We have never had such a perfect experience on holiday. Azura have got everything right, total luxury, the best service we have received anywhere in the world, michelin starred food every night - including a 7 course tasting menu and whole lobster for lunch (all as part of the all inclusive, not a buffet in sight!) Our host, Bela, looked after us so well catering for everything we needed and finding the perfect balance between friendly, personal and professional service. The island is so beautiful, the sand dunes, the blue sea, the amazing patterns and ever changing landscape caused by the tide going in and out and all the wildlife it brings down to the shore, the idyllic surrounding islands, the beautiful fish under the sea, the people who are so friendly and open and welcoming of all these strangers on their island. We even went to watch the Azura team play football against a team of locals and to visit the local school, Azura have worked so hard to integrate themselves into the Benguerra family and they are to be applauded for their charitable work and their ongoing plans to improve the standard of living - so for us living in such total luxury for a few days was balanced by knowing we had contributed to the charity.
All the rooms are private and well placed, it doesn't matter which one you get, the excursions are varied and perfectly thought out, we arrived on a deserted island to find a beautiful two course lunch, complete with sun loungers, umbrella, towels and a little garden built for us in the sand! Your host will make sure you have whatever drinks you want on all the trips and will set up breakfast, lunch or dinner for you pretty much anywhere you want, we never ate dinner in the same location and had breakfast brought to our terrace every morning. They provide everything you need so you can limit your packing, towels, hairdryers, cotton wool, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner etc.
I could talk forever about this place but I think the best thing I can say for people who are trying to choose where to go is that I spent a good few months deciding between islands and lodges and reading 100's of reviews and eventually I settled on Azura and we could not have been happier, it is total perfection - GO!!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Azura Hotel Benguerra Island