You will feel like an uber-privileged castaway when you arrive on Azura Benguerra Island. A 10-minute flip in a Eurocopter from Vilanculos in Mozambique will deposit you gently on this exclusive, fairy-tale island.
Benguerra has tweaked the Greenwich Meridian and created its own time zone to maximise daylight hours – indeed, you will feel transported into another time and space.
Imagine beaches of pure white sand that extend for miles, lucent, turquoise seas and your villa secreted amongst vegetation for maximum privacy. You need only share your infinity pool with a palette of tiny exotic birds as they do their toilette in the fresh water at dusk.
There is no need to lift a finger. Each guest is assigned a butler who unobtrusively ensures that you want for nothing. This is part of the experience across the island, whether at one of the beach villas, at the Presidential Villa or at Villa Amizade, which is available as an exclusive-use villa.
The lure of the island is incentive enough to head out by boat to the reef with dolphins as your playful marshals. Snorkelling on the reef is a mere slip off the platform to join the underwater world teeming with multi-coloured darting fish, untouched coral reef and laid-back turtles.
Or head out to Pansy Island where these iconic and rare shells gather on the beach as in a well-stocked candy store. Tread carefully and leave only with indelible memories; your soft footprints washing away with each tide.
The staff will have set up lunch on a private stretch of beach – the décor artfully sculpted in the sand in the form of 3D turtles with a border of small shells, while flowers adorn the table and umbrella. Chilled French white pairs so beautifully with freshly caught fish and fruit. All that remains is to enjoy the peace until you are gently nudged, mellow and replete, back by boat to the cocoon of your villa.
Benguerra is indeed in another time and space.