Completely uninhabited, this Indian Ocean island offers complete exclusivity and unparalleled natural beauty. Nine private villas each offer magnificent sea views, providing a malaria-free haven of luxury island accommodation. Surrounded by the sparkling, azure waters of the warm Indian Ocean, Quilálea is the ideal honeymoon destination for those in search of the perfect romantic island getaway, or the ultimate holiday for those in need of relaxation, adventure and rediscovery.
The island resort accommodates 18 guests in 9 luxury “island villas”. Each villa is constructed entirely with indigenous materials and handcrafted timber, opening onto a private veranda with panoramic sea views. A comfortable 45 square metres in size, every villa is complete with an antique stylised shower, vanity and fittings.
Large windows afford magnificent views and allow the sea breeze to waft through the entire villa. Natural rock walls, makuti thatch, and colonial ceiling fans keep you cool by day. The island-style furniture is crafted from indigenous teak and mahogany by local carpenters in the creole Muani style. A king-size bed draped in netting completes the romantic African/Arabian luxury. Every villa has the pleasure of overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean.
The restaurant and lounge is no more than a two-minute walk from the most distant villa. Set on a peninsula at the north end of the island, the restaurant offers beautiful ocean views to both the west and the east. Indulge in the flavours and spices of Mozambican cuisine influenced by Portugal and Goa, prepared by our gourmet chef. Also enjoy five star dining on the beach. We will prepare a romantic meal right on the water’s edge for those special occasions.
Spend your days simply soaking up the sun by the swimming pool or on the pristine, white beaches or choose from our many adventure activities on offer on the island. Diving, snorkelling, fly fishing, surf casting, sport fishing, canoeing, island exploration, swimming, historical tours, dhow sailing trips and bird watching are all available on the island.
The island has its own marine pavilion, which is a fully equipped fishing and PADI dive centre. Sport fishing and deep-sea angling are offered outside the sanctuary where game fish are plentiful.
Environment and Local Community
The Quilálea Sanctuary was the first marine protected area in the Quirimbas Archipelago, an area considered by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) to be of worldwide importance for conservation. Four partners, all with a keen interest in preserving the islands and in working with the local community, proposed the creation of the Quilálea Marine Sanctuary to the Mozambican Government. After consultations with the local community, the government declared it’s support for the sanctuary. Subsequently, the WWF visited Quilálea, endorsed the sanctuary concept, and on the 25th September 2002, the government declared the official opening of the National Park with a 500,000 hectare area around Quilálea.
The marine sanctuary functions as a nursery. Turtles now nest on the beach, dugongs have been sighted many times, and humpback whales shelter in the channel during the months of July to January before continuing their journey to the south. Numbers of all marine organisms are high and increasing. A total of 375 different species of fish have been identified in the sanctuary area.
Quilálea offers the perfect balance of gentle activity – snorkeling, kayaking, boat trips, walking – and self-indulgent relaxing.
The food was brilliant – lots of very fresh and delicious sea food all prepared exquisitely by Tessa and Nathan the resident chefs.
- Guide PriceFrom: $540 - $595 Full Board.
- Our Top TipQuilálea is beautiful, - watch out you will not want to leave.