Azura Quilalea private island 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 a delightful African-chic style to Quilalea Private Island, a wholly uninhabited island paradise surrounded by the pristine waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago marine sanctuary.
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, the interior is furnished 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 Kaskazi Villas, 4 Kusi Villas, and Villa Quilalea. The island may also be booked out in its entirety for a complete private island experience.
Kusi 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 décors 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 sun lounger, recline in their sala, or cool off in their outdoor shower.
There is so much to on Quilalea. From snorkelling including night snorkelling!, scuba diving, dolphin and whale watching, fishing, mangrove kajaking, dhow safaris, picnics at the stunningly beautiful Turtle Beach and walking trails, to scenic helicopter rides, which can even be combined with a historical excursion to Ibo Island.
The Quirimba's are an underwater paradise and hence a fabulous for underwater lovers. Find out more about the underwater world of the Quirimba Archipelago under 'Diving & Snorkelling'.