ANDBEYOND BENGUERRA ISLAND – BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO 

A tropical paradise tucked into a lush indigenous forest and looking out onto a picturesque crescent of sandy beach, &Beyond Benguerra Island is the quintessential luxury island retreat. Set among swaying palm trees, ten casinhas and two cabanas offer a light and airy colour scheme that combines tropical chic with a distinct African feel and reminders of the area’s Portuguese heritage.

The second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, &Beyond Benguerra Island offers pristine beaches, unspoiled coral reefs teeming with marine life and excellent catch and release fishing opportunities.

&Beyond Benguerra is a romantic retreat for honeymooners – enjoy deserted sandbank picnics, sunset dhow cruises and succulent seafood dinners served right on the beach with your toes in the sand. The lodge has a spa where you can relax and enjoy a spa experience.

Spot a resident pod of common or humpback dolphin, just two of the five dolphin species found in these waters. Divers may encounter devil rays or sting rays gliding along the sea bottom, while leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles are all found here.

LOCATION

AndBeyond Benguerra Lodge is located Benguerra Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago in southern Mozambique.

Access is via Vilanculos International Airport.  On arrival you will be met and assisted to check in for your your short 10-minute scenic helicopter transfer from Vilanculos International Airport to the Benguerra Island lodge helipad.

LODGE

Spread out along warm, golden sands, every room and guest area at &Beyond Benguerra Island opens out onto a spectacle of sparkling ocean waters. Boasting a fresh island feel, the lodge’s welcoming guest areas offer views of the lush tropical garden and the ocean beyond.

Set among a lush island forest, ten casinhas and two cabanas admit cooling sea breezes through wooden shutters and glazed windows and doors that fold back to frame the magnificent views.

A light and airy colour scheme combines tropical chic with a distinct African feel and reminders of the area’s Portuguese heritage. Set under thatch, both casinhas and cabanas boast elegant four-poster beds with white linen canopies and comfortable day beds.

Spacious bathrooms feature generous bathtubs big enough for two, while outdoor showers decorated with hand-painted tiles offer an opportunity to enjoy your ablutions while listening to the nearby whisper of the waves.

Vast wooden verandas flow from outdoor dining areas ideal for starlit dinners to cool plunge pools that mimic the glimmer of the sea. A few short steps down a sandy path, shaded sun loungers on the open beach invite you to while the hours away.

Ideal for families or groups, the Casa Familia boasts three bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom, as well as private swimming pool set on the sheltered wooden veranda.

The lodge offers delicious meals of fresh, fragrant seafood which are served on your private veranda, directly on the sandy beach or in the elegant main dining area, with its open sides and cool thatched roof.

ACTIVITIES

Scuba Diving – enjoy diving in wide, shallow protected areas such as bays – the largest numbers of dugong in Africa are believed to live off the Bazaruto Archipelago.

Castaway Picnic – spend an afternoon indulging in a Cast-Away picnic and explore the highest dune in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Put your feet up and enjoy the breath-taking 360-degree views of South Point.

Horse Riding – canter along the water’s edge, explore the island’s hidden tracks or indulge in a gentle wander along miles and miles of endless beaches. Accompanied by a dedicated guide, the lodge offers exceptional trails for all levels, from first timers to experienced riders. You can also enjoy swimming with horses.

Snorkelling – explore the shallower coastal reefs situated off Benguerra island.  Equipment is provided and your guide will show you the best snorkelling spots to see the colourful marine life of the Indian Ocean.

Helicopter flights – experience Mozambique from above. Hop aboard a helicopter and fly along the coastline of Benguerra Island and enjoy the crystal-clear water and pristine white beaches with a bird’s eye view.

Dhow sailing – enjoy a cruise on a traditional wooden sailing vessel known as a dhow. A local skipper will fetch you in the late afternoon and will sail around the calm waters of the bay as the sun sets over the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago.  Fishing is also available.

Island expeditions – are fully customised according to your interests and may include anything from a 30-minute trip to the local school or a two-hour expedition around the island. Explore the lakes and dunes on the northern side of the island, visit the local school and church and interact with the local people in the village. Each drive is accompanied by a local guide with extensive knowledge of the island.

WILDchild is a filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. Each child will receive a WILDchild bag containing a logbook, crayons, pencils and a pawprint tattoo, with those under three getting an African-themed soft toy as well.

GIVING BACK 

‘We love introducing our guests to our local community and Oceans Without Borders projects, which offer opportunities for guests to learn from, and also give back to, the local people and surrounding marine life. Speak to your lodge manager about introducing you to these initiatives’.

ANDBEYOND BENGUERRA LODGE IS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND

THE LODGE WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 8 YEARS AND OLDER AND AN ADDITIONAL BED CAN BE SET UP FOR CHILDREN UP TO THE AGE OF 14

Call +44 1386 830264 or Email [email protected]

Our expert staff are on-hand, happy to assist with any enquiry you have.

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