The choice of Mozambique Lodges in the Quirimbas Archipelago is mind-boggling – not only is there a range of amazing villas from which to choose but so too are there the various islands, the settings and the activities on offer.
For those who don’t know, the Quirimbas Archipelago islands are a Mozambique cultural and natural heritage, all partly linked to the coast by sand bars, coral reefs, mangroves and water rich in marine life. The Islands of Ibo and Matemo feature old Portuguese settlements with pre-colonial Swahili settlements. Look around for evidence that this potpourri of influences reflects Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over hundreds of years.
Ibo Island Lodge is a boutique hotel at the edge of Ibo Island town, full of local history and customs. While it is not a classic resort, it is ideal for those seeking tranquillity and wanting to combine beach days with the local culture. Charming hands-on attention from staff makes guests feel special – and don’t forget that excellent and experienced instructors make every scuba dive and dhow sail a special event.
There are lodges within the Quirimbas that seem made for families and children while others are simply ideally isolated and serene for honeymooners and couples needing breaks from reality.
One such island is Vamizi, difficult to get to but well worth the journey. This is a stunning island, away from it all, literally. Vamizi Island Lodge is a place of breath-taking private villas all hiding in the natural vegetation right on the beach. Walk from your room onto pristine sands and into clear warm azure waters. The luxury blends into the beach harmony and everything just gels.
Think miles and miles of untouched soft silver sand beach with not a soul to be seen, apart from the few visitors at the resort and of course the very friendly staff. Azura at Quilalea is one such island lodge where a beautiful coral reef right in front of the sunset villas and main beach encourage pure snorkelling overdose.
Some lodges treat guests to a helicopter flip from the mainland at Pemba – staying in breathtaking lodges at the water’s edge cannot be beaten. For those who want to fish, go for it and enjoy the thrill of reeling in something huge!