Azura Quilalea Private Island

CEDARBERG RATING

Luxury

PRICING FROM

$ 925 (Pps)

Overview

  • Intimate lodge with only 9 villas
  • Whole island can be booked for private use
  • Offers diving from the beach
  • Clifftop spa pavillion offering a range of African spa treatments
  • Wide range of activities on available

This is a hidden gem on the private island of Quililea and offers a relaxed Robinson Crusoe castaway ambience alongside luxury and modern comfort. Snorkel the island’s shores, dive from the main beach, kayak the mangroves or relax in a hammock beneath the giant baobabs - this is the ultimate private luxury hideaway.

Azura Quilalea forms part of the marine sanctuary around the magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago in Mozambique. The island is 34 hectares in area and lies alongside a deep 70 metre channel with direct access to the Indian Ocean. The Sanctuary is a nursery for nesting green and hawk beak turtles and humpback whales shelter their young here before migrating south.

Accommodation

Azura Quilalea features 9 seafront very private villas stretched along two beaches of Mozambique. 4 Kaskazi villas have views to the Quirimbas Island and face the rising sun. The 4 Kusi villas have a more private location with an extra outdoor shower and private sala with hammocks for relaxing and private plunge pool. These face the setting sun. Note that the Kazaki villas are on a more shelly beach so we recommend the slightly more expensive Kusi villas.

All have kingsize double beds, convertible into twin beds if you wish. Each villa is constructed with indigenous materials and handcrafted timber, has double ceiling fans, indoor/outdoor shower, twin basins and separate toilet and bidet. A wooden safe box is provided as well as mini-bar and air-conditioning if required. A corner settee is crafted in the Ibo style with a local marble coffee table. Each villa opens onto a private veranda with its own panoramic view.

The Villa Quilalea, perched on the clifftop, offers superb accommodation in a private secluded location with its own private rimflow pool, stunning bathroom, dressing room, outdoor shower and separate sitting room. It even has its own ocean access from a cliff top stepladder!

All of the villas have a unique energy control system whereby guests can take control of their own eco-footprint. All mod cons are there if desired, including mini bar and air-conditioning, or guests can throw their villa open to being air-cooled by the natural breezes.

For a larger family party or group of friends, you can also take the whole 86 pristine acres of Azura Quilalea for your own private use.

The dining and lounge areas are situated to benefit from sunrise and sunset and overlook the sea. Board games are available. Traditional loungers and day beds are placed at each villa. The marine pavilion and bar with satellite TV overlook a plunge pool and faces west over the channel. The pavilion is a dive and sport fishing center with a full range of Mares equipment and Shimano fishing tackle.

Activities

Azura Quilalea is paradise for lovers of marine life. The snorkelling and diving is superb in the Quirimbas and snorkelling is possible from the beaches of Mozambique. There is a Padi 5 star dive centre and unusually, the island offers diving from the beach in water temperatures ranging between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius. You can enjoy big game fishing, watch the sunset as you sail on their traditional dhow, picnic in splendid isolation, or cruise to other deserted beaches. Dolphins are often spotted from their boats as well as humpback whales on their seasonal migration. You can kayak at leisure or enjoy a guided kayak through the mangrove channels.

Explore Azura Quilalea with picnics on Turtle beach, the baobab walking trail, guided birding/nature walks, a tour to the island’s coconut plantation, star gazing and astronomy talks as well as guided excursions to Ibo Island. The birdlife is abundant here, with paradise flycatchers seen everywhere. Madagascan bee-eaters and Little bee-eaters nest here every year.

Spa treatments

The lodge offers unique African Spa treatments at the beautiful clifftop spa pavillion. Lie back and listen to the waves lapping against the cliffs as you indulge in one of their signature treatments.

How to get to Azura Quilalea Private Island – Getting there is surprisingly easy. You take the 2¼ hour direct flight from Johannesburg to Pemba in Mozambique and then an exciting helicopter ride to the lodge.

Azura Quilalea Private Island on the map

Rooms

Kaskazi Villa

The 4 Kaskazi villas are open-plan and spacious, with stylish décors of wood, cotton and materials such as rope, pebbles and rattan, all blending in seamlessly with the island surroundings. Guests need only take a few steps to the gleaming white beach, or they may choose to bask on their sun lounger on their private deck.

All of the villas have a unique energy control system whereby guests can take control of their own eco-footprint. All mod cons are there if desired, including mini bar and air-conditioning, or guests can throw their villa open to being air-cooled by the natural breezes.

 

Kusi Villa

The 4 Kusi Villas have been beautifully revamped in that subtle yet stunning Azura way, with spacious bathrooms, natural furnishings and pure African elegance. Kusi Villas have the premium locations, with an additional outdoor shower and beach sala.

All of the villas have a unique energy control system whereby guests can take control of their own eco-footprint. All mod cons are there if desired, including mini bar and air-conditioning, or guests can throw their villa open to being air-cooled by the natural breezes.

 

Villa Quilalea

The cliff-top Villa Quilalea offers the most astounding accommodation for a couple in the whole Quirimbas Archipelago, located on its own private part of the island where guests can enjoy magnificent views over the turquoise seas with dhows sailing by.

Sip cocktails on the extended outdoor deck of the villa while watching the beauty of the sunset, or delight in an exquisite candlelit dinner served in the private dining area. Alternatively luxuriate in your private infinity plunge pool.

Guests can access the ocean from their own cliff top step-ladder, which leads into a private alcove with a small beach at low tide, and immediate swimming and snorkelling at high tide, so to experience the impressive underwater world of Quilalea Private Island.

 

Special offers

Azura Mozambique - Honeymoon Offer

Stay 5+ nights, bride gets 50% discount

One partner receives 50% discount off rates, and 50% off activities, spa treatments and Champagne (for stays of 5 nights or more)

Terms & Conditions: Valid for all villa types (except Villa Amizade and Presidential Villa). Not combinable with Long Stay offer

VALID FROM 06/01/2021
VALID UNTIL 15/12/2021

Includes

Accommodation in sea facing villas, all meals including main beach dinners, local beers & spirits, selection of house wines, soft drinks, tea & coffee, water, sunset cocktail of the day, Mozambican butler/host service, use of snorkeling equipment, use of kayaks, Baobab walking trails, Wifi in public areas, EVAC medical insurance from Pemba. and honeymoon turndown on last evening

Excludes

All motorized activities outside the sanctuary, big game fishing & PADI diving courses, air charters from Pemba to Quilalea, premium drinks and alcoholic beverages. Helicopter Transfers from Pemba to Quilalea, Laundry, National park fees,

Family Suitability

Family-friendly all ages

Malaria Rating

Malarial area year-round

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