BENGUERRA ISLAND

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
A tropical paradise tucked into a lush indigenous forest and looking out onto a picturesque crescent of sandy beach, Benguerra Island has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment to become the quintessential luxury island retreat. Boasting a fresh island feel, the lodge’s welcoming guest areas offer views of the lush tropical garden and the ocean beyond. Set deep in cleverly created patches of shade, comfortable loungers beckon guests to relax around the rim flow swimming pool while drinking in the ocean views. Closer to the water’s edge, the lodge’s colorful beach bar is the perfect setting to relax or enjoy open air meals right on the sand.
Spread out along warm, golden sands, every room and guest area at Benguerra Island opens out onto a spectacle of sparkling ocean waters. Boasting a fresh island feel, the lodge’s welcoming guest areas offer views of the lush tropical garden and the ocean beyond. Set deep in cleverly created patches of shade, comfortable loungers beckon set around the lodge’s rim flow swimming pool look out onto the waves. Closer to the water’s edge, a colorful traditional dhow has been transformed into the…     
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perfect setting for an al fresco meal with your toes in the sand. Set among a lush island forest, ten casinhas and two cabanas admit cooling sea breezes through wooden shutters and glazed windows and doors that fold back to frame the magnificent views.
 
A light and airy color scheme combines tropical chic with a distinct African feel and reminders of the area’s Portuguese heritage. Set under thatch, both casinhas and cabanas boast elegant four-poster beds with white linen canopies and comfortable day beds. Spacious bathrooms feature generous bathtubs big enough for two, while outdoor showers decorated with hand-painted tiles offer an opportunity to enjoy your ablutions while listening to the nearby whisper of the waves. Vast wooden verandas flow from outdoor dining areas ideal for starlit dinners to cool private plunge pools that mimic the glimmer of the sea. A few short steps down a sandy path, shaded sun loungers on the open beach invite you to while the hours away.
 
The second largest island of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra offers exceptional opportunities to explore some of the very best of Mozambique’s magnificent marine life and experience an abundance of island adventures. Characterized by its towering sand dunes, inland lakes and idyllic beaches, Benguerra was declared a National Park in 1971. It is home to over 140 bird species and the waters surrounding the archipelago are home to Africa’s last remaining population of the rare dugong. With one of the most pristine coral reefs in the world just offshore, the island waters boast a staggering variety of colorful and exotic tropical fish, while keen fishermen can target a full range of game fish, from sailfish to giant trevally, bonito and marlin (catch-and-release).
 
Guests visiting the island awake to the sounds of fishermen trading their daily catch from their traditional sailing dhows and embark on a series of adventures that includes horse riding dhow cruises, diving, snorkeling and exhilarating catch-and-release deep-sea fishing. Days on your beach holiday at Benguerra Island can be as active or as leisurely as you want them to be. This secluded island, with its golden beaches and balmy Indian Ocean waters, invites you to lose all track of time. Activities and meals can be tailor-made to your wishes and there are many ways to spend each ideal, sun-washed day.
 
AT A GLANCE
  • 10 casinhas and 2 cabanas with air-conditioning, overhead fans and mosquito nets
  • Three-bedroom Casa Familia for families or groups
  • Private rim flow plunge pools and a lodge pool
  • En-suite bathrooms with outdoor showers,
  • Dhow Bar
  • Beach shop
  • Dive Centre
  • Massage sala
  • Barefoot luxury
  • Direct beach access
  • Situated on a permanent lagoon, so access to water is not affected by tides
  • PADI dive center
  • Ideal for swimming and snorkeling
  • Beautiful beach walks
  • Outstanding marine life
  • Situated in a national park
  • Home to the rare dugong
  • Swimming and boat access directly off the beach even at low tide
  • Diverse birdlife
  • Exceptional game fishing and fly fishing destination (catch-and-release)
  • Dhow cruise, scheduled snorkeling trips and sea kayaking
  • Castaway picnic, Island expedition and local community tour
  • Scuba diving and deep sea fishing or saltwater fly fishing (catch-and-release) at additional charge
  • Catamaran cruises, horse riding and scenic helicopter tours at additional charge
  • All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, activities, laundry
  • Wi-Fi internet access throughout the lodge
  • 220v AC power
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • 2015 - LISTED ON FODOR’S TRAVELS 2015’s BEST HOTELS
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