Azura At Quilalea, Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique
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
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.
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
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
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
Deep sea fishing
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