Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort brings authentic luxury to an African island hideaway. An escapist’s dream, this is a place to lose oneself in total seclusion, dazzling tropical beauty and protected ocean life. Signature experiences immerse travellers in the remote and captivating charms, embellished by world-class pleasures.
Breathtaking seclusion in the Indian Ocean
30 kilometres off Mozambique’s coast, the Bazaruto Archipelago of protected national park islands scatter like emerald jewels across the turquoise Indian Ocean. On the largest of these islands, far removed from modern distractions, travel to Anantara Bazaruto is both seamless and breathtaking. A 15-minute flight from Vilanculos Airport, which connects to Johannesburg with a direct two-hour flight, provides Anantara guests with their first glimpse of paradise.
Luxury in harmony with lush nature and translucent ocean
44 villas, ranging from a spacious 90 to an incredible 330 square metres, reveal soothing garden and shoreline panoramas. Crafted from indigenous reed, fringed thatch and wood, rustic charm integrates understated luxury and modern amenities. Verandas are perfect for dining in privacy under the stars. Five villas types are set apart by unique allures. Beach Villas and Beach Pool Villas are decorated with traditional African charm. Beach Pool Villas offer direct access to the beach and cool dips in a personal plunge pool. Sea View Pool Villas are spacious and enjoy elevated positions overlooking the bay. Deluxe Villas are perfect for families, with two ensuite bedrooms opening onto a central living room. Indoor and outdoor dining spaces are enhanced with a kitchenette and wet bar. The one-of-a kind Anantara Pool Villa affords exclusive seclusion and unrivalled ocean views and is the perfect sanctuary for families and friends to share with a private driveway and entrance, two generous en-suite bedrooms, spacious lounge and dining areas inside and out, a pool and Jacuzzi.
Island flavours and refined global tastes
Culinary experiences offer signature tastes and unique views. Golfinho serves breakfast and themed dinners in a dining room and on the outdoor terrace with a pool and bay vista. By the pool and beach, Clube Naval’s à la carte lunch menu showcases European and African flavours, with sundowner cocktails enjoyed in between, while a fine dining menu can be savoured from the Sea, Fire, Salt menu. At the Beach Deck, grilled meats and seafood can be relished on the shore. In-Villa Dining lets guests enjoy snacks, meals, and drinks on their private veranda. Dining by Design tailors romance with dream settings, fine dining menus, a private chef and butler service.
Gourmet adventures abound
Richly interactive, Spice Spoons cooking classes introduce the essential ingredients of Mozambican cuisine with a guided tour of the resort’s vegetable garden and orchard. With step by step guidance from an expert chef, students learn traditional techniques to craft authentic African recipes and sample their creations in a chef hosted meal. Taking home a Spice Spoons shopping bag with recipe cards, guests can host an African dinner party for family and friends.
Beyond the resort, Anantara’s culinary offering is served while exploring island life and the Indian Ocean. Trips out on horseback ascend towering dunes for canapés and cocktails at sunset. The Honeymooners Hideaway excursion to Sailfish Bay promises total seclusion on a postcard-perfect beach surrounded by sand dunes, with a shaded tent set up for a picnic lunch. A choice of picnics and beverages are also offered in the boat charter experiences. Fishing expeditions guided by a head chef provide a glimpse into secrets of Mozambican cooking with travellers learning firsthand how to prepare them. After catching your own lunch and picking and choosing produce from the resort’s vegetable garden, a step-by-step private class will ensure the fresh catch and ingredients become a beautiful meal. This unforgettable sea to table experience comes full circle with a glass of wine while relishing the creations
Sublime relaxation and rare adventures
Equestrian enthusiasts can go horseback riding through peaceful forest trails, along powdery beaches and even into the ocean to take their steed for a swim.
The spectacular dunes of Bazaruto Island are the highest in the archipelago. Thrill seekers clamber up the towering works of art to go sand boarding down at exhilarating speed. As this activity requires very little skill, it is suitable for every age, and the coastal panoramas from the crests are jaw-dropping.
Uncovering the island’s most picturesque havens and colourful local life, 4x4 safaris encounter a wealth of exotic flora and fauna, traditional village customs, a 19th century lighthouse, and secluded highlights such as stunning Sailfish Bay on the pristine eastern shore. From one utopia to another, a boat trip to aptly named Paradise Island wows with superb snorkelling, relaxed sunbathing without a soul in sight, and extends the pleasures with a leisurely BBQ picnic.
Youngsters splash out at the family pool and engage in interactive fun at the children’s entertainment room. Couples can relax in peace at the adults-only pool and indulge in award-winning pampering at Anantara Spa, which boasts signature treatments and specialist hydro facilities.
Renowned as one of the world’s top snorkelling, diving and fishing destinations, the Bazaruto Archipelago boasts year-round warm waters, dazzling soft coral ridges and thousands of tropical fish species. Water sports in a pristine ocean playground include water skiing, knee and wake boarding, donut and banana boat rides, or the serener pace of exploring by kayaks and stand up paddle boards. Traditional dhow boats sail into sunset, with a glass of sparkling wine in hand. Cruises set out in search of dolphins, whales, turtles, and the largest population of the rare dugong on the African east coast.