Reviews of Azura at Quilalea
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Azura at Quilalea review
A truly beautiful luxury resort set on its own private island amid the magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago.
Luxurious facilities. Private, comfortable, well appointed rooms looking out over the waters. (The west-facing Kusi villas are better-located and much more private and are highly recommended over the Kaskazi Vills.) Excellent food at all meals. Dinner is served at a different location each evening, including within a baobab grove in the middle of the island (a really extraordinary experience). Absolutely first-rate service, including a dedicated server for all meals and drinks. Excellent staff, helpful, engaged, and supportive.
Excellent activities in the waters of the Quirimbas. A very good house reef immediately offshore provides excellent snorkeling. Very good diving (if not quite the quality at Azura Benguerra off Vilankulos). Wonderful kayaking, including medium-distance trips to nearby Ilha Quirimba and around the island itself. Good wildlife, including tropical fish and turtles. Great short hikes on the island itself among a large number of very impressive baobab trees.
The pump failed near the end of our stay, and our room was without water for the last 24 hours of our stay.
Azura at Quilalea review
Incredible like a dream, we had such an amazing time, incredibly food beautiful rooms on this incredible island with amazing service. It could not have been more special and a perfect way to end the trip.Read more about the whole beach holiday
Quilalea is en exceptional place to relax and unwind.
The setting in Qurimbas Marine Park is exquisite and the hotel has the perfect balance between simplicity and comfort.
Relaxing at its best.
We chose Quilalea because it is one of the very few places where you can go snorkeling of the beach. And the snorkeling is truly magnificent. Excellent food (except for the one night we had a barbecue Mozambique style), wonderful people. The selection of wines was poor: three white wines, all of them sauvignon blanc. When we said we didn't like sauvignon blanc, they found us a different wine, but all of the next days it was back to sauvignon blanc again.
Overall a great place to relax after a Safari.
Quilalea Island Resort review
This was an amazing resort. Really friendly team, excellent service and food and great for snorkelling from the beach - we enjoyed this so much we didn't undertake any other activities.
The standard of the rooms was extremely high and there were nice little touches like sunset cocktail delivered to your room.
Great retreat after safari
This resort was fabulous. From the moment the pilot picks you up in the helicopter the experience is wonderful.
Droenie and Andrew who manage the Resort are wonderful and did everything they could to make our stay special.
The Villa has a wonderful triple aspect and has everything you need. Service which is provided almost entirely by local staff is great and you are made to feel very welcome.
The seafood and fresh fish on offer was tremendous and Imebe, our Butler was great and created lots of different venues for us to enjoy our meals.
It is a beautiful island with the most magnificent Baobab trees
Quilalea Island Resort review
Beautiful island. Very relaxing. Beaches slightly disappointing in that entry/exit to the sea difficult at low tide except on main beach which in turn was some way from many rooms. Care and stout soled shoes needed for walking on some beachs due to sharp corals..
Corals by beach disappointing but fantastic further away but these only available by boat/diving.
Doubt about reception efficency; initially given east facing room with double bed having booked west side and twins.
Quickly rectifed but management team is fairly new and still learning.
A very peaceful place
Quilalea Island Resort is a beautiful and very peaceful spot.
We spent the last 4 nights of our holiday here and all really relaxed and recharged. At times it's hard to imagine that there are other people staying there as the chalets are cleverly arranged to be very private and we even had our own white sand beach. At meal times the tables are moved to different locations and sometimes you can't even see other guests.
The chalets were excellent; large, airy and light with lovely, tasteful furnishings and plenty of loungers and daybeds on the terrace to relax on. The food was amazing, and in perfectly sized small portions, and the service from our waiter, Robson, and the other staff was excellent.
The snorkelling from the beach was great fun and definitely the best we did all holiday. Quilalea is very well managed but at times we found the over attentive nature of the senior staff a bit annoying when you just wanted to relax with your family in the bar and chat! Some guests clearly didn't mind this but the staff should maybe be more sensitive to those who do or don't. However, this did not detract from a wonderful and memorable stay.
Quilalea - Honeymoon deal is great value
We had a thoroughly enjoyable 7 nights here.
The rooms are good (but not amazing) though the service and food is spot on. The island has 10 (or so) rooms and they are spread out enough so that you only ever see 8-10 people, even in the bar area.
The diving was good (though Mafia Island is definitely better), but strong tides play havoc with the visibility. We didn't go deep sea fishing, but it appeared 50% of trips were successfull.
Excellent location people at Quilalea
Quilalea is an excellent spot where it combines everything. The service is great and I need to applaud all of them for their proffesionalism and level of service. Everything was planned close to perfection by them every small detail, from the moment they picked us up at Pemba (where instead of letting stay at the aorport waiting for 3 hours they took us to a nice hotel to have some lunch and relax) to the last moment when we were transported by boat to Queriba to the plane and we had to walk due to a low tide where the dad bottles of water so we could rinse off our feet.
The place is really great for snokerling where you can just 2 metters in the sea, something you could not do in Vamizi, but you have to be cautious of currents. They have really good dive sites and excellent dive instructors (Heilke and Paul) a big thank you to both of them for my PADI Certification and training.
It a really nice cozy resort that we would certainly return and suggest other people to visit and stay. The only thing we regret is that we did not have more days to stay.