Incorporating six villas with a range of eco-friendly features, Bespoke travel firm andBeyond now includes the private island of Vamizi in their portfolio
Located in the Quirimbas archipelago north of Mozambique, the private island features six pavilion-style villas that have been designed by a selection of South African architects. Featuring elements of sustainable development, the unique designs include influences of Mozambique and sustainably sourced materials to ensure complete integration with the landscape.
Each villa is unique in design with en-suite bedrooms, dining rooms, pools, and easy access to the beach. The guiding principle for design on Vamizi is to “touch the earth lightly”, and local materials along with building methods designed for minimal energy and water use have been incorporated as much as possible.
"With its strong conservation background, Vamizi Island perfectly aligns with our values of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People," says Joss Kent, CEO of andBeyond. "This new, exciting addition to our portfolio is part of a broader strategy that will promote the conservation of the Indian Ocean from Zanzibar in the north to the southern tip of Mozambique. Home to one of the world's great marine archipelagos, this entire area is under threat. We intend to use our influence and expertise to protect it, focusing on reef conservation and on creating safe migratory routes for the endangered species that travel this coastline, from turtles to humpback whales."
Air conditioning and glass windows are not included in the design of each villa. Instead, the sea breeze cools the rooms thanks to intuitive positioning. A major investment in solar power has reduced reliance on diesel generators and generates power to cover almost 90% of the island’s base load. Accommodation is also raised on stilts at least 30cm above the ground to prevent beach erosion, and set back from the high tide mark so that nesting turtles are not disturbed by electric light.