Marie Claire's beauty team splashes down in the Indian Ocean
Marie Claire‘s beauty team splashes down in the Indian Ocean
We stayed at…
Azura (azura-retreats.com), a super-exclusive beach retreat on Benguerra Island, in the Bazaruto archipelago, that you can only reach on a stunning ten-minute helicopter flight (£249 return) from Vilanculos. Set beside blissful white sand beaches, its 16 thatch-roofed villas come with a butler, day-bed and private pool. In April a night costs £343 per person including meals, drinks and some excursions, or book a package at turquoiseholidays.co.uk.
Desert island dream: one of the three luxury beach villas at Azura Benguerra
Set inside a marine park, Benguerra is a dream spot to snorkel, dive and go sailing in a dhow.
Head to the Azura Spa for exotic treatments using African butters and oils.
Take a drive in a Landrover to see flamingos, crocodiles and turtles – and at night there’s amazing stargazing…
For another luxury castaway experience, visit Azura’s sister resort, Quilalea, in the northern Quirimbas archipelago.
Hit the deck: the beach at Azura Benguerra
South African Airways (flysaa.com) flies from London Heathrow to Vilanculos via Johannesburg, from £1,197 return. April to October is the dry season, visas are required (mozambiquehighcommission.org.uk). Zambia, Mozambique & Malawi (£17.99; Lonely Planet) is an up-to-date guide to the country, for more information see visitmozambique.net.