5 Best African Beach Villas; chosen by the Travel Press

October 27th 2015  |  Malawi, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa  |  by  Charlotte Opperman
Luxury private pool overlooking the beach, Villa Amiza, Azura Benguerra, Mozambique
Pool overlooking the beach, Villa Amiza, Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

We’ve done a bit of digging through the travel press to see if their idea of the best African beach villas matched our own.

Ndomo House, Kaya Mawa, Lake Malawi

Ndomo House Kaya Mawa Malawi lake view from terrace

Lake Malawi view from the terrace, Ndomo House, Kaya Mawa, Malawi

We’d certainly agree with Will Hide who, in his Guardian article ‘Top 100 holiday beach houses: Africa and the Middle East’, includes Ndomo House at Kaya Mawa, Lake Malawi. It’s a magical spot, perfect for a family escape after an African safari or as part of an indulgent safari honeymoon. Enjoy a secluded beach, private swimming pool, BBQ area, endless terraces and stunning views. Four elegantly furnished bedrooms provide ample space while the house staff of nanny, cook, housekeeper, gardener and watchman will look after your every whim.

Vamizi Villas, Mozambique

Vamizi Villas pool - Suluwilo Mozambique African beach villas

Private pool at Arab-style ‘Suluwilo’ private villa, Vamizi Island, Mozambique

Six individually designed villas sit just metres from the powder white beach on Vamizi Island. Whichever you choose, whether Balinise-style ‘Kipila’, ‘Suluwilo’ with its Arabic flavour or ‘Casa Marjani’ complete with 4.7 acres of forest and private beach frontage, you won’t be disappointed. It’s not just the accommodation that’s spectacular either, as The Independent says, in its  ‘5 African Beach Houses‘ article ‘over a hundred species of birds, four species of turtle and giant coconut crabs inhabit the area; offshore there are more variations of coral than on the Great Barrier Reef.’ A super option for families or groups of friends travelling together.

Casamina villa, children's bedroom, Vamizi private villa, Mozambique

Casamina villa, children’s bedroom, Vamizi Island, Mozambique

North Island, Seychelles

Bedroom 7, North Island, Seychelles

Luxury island chic, North Island, Seychelles

North Island is the absolute epitome of a tropical island. This Seychelles paradise of swaying palms and turquoise waters also houses one of Africa’s very finest beach lodges. Pamela Goodman, writing in House and Garden, says ‘North Island ticks all the boxes of a highly exclusive beach retreat’, while Tatler Travel Guide refers to the 11 beach villas as ‘extraordinary sanctuaries’. It’s not just a luxury hideaway either, the successful regeneration and subsequent on-going conservation of the natural vegetation has led to the successful re-introduction of rare birds, tortoises and turtles. The price tag may be eye watering but in our view it’s worth every penny.

Bedroom, North Island, Seychelles African beach villas

Luxury suite, North Island, Seychelles

Cape Town, South Africa

It would be impossible to sum up Africa’s finest beach villas without a nod to South Africa’s Cape Region, and the Huffington Post highlights two of our favourites in its review of ‘seven of the best exclusive lodges in Africa’. First there are the two ultra-lux villas at Ellerman House where infinity pools, in-house cinemas and panoramic views complement contemporary, elegant interiors in the heart of Cape Town’s trendy Bantry Bay district.

Ellerman House private villa 2, sea view from the terrace, Garden Route, South Africa

Stunning sea views at Ellerman House Villa, Cape Town, South Africa

A couple of hours’ drive from Cape Town and in the 36,000 hectare De Hoop coastal nature reserve, Morukuru Ocean House has a spectacular setting just above the beach in one of the best whale watching locations on earth. Five bedrooms, outside dining, swimming pool, private vehicle and guide make this a prime spot for all manner of outdoor activities.

Morukuru Ocean House pool, South Africa -African beach villas

Morukuru Ocean House luxury private pool, South Africa

Morukuru Ocean House - beach romantic picnic South Africa

Romantic beach picnic for whale watching at Morukuru Ocean House, South Africa

Villa Amizade, Azura Retreat, Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Villa Amiza, Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Luxury private pool overlooking the beach, Villa Amiza, Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Eighteen villas comprising the luxury resort of Azura Benguerra Island dot the sparkling white sand on this gorgeous island. With shaggy thatched rooves that belie the luxurious interiors they’re a perfect blend of modern chic and traditional Mozambique. Conde Nast Traveller Magazine includes Villa Amizade in its ‘18 best beach villas in the world’, and it’s hard to disagree. Set on the western end of the island with magnificent sea and sunset views this two bedroom en-suite villa is quite glorious, and a perfect spot for families or friends. There’s a private swimming pool and beach area, and plenty of space to relax and while away the days. For those after a bit of activity there’s snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and kayaking, while the spa offers treatments based on local ingredients and traditions.

Children and sitter playing on the beaches at Azura, Benguerra, Mozambique

Beautiful family friendly beach at Azura, Benguerra, Mozambique

The Aardvark Safaris team has lived and worked in Africa, many have taken their own family to luxury African private villas.  We can arrange everything to make your family celebration spectacular. All you need to do is email us or call us and tell us what you’d like to see and we’ll do the rest, giving tips and advice, and then putting together a full detailed itinerary.

2 responses to “5 Best African Beach Villas; chosen by the Travel Press”

  1. Jeff says:

    Can you kindly let me know the dates that Morukuru Lodge is available in late Dec/early Jan? Thank you.

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