Welcome to Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, a true luxury escape among Mozambique resorts.
In the remote Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, the Indian Ocean teems with marine life and inspiring jewel-like waters that surround a cluster of six paradise islands. On the largest of these, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort offers a luxury beach lodge in indigenous exclusivity. Inspiring travellers with a sense of adventure, the island hideaway showcases its extraordinary destination with Mozambican inspired lavish accommodation options, rich dining journeys, nurturing spa treatments and authentic local discoveries. With 2,500 km of Indian Ocean coastline, Mozambique is an aqua-playground bathed in brilliant watercolour hues. Nowhere is its beauty more pristine than the Bazaruto Archipelago, a protected marine reserve and national park. Ilha de Bazaruto, Island of the Mist, lies 30 km off the mainland. Here, rolling dunes melt into the clear azure ocean. Swim with dolphins and experience the annual migration of humpback whales from July to September. Set sail for the sunset. Lose yourself to nature’s beauty in one of the last untouched paradises.
AT A GLIMPSE
- Only 44 luxury villas dotting the coast
- World-class diving, sailing, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing
- Sunset dune boarding
- Embrace the culinary culture of Mozambique with Spice Spoons
- Award-winning Anantara Spa
- Private airstrip and helipad
- Whale watching
- Beach Villas
Escape from it all with simple pleasures. Waking up to ocean views. A stroll on soft sands at sunset. 22 Beach Villas consisting of 17 king beds and 11 twin beds. The 58-square metres villas are on the beach and comprise 1 bedroom with an en-suite bathroom (indoor and outdoor shower), dressing room area, lounge area and verandah/deck.
- Beach Pool Villas
Beach pool villas offer spacious outdoor living, with a veranda and sun loungers with a view. Choose where and when to swim, your plunge pool overlooking the ocean is just steps away. Rinse off in your tropical outdoor shower, or soak in a bubble bath indoors at Anantara Bazaruto, prominent among Mozambique beach hotels. 8 Beach Pool Villa. The 105-square-metre villa is only 20 metres from the beach, and comprises 1 bedroom with an en-suite bathroom (and outdoor shower), lounge area and verandah/deck with a plunge pool.
- Deluxe Sea Pool Villas
Deluxe villas are perfect for families, dining and lounging indoors or poolside overlooking the ocean at one of the most scenic Mozambique island resorts. Spend time together out in the pool, then retire for a quiet bath overlooking the bay at one of the best resorts in Mozambique. 12 Deluxe Sea View Pool Villas. The 250-square-metre villas have 2 bedrooms each with an en-suite bathroom, lounge area as well as an outdoor shower and a joint deck with a plunge pool. Each room has a private entrance. The main bedroom has a king bed and is opulently furnished. There is a second room with 2 twin beds.
- 1 Anantara Pool Villa with all the interior luxuries of a 5-star suite.
The 310-square-metre villa, accessed via a private driveway and entrance, has 2 bedrooms each with an en-suite bathroom (main with Jacuzzi bath), lounge area, dining deck and private pool with magnificent coastal views. The Anantara Pool Villa is perfect for families and friends.
- CLUBE NAVAL – Casual dining with a view
Clube Naval enjoys a breezy location perched over the ocean. Casual fare and an extensive selection of beverages invite all-day unwinding. Take in the sunset over tropical cocktails. Our signature grill serves up fresh flavours in an inspiring setting. Enjoy a variety of meals from crisp salads, locally sourced seafood dishes and flame-grilled juicy prime cuts
- GOLFINHO RESTAURANT AND BAR – Dine at a restaurant overlooking the bay in Inhambane
Our main restaurant offers flavours from around the world, morning and night. Wake up to tantalising aromas, from freshly brewed coffee to pastries hot from the oven. For dinner, themed evenings feature Mozambican, Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine.
- TARTARUGA RESTAURANT AND BAR – Bazaruto restaurant with an enchanting setting
Wander to the deck for a lunch of fresh seafood, spiced with the flavours of the Portuguese, and accompanied by a glass of crisp white wine. Dinner under the stars takes place on the beach, with tantalising local dishes to try, as well as flame-grilled imported meats.
- DINING BY DESIGN – Romantic dining in far-flung settings
A table for two on a sandbank out in the middle of the ocean. Champagne and canapés aboard a traditional dhow sailing into the sunset. Imagine the most romantic of settings, and Anantara’s Dining by Design brings it to life. Choose your menu, or design your own in consultation with your personal chef. Dine by candlelight as your butler for the evening and serves your meal and wine flight. Indulge in the most romantic of anniversaries, proposals or other special occasions.
- IN-VILLA DINING – Comfort and private dining in Bazaruto
Indulge in breakfast in bed, with the enticing aroma of coffee and freshly baked pastries to perk you up. Snack and refresh all day by your pool, then request a seafood barbecue on your deck as the sun sets over the island..
Weddings & Honeymoons
DESTINATION PARADISE – Celebrate your wedding, honeymoon or anniversary island-style in Mozambique Exchange vows on a deserted sandbank. Celebrate afterwards in a private villa. Cruise into the sunset as you begin the honeymoon of a lifetime. Imagine the most fairy-tale of destination weddings, and Anantara – among Mozambique wedding venues – brings it to life in brilliant Indian Ocean hues. Celebrate your wedding, honeymoon or anniversary in authentic luxury on an African island hideaway. Arrive in the ultimate romantic style. Ride a horse across soft sands to your pristine beach wedding or cruise on a traditional dhow boat to say “I do” on a deserted sandbank. Celebrate with Champagne toasts and lavish dining experiences. Mark your special day by planting a tree or coconut palm for you and your loved one to return and see in years to come. Stay on and indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon full of charming moments. Return to celebrate a special anniversary on an island paradise getaway.
- Beach Wedding
White sands surrounded by endless Indian Ocean blue set the scene for your wedding ceremony. Exchange vows overlooking the ocean, then dine and dance under the stars. Ideal for up to 24 guests.
- Quissanga Island Wedding
This small private island is 15 minutes away by boat, and marries castaway luxury with a deck for bespoke celebrations. Ideal for up to 24 guests.
- Beachfront Deck
Perfect for candlelight dinners and Champagne toasts, the deck overlooks an ocean horizon. Ideal for up to 24 guests.
- Indoor Restaurant
The al fresco restaurant features a thatched roof, vibrant tropical colours and ocean views. Suitable for both day and evening celebrations. Ideal for up to 24 guests.
Activities & Excursions
- WATER THRILLS
Seize every opportunity with a private boat charter Enjoy the perfect day out on a private charter for a personalised experience. Plan an unforgettable snorkelling adventure or simply indulge in a breathtaking sunset voyage around the island.
- Guided Snorkelling Adventures
Venture out for a snorkelling trip to the famous Two Mile Reef or Paradise Island coral reef. Discover a magnificent coral playground bursting with aquatic flora and fauna.
- Neptune Snorkelling Experience
Bazaruto Marine National Park is one of the world’s premier snorkelling destinations protected as a natural heritage site. Neptune reef is located 5 minutes away from the hotel in the bay
- Motorised Water Sports
Discover the thrills of water skiing, knee or wakeboarding. Experience an unforgettable adrenaline rush flying across smooth turquoise waves.
- Dhow Excursions
Sail on a traditional dhow boat Cruise the Indian Ocean in timeless, authentic style aboard a dhow sailing boat. All guests receive one complimentary trip during their stay. Private Sunset Dhow Cruise Cruise the calm waters in a romantic sunset voyage. End the perfect day in paradise with a selection of refreshments including soft drinks, beer, wine and a variety of snacks.
- Private Sunset Dhow Cruise
Cruise the calm waters in a romantic sunset voyage. End the perfect day in paradise with a selection of refreshments including soft drinks, beer, wine and a variety of snacks.
• Add a bottle of Champagne at an additional cost to make this an unforgettable and luxurious experience. Champagne and wine lists are available at the bar.
- Deep-Sea Fishing Excursion
When is the best time to fish the Bazaruto Archipelago? Anytime. A national park since 1971, the Bazaruto Archipelago is protected by strict conservation policies. A tag and release practice ensures sustainability and plentiful prize catches for all. These waters are renowned for Sailfish, Wahoo, Blue striped and black Marlin, Kingfish, Queenfish, Barracuda, Mackerel and Yellowfin tuna among others. Bazaruto season. This is pretty much a year-round fishery. Big game and heavy tackle fishing are at their best in the summer months between September to April. Sailfish peak season is usually in winter between May and September. Bazaruto is amongst the three best places in the world to catch Giant Black Marlin. The season runs from late August to April, with the peak for the big fish being mid-September to late December. Our two biggest weighted Black Marlin’ so far was a 1098 lbs that got tail wrapped and another that was sharked by the boat after 5 hours, which remains weighted at 1107 lbs (It went a whopping 1418 lbs on the formula). Bazaruto is still the only place in Africa to have produced Black Marlin over 1 000 pounds and the All African record caught in these waters weighed 1298 lbs.
- Guided Snorkelling Adventures
- OCEAN SAFARI
Set out on an offshore boat trip to view some of the Indian Ocean’s most mesmerising sea creatures. Gaze at Dolphins dancing in the waves. Look out for Humpback Whales from June to September during their annual great migration to breed and give birth. Also, the Leatherback, Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles are often spotted from the boat or while snorkelling giving you a unique experience to be side by side with these gentle creatures. You might even catch a glimpse of the elusive Dugong, the part of the largest remaining population of dugong in East Africa, currently, the largest population on the West coast of the Indian Ocean, estimated at more than 250 individuals. The Bazaruto Archipelago boasts the largest population of these rare “sea cows” on Africa’s eastern coast. Snorkel at a two-mile reef, one of the most unique marine ecosystems in Mozambique where over 2 000 fish species inhabit the reef giving you breathtaking snorkelling opportunities.
- DIVING EXPERIENCES
Explore two fantastic dive sites with knowledgeable guides Only a 15-minute boat journey away, Zengelemo dive site has a maximum depth of 18 meters and features a sloping wall that is home to large clams, reef fish and dazzling coral. This dive site is only available at low tide due to currents. The Two Mile Reef is our most popular location with plentiful dive sites. The coral reefs start at a depth of 5 meters and slowly descend to a maximum of 22 meters, making it possible to see large schools of reef fish, turtles, rays and reef sharks, as well as occasional visits by Dolphins, Dugongs, Manta Rays, Whale Sharks and even Humpback Whales.
- PADI Scuba Diving Courses
Whether you’ve always dreamed of learning how to scuba dive or want to improve your skills, PADI scuba certification courses are offered for all experience levels. We offer a range of courses and excursions from Discovery up to Advanced. Discover Scuba Diving This course is ideal for those who aren’t quite ready to plunge into certification. Take advantage of a quick and easy introduction to the underwater world with scuba equipment in shallow water. Your time counts towards credits in PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver certification. Students must be at least 10 years old to dive into the ocean. Children aged 8 – 10 years old can participate in a pool-only bubble maker session.
- PADI Scuba Diving Courses
- SPICE SPOONS
Spice Spoons offers guests the opportunity to work with personal chefs, where culinary adventures start with learning how to choose fresh produce from the resort’s vegetable garden, and progress on to learning how to cook local Mozambican dishes using pre-arranged ingredients with step-by-step guidance from an expert chef. Flavour enthusiasts will also learn traditional cooking techniques, craft authentic African recipes and sample their creations during a chef hosted meal. Spice Spoons cooking classes immerse guests in an authentic experience of local cuisine. The traditional cuisine of Mozambique is considered to be one of the finest in Africa. Like the country itself, the local dishes are decidedly rich and spicy, reflecting their cultural roots and influences. Flavourful, spicy stews and an abundance of seafood feature strongly, as does the unmistakable Piri-Piri; a classic Portuguese-inspired chilli, garlic and lemon sauce found in every kitchen across the land.
- PICNICS ON AN ISLAND
- Explore Paradise Island
Go on a half-day snorkelling adventure complete with a delicious beach lunch. Travel to Paradise Island by boat where you’ll have the exclusive privilege of snorkelling with brightly-coloured fish. After snorkelling, sunbathe on pristine sands and savour a barbecue picnic.
- Discover Guluti Island
Embark on a snorkelling adventure at Santa Carolina Reef of Paradise Island where you’ll have the exclusive privilege of snorkelling with brightly coloured fish. Afterwards, rest in the shallows enjoying tranquillity and peace on a majestic sandbank. Canapés and sparkling wine ignite romance in a pristine location.
- Pansy Island Cruise
Cruise to the southernmost tip of the island, passing gorgeous bays, local fishermen in traditional dhows, and with a little luck, spot flamingos, dugongs, dolphins or turtles. Reach your destination, Pansy Island, a remote sandbank beautifully situated along the dunes. Enjoy a mouthwatering picnic and swim in the warm ocean. If the tide permits, take a 10-minute boat ride to Two Mile Reef, one of the archipelago’s best snorkelling sites.
- Explore Paradise Island
- THE DOM CARLOS SPECTACULAR – The Dom Carlos Spectacular
Our signature driving trip to the northernmost point of Bazaruto Island. This is the experience of a lifetime. Drive by the lakes, villages, dunes, and beaches, including Sailfish Bay and Dolphin Bay, all the way to the very tip of the northern point of Bazaruto Island to the famous Dom Carlos Point. The sea and currents are on three sides. Our team members will set up a shaded tent and a picnic lunch while you enjoy swimming, snorkelling, and witnessing majestic bird and marine life with the Bazaruto lighthouse as your backdrop.
- BAZARUTO ISLAND DISCOVERY – Bazaruto Island Discovery
Explore the unique flora, fauna, and people of Bazaruto Island, enriched by the insight of a knowledgeable local guide. Discover beautiful lakes, home to a large population of exotic birds and Nile crocodiles. Weave through the tropical landscape to towering sand dunes, marvelling at rural inland villages along the way. A visit to the Zengelema primary school and community centre will provide you with knowledge of local island life and Anantara’s community initiatives.
- SPECIAL RETREAT – Anantara Bazaruto Bliss
Start your journey on a private boat charter, a lavish experience to explore the most pristine and remote locations of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Head to a perfect spot on a deserted sandbank in the Indian Ocean for a romantic private picnic lunch and toast away with your loved one. Return to the resort for an after-sun retreat at Anantara Spa and enjoy a 30-minute body scrub, removing excess dead skin and making your tan last longer. This is followed by a full-body massage for 60 minutes. Aloe Vera gel and a black tea compress are used to revitalise, re-mineralise and calm the skin. An intimate dining experience, Dining by Design awaits you. Choose from fine dining menus created by a personal chef, your very own private butler and a special table will be ready at the private location of your choice.
- ULTIMATE DUNE BOARDING
Bazaruto’s spectacularly high sand dunes may tempt you to clamber up these towering works of windblown art and board back down at an exhilarating speed. Dune boarding requires very little skill and is appropriate for both children and adults, perfect for a great family escapade.
- HORSE RIDING
Set out in the early morning or late afternoon to explore the island on horseback. Revel in a breathtaking beach journey, cantering along powdery white sands and embracing the rare opportunity to swim with your horse in the sea.
- DUNE HORSE RIDING
For those who have adventure running through their veins, this is a bucket list experience at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort. Appreciate the remarkable birdlife the island has to offer, and the incredible landscape while riding alongside the lakes heading towards the majestic towering beach sand dunes, all of this leaving you with a truly exhilarating experience. If you are looking to push the boundaries, ask your guide to take you to the wild side of the ocean.
Access to Anantara Bazaruto Island
Should you not wish to charter an aircraft for your group, there are currently two commercial airlines that fly to Vilanculos Airport (from where the group will be transferred to Bazaruto Island/Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort by boat). Airlink offers flights to Vilanculos Airport via JHB and Nelspruit weekly. Air Mozambique (LAM) also flies to Vilanculos frequently, with a short
stopover via Maputo or Inhambane. Once guests have cleared customs at Vilanculos Airport, an Anantara team member will meet and assist guests on their journey to the island. The resort has a private airstrip, so relevant coordinates and third party flight information is provided upon request. We also offer boat transfers included in our group rate. We can accommodate 15 guests per boat and we have 2 transfer boats.
- Depart from Vilanculos Beach Lodge
- Transfer duration: approx. 45 minutes
- Guests and their luggage will be transferred from the airport to the landing point
- Guest will be served complimentary refreshments
- We also provide a poncho and a pair of dive booties
- A Gulfcraft will be used for the boat transfers
- WiFi is available on the boat on a complimentary basis