12 October 2016
There are islands in Mozambique so magical that they seem unreal. They appear out of nowhere when you are drifting along in your private charter plane, floating green isles fringed in white lace and dwarfed by the deep violet-turquoise Indian Ocean depths. African holidays on Mozambique islands are the ultimate in getting back to nature, finding a beautiful setting in which to unwind and appreciate your life again.
Medjumbe Tiny Paradise
There is the tiny Medjumbe Island in the north where the remote Quirimbas Archipelago draws intrepid travellers to discover a destination lost in time and history. An island once part of the trading route where slaves and jewels changed hands. And now a holiday paradise for those who mean to get away from it all in style. Luxury villas right on the bay, nouvelle cuisine and sun-filled activities day in and day out. Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort and Spa is a beautiful place to lay your hat and leave your heart.
Bazaruto for Entertainment
Sister lodge, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa, spreads out on the largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, inviting holiday makers to use her in all kinds of ways. Book into an ocean view pool villa and soak up 360 degree views while cooling off in your private plunge pool. Play tennis, dine in 3 different restaurants, enjoy ocean cruises and scuba diving and dhow sailing into the sunset. This larger family resort entertains and relaxes you, in a setting to rival many beach settings in Africa.
Spa Sanctuary Treatments
Both resorts offer state of the art spas where the ocean ebbs and flows – blends of chamomile, geranium and buchu from the African soil ensure natural healing properties to pamper even the most jaded city soul. Try the Swedish massages, milk baths, body brushes and wraps, reflexology and facials. Or go for the The Rhassoul Chamber, traditionally an Arabic venue for a steam and clay treatment, helping to detox the body and leave the skin smooth and refreshed.
A private island holiday on Medjumbe Island includes exquisite dives into reefs that still remain unexplored. There may be 12 dive sites but many more are waiting to be discovered. Less experienced divers can explore the shallow reefs surround the island where some of the best soft and hard corals in the world can be viewed for hours on end. Lucky divers will see Groupers, Sweetlips, Pufferfish, Angelfish, Napoleon Wrasse and Triggerfish. Black and white tip reef sharks are very common and deeper dives will reveal tiger or bull sharks.
Another way to spend your magical African island holidays in Mozambique is to combine a luxury yacht experience with a few days at elegant resorts or lodges like Azura Benguerra Island Lodge, Anantara Bazaruto, &Beyond Benguerra Lodge and then Dugong Beach Lodge on the mainland at Vilanculos. Try a 5 or 7-night yacht charter to explore the islands or opt for a combination of lodge and yacht, with 4 nights spent on board a luxury catamaran and 3 nights at any one of the island lodges in the Bazaruto Archipelago.