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Reviewed 12 October 2023

This was one of THE most magical experiences we have ever experienced. From the Helicopter ride, the FOOD, the hospitality and the beautiful sunsets. Everyone on the island is so kind-hearted and informative. I honestly believe that each person should at-least go experience Azura once.
Thank you to Olivia, Hassane and everyone else. We will definitely see you again.

Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Melanie V
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Reviewed 11 October 2023

What can we say about Azura Benguerra? Besides from the obvious that this island is paradise personified, the villas, the staff, the sheer attention to detail that goes into making the experience for each individual as perfect as can be is just second to none. The helicopter ride from Vilanculos will leave you speechless, particularly if you haven't experienced the Indian Ocean before like we hadn't. You will be greeted with warmth and feel at home right away. Our beach villa was beautiful. Kept immaculately clean and our host organised multiple special breakfasts, lunches and dinners throughout our 12 night stay. The food here is superb, with individually crafted menus to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. We visited the local school during our stay which was heartwarming and a must-do, we went whale watching and were fortunate to see humpback whales and dolphins, we rode horse on the beach, went snorkelling, danced with the local children, had a private beach picnic on paradise island (a small uninhabited island nearby accessible by boat), went on an island drive, ran up and down the sandunes, saw crocodiles, watched a local football game, went paddleboarding, kayaked, went on a sunset dhow cruise, had a couples massage in the beautiful spa - it's safe to say we FULLY immersed ourselves into Benguerra Island and made friends for life with many of the staff. It was my husband's birthday whilst we were there and they organised a private beach ceremony at sunset so that we could do our wedding vows all over again - a moment we will treasure forever. Thank you for helping us create memories for life and giving us everything we could have dreamed of and more in a honeymoon.

Room tip: Watch out for jellyfish, I got stung on my first day!
Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank TheLambThree
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Reviewed 27 September 2023 via mobile

Beautifully luxe appointed villa, superb service, on an unspoilt island. We were treated like royalty by staff that went out of their way for us, and got to completely relax. The snorkeling (coral, turtles, diversity of life) was excellent.

Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed 16 September 2023

Excellent staff .Very respectful and polite .
The food was very flavoursome and tasty.
More music and more activities should be offered. Some entertainment at night during dinner time would be perfect .
Everything was beautiful and serene .
Definitely would recommend this island to my family and friends .

Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Chandheni M
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Reviewed 11 September 2023

This was the loveliest resort, beautiful beach, peaceful and gorgeous, the people were amazing, as was our time there. The room was perfect for us - there were others with larger pools etc, but this did us perfectly for what we needed

We did a snorkel trip to Two-Mile Reef, which was lovely, there was just 4 of us on the boat, so felt very intimate, never rushed and the guide made sure to check I was ok (knowing I'd had a bad shoulder and so couldn't swim fast). We saw colourful sea-life such as star fish, as well as corals and lovely fish. Exceptional and I'd recommend this trip

We then did whale-watching where we saw hump back whales and dolphins - just us two on that trip, which made it even more special; again, the guide and his team were excellent and took time out to make sure we had the experience we really wanted. We then did a snorkel trip to Paradise Island - where we saw turtles and so many thousands of beautiful fish; that was excellent too

We didn't do the other trips (full Paradise Island day tour, Island hopping, or Island Drive), but other people said they were excellent.

The Peri-Peri beach club was a lovely idea and having it available just 2 days a week worked well. We had 2 days where we went there and met with other guests and had quite a fun day in the pool and round the bar (and had pizza), but also had other days where it was just us and the perfect down-time without the need to mingle unless we chose to. Overall it was gorgeous - it is authentic though, this is a real island with real lives going on (it's not the man-made perfection of the Maldives is what we were told before, and I understood that after going - but it was still perfect, in a more authentic way.

The ONLY call outs I'd make were:
1. There is no house-reef and the way the tide works you couldn't just walk onto the beach for a swim, apart from between around 4-6pm each afternoon. We knew that before we went and it was fine for us, but something to be aware of if you really want to be able to just plunge in the sea at any time (either for a swim and/or to snorkel)
2. We found the menu a little limited having just two options for each meal (although they did an excellent job with my pescatarian options). We totally understand why, given how small the resort is and the low number of guests that they have (I think there were 22 when we arrived) - it simply wouldn't work to have an extensive menu, but there were a couple of occasions where it felt a bit limited and we picked things we might perhaps not normally go for.

That said, our meals were excellent, we had dinners on the beach, they also did us a special seafood platter one night (lobsters etc) and on the last night we dined in their wine cellar, which was lovely. My husband had an excellent fillet steak one night too - very good quality and huge. It's not a complaint about the food/options at all, rather it is more limited and not a full a la carte offering that you might be used to if you normally visit larger resorts.

My favourite time of day here was in fact lunchtime though, where we'd sit on the restaurant terrace, watching the boats come and go whilst eating delicious lunches such as fresh crab pasta, giant prawns with lovely chips and salad, all coupled with a nice glass of rose. Oh the prawns, one night we had a tiger prawn - my goodness that thing was HUGE!!!

Overall we loved this resort, the people, the experience, the food...everything. Azura was more "authentic" and I mean that in a positive way. This was an inhabited island and the hotel was a part of it, so we got used to seeing the locals going about their business and it felt as though it was built to fit in with them. Loved it and would recommend it.

Date of stay: October 2022
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Vicki E
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