Located off the coast of Mozambique, Benguerra pokes through the turquoise waves of the Indian Ocean and invites visitors to press pause. That's precisely what the Mozambican government did in 1971 when it declared the site a National Park, thus limiting development and preserving the island's unspoiled beaches and inland habitats.
A rustic-chic aesthetic defines Bengeurra Lodge's accommodations. Staying in one of 10 beach-side Casitas, you'll enjoy a spacious lounge with vaulted timber ceilings - but the real attraction is the wraparound deck with private pool and gazebo. Even Bengeurra Lodge's exclusive villas defer to the natural environment.
And why not? Some 140 species of bird call Bengeurra home, while the surrounding coral reefs attract thousands of fish - along with avid anglers and divers. Inland, diverse eco-systems support a multitude of species, including freshwater crocodile. Who knew eco-tourism could be so comfortable?