Set among the Quirimbas Archipelago, in a marine conservation area off the coast of northern Mozambique, the idyllic coral island of andBeyond Vamizi is blessed with a tropical climate and offers immaculate powder-soft beaches that rival those of the Maldives. Perfect for families or groups, six luxurious villas beckon to guests, each individually decorated to offer you a private slice of paradise. This is a destination to be explored at your own pace.
Drawing inspiration from its breathtaking tropical surrounds, andBeyond Vamizi Kipila (meaning “plover” in Kimwani) offers a refreshing palette of blues and greens that accentuate its earthy brown finishes and pitched Balinese-style timber shingle roof. The perfect castaway retreat to reconnect with family members, Kipila is ideally situated within three acres of flourishing gardens that line a vast stretch of private beachfront. It boasts four ensuite rooms that overlook the ocean and a children’s room. The bathrooms have been creatively designed to feature elegant gardens within them, bringing the lush surrounds of the villa indoors.
Languid moments can be spent lounging in the spacious sitting room, cooling-off in the sparkling lap pool or enjoying a game or two in the entertainment area, while a private chef prepares a selection of tantalising favourites for the day. A tower, inspired by the Portuguese lighthouse on the island, offers spectacular views across the ocean; the ultimate setting to enjoy a refreshing cocktail and to toast the sun as it sets over another idyllic day.
Meaning “forest weaver” in Kimwani, the luxurious andBeyond Vamizi Suluwilo offers a spectacular blend of Arabic influences and contemporary finishes. Sweeping palm-thatched roofs draw inspiration from the sails of a traditional dhow, carefully angled to catch the cool sea breeze. A sunken Arabic courtyard offers cosy nooks for quiet moments of reflection, while a “lookout” tower provides the ideal setting for refreshing sundowners.
The villa boasts four beautifully adorned ensuite rooms and a children’s room with bunkbeds and an adjoining childminder’s room. The master bedroom features a small area, with two single beds, for children. A private chef is on hand to create mouth-watering favourites, served in the spacious dining room or private beach sala, whilst a sparkling swimming pool offers an alternative to the azure waters right on the villa’s doorstep. Apart from the extraordinary adventures available on the island, children can enjoy an entertainment room complete with satellite television, table-tennis and board games.
andBeyond Vamizi Papilio, aptly named after a genus in the swallowtail butterfly family, is a tranquil haven decorated in delicate hues of cream, muted blues and light wood furnishings. Spacious beyond measure, this light and airy villa offers the ideal refuge for families and groups to reconnect. Set within three acres of verdant forest, Papilio has been designed around a “courtyard theme” with a blend of split-level living, cosy nooks for moments of reflection and luxurious rooms that urge guests to completely unwind on their well-deserved vacation.
The main guest areas include a roomy dining area where scrumptious tailor-made menus are served by a private chef, two large sitting rooms (one overlooking the beautiful pristine beach, and the other with a lovely open fireplace for those cooler winter evenings), a convivial bar area, sparkling swimming pool and private beach sala. In the evenings, guests can retreat to one of four spacious ensuite rooms, each with their own private deck and living area, whilst a further two ensuite rooms, built as “treehouses”, can be accessed by a suspended walkway and are wonderful for adults and children alike. A deck sitting in the tree canopy links the two treehouses.
Set within three acres of lush forest, with a vast stretch of unspoiled beachfront at its doorstep, the natural elegance of andBeyond Vamizi Tartaruga (meaning “turtle” in Portuguese) is highlighted in its earthy tones, with splashes of green, and driftwood finishes. The ultimate Robinson Crusoe hideaway, this luxurious five-bedroomed villa is a must for families or groups. Three ensuite rooms boast a private deck and spacious sitting room – the master bedroom also features an adjoining area that can accommodate two young children. A further two rooms are situated in the lush canopy of the forest, in the villa’s enchanting treehouses. These rooms offer three single beds, which can be converted into a super-king bed. The treehouses are perfect for adults and children alike and are linked by a stargazing deck.
The main guest area has a striking palm thatch roof, supported by magnificent pillars of locally collected casuarina driftwood. Its open sides lead on to a vast deck, home to the freshwater swimming pool, which flows into the landscaped gardens leading down to the ocean. Adjacent to the sitting room is a shaded al fresco sala, with a further dining area located at the edge of the beach. The local coral limestone walls, and hand-carved windows and doors are a distinctive feature of this beautiful villa.
Vamizi Casa Marjani
Meaning “coral” in Kimwani, the natural, earthy ambience of andBeyond Vamizi Casa Marjani blends seamlessly into its private beachfront setting. This magnificent “traveller’s hideaway” combines design elements which pay tribute to the island’s breathtaking surrounds and trinkets, lovingly collected from across the globe, that pay homage to the diverse cultural heritage of the atolls of Mozambique. Backed by a lush forest, this luxury villa boasts five bedrooms, making it the perfect retreat for families.
The master bedroom is ideally situated to make the most of the island’s glorious ocean views and boasts a private pocket beach and an ensuite bathroom, complete with a walk-in shower. The second room is also sea-facing and has a private veranda that leads onto the beach and an ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower. Children are oh-so welcome at Casa Marjani, with two bedrooms carefully designed to cater to their needs. These rooms are set back into the forest and feature an ensuite bathroom. Lastly, this coastal oasis offers a spectacular elevated ‘treehouse’ bedroom with a lovely ensuite bathroom.
The main guest area has a striking palm thatch roof and open sides. Its decking flows into beautifully landscaped gardens offering a tranquil al fresco setting for private dining, accompanied by serenading waves. A mezzanine level makes for a cosy hideaway – perfect for family game time. There is an elevated study behind the master bedroom and an open courtyard, complete with swinging chairs and hammocks, just behind the main guest area. The tower, adorned with stargazing chairs, offers uninterrupted views across the island and up to the night sky. Set within the tower is a breakaway lounge, complete with a day bed. A simply designed beach sala makes use of a traditional dhow sail for shade, and is the ideal retreat to while away sun-drenched days on the beach.
The contemporary, beach-chic atmosphere of andBeyond Vamizi Casamina offers a vibrant setting in which to enjoy the idyllic tropical paradise of the island. Here, stark white fabrics are accented by brilliant hues of turquoise and magenta – the perfect accompaniment to the villa’s warm wooden furnishings, contemporary décor and palm-thatch roofs. Casamina is the ultimate family or group getaway. Adults can unwind in one of three beautifully furnished ensuite rooms, with dreamy ocean views, whilst children have a hideaway of their own in the form of two rooms, each with two sets of bunkbeds and a shared bathroom. One of the children’s rooms has a small adjoining area, big enough for a single bed, to accommodate a childminder. An enchanting treehouse room lends itself to both the young and young at heart.
A split-level living, dining and bar area is covered by an impressive thatch roof with open sides, providing spectacular views of the ocean, while a sparkling swimming pool offers the perfect respite after a successful day of adventures. Take in the panoramic vistas of the island as you enjoy a wholesome breakfast on top of the villa’s tower, which also houses a games room with satellite television, books and board games.
Activities and Services
Indulge on a mouth-watering array of scrumptious picnic delights at one of the numerous secluded picnic spots scattered around Vamizi Island. This is the ultimate desert island experience.
Immerse yourself in the local customs and traditions of the fisherman communities on andBeyond Vamizi Island on a guided tour.
Sailing and Traditional Dhow Sunset Cruises
The regular trade breezes and calm seas afforded by the reef to the north of andBeyond Vamizi Island ensure the conditions for sailing are almost always perfect. A selection of Hobie Cats and dinghies are kept at the Dive Centre. Alternatively, more relaxed sunset cruises on a traditional dhow are a fabulous way to see out the day with a glass of chilled wine, whilst searching for dolphins and turtles.
andBeyond Vamizi Island is surrounded by deep water and healthy coral reefs which provide a bountiful habitat for a multitude of fish species. More than 50 sport fishing varieties are present and, while some species are migratory, most do not have to venture far to feed and are present in large numbers year round. The beauty of fishing at Vamizi is in its remoteness – there are almost no other fishing boats in the area allowing guests virtually exclusive rights to the waters. Embark on a thrilling deep-sea fishing excursion, ethically run blue water spearfishing trip or a catch-and-release fly-fishing adventure.
Guided Nature Walks
andBeyond Vamizi Island is home to a great variety of flora and fauna. There are a number of trails through the coastal forest and along the beach, stopping off in deserted sandy coves for a cooling swim. To get the most of these walks, it’s best to go early in the morning with your resident guide who will point out samango monkeys and giant coconut crabs as well as a multitude of forest and coastal birds.
Choose from a selection of single or double kayaks and embark on a guided or solo kayaking adventure through the island’s estuary at Muntu Nkulu. Glide effortlessly over glass-like water whilst colourful coral reef fish, turtles and cowrie shells pass just beneath you. Alternatively, drift silently through the mangroves in search of kingfishers, green herons and fish eagles.
andBeyond Vamizi Island’s waters contain a plethora of marine life and have been deemed one of the healthiest coral reef eco-systems in the world. A combination of wild underwater landscapes, the bounty of tropical ocean currents and an abundance of aquatic life, makes Vamizi a truly world-class diving holiday destination. Dive sites are being discovered all the time, catering for all abilities from the novice to the experienced diver and Vamizi’s PADI dive masters and instructors are always on hand to guide or teach.
Grab a snorkel, mask and a set of fins to explore the healthy coral reefs around andBeyond Vamizi Island. The best snorkelling spots are reached by motorboat with a guide, but there is also outstanding snorkelling to be had from the shore. This is a wonderful activity for both children and adults alike!
Turtle Watching and Releasing
andBeyond Vamizi Island is home to green sea turtles that come up onto the beach to nest at night. If you’re lucky enough to be there in season, you can witness this amazing sight. When the eggs hatch some baby turtles may be trapped in the sand and these stragglers are saved and released by the Conservation Team; a fantastic activity for children to be involved in!
Between July and September each year the humpback whales pass andBeyond Vamizi Island on their epic voyage from East Africa to Antarctica. They bring their new-born calves with them and the new families enjoy frolicking in the deep water channels around the island. The whale watching trips offer the perfect opportunity to see these incredible animals up close.
Yoga and Treatments
Treat yourself to soothing spa therapy session or enjoy a private yoga class in the privacy of your villa.
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- LocationQuirimbas Archipelago
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