How it all began...
When we founded Azura back in 2007, our vision was to take people to undiscovered places of authentic natural beauty, enable them to stay there in luxury, while at the same protecting the environment and positively changing the life of a local community. We remain true to those values to this day.
We first fell in love with Mozambique back in the 1990’s, with its endless deserted beaches, pristine reefs and sparkling turquoise seas. It’s warm and welcoming people, with never ending smiles, were desperately in need of an opportunity to change their lives. Incurably romantic as a destination, steeped in history, and yet undiscovered by the luxury travel world, we decided to build our first hotel together there. We did so in collaboration with the local community, many of whom are still working for us to this day, and Azura Benguerra Island was born.
As people who had previously travelled the far corners of the globe in our professional careers, we gathered up little pieces of our favourite hotels around the world, and scribbled designs that frustrated our architects until we were happy that what we had dreamed could become a reality. We then added our unique décor concept, we call it ‘designed to give back’, where local community projects work hand in hand with our designers to create special little pieces you will find throughout our hotels.
With such pristine environments surrounding us, our unique experiences followed naturally. On land or sea, above or below the ocean, on safari with Africa’s wildest animals, or culturally exploring our local community, our core philosophy is that every day is different, to be explored to the maximum or left for pure relaxation, the choice is yours. We believe our team is there to host you as much or as little as you wish. That whatever we do, we must do it in style, without losing the authenticity of the destination. That the small things, and especially our people, really do make a difference.
As our own family grew, so did their wishes for more family holidays in beautiful places with amazing experiences, so we added a private island, and more recently a safari lodge to our collection of retreats. We are personally involved in designing and running all of our properties, and hope you will love them as much as we do. In our ideal world, you will leave us feeling like this is the best holiday you have ever had, whether it’s a life changing event like your honeymoon, a much wanted break from work, or precious time together as a family. We look forward to welcoming you to Azura.
Christopher and Stella