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LIFESTYLE TRAVEL


Vamizi Island, Mozambique CASTAWAY for a true Robinson Crusoe experience – though with serious 21st-century luxury – to this slender coral island just off Mozambique’s northern coast, and considered by many to be the new Maldives. With stunning diving including mountain seascapes and beautiful coral cliffs that plunge into the deep, the big draw is Neptune’s Arm, considered to be one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. An underwater island, Neptune’s Arm sits just 8m below the


surface, and its canyons attract reef sharks, snappers, potato bass and a myriad of tropical fish. Equally as impressive is the retreat of the same name, built


in 2005, which makes access to the diving sites here possible and works hard to maintain the environment with the supervision of the World Wildlife Fund. With just 13 colonial-style villas, Vamizi Island retreat embodies barefoot chic, with teak wood private terraces and muslin curtains that billow gently in the tropical breeze as you watch the sun set over the sea and icing-sugar white beach. Not content with diving? You can kayak, hike into jungle to


spot samango monkeys or stretch out with the island’s resident yoga expert. From £3,475 a person for seven nights all-inclusive (six nights at Vamizi and one night at Oyster Bay) including flights and transfers. Book with Original Travel (www.originaltravel.co.uk).


Ribbon Reef. Below: The Pavilion, Lizard Island


Dining at Vamizi Island. Below: a room at the resort


Lizard Island, Australia MENTION diving and most people immediately think of the Great Barrier Reef, and the remote Lizard Island is just a short ride from one the reef’s most famous diving sites, The Cod Hole. Here you could find yourself surrounded by cod fish weighing up to 150kg. Not your thing? Dive the nearby Ribbon Reefs, famous for soaring rainbow coral pinnacles and steep drop-offs, which seem to descend into an abyss. Top side, Lizard Island is just as impressive, with 24 private


beaches with fine, powdery white sand where your bare footprints will likely be the only ones. Indeed, the retreat can even arrange private seven-course evening meals on the beach. That is if you can drag yourself away from your villa. For pure escape, choose to stay in The Pavilion perched


on Sunset Ridge with panoramic views of the beach, bay and nearby Osprey Island. It comes with a private plunge pool and private walkway to a secluded deck for even more spectacular views. You can choose to dine privately or in their beautiful restaurant. It’s small wonder Lizard Island regularly makes the Top 10 Hotel Lists. From £7,639 a person for seven nights, including all food, accommodation and international flights and transfers. Book with Tailor Made Travel (www.tailor-made.co.uk) l


RACHAEL WOOLSTON is businesslife.co’s Travel Editor 58 businesslife.co October/November 2011


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