Azura Quilalea

Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique


Our Rating

Trip Advisor

Room Type

4 Kaskazi villas, 4 Kusi villas, 1 Villa Quilalea

Child Policy

Children of all ages


Pool, spa, wine cellar and watersports center


Fishing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling & Freediving, Dhow Rides, Kayaking, Food and Wine


About This Accommodation

Azura Quilalea in the Quirimbas Archipelago is one of our favorite properties in Mozambique. It is both a romantic, exclusive beach getaway and a paradise for serious divers. The 86-acre island is totally uninhabited other than Azura Quilalea guests and staff.

The island is covered in lush vegetation and groves of ancient baobab trees. The villas are spread along two beaches providing each with ample privacy. The villas are open-plan and spacious with a stylish décor of wood, cotton and other beachy materials such as rope, pebbles and rattan that all blend seamlessly with the island surroundings. Take a few steps toward the gleaming white beach or relax on your private deck and enjoy your villa. The signature elements of the Azura experience and service include private butler services for each villa, private dining in a new setting every night, and excellent fresh food.

The Indian Ocean is at your doorstep and many of the activities and experiences at Quilalea are centered around it. The protected reefs in the Quirimbas Archipelago offer some of the most spectacular snorkeling and diving in the world. You can snorkel on the reef right off the beach at Quilalea or explore further afield on advanced deep-water dives. You can kayak, saltwater fish or deep sea fish, watch the sunset from a traditional dhow, picnic in splendid isolation, or track down humpback whales on their seasonal migration.

There are really no downsides to Azura Quilalea, although there is more potential for rain in October, November, April and May. In addition, although Quilalea is stunning, some might consider it more barefoot luxury than polished luxury. Those looking for polished luxury might prefer Azura Benguerra in the south.

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  • 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.
  • Azura is honeymoon heaven, it is simply one of the most romantic places in the world. These are unique special places and all are a haven of privacy to spend the most important vacation of your life. Find out more about our special honeymoon packages at Azura.
  • 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.
  • The villas at Azura Quilalea provide you with your own private island castaway home, somewhere to relax, unwind, and forget about the world.
  • Children and teens will be spoilt for choice when it comes to spending time here with us. Whilst we don’t have the traditional kids and activity clubs you find in larger hotels, we offer a host of activities for children and families to participate in. There is so much to experience and learn about.

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What Our Clients Think

Our room was great the food was outstanding!"

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