Azura Marlin Beach is due to open in mid-2020. A redevelopment of Marlin Lodge, it will offer a very stylish lodge for guests seeking accommodation on the beautiful Benguerra Island!
Marlin Beach is the latest property to join the portfolio of Azura Beach Retreats, which is made up of Azura Benguerra Island and Azura Quilalea Private Island. These are very high class options on, respectively, Mozambique’s Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos. Based on our experiences of visiting these properties, we anticipate great things from Marlin Beach, in terms of style and luxury! The accommodation will be booked on a full-board basis and the hotel will be open all year round.
Access & location:
The hotel will be accessed via 15 minutes’ helicopter hop from Vilankulo Airport to the airstrip on Benguerra Island, followed by a short road transfer. It’s situated on one of the island’s pristine beaches.
Accommodation & facilities at Azura Marlin Beach:
Guest accommodation will consist of ten guest villas including a family villa, in addition to ten rooms. So far, we know that the villas will be refurbished versions of the former Marlin Lodge villas. All will be positioned along the seafront, benefiting from breathtaking sea views! The family villa will have two bedrooms, as well as its own pool. Presently, the additional ten rooms are still in the design phase. Design elements from local community projects are being used, along with local materials – and the overall look will be ‘light, bright and modern’. We’ll provide further details as soon as we can.
The shared areas at Azura Marlin Beach will also have a contemporary feel. Again, based on our experiences of Azura’s other properties, we anticipate deluxe lounge and dining areas, where guests will be invited to relax and sample some delicious local cuisine. A brand new front-of-house space is being constructed, as are the hotel’s watersports and spa areas. The swimming pool and surrounding decks are being refreshed, in keeping with the Azura style.
Activities at Azura Marlin Beach:
Beachtime- Having made the journey to Benguerra Island, most travellers will want to start their stay with some laidback beachtime! Marlin Beach is perfect for sunbathing, strolling, paddling, and swimming alike. It occupies a whole kilometre of pristine sands and clear waters within the Bazaruto Archipelago Marine National Park.
Diving- This is one activity that will be offered from the hotel’s watersports centre. Also known as ocean safari, diving is an exciting opportunity to observe the archipelago’s marine life at a number of sites around Benguerra.
Snorkelling- Also on offer from the watersports centre, snorkelling is another wonderful way to take a look at the world beneath the waters, including colourful corals and all sorts of fish species.
Fishing- As its name suggests, Marlin Beach is a dream destination for keen anglers, with both marlin and sailfish routinely caught here. Please note, fishing is offered on a catch-and-release basis only.
Island drives- Travellers interested in exploring Benguerra can clamber aboard a 4 × 4 and enjoy spectacular views of the island’s savanna, woods, freshwater lakes, and wetlands. There are about 140 bird species!