with shower & bath Separate toilet Outside his and hers showers Double vanities and dressing area 110m2 under roof 650m2 private area
Luxury Beach Villa
Azura has 3 Luxury Beach Villas, furnished in contemporary style and just steps from the beach. Amenities: Beachfront location and views Mozambican Butler-host service Private undercover deck Private plunge pool Beachside sala Day bed and sun loungers King size bed with down duvet Air-conditioning and fans Mini bar Tea/coffee making facilities Bathroom with shower and double ... Separate toilet Outside his and hers showers Double vanities and dressing area 100m2 under roof 450m2 private area
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 our 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. Amenities: Beachfront location and views Air-conditioning and fans Master bedroom with sitting area Ensuite bathroom with freeform bath 2nd Bedroom Infinity Beach Villa 3rd Bedroom twin Complete privacy Two Beach Salas Treehouse with views Private Mozambican Butler/Host Private Chef 16 Meter swimming pool Helicopter landing area Guest toilet Several relaxation areas Day beds and sun loungers Outside showers Wifi 425m2 under roof 1075m2 private area
Villa Amizade means friendship villa in our 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, Bose 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. Amenities: Beachfront location and views Mozambican Butler-host service Private undercover deck Beachside sala Day bed and sun loungers Air-conditioning and fans Tea/coffee making facilities Master bedroom with kingsize bed Ensuite bathroom with freeform bath Second bedroom with lounge Bathroom with shower & bath Separate toilet 10 Meter fully tiled swimming pool Small kitchenette Large beachfront garden Outside showers
Activities at Azura Benguerra
Benguerra island offers a range of activities and experiences for you to enjoy, including visits to our local community, and the school which was built by our Rainbow Fund charity. Climb the dunes, some of which are scattered with the remnants of ancient Arab pottery, for an amazing view of the archipelago. Visit the island’s lakes and spot a crocodile or two. Discover the local fauna and flora, or follow our walking trail.
a Sunset dhow cruise is a beautiful ending to a day on the water, with views over the archipelago and a chance to experience the local mode of water transport.
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 and snorkellers alike. Azura is positioned closest to the reefs and hence access is quick and easy. Our marine life and corals are often cited as the best off the East Coast of Africa.
Azura has a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre with new top of the range Scubapro equipment. The training pool is perfect for refreshing your diving skills or even trying out snorkelling before you head off to the reefs, and for training they offer a full range of courses and have a PADI Instructor.
The Bazaruto Archipelago has some of the best big game, reef and bill fishing in the Indian Ocean. Species include: Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna/Bonito, King/Queen Mackerel, Prodigal Son, Wahoo, Dorado, and Barracuda. Giant Trevally (GT’s), the local speciality, often top the scales above 25kg. Azura caters for beginner and experienced fishermen/women alike, and operates a strict tag and release policy on protected species. You can choose to go trawling with our local guides, or we can bring in the specialist fishing guides available in the area, who offer saltwater fly fishing, jigging for Giant Trevally, and other specialist techniques.
Guided Island Hopping
This is a fantastic day out and Azura’s signature activity! Snorkelling at Two Mile Reef, where there are hundreds of species of tropical fish, rays, invertebrates, the possibility of Sea Turtles, and Dolphins, humpback whales in season and possibly a dugong...
After snorkelling, arrive at Pansy Island for a tantalising picnic lunch. This Pansy Island is an isolated sand-bar nestled between Bazaruto Island and the Mozambique Channel. Enjoy Pansy Island at your own leisure, bask in the sun, laze around on cushions and beanbags, and swim in the cool clear deep waters. From here it’s as short hop to Bazaruto Island, where we hike up Bazaruto Dune. An easy climb to the top offers unsurpassed 360 degree panoramic views of the Bazaruto Archipelago reef-system. For photography enthusiasts, this location is a must!
For those who like to ride, a trek along the water’s edge on the horses based on Benguerra Island and back along some of the island’s tracks and trails is an experience never to forget! Arranged through Mozambique Horse Safaris, there are 9 horses available to suit all levels, from complete beginner upwards.
We leave Azura on Game Drive vehicles toward Red Dune and Crocodile Lakes. En-route we will pass through the Island’s many villages where you have the chance to meet the local people of the local communities. The Island’s lifestyle, history and way of life will be explained to you. If you would like to we will visit Benguerra’s School (built by Azura’s Rainbow Fund charity, all donations are appreciated), and you may then have the unique opportunity to see the local children attend class, meet the teachers, and even the school’s Headmaster. If the drive is conducted on Sunday morning, the Guides may take you briefly to a village church service, which is attended by many of the local islanders.
Restaurants at Azura Benguerra
Azura Benguerra focus on fresh local produce such as fish and seafood with irresistible signature dishes. Dining locations range from informal ‘foot in the sand’ dining to feasting in the comfort and intimacy of your own villa as well as dinners in the Jellyfish restaurant. There is a special, more formal, seven course tasting menu at least once a week as well as a Mozambican evening. For the wine connoisseur, the wine cellar is always stocked with fine wines from the owner’s vineyards, flown in from France’s Loire Valley. From the beginning of October to the end of November it is the spawning season which affects the availability of fish due to netting laws, Azura asks for understanding over this period and the importance of preserving natural resources.