Azura Quilalea Private Island
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Azura Quilalea Villa

Azura Quilalea Private Island

'Best New Safari Camp' finalist Azura Quilalea is a hidden gem, a private, wholly uninhabited island paradise surrounded by the pristine waters of a marine sanctuary: this is paradise for lovers of marine life!




Snorkel the island's shores, dive from the main beach, kayak the mangroves or relax in a hammock beneath the giant baobabs on the island. We love Azura's trademark African-chic style and the Azura service: extraordinarily precise.

Need to Know

An eco-boutique retreat comprising four Kaskazi Villas, four Kusi Villas, and Villa Quilalea, with the island offering scuba diving straight from the villa. Kayaking, deep sea fishing, African spa experiences, exclusive picnics and beach dinners can be organised.


The Quirimbas National Park extends from just south of Quilalea, to just north of Rolas and Matemo Islands. A WWF study in 2007 concluded that Quilalea and its sister Sencar island were the only totally protected area in the park, and an important breeding and nesting ground for Olive Ridley, Green and Hawksbill Turtles. The turtles breed from August, nest from October to January, and hatch up until April each year. Humpback whales can also be seen from July to October. In the ocean surrounding Quilalea, there are near-pristine inshore and offshore coral reef; sea-grass beds, upon which the turtles feed; good stocks of pelagic fishes, and long stretches of sandy beaches, ideal for swimming, walking or just relaxing.

Animal sightings
• Turtles – year round
• Turtle Nesting Season: October to April
• Whales – humpback - mid July to mid October
• Dolphins - year round

Quilalea is home to several ancient baobab groves, and a variety of flora and fauna, including a fascinating array of butterflies.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

• Cliff-top African Spa
• Beach picnics / private dining experiences
• Island Baobab nature walk
• Mangrove Kayaking on nearby Sencar Island
• Scuba Diving and scuba diving courses
• Snorkelling and guided snorkelling trips
• Deep sea fishing
• Sea kayaking
• Dhow sailing
• Dhow Sunset Cruise
• Island hopping and remote beach picnics
• Cultural visits including nearby historic Ibo Island
• Tours of the working coconut plantation on Quirimba Island and the local village


Each ‘public’ area of the retreat is designed with its own particular ethos in mind, creating unique vibes and experiences out of which guests will find their own favourite haven, be it a hammock under the trees, a perch at the bar, or a dip in the main feature pool.

The main bar/pool area has been substantially reconfigured, including a chill zone with large cushions for lazing around. The kitchen has been completely re-designed and fitted with state of the art equipment, to provide the standard of cuisine that Azura is famous for, and the Dining Room has an all new Wine Cellar for private dining and to showcase the owner’s wines. There is also an all new fully equipped Padi Dive and Watersports Centre, and TV and media room for those who want to stay in touch, and a Boutique with local crafts and designer beachwear.

Cuisine at Quilalea is focused around the natural produce available locally, in line with the island’s ‘Eco Ethos’. Lots of fresh fish and seafood dominate the menu, with dining a relaxed and laid back affair.

Guests receive Azura’s trademark Mozambican Host service, where they try to make the dining experiences different through a range of unique and special venues and set-ups.

Should you have particular dietary requirements it is advisable to alert the us as far in advance as possible, as some specialist ingredients may take time for us to procure.

For the wine connoisseur, there is a wine cellar stocked with fine wines from the owner’s 5 estates, as well as wines from Azura’s own Chateau flown in from France’s Loire Valley. The wine cellar makes an excellent venue for a more formal private dining experience.


In keeping with the uninhabited nature of the island, the retreat consists of only nine seafront villas, accommodating eighteen guests.

The villas are built from natural coral stone and makuti thatch, and have all been revamped to increase comfort and make better use of the interior space, with natural finishings, indoor/outdoor showers, private decks stretching out to the beach, daybeds and sun-loungers for relaxing.

Guests can choose between three categories of villa: 4 Kaskazi Villas, 4 Kusi Villas, and Villa Quilalea. The island may also be booked out in its entirety for a complete private island experience.

Kusi Villas have the premium locations, with an additional outdoor shower and beach sala. The cliff-top Villa Quilalea offers the most astounding accommodation for a couple in the whole archipelago, with a private plunge pool, feature bathroom & dressing room, an outdoor shower, and its own separate sitting/dining area.
The villas are open-plan and spacious, with stylish décors of wood, cotton and materials such as rope, pebbles and rattan, all blending in seamlessly with the island surroundings. Guests need only take a few steps to the gleaming white beach, or they may choose to bask on their sunlounger, recline in their sala, or cool off in their outdoor shower.


Azura Quilalea is hot and humid year round, with long sunny days and temperatures rarely below 24 degrees day and night.
Trade winds do bring cooling breezes, North Easterly from October to March with the chance of some showers, and the slightly stronger but dry South Easterly trade wind from April to September. Our villas are positioned to take best advantage of the natural breezes.

Rainy season: ‘Mango Rains’ commence in late October, bringing occasional light showers.
Jan – March are hot and humid months, where temperatures often hit 35 degrees+, with tropical rainbursts, most often in the late afternoons or overnight bringing welcome relief from the heat. April to October are normally hot and dry months.

Weather patterns globally are changing, and rains in the past couple of years have become more unpredictable, with the rainy season having become shorter and later most recently. This is however no predictor of future weather patterns!

The water temperature is warm year round and ranges from 28-32 degrees +.

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Kaskazi Villas = From US$750 per person per night Sharing
Kusi Villas = From US$795 per person per night Sharing
Villa Quilalea = From US$1050 per person per night Sharing

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children are welcome at Azura, but guest privacy must be respected.

Young children should dine in villa.

Full details on prices on rate sheet.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Azura Quilalea Private Island's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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