The slender crescent of Vamizi Island nestles in the Quirimbas Archipelago, a string of islands running along the length of Mozambique’s northern coast. The island is a conservation project and as such is one of the world’s most important regions of bio-diversity as well as a sanctuary for some of the most endangered species of wildlife in the western Indian Ocean – particularly the Green turtle. The lodge and Private Villas offer a small, intimate and utterly luxurious sanctuary with breathtaking beaches, unparalleled diving, and superb historical relics to explore. Vamizi has a private aircraft to fly you from the international airports of Dar es Salaam and Mozambique, and even these flights are an adventure, as the craft flies low enough for you to spot whales and giant rays in the clear oceans. In short, Vamizi is the very last word in castaway chic.
Vimizi Island Lodge is a collection of 10 kitalas or villas in three styles, Luxury, Luxury Double and Luxury Family. Each one is furnished with an open sitting room, a decke area with sun loungers, an elegant bedroom with rattan screen walls, and a huge bathroom with large walk-in shower and lattice windows to let in the light and the cooling breeze.. There are no TVs or sound systems – here the main luxry is the peace and quiet, with the birdsong and the sound of the sea. The four private villas are individually designed in contemporary elegant style,in natural wood and stone, with en-suite bedrooms, beautiful sitting and dining rooms open to the breeze and fabulous views, and tranquil spaces to lounge and soak up the African sun, around private pools or the beach. Each of the villas is configured differently, with Kipila (meaning ‘plover’ in Kimwani language) and Suluwilo (meaning ’forest weaver’) both have five bedrooms, Kipila’s all sea-facing, sleeping up to 12 people. Kipila’
All the villas have a private chef and team of hosts to cater to your every whim. Each has its own 4x4 vehicle with driver, to whisk you off on trips and tours, plus there is a whole raft of boats and kayaks to take out, as well as deep sea fishing expeditions, diving, nature walks, community visits and castaway picnics, whale-watching trips and sunset cruises. Or just lying on the beach and dreaming the days away…
The ten villas are served by the thatched, open dining room, where surf-fresh seafood and other tropical dishes are served to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore a few feet away, and accompanied by fine wines and cocktails from the bar, where acres of comfortable cushions provide a delightful place to lounge. Each of the four private villas has its own private chef, who will cater to your every culinary whim. Enough said.