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Quilalea Island Lodge

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Quilalea Island Lodge,  Quirimbas Archipelago

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. Attention to detail, as ever with Azura, is paramount in the design, the finishes, and the overall wow factor of the island experience. 
Azura at Quilalea is an eco-boutique retreat. Whilst the Quirimbas Archipelago stretches from Pemba to the Northern border with Tanzania, only the very southern part of the archipelago, where Quilalea is located, forms a fully protected marine sanctuary.
Conscious of this pristine natural environment and the need to preserve it, Azura at Quilalea has embarked on a unique energy saving project, whereby 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. The aim is for all basic functions to run without the need to switch on generators for lengthy periods, and also to switch generators off completely at night to ensure maximum tranquility for our guests.
Uniquely at Azura at Quilalea, guests can control their own energy consumption through a wall switch at their villa. They can opt for ‘ECO’ or ‘LUXE’, Eco resulting in power for the bare minimum requirements for the room, such as basic lighting and fan, or Luxe providing all mod cons, including airconditioning. 

Standard Inclusions
  • All meals including main beach dinners
  • Local beers & spirits, selection of house wines
  • Soft drinks, tea & coffee, water
  • Sunset cocktail of the day
  • Mozambican Butler/Host Service
  • Wifi in public areas
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Use of kayaks
  • Baobab walking trails
  • Various Honeymoon special treats
  • Various Children’s Activities (see Activity Sheet)
  • EVAC Medical Insurance from Pemba

Island & Beach Lodge / Resorts Facilities / Activities
  • Each �public� area of the retreat is designed with its own particular ethos in mind, creating unique vibes and experiences out of which guests will find their own favourite haven, be it a hammock under the trees, a perch at the bar, or a dip in the main feature pool.
  • The main bar/pool area has been substantially reconfigured, including a chill zone with large cushions for lazing around.
  • The kitchen has been completely re-designed and fitted with state of the art equipment, to provide the standard of cuisine that Azura is famous for, and the dining room has an all new wine cellar for private dining and to showcase the owner�s wines.
  • There is also an all new fully equipped Padi Dive and Watersports Centre, and TV and media room for those who want to stay in touch, and a boutique with local crafts and designer beachwear.
Room Facilities
  • In keeping with the uninhabited nature of the island, the retreat consists of only nine seafront villas, accommodating eighteen guests.
  • The villas are built from natural coral stone and makuti thatch, and have all been revamped to increase comfort and make better use of the interior space, with natural finishings, indoor/outdoor showers, private decks stretching out to the beach, daybeds and sun-loungers for relaxing.
  • Guests can choose between three categories of villa: 4 Sunrise Villas, 4 Sunset Villas, and Villa Quilalea. The island may also be booked out in its entirety for a completely private island experience.
  • 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.
  • The villas are open-plan and spacious, with stylish d�cors 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 sunlounger, recline in their sala, or cool off in their outdoor shower.
  • 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.
  • Villas can be configured as kingsize or twin, with oversized mosquito net and feature bathrooms, including indoor/outdoor showers, double vanities and separate toilet/bidet. Outdoors there are daybeds on the deck and sun loungers.
  • 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 clifftop stepladder.

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key features
  • Cliff-top African spa
  • Beach picnics / private dining experiences
  • Island Baobab nature walk
  • Mangrove kayaking on nearby Sencar Island
  • Scuba diving and scuba diving courses
  • Snorkelling and guided snorkelling trips
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Dhow sailing
  • Dhow sunset cruise
  • Island hopping and remote beach picnics
  • Cultural visits including nearby historic Ibo Island
  • Tours of the working coconut plantation on Quirimba Island and the local village

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Telephone 00 27 82 780 3931

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