The clear waters of Vamizi Island invite plenty of snorkelling.

Vamizi Island Lodge | Quirimbas Archipelago Luxury Mozambique Beach Lodge

Nestled among turquoise waters in Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago, white sands and tropical forests are the six impossibly romantic villas of Vamizi Island lodge. Here, you’ll be spoiled by a private butler, personal chef and skilled masseuse while you get to explore Africa’s top dive sites and enjoy island excursions to see hatching turtles, humpback whales and dolphins.

The place

From Pemba, we’re transferred to a small plane that takes us over the emerald islands of Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago. As we descend, we look out over the clear waters, unspoiled beaches and lush tropical vegetation of Vamizi Island lodge, waving to the excited village children that watch us land.Our personal chauffeur is there to meet us, and we bump along a sandy road to the lodge, passing fragrant flowers and scores of butterflies. We arrive at a stunning beach, kicking off our shoes to feel the soft caress of the powdery-soft sand between our toes. The lodge is set along this stretch; two open-sided, palm-thatched structures that make up the dining room and bar, with three villas sprawled on either side, each completely separate and ever-so exclusive.After meeting our private butler, Adamo, we’re guided to Vamizi Tartaruga (our villa, meaning ‘Vamizi turtle’ in Portuguese), which has a private pool and beach set within lush tropical forest. We’re so enchanted with this beautiful place that we have to take a moment to breathe it all in.

From Pemba, we’re transferred to a small plane that takes us over the emerald islands of Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago. As we descend, we look out over the clear waters, unspoiled beaches and lush tropical vegetation of Vamizi Island lodge, waving to the excited village children that watch us land.

Our personal chauffeur is there to meet us, and we bump along a sandy road to the lodge, passing fragrant flowers and scores of butterflies. We arrive at a stunning beach, kicking off our shoes to feel the soft caress of the powdery-soft sand between our toes. The lodge is set along this stretch; two open-sided, palm-thatched structures that make up the dining room and bar, with three villas sprawled on either side, each completely separate and ever-so exclusive.

After meeting our private butler, Adamo, we’re guided to Vamizi Tartaruga (our villa, meaning ‘Vamizi turtle’ in Portuguese), which has a private pool and beach set within lush tropical forest. We’re so enchanted with this beautiful place that we have to take a moment to breathe it all in.

The room

Adamo asks us if we’d like him to show us around the villa, but we prefer discovering it ourselves. A steep thatched roof and coral limestone walls keep it cool inside while providing a loft-like sense of spaciousness. Its shuttered doors lead onto a vast deck with a freshwater swimming pool, which flows down landscaped gardens towards the ocean. We fling open each door of the first three bedrooms, which open onto a private deck, feeling like we’re on a treasure hunt. We find vast beds within muslin canopies, en-suites that feature beautifully carved windows open to the outdoors and a spacious seating area. It’s great fun choosing a room, and in the end we take the master, which has an extra adjoining room.A journey of discovery outside reveals two treehouses in the forest canopy, with further two bedrooms, linked by a stargazing deck. Adamo has already promised to set up a king-sized bed so we can sleep here tomorrow night!From our heightened viewpoint, we can see him busily setting up lunch in our shaded sala. We decide to change into more beach-appropriate attire before heading over for the first of what we’re sure will be many delicious meals.

Adamo asks us if we’d like him to show us around the villa, but we prefer discovering it ourselves. A steep thatched roof and coral limestone walls keep it cool inside while providing a loft-like sense of spaciousness. Its shuttered doors lead onto a vast deck with a freshwater swimming pool, which flows down landscaped gardens towards the ocean.
We fling open each door of the first three bedrooms, which open onto a private deck, feeling like we’re on a treasure hunt. We find vast beds within muslin canopies, en-suites that feature beautifully carved windows open to the outdoors and a spacious seating area. It’s great fun choosing a room, and in the end we take the master, which has an extra adjoining room.

A journey of discovery outside reveals two treehouses in the forest canopy, with further two bedrooms, linked by a stargazing deck. Adamo has already promised to set up a king-sized bed so we can sleep here tomorrow night!

From our heightened viewpoint, we can see him busily setting up lunch in our shaded sala. We decide to change into more beach-appropriate attire before heading over for the first of what we’re sure will be many delicious meals.

What sets it apart

Set on the gorgeous Quirimbas Archipelago, Vamizi has kilometres of deserted coastline and an incredible marine sanctuary to explore. There are plenty of options to choose from; while my partner loved scuba diving on the reefs, I was most thrilled that I got to see green turtles hatching (this is in season only, as staff can only do so much magic!).Speaking of the staff, Vamizi has all the bells and whistles of a house manager, chef and private butler to make your stay as luxurious as possible. Each of the villas are private and secluded, with a mobile phone in each so you can reach staff at any time.It really is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Whether you want to go kayaking, visit the local school, dine at your villa or on a remote beach, everything revolves around you.

Set on the gorgeous Quirimbas Archipelago, Vamizi has kilometres of deserted coastline and an incredible marine sanctuary to explore. There are plenty of options to choose from; while my partner loved scuba diving on the reefs, I was most thrilled that I got to see green turtles hatching (this is in season only, as staff can only do so much magic!).

Speaking of the staff, Vamizi has all the bells and whistles of a house manager, chef and private butler to make your stay as luxurious as possible. Each of the villas are private and secluded, with a mobile phone in each so you can reach staff at any time.

It really is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Whether you want to go kayaking, visit the local school, dine at your villa or on a remote beach, everything revolves around you.

At a glance

  • Intimate island lodge with six individually-designed luxury villas (four with five rooms and two with six) each with their own pool and stretch of private beach.
  • Exclusive island location, private butler, personal chef, personal chauffeur and flexible schedules.
  • Scuba diving, snorkelling, whale watching (seasonal), paddle boarding, kayaking, dhow cruises, sailing, spear fishing, deep-sea fishing, fly fishing, castaway sandbar picnics, nature walks, birding, turtle nesting and hatching excursions (seasonal), in-room yoga (additional cost), spa treatments (additional cost), bicycling and community visits.
  • Children welcome with babysitting available. Triples can be arranged for children under 16 years.

  • Intimate island lodge with six individually-designed luxury villas (four with five rooms and two with six) each with their own pool and stretch of private beach.
  • Exclusive island location, private butler, personal chef, personal chauffeur and flexible schedules.
  • Scuba diving, snorkelling, whale watching (seasonal), paddle boarding, kayaking, dhow cruises, sailing, spear fishing, deep-sea fishing, fly fishing, castaway sandbar picnics, nature walks, birding, turtle nesting and hatching excursions (seasonal), in-room yoga (additional cost), spa treatments (additional cost), bicycling and community visits.
  • Children welcome with babysitting available. Triples can be arranged for children under 16 years.

Prices

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

When to Go

The Quirimbas Archipelago has a warm, tropical climate. The cooler, dry, winter season is the best time to visit, as it’s sunny, cloudless and the ocean is still pleasantly warm. June to August are the coolest months, when the southeast trade winds prevail. The best underwater visibility for diving is from May to September. Sailfish season runs from July to December, but other game fish such as yellowfin tuna, dorado and kingfish can be caught year round. Humpback whales pass through from August to October, while sharks and dolphins are commonly seen on dives year round.

This is the hot and wet summer season. It can get very steamy and humid in December and January. The average coastal temperature remains above 30ºC and the rainfall is generally heaviest in March. This is also the cyclone season, although the storms are generally weak in the area. However, if you go at this time, be prepared for regular, short downpours. The air is filled with migrant birds, the skies are beautifully picturesque and you can see whale sharks in the early summer. There’s also good marlin fishing at this time.

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