Azura at Quilalea is the second luxury Indian Ocean Retreat from the Azura Retreats group, bringing Azura’s trademark African-chic style to Quilalea Private Island, a private, wholly uninhabited island paradise surrounded by the pristine waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago marine sanctuary.
Azura at 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 in the 9 seafront villas.
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. Quilalea is the ultimate private luxury hideaway in a stunning undiscovered destination, an untouched paradise for the just a discerning few to discover.
The villas at Quilalea provide you with your own island castaway home, a private bolthole from your daily lives, somewhere to relax, unwind, and forget about the world.
There are just 9 seafront villas on this private uninhabited island, accommodating a maximum of eighteen guests in absolute privacy. They are hewn from local materials, with natural coral stone walls, carved wooden beams, makuti thatch roofs, and timber wooden decks. Windows have no glass, but have shutters made from local reed that can be opened to allow the breezes through, or closed for privacy at night. Inside, there are handcrafted oversize beds, comfortable, all natural, designer ‘beach-chic’ finishings and furnishings, and spacious bathrooms with baobab tiled showers with a view out to sea. There are no telephones and Ipod docks here, just a fan to cool you down, an aircon should you need it, a fridge full of your favourite beverages, and a wooden pirate chest to store your most precious belongings. Outside, there are daybeds and sun-loungers for relaxing, and the private decks have fabulous uninterrupted views out to the beach and sea beyond.
The villas are stretched out along our Sunrise and Sunset beaches, some 16m – 70m apart from each other, and surrounded by indigenous gardens or natural bush. There are 4 Sunrise Villas, with fantastic views across the multiple turquoise sea to Quirimba Island beyond. The 4 Sunset Villas have more exclusive locations, an extra outdoor bush shower, and hammocks for relaxing. The cliff-top Villa Quilalea offers the most astounding accommodation for a couple in the whole archipelago, with a private plunge pool, romantic 4 poster bed, feature bathroom & dressing room, an outdoor shower, and its own extensive lounging, dining and relaxation areas.
You may choose a single villa, which is perfect for couples or honeymooners, take a collection of villas along one of the beaches for friends or family, or take over the whole island for complete exclusivity.
All of the villas have a unique energy control system whereby guests can take control of their own eco-footprint. All mod cons are there if desired, including mini bar and air-conditioning, or guests can throw their villa open to being air-cooled by the natural breezes.
– Beachfront location and views
– All villas can be set up as king or twin sharing
– Air-conditioning and fans
– Egyptian cotton sheets and oversize mosquito net
– Large bathroom with feature indoor/outdoor shower, double vanities, separate toilet and bidet
– Mozambican Butler-host service
– Mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities
– Private undercover deck with daybed
– Sundeck with loungers
The 4 Sunrise villas are open-plan and spacious, with stylish décors of wood, cotton and materials such as rope, pebbles and rattan, all blending in seamlessly with the island surroundings. Guests need only take a few steps to the gleaming white beach, or they may choose to bask on their sun lounger on their private deck.
The 4 Sunset Villas have been beautifully revamped in that subtle yet stunning Azura way, with spacious bathrooms, natural furnishings and pure African elegance. Sunset Villas have the premium locations, with an additional outdoor shower and beach sala.
The cliff-top Villa Quilalea offers the most astounding accommodation for a couple in the whole archipelago, with a private plunge pool, feature bathroom & dressing room, an outdoor shower, and its own separate sitting/dining area.
Villa Quilalea additionally has a feature bathroom with free-standing bath and separate dressing room, a romantic draped Kingsize 4 poster bed, and enlarged sitting area.
It also has a private infinity pool, sitting/dining area, extended decking and relaxation areas, and a stunningly private location, including ocean access from a cliff top stepladder.
- Master bedroom with Kingsize bed, indoor/outdoor feel with door opening up to lounging deck
- Bathroom with freeform bath, feature handmade mosaic shower, doors opening onto the deck
- Separate toilet and bidet, walk-in wardrobe
- Extended sitting area
- Private plunge pool
- Mozambican Butler-host service
- Mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities
- Private undercover deck with daybed
- Sundeck with loungers
- Private dining area with views over sea
- Private alcove for swimming with step ladder leading into the area
This is paradise for lovers of marine life, with snorkelling and scuba diving straight off the main beach. With just a few guests on the island at a time, you will be the only people snorkelling and diving here, and as a result the plethora of sea life on view is spectacular.
There are some amazing dive sites in the surrounding waters, with walls and drop offs for the more adventurous. We are lucky enough to have humpback whales from July to November, nesting turtles from November through to April, and pods of dolphins for company in front of your villas year round. There is also kayaking through extensive mangroves on nearby Sencar Island, sailing on traditional Mozambican dhows, and some fantastic deep sea fishing.
Back on land, we offer exclusive picnics and romantic candle-lit beach dinners, island walks to view the giant baobabs, cultural trips to the nearby Ibo Island, and relaxing treatments at our African Spa.
- Scuba Diving
- Dhow Sailing
- Turtle Beach picnics
- Quissiva Island picnics
- Turtle sightings
- Baobab walking trail
- Guided bird/nature walk
- Baobab baths
- Stargazing and astronomy talk
- Ibo Island tour
- Quirimba Island coconut plantation tour
At Azura they care about making your stay special. This starts with providing a Mozambican Butler-host to look after you during your stay. They’ll take care of you during your time at Azura, including serving your meals, running down the beach with a table and chairs if you want lunch at the water’s edge, or serving the cocktail of the day to your beachside Sala as the sun goes down
They are part of Azura’s commitment to the community and upliftment of the country’s people. Many of them have very little in the way of formal education, but they have a genuine warmth and friendliness, and will delight in looking after you. They don’t always get it 100% right, but that’s all part of the charm. They have big smiles and even bigger stories to share with you. Our guests come to love them so much they often ask to take them home!
The whole team at Azura makes looking after you their priority. The chef will chat about your favourite foods, the watersports team will take you out exploring our amazing marine world, the community leader will show you village life, and the spa girls will help you relax, even more than you already are in this barefoot paradise.