This private luxury island resort offers nine spacious coral rock villas with indigenous furniture and natural rock walls. The roofs are thatched with palm tree and there is a large teak veranda with deck chairs overlooking the sea. With "his & her" antique styled vanities and showers that open to the sea, a better view cannot be offered! Beds are king-size with netting, and styled in African/Arabic luxury. Rooms have bathrobes, kikoi wraps for use on the island, hairdryer, double ceiling fans, mini bar, tea & coffee wake up service, complimentary port & bottled water, wall safe, umbrella & picnic basket for use on the island, air-conditioning and complimentary laundry service.
The dining and bar areas are on a peninsula, offering stunning sea-views to east and west. Enjoy Mozambican cuisine with its influence by Portugal and Goa. The open air bar faces a deep channel inland and offers satellite television, music system and plunge pool.
Quilalea Island is located 55 kilometres north of Pemba city and 12 kilometres from the mainland town of Quaisanga. The lodge is located in a 500 000 hectare marine sanctuary endorsed by WWF and a nursing area for the green and hawk beak turtles, as well as the humpback whales. Spend your days either soaking up the sun by the swimming pool or on the pristine beaches, or choose from the many adventure activities on offer on the island. Diving, snorkelling, fly-fishing, sport fishing, canoeing, island exploration, historical tours, dhow sailing trips and bird watching trips are possible. There is also a PADI dive centre where you can do either the scuba diving or open water courses (not included in rates).
This island resort has been voted one of the most romantic "hotels" in the world and is ideal for couples and honeymooners alike looking for an intimate breakaway.
Access to the island is possible with flights from Johannesburg via Maputo to Pemba and then either a helicopter or light aircraft flight to Quirimba island runway. From here you will enjoy a 20-minute boat transfer to the Quilalea.
In the 1500's Portuguese and Arab traders passing through Quissanga discovered an island refuge in the Indian Ocean and called it Quilalea, which takes its name from 'lala' the Swahili word for sleep. This peaceful island sanctuary is now part of the Quirimbas Archipelago Marine National Park, protecting life and ecology of the island
Qualilea is a malaria free area as there is no still water for mosquitoes to breed. However majority of Mozambique is a malaria area and travellers are still recommended to consult their doctors for recommendations for prophylactics.