|&Beyond Benguerra Island is home to exotic animals such as green turtles and dugongs.|
Get ready for your next exotic beach stay, as the &Beyond Benguerra Island opens June 1 in Mozambique. The new lodge has 13 different accommodations, including 10 casinhas, two cabanas and one casa. As a nice touch, all the suites have new, hand-fired bespoke terra-cotta tile floors, original exposed beams, and louvered windows with views of the Indian Ocean. Each suite has plenty of private outdoor space with a private pool, beach banda with a plush sleeper lounge. Families should book the casa, which has a master suite and two additional bedrooms with a larger swimming pool. The casa is perfect for those looking for privacy, as it is set away from the other accommodations.
After a day of horseback riding, bird watching (there are more than 140 bird species), and big game fishing for marlin and kingfish, guests will enjoy a perfect, lazy lunch under wild fig trees in the garden. For a festive drink, wander down to the beach and enjoy the bar refitted from a traditional sailboat. How to get there:
Hop on direct flights to Vilanculos from Johannesburg and from Nelspruit (near the Kruger National Park, making an easy transfer from the bush to the beach). Once at Vilanculos, guests will take a short helicopter ride to the lodge. Reach out to Johan Van Der Merwe ([email protected] .com), the general manager.