andBeyond Benguerra Island, Mozambique opens 1 June 2015

 Luxury experiential travel company andBeyond has given its Mozambican retreat a brand new look.  Re-opening on the 1 June 2015, andBeyond Benguerra Island is all about simple, barefoot luxury.  It takes inspiration from Mozambique’s Portuguese heritage, and in tune with andBeyond’s ethos, guests will also be able to enter into island life and help out with some of the many conservation projects andBeyond undertakes.

This remote retreat of 13 thatched casinhas and cabanas is brilliantly located in a marine conservation area.  It sits alongside a permanent deep water channel which is known for its excellent game fishing, just one of many water-based activities guests can enjoy.  

Highlights of andBeyond Benguerra Island:
• A 13 villa hideaway in one of the finest locations in the Bazaruto Archipelago area. andBeyond Benguerra Island comprises ten casinhas, two cabanas and a three-bedroom Casa Familia.  
• An exceptional location – the new entrance and welcome area commands spectacular, uninterrupted views  
• Tropical chic combined with a distinct nod to Mozambique’s Portuguese heritage. The interiors are light and airy with a dash of colour - elegant tiled flooring, four posted beds and bath tubs big enough for two  
• Designed to direct attention outwards, towards the stunning natural elements of the landscape, each guestroom has its own private deck, swimming pool and direct access onto the beach.  
• Casa Familia is perfect for families or groups of friends wanting even more space – there is plenty both inside and out.  The master bedroom is flanked by two interconnecting bedrooms and each guestroom has its own bathroom.   
• Wonderful marine life and exceptional game fishing.  andBeyond’s resident guide Gareth, has been fishing the waters since his teenage years  
• The archipelago is also home to Africa’s last remaining population of dugong – a cousin of the manatee and commonly known as a ‘sea cow’ – as well as 140 bird species, and one of the most pristine coral reefs in the world  
• Visit andBeyond Benguerra Island’s Dive Centre – for trips on the double-hull catamaran, diving, snorkelling and fishing excursions, and sunset cruises on authentic working dhows crewed by local captains and fishermen.   
• Deliciously, fresh foods - local seafood, flavours and delicacies, and home grown produce from the garden. Down on the beach, Dhow Bar – a Benguerra icon.  
• Visit the local school, attend a church service, spend time with local villagers and take part in crab collecting at low tide.  andBeyond’s community development partner, Africa Foundation, is actively assessing local needs to ensure andBeyond’s community projects are in-line with the company’s core ethos; Care of Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People.   
• But, it is the emotionally intelligent and spirited staff that make andBeyond Benguerra Island a truly memorable place to stay.   

andBeyond Benguerra Island is part of the company’s extensive investment plan which has seen comprehensive refurbishments and complete redesigns across its portfolio of lodges in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and South Africa.

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