AZURA BENGUERRA ISLAND

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Located on an unspoilt island within a Marine National Park, Azura at Gabriel’s is the area’s first luxury eco-boutique retreat. Built entirely by hand in partnership with the local community, it has just 16 villas, each with their own private pool stretching out to the Indian Ocean beyond, and designed for the ultimate undiscovered getaway. With wonderful cuisine, friendly Mozambican service and a vast range of activities and experiences, including a unique African spa, it’s the perfect island escape.

The owners’ dedication to conservation and the community lies at the heart of everything they do. It all started with the building of Azura. Rather than bring in outside contractors with no benefit to the local community, they trained the local islanders in vital building skills which will enable them to find new employment in the booming construction industry going forwards. Azura was built by hand. Azura is seen by the Mozambican authorities as a model for ethical sustainable community based tourism. They have a firm policy of upliftment at Azura, which means all of the butlers, housekeeping staff, gardeners and so on are Mozambican. Typically they have grown up in disadvantaged communities with poor education, and are being trained by Azura. The Azura Rainbow Fund is the first registered charity of its kind in Mozambique. It supports a variety of social and environmental projects large and small, from building a new school, to environmental protection initiatives.