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“A paradise island next to Paradise Island”

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Azura Benguerra Island
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London
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33 hotel reviews
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“A paradise island next to Paradise Island”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

A beautiful location, lovely team, great food...I could go on. We stayed for 5 nights and were lucky with the weather for the most part given it was winter season. We booked a villa with an infinity pool - spacious, well laid out, outdoor shower, great maid service. The Azura team really make this place special. Ronaldo in particular ensured we had a wonderful and relaxing break but all the staff are genuinely warm and thoughtful. Do go to Paradise Island - apart from a great beach picnic, it was brilliant wandering around the abandoned hotel which was a magnet in the 50's/60's and frequented by Bob Dylan. You can almost hear the chink of champagne glasses as you walk through what was the restaurant.

We will definitely return!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Colette A, Manager at Azura Benguerra Island, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear Edamame

Thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review.

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time in the Archipelago. Paradise Island is absolutely as magical as you described it and a place for the romantic at heart. We love it there too!

Ronaldo sends a big friendly hello. We all hope to welcome you back one day soon.

Kind Regards

Colette Adams
Operations Manager
Azura Benguerra
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

We spent 4 days at Azura in May 2013 as a final leg of our African honeymoon, after tracking gorillas in Uganda and spending a few days at Serengeti in Tanzania. Our original plan was to stay at Benguerra Lodge nearby but after having spent there two or three days, we felt that it didn't live up to our expectations and we decided to move to Azura. It was definitely the right decision! Several days at Azura were by far the best beach holiday we've ever had (and we have traveled a lot!). Several things that are worth mentioning:
1. First and foremost - excellent service and superb staff. All the staff were exceptionally attentive and friendly. As it's such a small resort, you get to know the staff quite quickly and the atmosphere is great. Resort General Manager, Thomas, is a legend. He made us feel very welcome and made our experience at Azura simply unforgettable. Our host, Ronaldo, was also very friendly and professional.
2. Setting and accommodation - Azura has the most beautiful and exclusive setting. Although you see locals walking down the beach now and then (which makes the experience authentic), Azura setting definitely has that desert island feel to it. Accommodation is excellent - super comfortable and luxury. We stayed in an infinity beach villa which was fantastic and it felt very private. Huge and comfortable bed, luxury bathroom and wonderful outdoor showers.
3. Food - the choice for lunch and dinner is not big but that's what we liked about it - no need to waste time on making decisions. The quality of the food was outstanding. Beautiful seafood and superb French wine (the family that owns Azura has a vineyard in France). Even more importantly, the kitchen were very flexible and accommodating if we wanted to mix and match the menu choices. No horrible buffets - all super exclusive and personal.
4. Diving - my husband did a couple of dives and he was very impressed. The diving facilities were excellent and the dive master called Jason - very professional and friendly.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Colette A, Manager at Azura Benguerra Island, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear MRJardine

How wonderful to hear from you and thank you for your kind review.

It was wonderful meeting you. We are so pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed the end of your adventurous and romantic honeymoon with us.

We hope that the memories will last a lifetime. A mermaid on a dive – how special and even luckier that he has one at home.

Warm regards from all of us on the island!

Colette Adams
Operations Manager
Azura Benguerra
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

After a week's safari landed at Azura Benguerra Island and thrilled with the location, azura water of shades that I've never experienced and the beautiful white beaches. The villa and my sweet host, Sergio, made the locale idyllic. Island hopping, climbing sand dunes, hunting giant sand dollars called Pansies and a gorgeous picnic on a deserted beach created days to be rated in the top 10! Snorkeling was exquisite and the whale watching provided a show that shared too many whales to count.
The staff did everything to make all of us guests comfortable and well taken care of - truly lovely management team and supporting staff. The spa was to the highest standard with services to renew and revive and outdoor shower under the beautiful sky. Precious provided wonderful care at the spa.
Fantastic trip! Loved the location and the water, might try it during summer rather than winter, next time! Food was creative and beautifully presented - fabulous chef!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Colette A, Manager at Azura Benguerra Island, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear Creatingjoy

Greetings from sunny Mozambique!

Thank you for this lovely review and for your time. It was wonderful to have you on the island with us. I hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon.

Take care and Sergio says hello!

Warm Regards

Colette Adams
Operations Manager
Azura Benguerra
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Have just spent 7 amazing days on this magnificent resort. Stunning surroundings and amazing staff. Everything you would want on your first visit to Mozambique. Every second night a surprise dinner and the food on the whole is amazing!!

Went out fishing and caught and amazing fish which the chef cooked to perfection. I'm sure the entire resort eat well that night.

Room Tip: All the rooms are amazing and if you are travelling with friend I would recommend the large villas...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Colette A, Manager at Azura Benguerra Island, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear Grant T

Thank you so much for the time taken to write this review.

It was super meeting you and hearing of all the wonderful places you have traveled. Remember you can always come and relax with us on the island after your next Southern Africa trip.

Kind Regards

Colette Adams
Operations Manager
Azura Benguerra
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

We spent 6 days on Benguerra Island and the location is absolutely stunning-crystal clear warm waters, empty beaches and relaxed beachfront villas complete with your own butler service. The helicopter flight to the hotel is breathtaking. The Presidential Villa offers complete privacy. The boat excursion to the neighbouring island was well worth doing-dolphins, sand dunes and a picnic all set up in adavance of you getting there. Only downside would be the overall standard of the cuisine which was perhpas not to the standard you would expect. Overall a once in a lifetime experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

We have stayed 5 nights in this beautiful hotel and found it to be one of our best vacations. The island itself with its white beaches and turquoise water is breathtaking. The service is superb and skewed toward one thing- to make your stay easier, more comfortable and enjoyable. The excursions: island drive, island hob and Shala island were the best and one should not miss them: Snorkling, Dune climbing, picnic on the white beach with delicious wines and sea food are part of the fun.
Each villa is well equiped, has full privacy and is by the beach. We enjoyed dinners on the beach, in the wine cellar and also the dining room, with great food...
We will come back!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Colette A, Manager at Azura Benguerra Island, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Dear Nonush

Thank you so much for this great review and for the activity recommendations for our future guests.
One of the best compliments you could pay us is to return to our shores. We love welcoming guests back! Next time we could take you for a picnic and snorkel excursion to gorgeous Paradise Island – I know you will enjoy this little gem of an island.
See you soon!

Kind Regards
Colette Adams
Azura Retreat
Benguerra Island
Province Inhambane
Mozambique
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

We have spent 5 days at Azura Retreats with 3 families and our 5 kids.
One of the best holidays we have ever had. Our kids loved every moment of it. The helicopter flight, the excursions on the Island where we saw turtles and the village, the sunset boat trips and fishing and swimming or snorkelling near deserted wonderful small Islands. The wonderful villas on the beach a from where you can watch the Dolphins passing by in the morning A real Paradise , hard to find a destination like this anywere in the world.
We were taken care of by Lino and his staff who served us fantastic fresh food and took care of all our wishes in a lovely way.
We strongly recommend Azura retreats and would love to come back.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Colette A, Manager at Azura Benguerra Island, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review Azura Benguerra.

The island is a delight for children of all ages indeed! We are glad that you enjoyed precious family time with us.

We hope to welcome you back in the near future for more fun with your children or perhaps a romantic getaway next time.

Warm Regards

Colette Adams
Operations Manager
Benguerra Island
Bazaruto Archipelago
Mozambique
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Property: Azura Benguerra Island
Address: Benguerra Island | Bazaruto Archipelago, Inhambane Province 1304, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Bazaruto Archipelago > Benguerra Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Benguerra Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Azura Benguerra Island 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Azura Benguerra, was built entirely by hand in partnership with the local community, it has just 20 villas, each sporting a personal infinity swimming pool, and spectacular beachside location, Azura offers an enchanting seaside escape. Spend sun-drenched days fishing, snorkelling or diving in protected reefs; watch the migrating whales and dolphins that ply these waters. Or relax on the beach and indulge in African spa treatments while a Mozambican Butler-host looks after your every need. The island's local people make for fascinating cultural encounters, and the starry night sky is magnificent to behold. ... more   less 
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