Azura Quilalea Private Island
Azura Quilalea is a hidden gem, somewhere to retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, with a relaxed and understated ‘Robinson Crusoe’ castaway style that belies the comforts and experiences on offer.
It is the second luxury Indian Ocean Retreat from the Azura Retreats group, bringing Azura’s trademark African-chic style to Quilalea Private Island, a wholly uninhabited island paradise surrounded by the pristine waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago marine sanctuary.
Snorkel the island’s shores, dive from the main beach, kayak the mangroves or relax in a hammock beneath the giant baobabs on the island. Azura Quilalea’s nine seafront villas offer the ultimate private luxury hideaway in a stunning undiscovered destination, an untouched paradise for just a discerning few to discover. It is the only island in Mozambique with a house reef, accessible directly from the main beach, making it a fabulous destination for snorkellers, scuba divers and lovers of marine life. It is also home to more than 50 giant baobabs and some 180 species of migrating birds.
With an emphasis on providing our guests with the best the island has to offer, it’s hardly surprising that Azura Quilalea has been recognised as a leader in the luxury travel industry. Last year, we received Safari Awards for the Best Marine Safari Experience and Most Romantic Safari Property. In the same year, we were the Continent Winner for the World Luxury Hotel Awards in the following categories: Luxury Private Island Resort, Luxury Romantic Villas and Luxury Eco/Green Villa.
The main bar and pool area offers plenty of areas to relax in whilst enjoying views of the ocean. The informal lounge coming off the bar area offers satellite TV and a laptop with internet access. The Jellyfish Dining Room is open on the sides to make best use of the trade winds that are wonderfully cooling on a summer night. There is also a wine cellar for private dining and to showcase the proprietor's wines. We have a fully equipped PADI Dive and Watersports Centre, a feature Baobab reception and a boutique with local crafts and designer beachwear.
Blessed with a tropical climate, temperatures rarely fall below 24°C—even at night. The water is gloriously warm with a temperature that ranges between 24-30°C. Throughout the year, the East African Trade winds bring welcoming cool breezes and our villas are positioned to take advantage of the relief from the heat they bring. The Islands are not strongly affected by local weather patterns and tend to receive, on average, a quarter of the rainfall received by the mainland. There are several months of the year when there is no rain at all. This makes our landscape arid, and challenges our water supply, but means endless days of sunshine for our guests.