Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 128
Out & About
The Happy Castaway
Mozambique's beaches give you room to relax.
BY CHRISTOPHER P. BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY BY BOBBY NEPTUNE
V I RT U O S O L I F E
HE HELICOPTER JOURNEY FROM VILANCULOS TO
Clockwise from left:
Benguerra Island takes ten minutes across turquoise and
Endless beach, children
teal waters and sandy, light-salmon shoals. Below, tradifrom the Rainbow Fund,
and an island feast.
tional dhows, their sails slicing the shallows like shark
fins, ply the channels - mementos of when Mozambique's coast
was the dominion of Arab slave, pearl, and ivory traders. "Look, a manta ray!" says the pilot
over the intercom. Below, a spectral black form glides in transparent water. Then it's gone,
embedded in my memory, as we close in on an island ringed with ivory sand.
Our destination, Azura Benguerra Island resort, comes into view as we land in a clearing
surrounded by fan palms. A beaming butler, Julio, offers me a chilled hand cloth, then an