Azura Quilalea has achieved the perfect balance between luxury and eco-friendly mindfulness. Azura Quilalea is one of two luxury destinations in Mozambique run by Azura Retreats – Azura Benguerra being the other.
The coral reef proximal to Azura Quilalea, is a palette of colour and undisturbed marine life, and is home to nesting turtles. The island is a celebration of animal diversity. The annual humpback whale migration adds to its reputation of being a scuba diver’s utopia. The island is home to over 100 species of bird life, including the Madagascar bee eater.
Night snorkelling is a once-in-a-lifetime experience offered at Azura Quilalea, as the coral glows in the moonlight, coming alive with feeding sea critters. Hawksbill turtles swim unperturbed and languorously through the water as guests float nearby, just enjoying the wondrous sights of nature. For a small island, there is so much to experience. Fishing trips offered to guests often return with the catch for that evening’s delectable dinner. The fresh haul is prepared with local Arabian and Portuguese flavours, producing an unforgettably fragrant and fresh dish. It is delicious, unpretentious cuisine. The resort also supports the local fishermen, their dugouts arriving daily to offer a smorgasbord of fresh line-fish, calamari, mangrove crab, lobster and prawns for guests to enjoy at lunch and dinner.
Pampering on Azura Quilalea is a given. The spa is built discreetly into the rocks of Limestone Karst, a maze natural blowholes and sculptured rock formations. The gentle, revitalising massage is best enjoyed at high tide, when the water pushes through the blowhole, ensuring an awe-inspiring natural spectacle.
For more information on Azura Quilalea and the other Azura properties, please visit www.azura-retreats.com or www.tourismcorp.co.za.