When it comes to resort amenities, Azura Benguerra leaves no box unchecked. All of the villas offer guests everything they could want on an island getaway. The villas are spacious, overflowing with natural light, and filled with that island charm that cannot be replicated elsewhere. Equipped with full tea and coffee stations (and the most incredible homemade chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted), the villas also boast a minibar, WiFi, air-conditioning, outside showers, and luxurious bathroom amenities. The crème-de-le-crème, however, are the private patios and pools sitting outside each villa, perfect for a morning Americano as you watch the island stir, or a glass of champagne as you bid the horizon a good night. Nestled among indigenous gardens and palm trees, the villas were designed with seclusion in mind. Although guests can look out onto the beach with a spectacular ocean view, the villas are completely private − a tranquil oasis where the outside world seems to fade away.
The public areas of the resort, which include the restaurant, bar, and lounge, sit right on the beach, so that no matter what you are doing, you are constantly reminded that you are in paradise. There is also the trading post in the reception area which sells locally-made treasures, as well as anything you may have forgotten to bring with you such as sunscreen, hats, and sarongs. There is also an indoor lounge which invites guests to browse through the book collection that the resort has accumulated through the years. I found myself curled up on the couch getting stuck into my book on most evenings, winding down after days spent exploring in the sun.
Regarding excursions, Azura offers many activities to its guests, including island tours, whale watching, scuba diving, and snorkelling. I was taken out on one of the for snorkelling and island hopping and it was an experience I will truly never forget. Lunch orders are taken the day before so that when you get to your lunch destination (another secluded island), your food has been prepared and is waiting for you. The guides set up a spot so that you can enjoy your meal on the beachfront, interrupted only by the soft crashing of the waves. Personalised and meticulously curated, this experience is even better when shared.
Azura Benguerra stole my heart. Paradise in its purest form, this resort was like nothing I have ever experienced. Although sad to leave at the end of my stay, I came home feeling completely rested and humbled. The complete luxury, genuine warmth of the staff, and impeccable attention to detail left me wanting for nothing. My job has taken me to many wonderful places, but this trip was on another level. If you find yourself looking for accommodation in Mozambique, I would recommend a stay at Azura to anyone without so much as a second thought.
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