Why We love Azura Marlin Beach

This is Mozambique's newest and hippest island lodge opened in August 2020. The famous Marlin Lodge that burnt down a few years ago is up and running and totally refurbished. Azura Retreats has established a reputation for impeccable service and style. Azura Marlin on Benguerra Island now offers the most affordable accommodation in the Bazaruto Archipelago and helicopter transfers are only 175 USD each way.

Azura Retreats Mozambique is about to open an amazing new offering on Benguerra Island. From August, Azura Marlin Beach will be welcoming guests to their second property on the island. After the previous Marlin Lodge burnt down in December 2012, and many years of it standing dormant – it’s been revamped in true Azura style in the last year.

Perfect paradise in Mozambique

This is Mozambique’s newest slick, hip and funky five-star beach resort. It’s the most affordable accommodation on Benguerra and Bazaruto islands and offers incredible value for money and matching service.

There are only ten villas nestled in the dunes and overlooking one of the last undiscovered stretches of beach in the world. Service is out of this world with your very own private butler and host to take care of your every need. There’s fresh seafood of every description daily, luxurious massages at the African Massage pavilion and a number of experiences and activities to choose from. From diving to dhow sailing, snorkelling and sunset cruises… it’s all there waiting to be discovered.

Fly in to Azura Marlin by helicopter from Vilanculos and as you look down over the sea and sandbars you will know you are on your way to somewhere special.

The Azura Marlin Villas

Like we have said before this is super good value accommodation on Benguerra Island and the villas are modern and light, all overlooking an amazing pristine beach and the Indian Ocean. There are three different villa configurations at Azura Marlin Beach based on your requirements.

Beach Villas at Azura Marlin Benguerra Island

There are six one hundred square meter villas just a few steps away from the powdery white beach on Benguerra. These are the entry-level villas and have king-size beds with outdoor and indoor showers. Expect the usual excellent décor from the Azura Retreats brand with comfort and style. All villas at Marlin have outdoor decks as chill areas and a whole lot more surprises.

Villas Grande at Azura Marlin Beach

There are only three of these premium villas that are a whopping one hundred and thirty-two square meters. They are super spacious with the option of also accommodating two children in the living area. This is perfect for families wanting luxury for their holiday to Mozambique at a super competitive price.

Of course don’t forget your private butler to take great care of you, as well as television and a minibar!

Azura Marlin Beach Villa Vista

So this is the piece de résistance at Azura Marlin on Benguerra Island. Over 180 square meters of space and luxury with two superbly fitted en suite bedrooms and a private pool. There’s a stylish indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, decks overlooking the ocean and a bar. It’s often booked well in advance based on its offering and position. Snap up the opportunity to stay in some of the best accommodation on Benguerra Island.

What to expect at Azura Marlin Beach Benguerra Island

There are a number of independent and separate entertainment and chill areas at Azura Marlin Beach. All of the public areas face the Indian Ocean and the emphasis is to be able to relax according to your mood. There are comfortable four-poster day beds dotted around and a vibey lounge bar for drinks and socializing. The main restaurant at Azura Marlin is Portuguese themed, and expect a leaning to seafood with a spicy Mozambique twist. There’s an incredible sparkling main pool overlooking the bay on Benguerra Island to enjoy the sunsets from.

The famous Mozambique butler-hosts will take care of your every need and make your stay super. They can serve your meals in a number of locations from beach dinners with your feet in the sand to breakfast next to the pool. Picture your favourite cocktail served at sunset and then you have an idea of the service you can expect at Azura Marlin Beach. And if you feeling adventurous stroll down the beach to the sister property Azura Benguerra and enjoy the newly opened Peri-Peri Beach club for the evening.

Of course, there is free Wi-Fi, spa pampering in the pavilion and a Padi Dive Resort to explore the pristine reefs of the Bazaruto Archipelago. With a short boat ride, you can be snorkelling on the two-mile reef, sail a traditional Mozambique dhow, chose a romantic picnic on a deserted beach or go fish for the marlin that is found in the waters around the island.

Where is Azura Marlin located?

The beautiful Benguerra Island is the place of legends and holidays of a lifetime. Picture pristine beaches and reefs, with crystal clear waters lapping the bungalows. Gaze out to sea from the south-west tip of Benguerra and the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park and stroll along the one-kilometer beach in front of the lodge.

The hotel is nestled on the dunes and its elevated position promises uninterrupted views of the Indian Oceans’ azure waters along with legendary sunsets. It’s the perfect Mozambique island paradise for honeymooners, couples and families!

Access is via Vilanculos airport with daily flights from Johannesburg and good connections to many other destinations. Link this Benguerra treat with a safari in Kruger with four flights a week direct to Vilanculos. Then board a helicopter for a short five-minute transfer to Azura Marlin Beach.

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Facilities at Azura Marlin Beach

  • The 10 luxury beachfront villas comprising of
  • 6 Beach Villas
  • 3 Beach Villas Grande
  • 1 Villa Vista
  • Portuguese themed main restaurant
  • Sparkling main pool area
  • Vibey lounge bar
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • 5 Star dive centre
  • Massage pavilion
  • Peri-Peri Beach Bar

Getting to Azura Marlin Beach

Access to Azura Marlin Beach and the Bazaruto Archipelago is usually done with international flights into Vilanculos Airport. There are regular flights daily from South Africa to make your island escape easy to organize and execute. Daily flights also come in from Maputo if you wish to combine the islands with Southern Mozambique package holidays.

LAM (Air Mozambique) operates one flight daily, every day of the week from Johannesburg (OR Tambo) and return. Flying time is approx. 2 hours

SA Airlink offers scheduled flights from Johannesburg ((OR Tambo) to Vilanculos on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday.   Flying time is approx. 2 hours

SA Airlink offers scheduled flights from Nelspruit to Vilanculos twice a week (on a Thursday & Sunday).  This allows you easy access from Kruger National Park to Mozambique.

A Kruger Safari combined with a Mozambique holiday package is now easily achievable. Check with our consultants for our beach and bush packages.

US Dollars, South African Rands and Mozambican Meticals are accepted in Mozambique.