Azura Benguerra MOZAMBIQUE
MOZAMBIQUE IS A FASCINATING COUNTRY HOME TO A MELTING POT OF CULTURES and exotic influences, not to mention 1,500 miles of coastline. Honeymooners who choose this African escape are in for a one-off adventure, particularly those who head out to the remote Bazaruto Archipelago in the south (reached by helicopter from Vilanculos). Cast yourselves away, you won’t regret it. Azura Benguerra is Mozambique’s first-ever eco retreat. Hand-built by locals and miles from the mainland, these really are the ultimate desert-island digs (albeit of the luxury kind).
The retreat is situated within a marine national park, where pure whites and bright turquoises are the prevailing colours and the sea is dotted with dhows plying their trade. It consists of just 20 traditional Mozambican villas, hidden in indigenous gardens and connected by crushed-shell paths. Inside they are gorgeous – all carved wood, crisp white linen, mosaics and splashes of colour. But don’t get too comfortable: go on a tour with native islander Carlos, or take the plunge and dive alongside turtles, manta rays and dolphins. Enjoy the catch of the day at Jellyfish, a wooden-beamed, thatched hut that serves amazing seafood.
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The chef also puts on barbecues and will set up a table for you pretty much anywhere on the island, so you can dine in a different spot every day. Enjoy sundowners on Jonas (the lodge’s own dhow) or relax in Star Bar over a game of bao. For R&R like nothing else, try the spa’s ‘Butter Me Up’ wrap, which uses a unique blend of African body butters and oils. Whatever you choose to do, you’re assured of 100% unplugged escapism.
Seven nights in a Beach Villa on an all-inclusive basis from £3,950 per person, including international flights and transfers. Honeymooners staying five nights or more will also enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, a private dinner on their last night and a special turndown service one evening.