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Azura at Gabriel's
Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Prices From: $675 per person/per night
Imagine an unspoilt island within a National Park, deserted beaches of pure white sand, sparkling turquoise seas crisscrossed by local dhows plying their trade, swaying palms, sunny days and star studded nights… and you have Azura at Gabriel's.
Azura is the country's first luxury 'eco' boutique retreat. Built entirely by hand by the local community and operated in partnership with them, it has just 15 villas, each with their own infinity pool and designed for both pampering and barefoot escapism.
With wonderful Mozambican cuisine and friendly service, a vast range of activities and experiences including scuba diving, deep sea fishing, stargazing and a unique African Spa, you have the perfect undiscovered island getaway.
The handbuilt villas blend modern chic with all that is traditional in Mozambique. The creature comforts you would expect from a luxury boutique resort are there, set off by locally sourced wooden beams and traditional artwork beneath a thatched jekka roof.
A kaleidoscope of colour greets you above and below the ocean. Magnificent reefs for diving and snorkelling, home to the turtles that nest on the island's outer shores.
Azura's dedication to conservation and the community lies at the heart of everything they do. Azura at Gabriel's is one of only a handful of resorts where the community are major contributors and stakeholders.
Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern
Nearest Airport: MPM
All meals other than in villa dining and beach picnics
Local beers and spirits, house wines, soft drinks
Mozambican Butler/Host Service
15 minute refresher back and neck massage on arrival (subject to availability)
Bottle of sparkling wine chilled in the room
Land Rover Island Drive
Sunset Dhow cruise
Various Honeymoon special treats (discuss with guest services)
EVAC Medical Insurance
New for Mid and High Season 2008:
Rates include local beers and spirits, house wines, tea & coffee and soft drinks.
Island transfers Vilanculos to Benguerra Island operated by helicopter at $150pp each way.
US$10 per person per stay Bazaruto National Park levy
Transfers to and from Benguerra Island, airport taxes and visas
In villa Dining and Beach Picnics
Premium beers, spirits, wines and champagnes
Other activities including fishing, scuba diving, reef snorkelling, stargazing, dhow cruises and day trips
17% government tax is charged on all extras locally
Children 12 years and over = full price
Children 5-11 years sharing villa with adult = 50% of adult rate (max 1 child per villa)
Children under 4 years sharing villa with adult = 25% of adult rate
Presidential Villa bedroom 2 charged at standard extra person rates
20% deposit secures a booking, full payment due strictly 45 days prior to arrival
Minimum stay 5 nights over Christmas/New Year and 50% deposit required to secure booking
If full payment not received within 30 days of arrival we reserve the right to cancel with no refund of deposit
Under 2 weeks notice - 100% of total
Under 4 weeks notice - 50% forfeited
Under 8 weeks notice - 25% forfeited
Over 8 weeks notice - deposit forfeited