It’s wonderful news that Vaccines seem to be making people more confident to travel again – and there’s now even more reason to consider Azura Mozambique as your launch pad for returning to travel!
Join the Global Carbon Neutral Pledge!
Azura is committed to preserving the environment where it operates for future generations to enjoy and we have signed up to the Global Carbon Neutral Pledge. Work has begun on installing a 400Kw Solar plant with 3,200m2 of solar panels, feeding Tesla Battery Banks, to take power generation at the hotel Carbon Neutral. This is the first solar plant of its kind in Mozambique, and with private pools at each of our air-conditioned villas its been a 2 year quest to find the right solar power provider. Tesla offered up an innovative tech solution, and we’re the first business in Mozambique to make use of Tesla power.
Carbon Offset Program for Guest
With guests wanting to take fewer but more meaningful trips as the latest trend in travel, we’ve also been looking at how guests can offset the carbon from their travel to and from Azura. We’ve launched our new Carbon Offset program for guests through them buying trees that Azura will plant at Chateau Pas de Loup, France. Not only does the Chateau produce the wine our guests enjoy during their stay, but it also has a Carbon Capture Tree planting programme. To date 3 hectares have been planted, predominantly oak but also a mix of acacia, birch, ash and conifer, which will over their lifetime remove over 6,000 tonnes of Carbon from the atmosphere.
The next phase is to plant a further 15 hectares to extract another 30,000 tons of carbon.
Socially Distanced Travel
We know its been a tough year for our travel partners, so we’re excited that finally it looks like some international travel is back on the cards for 2021, with the wonderful news that fully vaccinated Americans can travel without the need to quarantine on their return. Our team at Azura has noticed a distinct increase in new bookings this past couple of weeks, particularly from the USA and Europe. Let’s hope the traffic light system due to be announced by the UK will also mean people can once again dream of a holiday in remote Africa, where their stay can make a meaningful difference.
Azura has been welcoming guests throughout this past year with full covid protocols in place, with April 2021 occupancies back at our usual levels – it’s been wonderful to have a full hotel enjoying our socially distanced beaches and pristine reefs once again. We offer PCR testing for onward travel from the comfort of your villa, and with just two small aircraft a week landing at nearby Vilanculos International Airport (VNX) our gateway, low covid cases countrywide, and full protocols in place it’s the perfect African tropical island escape. See our Covid Travel Protocols for more information.
Meet Chef Jorge Zivane!
Born and raised on Benguerra Island, Head Chef Jorge has been at Azura Benguerra Island since 2011 He was hired as a sculler but after only 4 days his potential was recognized and he was quickly put to work in the kitchen as a chef. He has trained alongside Azura’s international chefs before taking on the kitchen as his own. He has recently been involved in revamping the menus with a focus on simple and delicious Mozambican cuisine, taking full advantage of the fresh seafood available on our doorstep. He loves working with local fresh ingredients and the challenges of running a kitchen on an island with difficult logistics.
We can’t wait for your guests to sample our delicious local cuisine. And don’t forget that Azura’s Peri Peri Beach Club has been rated ‘Conde Nast Traveler Best Beach Clubs in the World’ for 2020 and now again in 2021!
Lets start planning your wildlife and beach African Safari Adventure today!