The sun rises over the languid Bazaruto Archipelago in the distance. White-sailed fishing dhows waft past in the foreground as you stroll down to the beach for a private swim in the warm Indian Ocean. Later on, you could head out fishing for marlin or sailfish, or maybe go snorkelling – maybe with dolphins and dugongs. The entire Bazaruto Archipelago is your playground to explore, and with your own boat and skipper it’s pure delight. Diving is magical, fishing is sublime.
Now add the comfort of a magnificent island-style villa, fully staffed and maintained, along with a Land Rover at your disposal, and a holiday simply doesn’t get much easier or more enjoyable. Vilamar, just south of Vilanculos, has just two, double-storey thatched villas, and one of them could be all yours to enjoy for four weeks every year, as a fractional owner. Mozambique is true nirvana for beach and ocean lovers.
Villa 1 is spacious and has four en-suite, double bedrooms all with ocean views to forever. White textured décor and draped mosquito nets make the rooms superbly romantic, while muted blues throughout the villa reflect the ocean right outside. Here, you’ll see 50 shades of blue during your stay, easily. The deep water channel in front of the villa also means easy ocean access regardless of the tide – something quite unusual in Mozambique with its dramatic tidal range. Endless white sand beaches call for long, slow walks.
The villa’s open-plan living space beckons communal gatherings for meals or chats, and both often spill outside to the cosy conversation area and pool. Wherever you are though there are ocean views, even from the swimming pool. And then there are the gardens … lush, tropical and filled with vibrantly colourful birdlife. Everywhere is dusted with East African calm.
On your way back from fishing or snorkelling, stop in at a beachside restaurant for lunch or a cold one. Or alert your personal chef and he will have a decadent lunch waiting back at the villa. Cracking fresh prawns, fish and delectable local produce are Mozambican highlights. Or simply place your request. Villa 1 staff are warmly hospitable and capable; and most definitely in the business of making wishes come true. Here lives a beautiful blend of tropical East Coast living and breathe-easy summer space all year round. Best of all, you can be in this place of endless summer in just over two hours from Johannesburg, sans any hassle or fuss. Just imagine owning this escape to barefoot luxury, where time is measured by tides.
• 4 bedrooms en suite
• 4 bathrooms
• Lounge/dining room
• Air conditioning
• Fully equipped kitchen
• Guest cloakroom
• Satellite TV
• Sound System
• Swimming pool
• Boat rental
• Manger and cleaning service
The price of R595,000 is for one share in the Villa entitling you to 2 weeks of usage every 6 months (4 weeks per year). There are 13 shareholders. Annual levy of R100,000.