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Published on : Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Thirty kilometres east of mainland Mozambique on Africa’s striking east coast, the Bazaruto Archipelago of protected national park islands, lie scattered like emerald jewels across the turquoise Indian Ocean. On the largest of these tropical islands, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa brings to life escapist dreams through secluded African island romance and unforgettable experiences.
Far removed from all signs of modern distraction and stress, reaching the resort is a breathtaking experience. A fifteen minute flight from Vilanculos Airport, which connects to Johannesburg with a direct two hour flight, provides Anantara guests with their first glimpse of the paradise that awaits their discovery.
Designed in natural harmony with surroundings of lush vegetation and translucent ocean, the resort offers a boutique collection of 44 villas ranging from a spacious 90 to an incredible 330 square metres, with charming garden and soothing shoreline panoramas. Made from indigenous reed, soft fringed thatch and wood, the rustic appeal is balanced by understated luxury and seamlessly integrated modern amenities.
Sumptuous four poster beds are dressed with white mosquito drapes billowing in the breeze, luxury bathrooms feature sunken tubs and exotic outdoor showers, and living spaces offer comfy elegance. Outside, certain villas invite guests to swing in a hammock and relax in the living sala, refresh in the plunge pool, bask under the sun on the veranda and dine under the stars. Offering the pinnacle of island indulgence, the one of a kind Anantara Pool Villa affords exclusive seclusion and unrivalled ocean views, and is the perfect sanctuary for families and friends to share, thanks to a private driveway and entrance, two generously sized en-suite bedrooms, spacious lounge and dining areas both inside and out, as well as a pool and Jacuzzi.
Six unique culinary experiences ensure that guests can savour flavours and settings to suit their mood throughout each day. Golfinho Restaurant serves inspiring breakfasts and dinners on the outdoor terrace with a pool and bay vista, or in the dining room which features original walls dating back to the early Portuguese traders. At Clube Naval, stylish light lunches lead into sundowner cocktails. The Beach Deck grills succulent meats and seafood plucked fresh from the ocean to perfection, and offers the opportunity to dine beside or on the beach. In-villa dining delivers a world of gourmet tastes, and Anantara’s signature Dining by Design promises the ultimate in tailor made romance, with a choice of dream settings and fine dining menus, as well as a private chef and butler ensuring a flawless occasion. For guests wishing to step behind the local culinary scenes, professional cooking classes include a guided tour of the resort’s huge vegetable garden and orchard.
Days at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa can be lazy and relaxing or refreshingly adventurous. With a dedicated family pool, younger guests may splash about to their heart’s content, and couples seeking peace and tranquillity can retreat to the adults-only pool. A children’s entertainment room, fitness centre, tennis, volleyball and qolf course extend the leisure possibilities. Anantara Spa offers an escape within an escape. The serene sanctuary covers 1,300 square metres and features five treatment rooms, relaxation areas and a health bar, as well as specialist hydro facilities including a wet room, hydrotherapy pool and rhassoul chamber. The diverse menu offers revered western treatments and ancient rituals from across Africa and Asia, as well as extended spa journeys, all performed by expert therapists.
Beyond the resort pleasures, guests can tour the island by 4×4 to discover other pristine bays, exotic flora and fauna, local life and a 19th century lighthouse. Soft powdery white sands can be cantered along on horseback and riders can even take their steed into the sea for a swim. Towering dunes offer boarding escapades, as well as a unique spot for sunset drinks. Ornithologists can go bird watching with knowledgeable local guides to find over 180 species, including huge flocks of pelicans and flamingos which frequent the coastal lakes and tidal pools.
Renowned as one of the world’s top snorkelling, diving and fishing destinations, the Bazaruto Archipelago boasts year round warm waters, dazzling soft coral ridges and thousands of tropical fish species. A utopic playground for water sports, the thrill of windsurfing, water skiing, wake boarding and sailing is joined by the romance of sailing at sunset aboard a traditional dhow (sailing boat), and the dream of cruising in search of dolphins, whales, turtles and the largest population of the rare dugong on the African east coast.
Naturally secluded and exclusive, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa creates inspired proposal, wedding, honeymoon and anniversary celebrations. Couples can tie the knot on top of a sand dune or a deserted sand bank out at sea, while cruising on a dhow in the Indian Ocean , on the deck of a gorgeous villa, and couples who opt for a beach wedding have the option to arrive at their ceremony scene on horseback.
Corporate retreats enjoy the art of a perfect meeting in the conference room, which offers state-of-the-art equipment and flexible seating for up to 60 guests. Adding to the possibilities, a distinctive range of team building activities and business partner bonding experiences can be followed by impressive dining, with the added allure of no interruptions from the outside world.