Synonymous with ‘barefoot luxury,’ Mozambique conjures thoughts and images of footprint-free sandy beaches, intimate, sparkling turquoise waters, Crusoe-chic style beach lodges and elegant boutique hotels dotting the coast of palm-fringed islands.
The Bazaruto Archipelago
Situated in the warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique Channel, Bazaruto Island is the largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Covered with lush forests and enjoying endless beaches of ivory-white sands, the island has a distinct East African-Arabic feel in everything from the décor to the food. Snorkel and dive some of the world’s most beautiful waters or sail on the warm sea breezes that embrace the island.
A glittering cluster of five tropical islands off the coast of Mozambique, the Bazaruto Archipelago is the quintessential tropical paradise. Islands fringed by golden beaches and spellbinding blue seas ooze a laid-back ambiance, where the rhythm of the winds and tides command island life.
Most of the archipelago is protected by the Bazaruto National Park, and along with the archipelago’s relative isolation from the mainland, nature bursts forth here in full force. Nile crocodiles laze in the sun in remote corners of Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands, while the waters teem with schools of dolphin, loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles and myriad species of fish. The elusive dugong spend their days foraging among seagrass meadows around the archipelago, while dozens of bird species, including fish eagles and pink flamingos, make the islands their home.
Impressive corals grow undeterred and offer world-renowned snorkeling and diving spots, such as Two Mile Reef, while giant trevally, sailfish, and marlin are regularly reeled in on deep-sea fishing excursions. Kayak along sun-kissed shores as you watch the sun sink below the horizon of this perfect Indian Ocean Oasis.
Where to Stay
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa
Nestled on the ivory sands of Bazaruto Island in Mozambique, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa offers a unique blend of East African safari-chic, and private luxury. Ideal for honeymooners and couples wanting an exclusive-use and intimate beach retreat, the elegant seaside resort takes relaxation to new levels.
Crusoe-chic style thatch-roof chalets are dotted along a beautiful beach and surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. Echoing the tropical island atmosphere, chalets are decorated in a blend of bright colours that seamlessly blend local island influence with a stylish, yet natural ambience. Each suite enjoys an outdoor porch with wooden furniture and direct access to the beach, as well as luxury amenities.
Explore watery underworlds as you snorkel or dive with a variety of amazing marine species or try your hand at deep-sea fishing in the indigo waters off the island. Kayak along sun-kissed shores or take a stroll along footprint-free sands as you watch the sun sink below the horizon of this perfect tropical island oasis.