Magical Coastline Destinations in Tropical Mozambique
Oct20

Magical Coastline Destinations in Tropical Mozambique

Dreaming of a palm-strewn, tropical beach vacay? Same here. Our travel day dreams took us to to the sandy shores of Mozambique where this little wooden bungalow is shaded by thatched roofs and cooled by the ocean breeze. Nyati Beach Lodge is quite simply the beach getaway we’ve been yearning for. It is located near the popular town of Vilanculos, on a private stretch of beach front, and perfectly equipped to see to every beach bungalow desire. We’re going to the beach this week – join us here as we post our favourite Mozambique destinations! Santorini Mozambique is drenched in the liquid glow of the sunrise, as it faces the broad horizon and welcomes the sun each morning. Stretching from one end of the earth to the other, the views on display from your private villa patio are seemingly endless. This seaside paradise is one for the books. There is something for families, honeymooners, and couples travelling together, and it is only a 20-minute drive from Vilanculos airport. This week is all about Mozambique – the perfect place to include in a beach and bush safari adventure – and Santorini Mozambique is one of our favourites. Words that come to mind when we think of Azura Quilalea: warm, tranquil, romantic, earthy, remote. What a place to be, relaxing at the seaside, soaking up the Northern Mozambique sunrises and sunsets from the comfort of a rustic wooden verandah only steps from the gently lapping waves. This piece of paradise is one of 9 private villas on a private island in these glorious Indian Ocean waters, and we want to be there. Mozambique’s coral pink skies bloom overhead as guests settle down on the private shores of andBeyond Benguerra Island. It’s sunset, and the world has blossomed into delicate floral colours while the wash of the water on the sand gently lulls us into an even further state of relaxation. This sublime setting is what makes a seaside sanctuary so alluring, and andBeyond’s revered reputation in the safari world translates flawlessly to their phenomenal beach locations. Luxury, privacy, serenity in nature… Take us back! That island life: palm trees, blue seas, traditional cabanas, the golden sunset glow, and fine, soft sand beneath your feet. It’s no wonder the seaside beckons when we’re in need of rejuvenation and revitalisation. The Big Blue moves in tides, entirely in tune with nature, and its warm, gentle Mozambican Current invites us right in. This private island is Azura Benguerra; it is a seaside villa paradise, with locally built beach suites right on the sand, lulling us into that dreamy state of natural relaxation. Forget blue...

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Explore the World’s Best Luxury Water Villa in the Maldives
Oct08

Explore the World’s Best Luxury Water Villa in the Maldives

Exclusive wooden villas jutting out into the perfect crystal clear warm Indian ocean, complete with private pools and viewing decks that provide the perfect diving board to plunge into the turquoise depths below. This is paradise found. This looks like a pearl that has risen straight out of the middle of the ocean and wowed its onlookers with its peaceful presence. If you have the budget, this place is tropical paradise in the Maldives is worth the experience. Located on Lankanfushi Island, North Malé the Gili Lankanfushi Water Villas boasts a whopping  45 over-water villas. There are 24 villa suites, each with an open-air living room and dining area, daybeds and a rooftop terrace. Of course, there’s a sundeck over the water complete with sun loungers. The bathrooms are open air with glass walled shower areas, but are private. If the villa suites don’t suit your needs, then you have a choice of 5 lagoon suites which are similar to the villa suites but are 210 sqm in size complete with rooftop terraces, a dining area and overwater sundecks. 6 luxury villas are suspended over the Indian Ocean, and they’re slightly bigger than the other villas, by 40 sqm. The difference in these villas is the presence of mini-wine cellars The exquisite lagoon residence is located at the end of the jetty and comes complete with all the amenities of the above villas, and also has its own hammock suspended over pristine ocean. There are 7 stand alone villas called the Crusoe Residence. To access the island, you will be escorted there by motorized boat or pontoon. Each villa has large daybeds, rooftop terraces, air-conditioning, private over water hammocks and even wi-fi is available upon request, but with such exquisite surrounds – will you ever need it? The 2 bedroom family villa is spacious and ideal for a large family. Boasting a space of 350 sqm, the villa comprises a master bedroom with outdoor shower, two living rooms with sofa bed (one of which converts into a second bedroom), kitchenette, rooftop terrace, steam room, mini wine cellar, television with satellite, jacuzzi and spa beds for private massages. The Private Reserve gives you the opportunity to hire out the largest over-water villa in the world. The azure ocean hugs this decadent palace that is nothing short of grand. There’s even an infinity pool on one of the viewing decks, a private sauna and steam room and a 2 person bathtub built over a coral reef. There’s plenty to do in this paradise, and activities include : Spa treatments with a view Yoga sessions Organic gardens on the “mainland” that provide the produce for exquisite meals. Snorkelling outside your...

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Planning a Honeymoon in Mauritius? Here are Our Suggestions
Aug07

Planning a Honeymoon in Mauritius? Here are Our Suggestions

The ocean has a calming effect on our senses and brings us closer to the raw power of nature. Beach holidays are ideal for sun seekers, lovers of water sports and die hard romantics. Mauritius is a hotspot for island holiday addicts! Located in the warm Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, this pristine tropical island gives rise to some of the most spectacular scenery. Bright blue oceans spill onto the shores of powder white sand framed by swaying palm trees. Manicured golf courses, five star resorts, lush vegetation covering mountainous regions ideal for trekking, and a culture heavily influenced by a mix of French and Mauritian Creole; it’s no surprise that Mauritius is a sought after destination for honeymooners. For sightseers there are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Aapravasi Ghat and Le Morne Cultural Landscape), botanical gardens, mountain trekking and a variety of world-renown golf courses. The island, although a luxury destination, is not overcrowded with resorts and tourism; and still remains affordable. There’s still something respectful, untouched, real and authentic about Mauritius. Come golden hour, you will be floored at the exquisite colours possessing the sky above turquoise waters. You’ll find yourself faced with an array of activities. From snorkelling to windsurfing, water skiing and sailing; there’s plenty to do right on your doorstep. A water sport enthusiast’s dream and a beach goer’s heaven. We’ve created 2 Mauritius honeymoon itineraries specifically catered towards honeymoon couples wanting to visit the island of love, and we’ve also showcased two of our favourite hotels. 7 Night Simple Luxury at the Sands Resort and Spa, West Mauritius The Sands is a hideaway located in west Mauritius, and is the ideal destination for a host of water-sports. If you’d prefer to relax instead of engaging in anything too active, there’s also a deluxe spa venue on site. When evening time slowly rolls around, you have the choice of three restaurants offering a heady mix of cuisine. The delightful Dolphin bar has an extensive range of local rums and is the perfect place to idle away the time. Here are a few of activities on offer at the Sands Resort and Spa : • Glass-bottom boat • Kayaks – single and double • Paddleboats • Sorkelling • Water skiing • Windsurfing • Sailing Not your vibe? Then just relax on that sugar-white beach with a Pina Colada in hand. 7 Nights of beach luxury at the Oberoi, North Mauritius North Mauritius is the place to “live the high life”. Shopping, restaurants and unwinding on exquisite beaches is the order of the day in this part of Mauritius. The Oberoi is hugged by lush, sub-tropical gardens and is located RIGHT on...

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Indian Ocean Scuba Diving in Mozambique and Zanzibar
Jul05

Indian Ocean Scuba Diving in Mozambique and Zanzibar

Africa’s eastern coastline is chiselled by the ebb and flow of the warm Indian Ocean, which shapes the coastal terrain into variations of rocky cliff faces and soft sand. It is where whales come to calve, turtles come to lay their eggs, and where coral reefs stretch beneath the surface, populating the sea floor with living colour. From award-winning photography, to age-old children’s animations, “unda da sea” is depicted as a world of bright oceanic flowers, creatures of both adoration and terror, and more vibrantly coloured fish and contouring coral reefs than you can imagine. Here on the east coast of Africa, we’ve got the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful underwaters of the world. Our favourites? Zanzibar and Mozambique. Take a look… Pemba Island, Zanzibar We are familiar with Tanzania as a destination of dreams – the place of the Annual Wildebeest Migration across the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, the Great Lakes, and its magnificent coastline, which is home to some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs and marine life. The Zanzibar Archipelago, off the coast of Dar es Salaam is a host of islands marooned in the azure expanse of the Indian Ocean only a short boat ride from Tanzania mainland. If you’re in search of the best scuba diving and snorkelling experience there is, you’d be destinated for Pemba Island. Pemba Island, meaning “green island” is part of the Swahili Coast, north of Zanzibar’s largest island, Unguja, and known as a very productive small-scale farming island. In addition to its famous spices, Pemba is a diver’s paradise. It is home to numerous dive sites with steep drop-offs, pristine coral gardens, and a broad and healthy diversity of marine life. The Manta Resort is where you’ll find the most professional and expertly guided scuba diving opportunities on Pemba. With visibility of up to 40m throughout the year, you won’t miss a fish in these deep, blue waters. A few of the island’s famous dive sites vary from the easy going Scorpion’s Secret, which is only 2-minutes from Manta Resort, to the Fundu Gap, which is an hour’s boat ride from the resort with scenes from 5m to 40m deep. There are 9 different dive sites, and each of them offers something extraordinary to behold. At Scorpion’s Secret – perfect for beginners and snorkellers – there is a gently sloping wall taking you from 5m to 18m deep with soft currents and fantastic sights of lion fish, scorpion fish, leaf fish and giant frog fish. This is where you can experience a majestic night dive under the full moon, too. Out at Fundu Gap, there...

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