Azura Quilalea Private Island
Remote, wild and extraordinary beautiful, Quilalea is a part of the Quirimbas archipelago in northern Mozambique, also is located within a protected marine reserve. The sole ‘developed’ island for kilometers, it has attained via helicopter out of Pemba airport (30 nautical miles south). The shoreline and islands have been untouched and encourage a diversity of fauna and flora, including over 140 bird species. The closeness of a home reef spanning the major beach is the last clincher.
Style & personality
Beach-chic Quilalea sits unobtrusively in its woods surrounds, with sandy pathways resulting in dappled color to the villas and shores, and a easy building design — adobe-style walls topped with conventional palm and easy wood shuttered windows — which taps into castaway dream. It is relaxing and enchanting; the sort of place where you never bother to lock your space, and spend your times barefoot at a sarong.
Service & amenities
This will not match those seeking a resort-style collection of amenities, but to get a character- and beach-lover it is perfect. There are four beaches, a home reef, a swimming pool built to a raised promontory overlooking the sea, a well-equipped Padi Dive and Watersports Centre plus a tiny clifftop spa. Just the pub area has Wi-Fi; there is also a little lounge with television and computer. GM Claudia Pellarini-Joubert is a faultless host: discreet, hot, attentive. The only real caveat is the abilities of a number of those employees need patience.
All these are rooms that you can happily call home for a week or two more: in 75sqm, the extent of a little cabin, with a shady terrace and loungers overlooking the sea, and very personal. Oversized beds are swathed in mosquito netting and you will find huge shuttered doors and windows for ventilation and views. The showers have ocean views, and there is another loo and bidet (no baths). Fans, A/C, minibars, tea- and coffee-making facilities are standard, however there aren’t any phones, docking broadband or stations — nothing to divert from the sea’s lullaby. It is well worth hanging out a little more for its slightly pricier sunset-facing (‘Kusi’) villas, set around a boulder-strewn shore.
Food & beverage
The culinary attention — perhaps not surprisingly — is on fresh fish; crayfish particularly is ready to crush perfection, and served with fresh vegetables and salads. Each meal sees a brand new menu with a collection of 2 to three starters, mains and desserts. Starter might be a chilled soup like lime and avocado, or ceviche, or seared-beef salad; followed by tuna steak, broiled lobster tail, or broiled Mozambican ‘Piri Piri’ poultry. The baobab fruits are used in smoothies, curries and sauces. With previous warning any dietary restrictions can be accommodated in attractively ingenious ways. Foods and beverages, for instance, daily sunset cocktail, are all included in the rate, and — pub the wine, that is typical — of an extremely large standard.
Value for cash
Double rooms from #578pp (US$750) in low season; climbing to #613pp (US$795) at large, based on flat place. All foods and home drinks included. Free Wi-Fi. Among the best three island encounters on the East African shore; the combo of wilderness with this degree of luxury is well worth every penny.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Very much so. This really is a natural playground for kids, using warm friendly staff and activities tailored to your own requirements.
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