Azura Quilalea luxury lodge - Mozambique
Azura Quilalea is the second luxury Indian Ocean Retreat from the Azura Retreats group, bringing Azura’s trademark African-chic style to Quilalea Private Island, a private, wholly uninhabited island paradise surrounded by the pristine waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago marine sanctuary.
Snorkel the island’s shores, dive from the main beach, kayak the mangroves or relax in a hammock beneath the giant baobabs on the island. Quilalea is the ultimate private luxury hideaway in a stunning undiscovered destination, an untouched paradise for the just a discerning few to discover.
This is paradise for lovers of marine life, with snorkelling and scuba diving straight off the main beach. With just a few guests on the island at a time, you will be the only people snorkelling and diving here, and as a result the plethora of sealife on view is spectacular.
There are some amazing dive sites in the surrounding waters, with walls and drop offs for the more adventurous. We are lucky enough to have humpback whales from July to November, nesting turtles from November through to April, and pods of dolphins for company in front of your villas year round. There is also kayaking through extensive mangroves on nearby Sencar Island, sailing on traditional Mozambican dhows, and some fantastic deep sea fishing.
Back on land, we offer exclusive picnics and romantic candle-lit beach dinners, island walks to view the giant baobabs, cultural trips to the nearby Ibo Island, and relaxing treatments at our African Spa.
Azura Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique
Visible from the sky, the Quirimbas Archipelago is a mesmerising tapestry of colour; a chain of 32 coral islands, thick with mangroves and encircled by white sand which dissolves into crystal waters fringed by coral skirts - and one of these islands is the luxurious Azura Quilalea Private Island. The protected reefs lining the island's shores offer some of the best diving in the world - expect to see green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles, reef sharks, sting rays, moray eels and a plethora of colourful reef fish. Depending on the season, you might also spot humpback whales and whale sharks. And with only nine individual villas, you'll have the reef all to yourself.