Is all this talk about animal migrations making you crave a migration of your own? Let us help cure your wanderlust with some island-inspired travel inspiration. Of all the #FridayReads that grace your screen(s) today, we hope this one catches your eye and gets you dreaming of an island escape.
From hungry herbivores to tiny turtles … if the animals are dropping everything to travel great distances in search of kinder climates, warmer waters and greener pastures, then so can you! Did you know that we are island experts, with not one, but three luxurious island properties on Africa’s eastern coastline? We also operate on many other islands around the world, including the tropical Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles, the picturesque islands off India and Sri Lanka, the mysterious and remote Easter Island in Chile and the remarkably biodiverse and wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands in Ecuador.
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So, which &Beyond island are you? Are you the uber-romantic and unashamedly relaxing and idyllic &Beyond Mnemba Island? Or do you consider yourself more the family-friendly, conservation-focused and privacy-preferring &Beyond Vamizi Island? Neither of those suit you to a T? Then perhaps you’re a mix of both – the adventure-loving, luxurious yet active &Beyond Benguerra Island. Read on to see which island suits you best.
Romantic barefoot beach paradise
Best described as a barefoot beach paradise, &Beyond Mnemba Island is a small, private island off the warm, tropical shores of Zanzibar. It boasts just ten beachside bandas and you can walk the entire circumference of the island in a mere 20 minutes. This (literally) heart-shaped island nirvana is by far one of the most romantic, relaxing and carefree places in the world.
Soak up the sunshine, swim in the sea, have breakfast in bed, scuba dive the magnificent Mnemba atoll, watch endangered sea turtles hatch and/or lay eggs, catch a glimpse of a forest-dwelling suni antelope or endangered Aders’ duiker, indulge in a sundowner cruise on a traditional dhow, learn how to make impossibly fresh sushi, tuck into a festive beach barbecue, sip cocktails on comfy white couches at the beachside bar, or just laze away the hours in complete, unapologetic privacy. Just think of yourselves as Robinson Crusoe-like castaways, with luxury accommodation, world-class service and unexpected spoils around every corner.
Ultimate privacy in a conservation haven
Although an equally luxurious and romantic retreat for couples, &Beyond Vamizi Island in Mozambique is certainly more geared towards families and small groups of friends travelling together that crave their own space, the privacy to do what they want when they want, and the friendly, helpful yet unobtrusive service of their own personal chef, butler and housekeeper.
Relax and truly unwind in one of the island’s six spacious luxury villas; each with its own unique character and charm, no two villas are the same. Explore the long, seemingly-endless stretches of beachfront. Swim in the crystal clear azure waters. Scuba dive one of the world’s top dive sites, Neptune’s Arm. Eat, drink, snorkel and catnap at your own castaway picnic. Kayak the calm waters of a mangrove forest. The options are endless … or choose to do nothing at all.
A conservation success story in itself, &Beyond Vamizi Island has a long history of marine conservation and community development. Its waters boast some of the most significant and endangered habitats and wildlife in the western Indian Ocean, with over 180 species of pristine coral and over 400 species of reef fish. It has been deemed one of the healthiest coral reef ecosystems in the world, enticing diving and marine enthusiasts from around the world. The island is also a sanctuary for mangrove forests, one of the earth’s most threatened habitats.
Romance & adventure all in one
If you’re looking for a balanced blend of island romance, sunny adventure-filled days, mouth-watering Portuguese fare and just the right amount of privacy – be it for a family or small group of friends, or a couple craving some alone time – then &Beyond Benguerra Island in Mozambique is the island for you.
Swim, snorkel and scuba dive to your heart’s content. Steal away on a catamaran cruise. Ride horses along the beach and into the ocean or try your hand at deep-sea or fly-fishing. Take a scenic helicopter flip over the turquoise archipelago and spot a rare dugong if you’re lucky. Toast the sunset on an unforgettable traditional dhow cruise. Later, sip beach cocktails and snack on moreish pre-dinner bites around a blazing fire on the beach at the cheerful Dhow Bar. Your days will be filled with adventure, and your nights filled with island romance. The best of both worlds..
So now that you know which island you are, it’s time to take a timeout and migrate to the beach for some much-needed rest, relaxation and vitamin sea. And if you still aren’t sure which island suits you best, the only way to really know is to visit them all and decide for yourself!