Quilalea Private Island, lying in a fully protected marine reserve, is the ultimate island experience – there are just nine villas on the entire Indian Ocean knoll. This is Swiss Family Robinson tropical island seclusion in unpretentious sophistication and impossible comfort. Your meals come straight from the abundance of the ocean just steps from your private beach villa. Your private butler will lavish subtle Mozambican hospitality on you while you luxuriate in ultimate island solitude.
The capacious Kaskazi and Kusi Villas have a bearing of ethereal splendour. They are delicately constructed with natural stone, wood, rattan and cotton such that they seem to grow out of the beaches, rocks and trees. The villas are a perfect blend of contemporary African chic and eco-conscious living. While modern conveniences such as air-conditioning are readily available, the unique eco-controls allow you dictate the carbon footprint you will have in your villa – you can open the cleverly orientated doors and windows to allow the Indian Ocean breeze to cool and sooth your ultimate beach home.
The generous decks, where your inviting sun-loungers are a constant temptation, are a few steps up from the secluded sections of the beach where you can walk straight out into the lapis-lazuli balm of the sea. If you are staying in one of the four Kusi Villas, you could absorb the peace of the ocean from your private hammock rocking in the smiling shade of giant old baobab tree.
If you are on honeymoon, then the Villa Quilalea, set on a cliff-top with breath-taking views over the ocean – the dhows drifting by, pods of dolphins in the waves and, if you are lucky, the spray of a humpback whale – is the ultimate space. It is complete privacy from the sumptuous bedroom, to the infinity pool and down onto the exclusive beach.
Find your favourite spot
The friendly Mozambican staff encourage you to find a favourite spot from which to experience the soothing elixir that is the island. It might be a hammock strung in the shade of a luxuriant island tree; a sun lounger next to the cooling fresh water of main pool with your favourite book; a perch next to the bar in the sunset sipping one of the owner’s personal chateau wines from the Loire valley; the informal lounge where you can stay in touch with the world with free Wi-Fi; or the unique chill-zone with its enormous cushions overlooking the abundant ocean.
The simple yet erudite menu of fresh seafood and local produce can be enjoyed in the open-sided Jelly Fish dining room or even in the privacy of your own section of beach, lit by lanterns, the stars and the silver glow of the moon’s reflection in the sea.
If you need a little extra help to detach from the stresses of your everyday life then a unique Azura African spa treatment will send you into trance of delightful repose either at the main spa or in the privacy of your own villa.
Do your favourite things
In the water
In the water you can snorkel or scuba dive surrounded by the life of the Indian Ocean – one of the abundant reefs straight off the main beach or other spectacular dive sites will yield potato bass, hunting jacks, wrasse and various turtles. The fact that you are one of a maximum of ten guests on the island makes this rare pleasure even more exceptional.
If you can’t dive yet, you can simply learn at the Azura five-star PADI dive school.
On the water
Out in the sea Quilalea offers some of the best game fishing the world over. The expert Azura guides will pilot you safely to the best spots in the archipelago where you can catch and release some of the world’s iconic game fish. Fly-fishing is also an excellent option for keen anglers.
You can experience the primal world of the mangroves of nearby Sencar Island from a kayak or simply paddle around the cobalt waters of Quilalea.
On terra firma
For land-based naturalists, Quilalea offers endless delights including the eerie baobab groves and more than 130 species of bird. You can lounge on one of the four magnificent beaches – the highlight being a private picnic on turtle beach and, if you are there between November and April, the chance to see one of these rare reptiles nesting.
Even though Quilalea is the ultimate in romance, Children of all ages are welcome and there is a wealth of fun to be had in the company of the friendly and knowledgeable Azura staff. The menu can also be tailored to children’s tastes.
At the closing of the day…
When the Indian Ocean day is closing, there is surely no better way to welcome the night than from the prow of a wooden dhow, sipping your favourite island cocktail, the dolphins and humpback whales easing by as the sun disappears over Africa. Or you could stand on the headland – the moon rising over the ocean to the east.
Travelling to this exclusive island paradise…
A 25 minute helicopter hop in a state-of-the-art helicopter from Pemba Island will bring you to Quilalea. You can fly into Pemba on the daily flight from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also flights on LAM from Nairobi or Dar es Salaam. Iconic Africa’s travel experts will recommend the best and most comfortable way for you access Quilalea – dependent on your other travel arrangements.
An extended stay in magnificent southern Africa
For natural phenomena, ultimate rejuvenation and pioneering adventure, southern Africa has everything to offer. Iconic Africa recommends that you combine your trip to Quilalea with a safari in the greater Kruger National Park or, especially if you have kids, in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve.
Zambian or Zimbabwean visits to the wonder of the Victoria Falls offer adventures to suit everyone while a visit to Cape Town and the surrounding wine lands is the perfect way to start or finish your African expedition. One of Iconic Africa’s travel experts is standing by to help you create the best possible African trip to suit your needs.
Why Quilalea Private Island
- 86ha of uninhabited island paradise
- Simple sophisticated luxury
- Fresh seafood
- In, on and out of water adventures
- Ultimate romance
Quilalea is a deserted island fantasy –seclusion, adventure and marine wilderness couched in supreme luxury and inspirational service. It offers definitive romance and privacy for couples while delighting the needs of the modern family.