Benguerra Island Lodge in Mozambique has been renamed “&Beyond Benguerra Island” after being added to &Beyond’s portfolio of luxury safari lodges and camps. &Beyond recently took over the management, marketing and reservations for the Lodge.
Situated on a prime beach site, “&Beyond Benguerra Island” is simple, yet elegant. Ten casitas and two cabanas are tucked into a shady forest on the edge of a pristine beach that directly overlooks ocean vistas. Both casitas and cabanas combine Arabic style with clean lines and chic interiors. Large windows with dark wooden shutters gaze out towards the Indian Ocean, while private timber decks and cool plunge pools offer a secluded alternative to beach sands and ocean waters. A shaded gazebo provides the ideal venue for starlit dinners. Two spacious bedrooms include ensuite bathrooms and open air showers, while the casitas offer a generous private lounge.
Set in its own secluded garden, mere metres from the beach, the spacious two bedroom family suite ensures privacy and exclusivity and welcomes children of all ages. The bathrooms have deep copper bathtubs and outdoor showers with intricate mosaic inlays. The suite’s sheltered wooden veranda even has its own private swimming pool.
Swimming and boating are available directly off the sandy beach, while additional activities include traditional dhow cruises, island expeditions, bird watching, local village tours and sea kayaking. “&Beyond Benguerra Island” has a dive centre where guests can take part in a range of PADI certified diving courses or set off to explore an exceptional wealth of marine life. The island is also known as a game fishing and fly fishing mecca, with all activities following a strict catch and release policy. Guests can enjoy idyllic horse rides on the beach or into the island’s interior, while catamaran cruises, castaway picnics and snorkelling are also available.
‘Just as “&Beyond Mnemba Island” off Zanzibar completes our East African lodge circuit and is renowned for its marine conservation efforts, “&Beyond Benguerra Island” will complete our Southern African lodge circuit and will be equally celebrated for its marine protection. The acquisition also opens up a new region for &Beyond and we look forward to sharing the natural wonders of Mozambique with our guests,’ said &Beyond Group CEO, Joss Kent.
During 2014 “&Beyond Benguerra Island” is scheduled to have a $1.5million refurbishment. This marks a new growth phase for &Beyond and is part of their lodge investment strategy, which also involves extensive rebuilds currently underway at their lodges in Kenya and Botswana.
Benguerra is the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, offering pristine beaches, unspoiled coral reefs teeming with marine life and excellent fishing. Set in a national park, the island consists of a patchwork of habitats, including forests, wetlands and three freshwater lakes inhabited by crocodiles. The Indian Ocean waters off its shores are home to a variety of fish species, as well as one of the few remaining populations of the endangered dugong.
SA Airlink and LAM operate direct flights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos, while LAM also runs flights between Maputo and Vilanculos. This is followed by a short helicopter transfer to the Lodge. Sandra Tiltman