Azura At Quilalea, Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique

Azura at Quilalea is a hidden gem, somewhere to retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, with a relaxed and understated ‘Robinson Crusoe’ castaway style that belies the comforts and experiences on offer in the 9 handcrafted seafront villas.

Azura has brought it’s trademark African-chic style to Quilalea Island, a private, wholly uninhabited island paradise surrounded by the pristine waters of a marine sanctuary. Quilalea Island is one of the southernmost islands in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago, a scattering of beautiful unspoilt islands in remote northern Mozambique. Lying some 30 nautical miles north of Pemba, Quilalea Island has the only deep-water mooring in the area, where the Portuguese and Arab traders traditionally found sanctuary for their dhows. Along with its sister island Sencar, it is one of the few properties in the entire Archipelago to lie within a fully protected marine reserve, ensuring an abundance of marine life, and a spectacular snorkelling and diving experience for guests.

The island is approximately 86 acres in size and boasts 4 fabulous beaches. Apart from Azura at Quilalea staff and guests, it is completely uninhabited, ensuring total privacy and exclusivity. Snorkel the island’s shores, dive the house reef that spans the main beach, picnic on remote turtle beach, kayak through mangroves or relax in a hammock beneath the giant baobabs that stand sentinel over 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.

Location and Transfers

This 86 acre uninhabited private island is located on one of the Southernmost islands in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago, 30 nautical miles North of Pemba.
Guests can arrive at Azura Quilalea Private Island via Pemba in Mozambique or via Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. From Pemba Airport, there is a light aircraft flight to Quirimba Island, a short scenic drive across the coconut plantation, followed by a quick 10 min boat ride to Quilalea Private Island. From Dar-es-Salaam, Coastal Airlines with CFA depart every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to Quirimba Island (with a stopover in Mocimboa da Praia to clear customs). From Quirimba Island guests will be transferred by boat to Quilalea Private Island. There is always deep water access at the main beach at Quilalea, but a walk through water is needed at Quirimba Island except at high tide.

Accommodation

Kaskazi Villas – a haven of rest and relaxation just footsteps from the beach, yet designed with seclusion in mind. The 4 Kaskazi villas are open-plan and spacious, with stylish décor including wood, cotton and materials such as rope, pebbles and rattan, all blending 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 Villas – 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 premium locations, with an additional outdoor shower and beach sala

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, allowing you to experience the impressive underwater world of Quilalea Private Island

Quilalea Private Island Exclusive Use – guests are now able to enjoy the full private island experience at Azura Quilalea by having the use of the 86 pristine acres exclusively – perfect for a large family or group of friends

Dining

Focusing on the islands ‘Eco Ethos’, the cuisine at Azura Quilálea is focused around the natural produce available locally, with fresh fish and seafood dominating the menu.
Allow your butler to create different dining experiences though a range of special venues and set ups.
For the wine connoisseur, the wine cellar is always stocked with fine wines from the owner’s vineyards in South Africa and Azura Retreats’ owner’s chateau in the Loire Valley, France.
The kitchen has been completely re-designed to provide the standard of cuisine that Azura is famous for. There is an all new wine cellar for private dining and to showcase the owner’s wines

Facilities and Activities

Spa
Main Pool – with chill out zone with large cushions for lazing around
TV and media room with wireless internet access
Boutique – selling local crafts and designer beachwear
Padi Diving and Watersports Centre
Snorkelling
Deep sea fishing
Sea kayaking
Dhow sailing
Dhow sunset cruise
Island hopping and remote beach picnics
Cultural visits including nearby historic Ibo Island
Tours of the working coconut plantation on Quirimba Island and the local village
Beach picnics/private dining experiences
Island Baobab nature walk
Mangrove Kayaking on nearby Sencar Island
Children – children are welcome and a full range of activities and experiences tailored for their needs are on offer

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