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&Beyond Benguerra Island Benguerra Island, Mozambique


Toasting over a sunset castaway picnic
Rare glimpses of the endangered dugong and other tropical species
Waking up steps away from the Indian Ocean



After an extensive rebuild, the beach-chic lodge hones its African/Portuguese roots while paying full respects to the marine conservation area it's based in. Surrounded by elusive lagoons, climbing sand dunes, the deep Mozambique Channel, and an expansive variety of tropical species, this getaway is ideal for sun lovers game for deep sea diving and basking in the rays.

Queen rooms start at $634

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Although beachfront meals are not to be missed, lovebirds can ask their butler to arrange private dinners in the dhow bar.


  • Vibe and atmosphere

    The all-inclusive resort freely floating in the Indian Ocean has similar vibes to a castaway's paradise. The welcome lack of walls allows breezes to naturally flow throughout the common areas and guest's casinhas, while sunsets practically slip into the waves as you watch them from the reflective infinity pool.
  • Overall look and feel of the rooms

    Each of the beachfront casinhas and cabanas are secluded amongst the tropical palms and infused with Portuguese influence—a fitting nod to the island's past. Dark woods complement the cool splashes of blue in the interior, the sand is practically at your toes when you wake up from the hanging daybed, and midnight dips are best in the villa's private pool tucked into the expansive outdoor deck.
  • Service style

    Whether suggesting under-the-radar activities like watching a local soccer pickup match, or arranging an indulgent massage in the onsite sala, dedicated butlers deliver true hospitality at any time.
  • Preferred room type

    Beach access and prime views are the norm for &Beyond guests, although requesting a casinha furthest from the resort's common areas eliminates whatever may distract you from focusing on the waves outside your door.
  • Unique property features

    The resort's specialized Horseback Safari fully tunes you in with the natural wonders of the island, from trotting along the water's edges to uncovering romantic nooks in the surrounding forests.
Area Highlights

Benguerra Island

What goes on there

Snorkeling the miles of coral reefs; visits to the crocodiles living in the inland freshwater lakes; sailing in traditional dhow boats; and big game fishing for marlin and sailfish.

Who will love it

Sun worshippers and nature-loving honeymooners

Where to go to feel like a local

Take the 10-minute helicopter ride to Vilanculos on the mainland. There's a fish market every day at around 3pm, where traders sell that morning's catch.