Azura Quilalea Private Island
Azura Quilalea is a hidden gem, somewhere to retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, with a relaxed and understated ‘Robinson Crusoe’ castaway style that belies the comforts and experiences on offer in the nine seafront villas.
It is the second luxury Indian Ocean Retreat from the Azura Retreats group, bringing Azura’s trademark African-chic style to Quilalea Private Island, a private, wholly uninhabited island paradise surrounded by the pristine waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago marine sanctuary.
Snorkel the island’s shores, dive from the main beach, kayak the mangroves or relax in a hammock beneath the giant baobabs on the island. Quilalea is the ultimate private luxury hideaway in a stunning undiscovered destination, an untouched paradise for the just a discerning few to discover. It has an enviable climate, and is perfect for a beach holiday in the sunshine. Azura at Quilalea has a ‘humid tropical’ climate, making it hot year round, with long sunny days and temperatures generally in the low to mid 30′s celsius for much of the year.
The main bar and pool area offers plenty of areas to relax in whilst enjoying views of the ocean. The informal lounge coming off the bar area offers satellite TV and a laptop with internet access. The Jellyfish Dining Room is open on the sides to make best use of the trade winds that are wonderfully cooling on a summer night. There is also a wine cellar for private dining and to showcase the proprietor's wines. We have a fully equipped Padi Dive and Watersports Centre, a feature Baobab reception and a boutique with local crafts and designer beachwear.
Temperatures rarely fall below 24 degrees even at night. The water temperature is gloriously warm year round, and ranges from 26-30 degrees plus. The East African trade winds do bring some welcome cooling breezes, north easterly from November to March (Kaskazi), which also brings the chance of some showers, and the slightly stronger but dry south easterly trade wind from May to September (Kusi). Our villas are positioned to take best advantage of these natural breezes and seasons.
The Islands, with their low-lying offshore locations, are not strongly affected by local weather patterns, and weather on site can be very different from the mainland forecast. They tend to receive on average a quarter of the rainfall that the mainland does, and there can be several months of the year when there is no rain at all. This makes our landscape very arid, and challenges our water supply, but usually makes our guests very happy!