Vamizi Island, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
Crusoe invented castaway chic, but Vamizi Island Lodge defines it, with thirteen impossibly romantic timber villas strung loosely along one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Simply grand or grandly simple – this lodge isn’t about the usual five star luxury and all mod cons, it’s about the more rarified pleasures of exclusive island life.
Imagine wafting through muslin and filtered sunlight, flopping straight from your room into a private ocean and enjoying elegant lunches with your toes in the sand…
It’s hard to compete with the perfect desert island, so Vamizi doesn’t. They just take what comes on the breeze, and mould it into a more civilized form.
Location and Transfers
Located on a slender coral island just off Mozambique’s remote northern coast in the Quirimbas Archipelago.
From Pemba, Mozambique, depending on the sea conditions, you’ll be taken in a speed boat just fifteen minutes to the lodge, or put in the resort’s “Islandrover” – an open 4×4 landrover that tracks over the rough coral spine of the island and takes a bumpy, but steady forty five minutes to the lodge.
Exclusivity is one of Vamizi Island’s greatest assets and, as the only lodge on the island, it has the space to spread wide, so each villa amply commands its own part of the beach.
Thirteen villas – one or two bedroomed – are right on the shoreline, all with to-die-for views of the ocean.
Both airy and generous – with over 170 square metres of timbered floor to pad about on, they have plenty of space for spreading beds, sofas, a marble shower and vanity area and outside, a sun deck.
Vamizi Island is not about the ordinary five star stuff, so don’t expect TVs or air conditioning – it’s all about barefoot relaxation and rooms as open as they can be, to catch the natural breezes.
That said, if you can’t drag yourself away from your villa, there’s a mini-bar and the means for a deluxe cup of tea or coffee – as well as private dinners in the room on request.
Beyond that, you’ll be left alone, in the peace of your own private paradise.
Surf-fresh seafood and other tropical dishes are served, set off by the sea breaking on the shore just feet away.
During the day, there’s the relative formality of the thatched open dining room in the main lodge, or choose to retreat to Muntu Nkulu, the resort’s new castaway restaurant open during the winter season on the south side of the island, for a buffet and total relaxation.
You can also take the total desert island approach – alone with a shipwrecked picnic on some deserted beach.
Evenings are a more glamorous affair, with a castaway twist, fuelled by grills on the beach, or more elaborate dishes under lantern light in the dining room.
With cocktails and fine wines at the bar – and acres of cushions and sofas for your choice of relaxation spot – you might just feel that heaven can wait.
Facilities and Activities
Yoga is available
Whale watching expeditions
Traditional dhow trips
Monkey and birdwatching
Vamizi Retreats – tailor-made itineraries to include yoga, diving, snorkelling, treatments