Azura Quilalea - the Island is some 86 acres in size, and apart from staff and guests, it is completely uninhabited. Quilalea has one of only a few safe deep water moorings in the area, where the Portuguese and Arab traders traditionally found sanctuary for their dhows. Along with its sister island Sencar; it is one of the few properties in the entire Archipelago to lie within a fully protected marine reserve, ensuring an abundance of marine life.
Azura Quilalea Private Island offers its guests an African-chic style experience, on a private island surrounded by the pristine waters of a marine sanctuary. Here you will find the ultimate in luxury beach hideaways. Accommodation is in nine seafront villas, built from natural coral stone and makuti thatch, with natural finishing and private decks stretching out to the beach. Some Villas are sunset facing, whilst others are positioned to catch the sunrise. The villas are open-plan and large, with local materials of wood, cotton, rope, rattan and pebbles incorporated into the décor.
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 you can throw their villa open to being air-cooled by the natural breezes. Villas all boast oversized mosquito nets and have feature bathrooms.
Each public area of the retreat is designed with its own particular ethos in mind, creating unique vistas and experiences, allowing you to find your favourite location – from a hammock under the trees, a perch at the bar, or a dip in the main feature pool.
The main bar/pool area includes a quiet area with large cushions for lazing around. The Dining Room has a Wine Cellar for private dining and to showcase the owner’s wines. Cuisine at Quilalea is focused around the natural produce available locally, with lots of fresh fish and seafood dominating the menu.
There is a fully equipped PADI Dive and Water sports Centre, and TV and media room for those who want to stay in touch, and a Boutique with local crafts and designer beachwear.
Snorkelling is accessible directly off the beaches and around most of the island, patrolled by huge potato bass and schools of hunting jacks, and a spectacular house reef for diving is just a short kick away. Island activities include a Spa, beach picnics, private dining, nature walk to see the Baobabs, kayaking, scuba diving (and courses), snorkelling, deep sea fishing, dhow sailing, and cultural visits to nearby Ibo Island.
All meals including main beach dinners, local beers/ spirits, a selection of house wines, soft drinks, tea/ coffee and water, as well as a sunset cocktail of the day, a Mozambican Butler/Host Service, the use of snorkelling equipment and kayaks, the baobab walking trail and laundry are all included during your stay.
Conscious of the pristine marine sanctuary where Quilalea finds itself, the owners have built a unique energy saving project, where solar power, wind generation, rainwater harvesting, and eco-friendly rechargeable crystal batteries are used in combination with normal generators and desalination to provide the island’s power and water.