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      Quilalea Private Island Resort

      An Uninhabited Island Off the Mozambique Coast

      Quilalea Island is one of the southernmost islands in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago, 30 nautical miles North of Pemba. It has one of the only safe deepwater moorings in the area, where the Portuguese and Arab traders traditionally found sanctuary for their dhows or boats. The island is approximately 86 acres in size and, apart from Azura Quilalea staff and guests, it is completely uninhabited. The island is covered in indigenous vegetation, with statuesque age-old baobab groves and stunning flora and fauna, a real nature lowers paradise. There are just nine seafront villas on this private uninhabited island, stretched along the sunrise and sunset beaches, accommodating a maximum of eighteen guests in absolute privacy. The villas 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, all natural, designer ‘beach-chic’ furnishings, and spacious bathrooms with baobab-tiled showers. There are no telephones or iPod docks here, just a fan to cool you down, an air conditioner should you need it, a fridge full of your favorite 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 four Sunrise Villas have fantastic views across the multiple turquoise sea to Quirimba Island beyond. The four 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 four-poster bed, a bathroom and dressing room, an outdoor shower, and its own extensive lounging, dining and relaxation areas. With the Indian Ocean on its doorstep, many of the activities and experiences are focused around it. The protected reefs in the Quirimbas Archipelago offer some of the most spectacular snorkeling and diving in the world (use of snorkeling equipment is included.) Also available are saltwater or big game fishing, sunset sailing, picnics in splendid isolation, or cruises to other deserted beaches. Gaze at the dolphins, often spotted from boats, or track down humpback whales on their seasonal migration past our shores. Remote and beautiful Turtle Beach is home to dozens of nesting turtles which our guests are often lucky enough to see. It is also an excellent spot for a private picnic lunch. The birdlife is abundant on Quilalea, with more than 60 birds that can be spotted.


      The availability calendar for this property is not yet connected. Please call one of our safari specialists at 800-995-8689 to request current availability.

      Accommodation Details

      • Price: From $695 per person per night
      • Location: Southern Africa, Mozambique
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      • Age Minimum: 0 years old
      • # of Beds: 18 beds
      • Amenities: Air Conditioning, Cell Phone Coverage, Ensuite Bathrooms, Hairdryer, Laundry Included, Local Drinks Included, Pool, Wi-Fi
      • Type: Beach/Coastal
      • Includes: Rates include: accommodation in sea facing villas, all meals including main beach dinners, house beers & spirits, selection of house wines, soft drinks, tea & coffee, water, sunset cocktail of the day, Mozambican Butler/Host Service, use of snorkeling equipment, use of kayaks, Baobab walking trails, turtle sightings, stargazing and astronomy talk, various honeymoon special treats, wireless internet in public areas, various childrens activities, EVAC Medical Insurance from Pemba
      • Special

        Free Nights On Us


        12 Jan 14 - 20 Dec 14

        Stay 6 nights and pay for 5 nights. read more

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