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Azura Quilalea

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Highlights

- High-end private island resort
- Excellent facilities including wine cellar
- Superb marine and bird-life
- Water sports, dhow cruises, island walks

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Overview

Azura Quilalea is a secluded, luxurious island resort located on Quilalea Island, one of over thirty islands that make the Quirimbas Archipelago, a collection of pristine islands known for their rich marine life and unspoiled natural scenery in the sparkling Indian Ocean off east-coast Mozambique. Quilalea has no permanent population which lends it a particularly private, exclusive feel and, along with ten other islands in the southern part of the archipelago, it forms part of Quirimbas National Park, a protected area that includes a significant part of the Mozambican mainland. In keeping with this, the property presents itself as an eco-retreat and is involved in community initiatives to maintain and improve local community life.

There are just nine beautifully-presented beachside villas with thatch roofs, exposed wooden beams and a ‘designer’ feel. All of them come with plenty of facilities and amenities including air conditioning and a ceiling fan, a mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities. There’s also an energy control system which allows guests to determine how much or little energy they use during their stay. The villas are grouped into three categories: there are four Kaskazi Villas, four Kusi Villas which are larger and have an outdoor shower, and the superb Villa Quilalea which is the largest and most luxurious by far, was designed with honeymooners in mind.

The resort has its own open-air restaurant with complete with an extensive wine cellar and a bar with an accompanying lounge area. There’s also a swimming pool, a boutique selling beachwear and souvenirs, a spa and a dedicated centre for water sports.

Aside from relaxing and soaking up the beautiful scenery, there’s plenty to do on and around the island. The Indian Ocean is home to a colourful array of marine life meaning that the scuba diving and snorkelling here are both very highly rated. In fact, Quilalea is the only Mozambican island to have a ‘house reef’ which can be accessed directly from the island’s main beach. Kayaking and sunset dhow cruises are popular, as are whale and dolphin watching expeditions; whales can be spotted in the waters from July to October, while dolphins are in the vicinity year-round. Island hopping, mangrove kayaking and coconut plantation visits are also great fun, and for something more ‘chilled out’ there are beach picnics, scenic island walking trails and even baobab baths!

Children are welcome, and while there are no designated kids activity clubs or babysitting services, there is plenty for all age groups to enjoy on the island. Given the waterside nature of the property, parents are reminded to keep their children under constant adult supervision.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 497 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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