Where: Benguerra Island, Mozambique
The Azura resort seems perfectly at ease in its surroundings, and so it should. One of the first eco-boutiques in the country, it was handbuilt by the local community and continues to be operated in alliance with them. The resort manages to maintain a balance between its surreal sumptuousness and a very real awareness of the local people and environment.
The wooden beams of the Azura come from local trees, the restaurant serves fish straight from the ocean and the infinity pools - yes, there are more than one - are mere steps from your door and merge seamlessly with the sea beyond. Guests staying more than three days get a free landrover tour of the island, a sunset dhow cruise and a 15 minute massage on arrival. With reasons like these, no one could blame you for wanting to stay much longer than you planned.