Honeymooning in Mozambique

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Julio, Carlos, Sergio, Callistro, George, Lino and Lorenzo… If you go to Mozambique, the first thing that blows you away are the people. Genuine, hospitable, funny and friendly. These local encounters make every stay in this beautiful African country an unforgettable one. When I left Schiphol to fly to Johannesburg in South Africa, the lady at the Exchange Office asked me ‘what the hell I was going to do in Mozambique’. When I told her I was actually leaving for my honeymoon she almost fell of her chair, grabbed her phone and started googling. I think she might have changed her holiday plans a bit after doing some research; especially the Mozambican coast is untouched, unspoiled and offers some amazing hotels and resorts.

First stop: Santorini.

You might think I am going all over the place. But this Santorini is a little Greek paradise just outside Vilankulo. Vilankulo is a small fishing town, but also the starting point for a great exploration of the Bazaruto Archipelago. However, don’t be in a rush to jump on that chopper and fly to one of the islands. First take a few nights to ‘land’, put your feet in the sand and unwind. And no better place to do this than at Santorini:

The beautiful villa Santorini just outside Vilankulo is the best place to unwind for a couple of nights, soaking up the sun and enjoying the unspoiled coast.
The beautiful villa Santorini just outside Vilankulo is the best place to unwind for a couple of nights, soaking up the sun and enjoying the unspoiled coast
When we arrived around 3PM, the amazing crew had set up a private table for us to have a late lunch.
When we arrived around 3PM, the amazing crew had set up a private table for us to have a late lunch.
The food at Santorini is out of this world. Seafood and lots of local ingredients is what you can expect here.
The food at Santorini is out of this world. Seafood and lots of local ingredients is what you can expect here.
Honeymooning? Choose the Santa Carolina Suite. An amazingly spacious suite, with a big terrace overlooking the ocean. True romance guaranteed.
Honeymooning? Choose the Santa Carolina Suite. An amazingly spacious suite, with a big terrace overlooking the ocean. True romance guaranteed.
Enjoy your breakfasts, lunches and dinners at different places throughout your stay. On a private deck, next to the swimming pool, in the privacy of your owns suite....
Enjoy your breakfasts, lunches and dinners at different places throughout your stay. On a private deck, next to the swimming pool, in the privacy of your own suite….

Vilankulo

Vilankulo life
Vilankulo life
After one last tea in the lounge with a view over the bay, we had to leave. Bye amazing views, Bye amazing staff...on to our next adventure!
After one last tea in the lounge with a view over the bay, we had to leave. Bye amazing views, Bye amazing staff…on to our next adventure!
The last view from the villa! Off to Benguerra Island.
The last view from the villa! Off to Benguerra Island.

It was with a very sad face that we had to say goodbye, but we knew good things were to be expected of our next stop; Azura Benguerra Island. A boutique resort on Benguerra Island. This island has only two resorts, and counts about 2.000 local people living on it. Our stay here came with our private butler Julio, all meals and drinks included (local alcoholic beverages were included, premium alcohol excluded) and almost all activities included in the rate too. A place where all you should do is relax, and live in the here and now. And they don’t make it very difficult for you…

The most amazing aspects of our stay at Azura were without doubt our amazing help Julio, who made sure we felt super special and arranged everything for us and our beautiful beach villa, with private pool and our own cabana on the beach….

Oh and before I forget; you live on Azura time here. It means that the clock goes one hour forward – which gives you more daylight and a sunset at 6PM instead of 5PM…Brilliant!

Our own Beach Villa, with our own private pool and cabana on the beach. True Paradise!
Our beach villa, with our private pool and cabana on the beach. True Paradise!
The interior of the beach villas at Azura is beach chic. You really have a very spacious villa, with an inside and outside shower and lots of privacy.
The interior of the beach villas at Azura is beach chic. You really have a very spacious villa, with an inside and outside shower and lots of privacy.
On our first evening, we embarked on a private Dhow cruise to enjoy the sunset and some gin & tonics...
On our first evening, we embarked on a private Dhow cruise to enjoy the sunset and some gin & tonics…
All kinds of blue....
All kinds of blue….
Upon return to the lodge, we were served a cocktail by Julio and while the sun was slowly completely disappearing we walked to our private table...
Upon return to the Azura, we were served a cocktail by Julio and while the sun was slowly disappearing we walked to our private table…
....Julio had set up a very special table on the beach for us. Just us, and the sound of the ocean. What a way to start our stay!
….Julio had set up a very special table on the beach for us. Just us, and the sound of the ocean. What a way to start our stay!
On our second day, we embarked on a snorkelling excursion to Two Mile Reef. Wow, what an amazing and unspoiled reef that was! The colours were so bright, it felt we were swimming in an Aquarium.
On our second day, we embarked on a snorkelling excursion to Two Mile Reef. Wow, what an amazing and unspoiled reef that was! The colours were so bright, it felt we were swimming in an Aquarium.
The island village tour was another 'activity' we decided to do. Climb the highest dune, the view is amazing! You also visit the little school (make sure you do this on a weekday if you want to meet the kids!) and learned all about the plants and animals living on the island.
The island village tour was another ‘activity’ we decided to do. Climb the highest dune, the view is amazing! You also visit the little school (make sure you do this on a weekday if you want to meet the kids!) and learned all about the plants and animals living on the island.
The kids at school know that Love is All You Need...
The kids at school know that Love is All You Need…
Every Saturday, the kids from the village come to the resort to show the guests their dancing and singing skills. Azura gives them food, clothes and school supplies in return. We all ended up dancing on the beach with these little hooligans, and I got a big hug from one of the girls when they left....
Every Saturday, the kids from the village come to the resort to show the guests their dancing and singing skills. Azura gives them food, clothes and school supplies in return. This runs via the ‘Rainbow Fund’ and as a guest you can contribute. We all ended up dancing on the beach with these little hooligans, and I got a big hug from one of the girls when they left….
Julio made us a little drawing on the butter every evening. Saying goodbye is never easy! But this time we know we would come back... We just need more Azura time!
Julio made us a little drawing on the butter every morning and evening. Saying goodbye is never easy! But this time we know we would come back… We just need more Azura time!

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