After you've been royally looked after in the intimate wilderness on safari, the last thing you need is the anti-climax of some crowded resort hotel. So we usually suggest you keep the "small and remote is beautiful" theme running into your beach stay. Take a look at the luxury desert islands sprinkled like jewels off the coast of Mozambique. Places like Vamizi, Azura and Matemo, where you're like a pampered castaway, sharing the delights of unspoilt coral gardens, private accommodation and delicious cuisine with a handful of other guests. If you need a bit more going on around you, then consider exotic Zanzibar with its history and culture and delightful Boutique hotels such as Baraza and Kono Kono.
If you prefer larger hotels with more extensive facilities, or have a family, Mauritius may be your preferred island. Le Prince Maurice and Le Touessrok are superb properties with a choice of restaurants and superb watersport centres - just a couple of several dozen excellent places we can arrange. Fancy a spot of island hopping then the Seychelles could be ideal for you. Spectacularly beautiful and romantic you can choose between little atolls like Desroches, charming inexpensive owner run boutique hotels such as Le Relax on Mahe or a sophisticated hotel like Maia where the quality of service and facilities is truly world class. Contact us to discuss the perfect ocean hideaway to begin or to conclude your safari, or, you might simply want to disappear to a desert island for a week or two. Either way, we'd love to hear from you.
North Island is one of forty inner granitic islands of the Seychelles that are located around the two main islands of Mahé and Praslin. These granitic islands and their beaches are often referred to as the most beautiful on Earth. North Island Lodge is a rare sanctuary for guests seeking a gorgeous, unspoiled tropical haven on a large and private island. With three mountains, a small lake and four beaches that are located at each end of the compass, North Island is able to offer a year-round tropical beach and island experience.
All the structures at North Island Lodge have been individually handcrafted to give it a unique atmosphere and the distinctly flavour of the Seychelles. The main areas and all the villas are built directly on the eastern beach: A lounge, dining room and library, beautifully located health spa and gym, world-class dive centre, and a beautiful swimming pool are all built into a granitic outcrop. A sunset bar and restaurant are tucked away on the western beach of the island.
Azura is a luxurious beach hideaway located on the northern tip of the remote Mozambiquan island of Benguerra. Behind you is the luxuriant vegetation of the island and in front of you an unspoilt pristine white beach leads to the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Because Benguerra is located in a carefully protected marine national park, fish, turtles, whales and coral reefs can thrive, providing some of the Indian Oceans’ finest snorkelling and diving opportunities.
The peace, privacy and tranquillity makes Azura the perfect destination to simply relax in your luxurious suite, explore the pristine island barefoot and enjoy a wide variety of watersport activities.
Azura has thirteen beautifully designed Luxury and Infinity villas, each over 110m², air conditioned and luxuriously furnished with a king sized bed, hand carved furniture and a large bathroom with a panoramic bath while outside there is a private sundeck with a sala and private pool, all a few paces from the water’s edge.
Baraza Resort and Spa is one of finest boutique hotels on Zanzibar, set on a glorious 400 metre long sandy white beach on the south eastern corner of the island. The accommodation at the Baraza is in 32 individual villas some with one bedroom and others with two bedrooms each with views of the Indian Ocean or magnificent gardens. Each villa has a spacious lounge, exquisitely designed bedroom, a luxury bathroom, dressing room and a private terrace in which is set a plunge pool.
The villas and the main areas of Baraza are designed in traditional Zanzibari style with beautiful arches, high ceilings, period hand carved furniture and exotic wall coverings.
Le Prince Maurice is a superb five-star hotel situated in a sheltered position on the north east coast of Mauritius. The hotel was constructed in 1998 and has quickly established a reputation as one of the finest on this magnificent island.
There are thatched two-storey buildings set along the beach and in beautiful tropical gardens facing the sea, containing either four or eight suites. Each suite is 70 square metres and has air-conditioning with bedroom and sitting area, terrace and en-suite luxury bathroom.
Situated along a mile of soft white sand The Residence is the newest five star hotel on the island of Zanzibar. Nestled between lush palm forest and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean each of the 66 villas offers guests elegant luxury with European and East African influences. The hotel has 58 one bedroom villas each with a spacious bedroom and living area complete with TV/DVD, air conditioning, broadband internet access, hairdryer and personal safe and a well-appointed en-suite bathroom including a shower and freestanding bath. On the verandah guests will find a private pool and day-beds. Each villa has either exotic garden or ocean views with the prestige villas affording magnificent views of the ocean from every room.
The seven Frangipani villas all have two bedrooms linked by a central living area and again have a choice of garden or ocean views. For the ultimate in Zanzibari luxury there is also the Presidential Villa which covers a huge 468m² and comprises of two en-suite bedrooms a lounge and expansive private deck complete with 35m² swimming pool.
Essque Zalu is one of the finest boutique hotels on the tropical Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. Set on a cliff overlooking the ocean on the north eastern corner of the island the hotel epitomises elegant luxury.
There are just 40 suites and all have views over lush tropical gardens or the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The individual suites have been crafted from local materials in traditional Zanzibari style with pitched Makuti roofs. All suites have a luxurious and spacious master bedroom complete with a king-sized four poster colonial style bed, elegant en-suite bathroom with solar powered shower and a beautifully appointed lounge leading to an outside terrace or balcony.
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There is a world of difference between one of our tailormade safaris and most package holidays printed in a brochure. Package holidays are usually designed to be as cheap as possible and of course involve large numbers of people doing the same thing. Our safaris use small, more exclusive and remote camps usually with guests flying in, and often virtually everything is included in the price. The experience is completely different.
Many of these small lodges and camps have broadly similar prices, and it is possible to arrange a superb two week safari for between £4,000 to £7,000 per person ($7,000 – $11,000) season dependant, all inclusive. Realistically it is difficult to reduce that figure, and by including Botswana in peak season, chartering a private plane, disappearing to some magical desert island, or flying at the front of the plane it’s easy to substantially increase that figure!