Azura at Gabriels Benguerra Island Mozambique

Azura is an eco-boutique retreat on Benguerra Island and Mozambique’s first Carbon-Neutral Hotel. Located within the Marine National Park in the Bazaruto Archipelago, the “Robinson Crusoe” styled beach villas and Presidential Suite, were entirely hand built by members of the local community and constructed of natural materials. Stella and Christopher Bettany own the retreat in partnership with Gabriel Cossa and the local community.

Azura is an exquisite world-class retreat. This five-star establishment comprises of fourteen Beach Villas and one Presidential Suite. Astounding views of the azure Indian Ocean effortlessly blended with, modern chic and traditional Mozambican design, offers both seclusion and direct beachfront access. Emphasis on fresh fish and seafood combined with local ingredients, contemporary style and flair is a hallmark of Azura dining.

Azure Spa’s signature treatments, two beachfront treatment rooms and an unparalleled array of adventure sport activities distinguish Azura Island Retreat as a beautiful blue haven of rest and relaxation.

Awards & Accolades

  • Travel & Leisure ‘IT LIST’ 2008 – Top 30 new hotels in the world – Rustic Beach
  • Condé Nast Traveller ’Hot List’ 2008 – Top 60 new hotels
  • Tatler Travel Guide 2008 – Top 101 hotels out there
  • Harpers Bazaar 2008 Travel Guide – Top new beach hotel
  • Condé Nast Traveller Spa Special – ‘Word of Mouth’. The World’s 100 Best Spas, March 2008
  • Food and Travel – ‘Hotel of the Month’, May 2008
  • Vogue – ‘In Vogue’, Jan 2008
  • Brides Magazine – Honeymoon Hot List, 2008
  • The Sunday Times Travel – ‘Summer 100 travel picks’, January 2008
  • Condé Nast House & Garden SA – Best African Retreats, April 2008
  • CNN Money – Best new resorts under the sun, 2008
  • Vogue USA – Top 5 People are Talking About, 2008
  • Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World
  • Mozambique’s 1st Carbon-Neutral Hotel