Desert Island Decadence
Desert Islands of Mozambique
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all; to completely disconnect in order to reconnect with a loved one or yourself. However, this is easier said than done, so sometimes you need to create a castaway situation that doesn’t give you a choice. Luckily for those in need of a luxury escape, according to this article on Tourism Update, Mozambique has the desert island recipe down pat.
Floating in the Indian Ocean are the emeralds in Mozambique’s crown. From Quirimbas to Bazaruto, the islands off the east coast of Southern Africa offer the perfect cocktail of opulence and relaxation - with a shot of adventure if you dare.
Pristine beaches and diverse coral reefs make the Mozambican archipelagos enticing for those who are looking to soak up the sunshine in splendour. Even the whale sharks and the rare dugongs have the good sense to spend their time swimming in the crystal clear waters.
Lylie Moolman, the general manager of Giltedge Ocean Islands, attests that “the islands have an African feel with warm, friendly people. There are no large, soulless resorts. The diving, snorkelling and fishing are great, and the seafood excellent.”
Fine dining, luxury accommodation, great hospitality and water activities to keep you entertained - what more could you want? The only thing to do now is to choose where you want to stay along the two archipelagos.
The Quirimbas Archipelago
The Quirimbas Archipelago consists of 30 islands, and includes some of the better known gems like the ancient port town of Pemba and the historic Ibo Island, which is well worth a visit to see its crumbling colonial mansions. Many of the islands on this archipelago are uninhabited so are well suited to the private island experience. On Medjumbe Island, the only beings you may meet are the welcoming resort staff and the turtles that come to lay their eggs in front of your beach villa. Even a star-bed sleep-out can be arranged and, thanks to the isolation, “it’s easy to find your own cove of footprint-free sand,” confirms Moolman.
The Bazaruto Archipelago
The Bazaruto Archipelago, on the other hand, boasts just six pearls in its necklace - all of which can be reached from Vilanculos on the mainland. Even on the larger, more inhabited islands of Bazaruto and Benguerra, you won’t see that many people. The occasional fishing dhow may drift across the horizon, but unless you choose to visit a local village, you can easily idle away your days walking along wide stretches of white sandy beaches on your own. These islands are also a scuba diver’s dream, as Moolman explains that “the surrounding waters are protected by a marine reserve established way back in 1971,” so offer an exclusive experience - above and below the water.
If you can almost hear the waves lapping the shore, contact Elite Travel Concept to lap up the luxury on a desert island in Mozambique, and plan your stay down to the spa treatments and sunset picnics.