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HERO Mozambique Azure Benguerra Beach Villa

LOCATION

The Bazaruto Archipelago is a protected national park nearly nine miles from mainland Mozambique. Accessible only by air, this chain of islands offers mangrove forests, coral reefs, and white sand beaches.

Barefoot luxury paradise Beguerra is the pick of its five islands. It’s here that Azura’s 20 villas are situated with the resort’s private pool and gorgeous beachfront. Your airy and spacious villa comes with a dedicated butler, on hand to fulfill your wishes while you’re in heavenly residence.

Almost all areas of the resort offer panoramic Indian Ocean vistas. Choosing where you’d like to dine and refreshing the view daily is actively encouraged by the hotel. Your butler can deliver your fresh fruit and yogurt breakfast to the water’s edge, or choose a candlelit dinner on the beach of a remote island with only the crabs for company. Seafood and modern Portuguese cuisine are the predominant elements, and the chef also offers seven-course tasting menus.

WHAT MAKES THIS HOTEL UNIQUE?

There’s a remarkable story of community involvement behind Azura—the country’s first eco-lodge—with the locals chipping in to help build the resort and assist in its running.

Out here, surrounded by such a pristine and thriving marine environment, it’s little surprise that the resort has a world-class diving center. Whatever your level, superb instructors are on hand to take you beneath the waves for encounters with whale sharks, manta rays, hawksbill turtles, and much more. Snorkels are also plentifully available.