This ultra-luxurious private island destination encompasses everything that’s romantic about Africa—a remote, tropical environment encircled by pristine coral reefs and the warm, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, filled with a rich diversity of marine life. Ilha Caldeira, a previously uninhabited island located within Africa’s largest marine reserve now offers guests the chance to immerse themselves in Mozambique’s pristine environment and fascinating culture while enjoying the unparalleled hospitality that is the trademark of the Banyan Tree Group.
Offering 40 private pool villas with sweeping sea views drawing inspiration from local architecture and the soothing neutral palette of Mother Nature; the ethos behind the design is authentic local inspiration using age-old techniques combined with an elegance that connects directly with the natural environment. It will be 100% solar-powered and have its own desalination plant to provide sustainable drinking water.
Think ‘barefoot luxury’ in a stunning tropical paradise where lush tropical vegetation meets soft white sand beaches and crystal-clear blue ocean beyond. Add spectacular sunrises and exquisite sunsets and you begin to understand the appeal. An experienced Villa host will be available from arrival to ensure all arrangements are made, creating a personalised and memorable stay.
This is where you go to escape—a retreat for body, mind and soul, forgetting the stresses and strains of everyday life, absorbing instead the essence of a more attuned way of life that keeps pace with nature. It’s this focus on well-being that underpins the Banyan Tree brand and helps to establish Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira as the perfect place for guests wanting to experience soul-searching luxury. Couples will love the romance of this beautiful destination—whether it is a honeymoon or a romantic escape.
The Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira experience is further enhanced by gastronomical dining choices from its fish and seafood market-style restaurant with incredible ocean views, an all-day dining restaurant and destination dining options to in-villa dining.
Food truly is the music of love here and the focus is firmly on regionally sourced locally curated, seasonal dishes designed using local ingredients, inspired by Mozambique’s vibrant cultural heritage. All of this is complemented by a lounge and cocktail bar serving classic drinks as well as tantalising petiscos—Portuguese-style tapas.
As well as being the perfect sanctuary for the senses, Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira is very much a family destination and has its own, dedicated Kids Club offering a range of indoor and outdoor activities designed especially for youngsters to introduce them to nature and their surroundings. From whale watching and kayaking to a range of water sports, diving and snorkelling, visitors also have the opportunity to explore the islands of the Primeiras and Segundas Archipelago and its diverse marine environment. The island’s Marine Conservation Centre is the base for a diving school where scuba open water diving courses are offered. With rich coral reefs and a nearby shipwreck that sank in 1947, this is a world-class diving destination for underwater adventures.
The Banyan Tree Spa, a tropical garden sanctuary is also on hand with wellness offerings designed to encourage relaxation, rejuvenation and a complete detox from everyday life. It is a haven for physical and spiritual renewal. Using a ‘high-touch, low-tech approach that celebrates human touch coupled with the use of natural herbs and spices and aromatic oils, the exotic treatments are inspired by Asian traditions that have been passed through the hands of many generations.
When it comes to wellness, Ilha Caldeira’s “sister” island, Ilha Nejovo, will soon be the first African flagship destination for the latest Banyan Tree offering—Banyan Tree Veya. An adults-only superlative wellness experience, Banyan Tree Veya Nejovo will incorporate luxurious, restful accommodation in custom-built villas, and plant-forward cuisine to nourish and rebalance the body and one of the most advanced well-being centres in Africa.
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