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:
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!