28 May 2016

LOVE AFFAIR IN THE ARCHIPELAGO

In May this year a group of girls, unofficially known as Cape Town’s Luxury African Travel Guru’s, and I humbly include myself, left the city distractions to a place where we thought we’d died and gone to heaven for four nights! Specifically, in Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago. A romance infused world of sandbars, small settlements, palm trees and turquoise blue waters. And it’s not exactly stressful to get there with a short six seater flight from Johannesburg.

First top. Santoniri. A place and space where the rhythm of the tides mark the time and a world of natural beauty fills the pauses. This immaculate, white walled landmark is like staying in your own little luxury village. What resonated the most for me were their special touches like the carefully crafted breakfast butter engraving of our helicopter journey. During our short stay here we had a colourful afternoon at the local market, a beer at the upper deck seaside bar and between us, an exhilarating SUP board and horse riding expedition. My sizzling hot tip for Santonrini would be to combine your stay with a few days on the islands to get the best of both oblivions!

Next stops. Azura Benguerra and Benguerra Island Lodge, both a stone throw from Two Mile Reef, where clouds of colourful fish hover in one of the most undesturbed reefs in the Indian Ocean. Another neighbouring phenominen perfect for castaway picnics at low tide is Pansy Island, filled with the fragile and fading pansy shells.

Azura, built entirely by hand in partnership with the local community is stylish, spacious and contemporary. The weather wasn’t in our favour here, but it meant that we had an excuse to indulge in a massage, dhow cruise and island drive.

Next stop, Benguerra Island Lodge. We had just enough time to put our feet up for a siesta before overindulging in our succulent seafood dinner, served to us on the moonlit beach.

They say things are better shared, and in most cases I would agree, but because I fell so desperately in love with these islands, I relished the time to myself. I do however, reserve the right to change my mind on my next visit!

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