Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
Set among the Quirimbas Archipelago, in a marine conservation area off the coast of northern Mozambique, the idyllic coral island of Vamizi beckons to lovers of sun, sand and azure waters. Blessed with a tropical climate and offering immaculate powder-soft beaches that rival those of the Maldives, Vamizi is the perfect escape for families and groups. Six individually designed luxury villas are scattered along the edge of idyllic Vamizi Island. Whether it’s right on the silky-soft beachfront or protected by the mottled shade of the island’s verdant forest, you will find the perfect hideaway for your ultimate beach getaway. Seemingly endless stretches of wild, deserted beaches lend themselves to quiet hour-long walks, as pristine Indian Ocean waters lap along the coastline, enticing snorkelers and scuba divers to explore its kaleidoscopic reefs. Tuck into a mouthwatering castaway picnic, toast the sunset from a traditional dhow, try your hand at deep-sea fishing and welcome the seasonal arrival of baby green turtles as they hatch from protected sites along the island. This a destination to be explored at your own pace. A setting to not only reconnect….
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with loved ones but with yourself, and the opportunity to enjoy island living at its finest.
The waters surrounding Vamizi Island boast some of the most significant and endangered habitats and wildlife in the western Indian Ocean, with over 180 species of unbleached coral and over 300 species of reef fish. They have been deemed one of the healthiest coral reef ecosystems in the world, drawing in diving enthusiasts from around the globe – most notably to Neptune’s Arm, which features as one of the ultimate dive sites to explore. The island is also a sanctuary for mangrove forests, one of the earth’s most threatened habitats.
Vamizi Kipila (meaning “plover” in Kimwani) offers a refreshing palette of blues and greens that accentuate its earthy brown finishes and pitched Balinese-style timber shingle roof. The perfect castaway retreat, Kipila boasts four en-suite rooms that overlook the ocean and a children’s room. The bathrooms have been creatively designed to feature elegant gardens within them, bringing the lush surrounds of the villa indoors. Guest areas include a spacious sitting room, sparkling lap pool, entertainment area and a tower, inspired by the Portuguese lighthouse on the island.
Meaning “forest weaver” in Kimwani, the luxurious Vamizi Suluwilo offers a spectacular blend of Arabic influences and contemporary finishes. Sweeping palm-thatched roofs draw inspiration from the sails of a traditional dhow, carefully angled to catch the cool sea breeze. A sunken Arabic courtyard offers cozy nooks for quiet moments of reflection, while a “lookout” tower provides the ideal setting for refreshing sundowners. The villa boasts four beautifully adorned en-suite rooms and a children’s room with bunkbeds and an adjoining childminder’s room. The master bedroom features a small area, with two single beds, for children. Guest areas include a spacious dining room, private beach sala, a swimming pool and an entertainment room.
Vamizi Papilio, aptly named after a genus in the swallowtail butterfly family, is a tranquil haven decorated in delicate hues of cream, muted blues and light wood furnishings. Spacious beyond measure, this light and airy villa offers the ideal refuge for families and groups to reconnect. Set within three acres of verdant forest, Papilio offers a roomy dining area, two large sitting rooms (one overlooking the beach, and the other with a lovely open fireplace), a convivial bar area, swimming pool and private beach sala. Guests can unwind in one of four spacious en-suite rooms, each with their own private deck and living area, whilst a further two en-suite rooms, built as “treehouses”, can be accessed by a suspended walkway.
Set within three acres of lush forest, with a vast stretch of unspoiled beachfront at its doorstep, the natural elegance of Vamizi Tartaruga (meaning “turtle “in Portuguese) is highlighted in its earthy tones, with splashes of green, and driftwood finishes. The ultimate Robinson Crusoe hideaway, this luxurious five-bedroomed villa is a must for families or groups. Three en-suite rooms boast a private deck and spacious sitting room - the master bedroom also features an adjoining area that can accommodate two young children. A further two rooms are situated in the lush canopy of the forest, in the villa’s enchanting treehouses. The treehouses are perfect for adults and children alike and are linked by a stargazing deck.  Guest areas include a freshwater swimming pool, a spacious sitting room and an al fresco sala. The local coral limestone walls, and hand-carved windows and doors are a distinctive feature of this beautiful villa.
Meaning “coral” in Kimwani, the natural, earthy ambience of Vamizi Casa Marjani blends seamlessly into its private beachfront setting. Backed by a lush forest, this luxury traveler’s hideaway boasts five bedrooms, making it the perfect retreat for families. The master bedroom is ideally situated to make the most of the island’s glorious ocean views and boasts a private pocket beach and an en-suite bathroom, complete with a walk-in shower. The second room is also sea-facing and has a private veranda that leads onto the beach and an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower. Two children’s rooms are set back into the forest and feature an en-suite bathroom. Lastly, an elevated ‘treehouse’ bedroom boasts a lovely en-suite bathroom. Guest areas include a mezzanine level with comfortable futons and bean bags, a library and an open courtyard, complete with swinging chairs and hammocks.
The contemporary, beach-chic atmosphere of Vamizi Casamina offers a vibrant setting in which to enjoy the idyllic tropical paradise of the island. Here, stark white fabrics are accented by brilliant hues of turquoise and magenta – the perfect accompaniment to the villa’s warm wooden furnishings, contemporary décor and palm-thatch roofs. Adults can unwind in one of three beautifully furnished en-suite rooms, with dreamy ocean views, whilst children have a hideaway of their own in the form of two rooms, each with two sets of bunkbeds and a shared bathroom. One of the children’s rooms has a small adjoining area, big enough for a single bed, to accommodate a childminder. An enchanting treehouse room lends itself to both the young and young at heart. Guest areas include a split-level living, dining and bar area, a sparkling swimming and a tower with a games room and satellite television.
  • Scuba diving
  • Whale watching (seasonal)
  • Kayaking
  • Traditional dhow cruises
  • Sailing
  • Castaway picnics
  • Guided nature walks
  • Local community visits
  • Deep-sea fishing, ethical spear-fishing, fly-fishing
  • Private in-room yoga sessions
  • In-room spa treatments
  • Seasonal turtle nesting and hatching excursions
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