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Located on the tropical paradise island of Benguerra, off the coast of southern Mozambique, Azura Benguerra is a boutique beach eco-lodge built entirely by hand by the local community, allowing an authentic, ‘locale’ feel.
The individual thatched villas at Azura overlook the Indian Ocean just a few steps back from the pristine white sand beach. The villas are simple, spacious and open to the breeze, and each comes with a plunge pool flanked by a sundeck with plush daybeds and a beachside sala.
Benguerra Island lies within the Bazaruto Marine National Park, guaranteeing superb diving and snorkelling on the nearby reefs, and Azura has its own PADI dive centre offering a full range of instructional courses. The instructors and guides are passionate about the reef and very informative on its inhabitants.
Additional activities include big game fishing and saltwater fly-fishing. Ensure you take a sunset dhow cruise for magnificent orange hued views. On land, take an island tour to discover the local fauna and flora, or indulge in a relaxing spa treatment or massage.
Azura aims to have you never dine in the same place twice, meaning you will be treated to a different magical view every time you eat, whether it be on the water's edge or in the privacy of your own villa. The cuisine is simple, fresh and divine, focusing on the day's catch.
Why we love it
Take a trip to the deserted Pansy Island, picnic in hand, and feast on delicious dishes on one of the most sublime beaches in the world, which you'll have all to yourself.