A Day in Paradise

Benguerra Island is the second largest island in the gorgeous Bazaruto archipelago – floating in the shimmering blue of the balmy Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique. 1

If you’ve ever wondered what to expect of a luxury Mozambican holiday…. here’s a quick snapshot of what an average day at AndBeyond Benguerra Island entails:

Wake up well rested in your four-poster bed in your casinha or cabanha nestling in the shade of the lush island forest. Surrounded with a light and airy feel of afro-chic with a taste of Portuguese- Mozambique tradition. The shutters and wooden concertina doors allow your living space to be completely open to the ocean breezes so you literally rise with the sun.

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Do as much or as little as you like at Benguerra. Start your day with a sunrise boat ride to one of the excellent dive sites off the island where the teaming life beneath the waves will leave you amazed and delighted or take a long walk along the crisp white sand as the sea laps softly beside you.

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After a leisurely breakfast of fresh fruits or a hearty but elegant fry-up, you might take to the interior of the island to explore the forests and freshwater lakes for the plethora of bird-life that abounds on the island. A visit to a local village to experience the lives of the local islanders is an excellent way to finish the morning.

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Under the shade of a 1000 palms take a fresh water swim in the lodge’s rim-flow pool. After a cooling dip you might like to lie back on a lounger and sip on an island cocktail while the gentle ocean breeze lulls you into a pleasant doze.

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If you are feeling more energetic why not toss a line off a deep-sea fishing boat where some of the best catch and release game fishing in the world awaits.

Then enjoy a delicious private picnic on an isolated dune; relax in peace on the beach or on your veranda. Perhaps a rejuvenating spa treatment would be more to your taste before forty winks.

In the late afternoon, you could paddle out into the ocean on a kayak and look for the rare dugong perhaps accompanied by a pod of confiding dolphin. Otherwise you could blaze down the beach on horseback, the sun setting over Africa to the west. If you fancy something less active, a sunset dhow cruise with your favourite snifter is a glorious way to welcome the stars.

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On your return to the lodge, take a long and luxurious bubble bath in your spacious bathroom, complete with views and bathtub for two, it’s an excellent place to unwind after a day of island fun and adventure.

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Enjoy dinner on the beach, your toes in the sand, a perfectly chilled wine in your hand and an exquisite seafood meal in front of you. If you are looking for a little more romance how about some al fresco dining under the Indian Ocean sky on the sprawling veranda next to your own private plunge pool.

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Finally let the natural cycle and rhythm of nature take hold of you and slip into a deep sleep to the sounds of the Indian Ocean.

Doesn’t this just sound like the perfect day? For more stunning Mozambican luxury getaways click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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