Vamizi Island

A beach paradise,a Mozambique Beach Holiday.Twelve kilometres long and a kilometre wide – this whale-shaped curve of beach and bush is drenched in nothing sunshine and breezes.

Talk about seclusion and privacy. At this Luxury Mozambique beach resort with miles of unpadded white sand and wild bushy interior, it is also a sanctuary for samango monkeys, coconut crabs and the 112 bird species that have been recorded as either resident or visitors,as well as being a haven for the more land-based creatures among us.

Like the 100 turtles that nest on this Mozambique Island,Vamizi’s empty shores and are irresistibly drawn to its peace, solitude and perfect harmony year after year,this is the place  for you to rest your  weary fins as well.

You must have dreamed of that Luxury,exotic,beach holiday.ell at this Mozambique beach resort, exclusivity is one its  greatest assets and, as its the only lodge on the island, so  it has the space to spread wide,so each villa amply commands its own part of the beach.

Location:   Quirimbas Archipelago, Northern Mozambique

Best time to visit:   April to November

Approximate per night rate :   From $435 per person per  night.

Rates Include:

Accommodation in ocean-facing beach villas.

All meals, soft drinks, beer, selection of house wines, spirits and bottled water.

Daily laundry service.

Guided activities including snorkeling, sea kayaking, birding, guided nature walks, beach picnics, dhow sailing, and Hobie Cat and Lser Pico sailing.

Rates Exclude

International flights and air transfers to and from the island.

Entry visas and taxes.

Champagnes.

Premium wines.

Personal gifts and staff gratuities.

Deep sea fishing, scuba diving and PADI courses.

Spa treatments, massages and yoga.

Motorised water activities.

 Island activities:
Diving, Snorkeling, Sailing, Walking, Spa, castaway picnics, whale watching expeditions, kayaks,  traditional Sailing dhows.

 

  ‘leave nothing but your incredibly spoilt, sandy footprints’

On this unique and remote Mozambique Island, taylor made for your beach holiday, you will find that Vamizi Island’s beaches have some of the best sand in the world: so fine it squeaks like icing sugar as you walk on it, so pale and clean that kicking off your shoes is second nature. It’s as if we sift the beach every morning – the only litter you’re likely to see is shells and coral.

What makes it all the more amazing is that you hardly share the shores with anyone (a few other lodge guests and some turtles, perhaps). You can beach-comb for untouched miles or lounge about in total privacy.

The tropical sea that gently laps the shores is a nature reserve and is as beautiful as you’ve ever seen it. So take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but your incredibly spoilt, sandy footprints.

Vamizi Island Lodge=  thirteen impossibly romantic timber villas strung loosely along one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Simply grand or grandly simple – this lodge isn’t about the usual five star luxury and all mod cons, it’s about the more rarified pleasures of exclusive island life.

Imagine wafting through muslin and filtered sunlight, flopping straight from your room into a private ocean and enjoying elegant lunches with your toes in the sand…

It’s hard to compete with the perfect desert island, so we don’t. We just take what comes on the breeze, and mould it into a more civilized form.

  ‘On the shoreline, with to-die-for views of the ocean’

Exclusivity is one of Vamizi Island’s greatest assets and, as the only lodge on the island, it has the space to spread wide, so each villa amply commands its own part of the beach.

Thirteen villas – one or two bedroomed – are right on the shoreline, all with to-die-for views of the ocean.

Both airy and generous – with over 170 square metres of timbered floor to pad about on, they have plenty of space for spreading beds, sofas, a marble shower and vanity area and outside, a sun deck.

Vamizi Island is not about the ordinary five star stuff, so don’t expect TVs or air conditioning – it’s all about barefoot relaxation and rooms as open as they can be, to catch the natural breezes.

That said, if you can’t drag yourself away from your villa, there’s a mini-bar and the means for a deluxe cup of tea or coffee – as well as private dinners in the room on request.

Beyond that, we just leave you alone, in the peace of your own private paradise.

 

Evenings shape up glamorous, with a castaway twist’

Decking a distinctively island table, we serve surf-fresh seafood and other tropical dishes, set off by the sea breaking on the shore just feet away.

 

During the day, there’s the relative formality of our thatched open dining room in the main lodge, or choose to retreat to Muntu Nkulu, our new castaway restaurant open during the winter season on the south side of the island, for a buffet and total relaxation.

You can also take the total desert island approach – alone with a shipwrecked picnic on some deserted beach.

Evenings are a more glamorous affair, with a castaway twist, fuelled by grills on the beach, or more elaborate dishes under lantern light in the dining room.

With cocktails and fine wines at the bar – and acres of cushions and sofas for sitting very soft at any point – you might just feel that heaven can wait.

  “Tusitiri provides the most charming way to explore the waters around Vamizi”

In 2012 Vamizi has been proud host to Tusitiri, one of the finest dhows on the East African coastline.

It has now returned to its Kenyan base for the winter but plans are underway for a return in 2013.

Dhows are traditional wooden sailing vessels originally built for carrying exotic spices, cloth and other goods along the Indian Ocean trade routes.

Tusitiri been meticulously restored to comfortably accommodate up to ten guests.

When based at Vamizi, Tusitiri is available for overnight safaris, booked on an exclusive basis, as well as for half and full day excursions.

Tusitiri offers an enchanting combination of simplicity and indulgence. Life on board is laid back and centred on Tusitiri’s beautiful wide deck with sumptuous cushioned seating areas and a central dining area around the dhow’s mast.

Nights are spent under the stars, on bedrolls laid out on the deck after dinner, and meals, usually fresh seafood and local produce accompanied by an excellent selection of house wines, are taken al fresco.

Bathrobes and kikoi towels are supplied and below deck there are bathroom facilities as well as cabin space for luggage and dressing.

Vamizi has one of the most spectacular and rich marine eco-systems in the world and a day trip or an overnight safari on Tusitiri would be an ideal add-on to a stay at the Vamizi Lodge or Private Villas and a charming way to explore the nearby islands.

On board hosts John and Lulu Clark are both wildlife and ocean enthusiasts. As well as being a qualified safari guide, John is a keen fisherman, and the Tusitiri galley benefits from Lulu’s culinary training and experience. They look forward to welcoming you aboard!

This slim crescent of sundrenched land situated in the little known Quirimbas Archipelago of Northern Mozambique, is the ultimate honeymoon heaven

Crusoe invented castaway chic, but Vamizi Island Lodge defines it, with thirteen impossibly romantic timber villas strung loosely along one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Simply grand or grandly simple – this lodge isn’t just about the usual five star luxury and all mod cons, it’s about the more rarified pleasures of exclusive island life. Subscribing to the “No News, No Shoes” principle of holiday guests come to Vamizi to get away from it all and escape to their own private idyll.

Imagine wafting through muslin and filtered sunlight, flopping straight from your room into a private ocean with nothing but the Samango monkeys and Green turtles for company.

The biggest decision you will have to make is whether to eat the famous Mozambican prawns and lobster in the privacy of your own villa, in the fabulous lofty beach house restaurant or straight off the beach barbeque.

For those that like more of an adventure, choose between the world class diving and game –fishing, or take a snorkel and swim with the kaleidoscope of tropical fish straight off the shore. And if you need to relax after an energetic day on the water unwind with a relaxing massage or indulgent spa treatment.

Vamizi is a destination that truly gets under your skin, and this is the reason that our guests vow to one day return.

‘A unique and precious island habitat’

Vamizi Island is a whale-shaped sliver of coral, fringed with perfect white sand, grown over with wild, indigenous tropical bush and preserved and protected by the Vamizi Island project.

This craggy coral wilderness – with practically no rainfall – benefits from minimal human impact and is a unique and precious island habitat. It is home to a large number of land-based coastal species of flora and fauna.

Out in the bush are some of the island’s greatest treasures: the giant coconut crabs – vegetarian scavengers with a magpie-like attraction to anything from mobile phones to sandals – who crush coconuts in impressively strong claws; the samango monkeys – close relatives of the blue monkey – and, incredibly for such a small island, 112 bird species have been recorded as either resident or visitors.

With numerous butterflies and an exotic selection of tropical trees, bushes and flowers, our nature guides have no shortage of inner island life to show you; they will be genuinely thrilled if you take an interest and follow them through the tangled interior.

 

Vamizi Island is basically one big spa’

You couldn’t want for a better place for healing. Vamizi Island is basically one big spa – with nurture for the entire self, both above and below the water. We’ve also added the luxuries of some of the best energy and body treatments available –such as bespoke yoga massage, reflexology and heated herbal stone massage.

We’ve also introduced beauty therapies that are uniquely Vamizi, using natural recipes borrowed from the local ladies as well as creating a few oceanic inventions of our own – minerals ground from Vamizi rocks, local seaweed masks and sea salt scrubs – to prepare your pelt for that perfect tan.

 

Also, naturally, a full range of massage therapies are offered – Indian head massage, deep tissue, Swedish and aromatherapy massage.

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