"When we founded Azura back in 2007, our vision was to
take people to undiscovered places of authentic natural beauty, enable
them to stay there in luxury, while at the same protecting the
environment and positively changing the life of a local community. We
remain true to those values to this day, which has not only allowed us
to build a strong and recognisable brand but also a company that is
synonymous with community, luxury and authenticity.
We first fell in love with Mozambique with its endless
deserted beaches, pristine reefs and sparkling turquoise seas. Its warm
and welcoming people, with never ending smiles, were desperately in need
of an opportunity to change their lives. Incurably romantic as a
destination, steeped in history, and yet undiscovered by the luxury
travel world, we decided to build our first hotel together there. We did
so in collaboration with the local community, many of whom are still
working for us to this day, and Azura Benguerra Island was born.
As people who had previously travelled the far corners
of the globe in our professional careers, we gathered up little pieces
of our favourite hotels around the world, and scribbled designs that
frustrated our architects until we were happy that what we had dreamed
could become a reality. We then added our unique décor concept, we call
it ‘designed to give back’, where local community projects work hand in
hand with our designers to create special little pieces you will find
throughout our hotels.