Beaches of white satiny sands extending for miles; along with crystal clear, warm turquoise waters all to be enjoyed just mere steps outside your private villa, is what honeymooner and sun-seeker dreams are made of. The andBeyond Benguerra Island is an island retreat that perfectly embodies beauty, tranquility and quintessential luxury. From al fresco showers to countless hours of relaxation under the coconut palms and explorations of the sea, this is the ultimate destination for a tropical getaway. Soak up some sun, dive into the culture and relish in the vacation of a lifetime.

Location

Why is the andBeyond Benguerra the best place to stay for a Mozambique island getaway?

Situated on the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, the andBeyond Benguerra Island rests in a protected marine conservation area. Your experience will begin with a helicopter ride from Vilanculos Airport as you soar through the skies taking in the immaculate views of pristine beaches and unspoiled coral reefs peppering the azure waters of the Indian Ocean below. The underwater paradise is teeming with marine life and serves as the ultimate playground for any marine enthusiast. Nearly 150 bird species live in and around the indigenous forests of Benguerra and you may even spot a few crocodiles in the freshwater lake.

Key Facts

  • Benguerra Island is the second largest of the six islands in the Bazaruto archipelago and its palm-lined beaches are surrounded by a national marine park
  • the Mozambique Channel, running alongside the island, is renowned for its game fish and offers some of the world’s best catch-and-release deep sea fishing and fly fishing opportunities
  • the island is lined with golden, sandy beaches and its interior boasts towering sand dunes, forests and wetlands

What is special?

  • Africa’s only population of the rare dugong, the cousins of manatees, can only be found in the waters surrounding Benguerra
  • with direct flights from Kruger to Vilanculos, you can enjoy a safari in any of Kruger’s private game reserves before heading to the tropical paradise at the andBeyond Benguerra
  • throw on your goggles and flippers and swim amongst pods of humpback dolphins, sea turtles, and even humpback whales if you time your trip just perfectly

What do the guests say?

  • guests rave the andBeyond Benguerra is a must-visit for anyone looking for a dreamy, tropical island escape
  • the andBeyond is an unforgettable holiday that travelers cannot recommend highly enough
  • guests love the seclusion of the destination and feel as though they are the only ones on the island

Accommodation

What about the rooms? What type of accommodations can I expect at the andBeyond Benguerra?

The andBeyond Benguerra features ten casinhas and two cabanas nestled under the lush forest bordered by sugary soft, white beaches. With thatched roofs and ornately hand-painted tiles, the lodge takes Portuguese influences, with a fusion of African heritage, and creates a refreshingly intimate vibe that is the perfect space to unwind after a day of island fun. Each villa has a private terrace for enjoying breakfast or getting lost in a book on. The andBeyond staff is ready available at your beck and call to ensure your stay is one of comfort and relaxation.

Key Facts

  • for families or large parties, Casa de Familia with its three bedrooms, large private pool and beach pavilion is an excellent option
  • all rooms are beautifully positioned with easy access to the beach
  • each casinha and cabana has an en-suite bathroom with outdoor shower and a large soaking bathtub, as well as a private deck with plunge pool, while the casinhas also feature a large private lounge

What is special?

  • hang out on a suspended bed on the beach just steps outside your room with a book in hand or simply to relax and watch the fishing boats disappear over the horizon
  • relish in the afro-chic vibe of your villa as the ocean breeze gently wafts through your living space
  • unwind after a day of island fun and adventure in a spacious bathtub designed for two

What do the guests say?

  • guests enjoy the luxurious outdoor shower and the large bed swing outside their casita on the beach
  • it is hard for guests to say what they like more, the outdoor space at their casinhas or the inside space, as both are equally amazing
  • guests rave how the entire staff at the Benguerra is friendly, accommodating and willing to go above and beyond

Pools & Spa

How can I treat myself to some rest and relaxation during my stay?

Using a powerful collection of indigenous African oils and balms, the andBeyond Spa offers an array of massages and therapies to replenish, refresh and revitalize. Feel the tension dissolve with a full body massage, or re-awaken your soul with sensory therapy, through touch and vibrational sound therapy using ancient tools and techniques. The little ones can even be pampered with a WILDChild Beauties and Buddies treatment. Round off your day of pampering basking by the poolside taking in the views of the awe-inspiring surroundings.

Key Facts

  • the lodge partners with Healing Earth to provide a range of soothing, refreshing and eco-friendly amenities
  • a unique African blend of lemon verbena and argan oil is used to uplift, revitalize and nourish
  • massages can be enjoyed in the privacy of your suite, or beachside under a shaded pavilion

What is special?

  • melt the stress away and spoil yourself with a little pampering after your safari adventure on the mainland
  • after a cooling dip in the fresh-water rim-flow pool, luxuriate in the shade of the palms in comfortable loungers that beckon you to relax around the pool while drinking in the ocean views and a refreshing cocktail
  • enjoy a tension-releasing massage under the beach pavilion while the gentle breeze and sounds of the waves lulls you into a satisfying stupor

What do the guests say?

  • guests love being able to disconnect from the stresses of day-to-day life and reconnect with self
  • a relaxing massage on the beach is the ultimate spoil, according to guests, and should not be missed
  • guests’ favorite part of the hotel is the mix of indoor & outdoor relaxing spaces

Culinary

What types of cuisine are served at the andBeyond Benguerra?

The dining options at the andBeyond Benguerra largely revolve around freshly caught seafood, such as prawns, crab and crayfish. Traditional Mozambican cuisine, with its Portuguese influences, and other delectable dishes also make up the daily menus. Mozambique’s warm climate produces delicious tropical fruits that can be enjoyed over breakfast and you can certainly get your fill of delicious eats at the buffet-style lunch. The lodge can arrange a variety of other settings for meals, which enhances the magic and romance of the island experience.

Key Facts

  • meals can be enjoyed wherever guests prefer: en-suite, on the beach or in the dining lodge
  • the Dhow Beach Bar offers a social setting to enjoy a refreshing cocktail or selections from the mouth-watering menu
  • all meals and drinks, with an exception of premium brands, are included in the room rate

What is special?

  • kick off your day with an exquisite breakfast spread on your private veranda
  • enjoy fireside canapés and aperitifs before indulging in an al fresco, beachside dinner under the stars
  • delight in a romantic picnic set on a dreamy deserted island, reveling in the magnificent sea views and soaring sand dunes

What do the guests say?

  • guests enjoy socializing with fellow travelers at the Dhow Beach Bar, but love how privacy and seclusion is just a quick stroll down the beach
  • having a beautiful island all to yourself while savoring a gourmet lunch is the highlight for guests
  • dining at the andBeyond Benguerra is a five-star experience that guests simply can’t get enough of

Activities

How can I spend my days while at the andBeyond Benguerra?

The beaches surrounding the island are ideal for basking; however, there are plenty of other activities on offer at the andBeyond Benguerra. From exploring the local villages to big-game fishing to exploring ruins on nearby islands, the high-touch staff will organize excursions for them all, suitable to your desires. For more low-impact experiences, travelers can take a sunset cruise on a traditional dhow, fill your days lounging in the sun, or spend an afternoon admiring a flock of flamingos at a freshwater lake. There’s something for every type of traveler.

Key Facts

  • all activities except scenic helicopter flights, wellness treatments & deep sea fishing are included in the rate
  • the interactive WILDChild programme offers activities such as treasure hunts, building sand castles and an array of beach activities
  • tailormade tours can be curated by the andBeyond team for the convenience of guests

What is special?

  • grab your snorkel gear and explore the colorful inhabitants and vibrant reefs of the Benguerra Island
  • saddle up and create fun-filled memories while galloping along golden sands and wading through the waters on one of the lodge’s rescue horses
  • paddle out into the ocean on a kayak and try to catch a glimpse of the rare dugong, perhaps accompanied by a pod of dolphins
  • hop aboard a traditional dhow boat for an unforgettable cruise around the bay

What do the guests say?

  • the Castaway Picnic comes highly recommended by guests who found the staff to be amazing and a total dream
  • andBeyond’s involvement in the local community and having the ability to see the resort’s positive impact on the community was a very special and unexpected bonus for guests
  • guests love that there is a wide variety of activities to choose from