LAST UPDATED: 7th December 2013 at 11:50am

You don't get more castaway than this. On an eight-mile island off the north coast of Mozambique, Vamizi has 13 thatched-roof villas hugging the pristine white sand beach.

This is a conservationist project so there are no pools, but with huge marble showers and the glorious Indian Ocean winking at you from your white-muslin-swathed bed, you won't miss them.

Diving, dining and reclining are key here, with top-notch underwater sightseeing and surf-fresh seafood on the beach.

You won't have to leave your huge Swahili daybed (except for a few spa treatments), where you can lazily daydream about never leaving.

WOW FACTOR: Honeymooners should ask for villa No 1, which is set on a private beach around the headland from the rest of the lodge.

FLIGHT TIME: 15 hours.

GO: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or visit for more details or email

LAST UPDATED: 1st November 2012 at 2:35pm

It's the light and location that make Vamizi Island unique. With just 13 spacious villas set back from the beach, a handful of staff and the Indian Ocean at your feet, it's perfect for Robinson Crusoe-style romantic isolation. There's world-class diving and deep-sea fishing, but you can also bird-watch from your sun-lounger or spy on Samango monkeys. When the sun sets, you'll follow torchlights along the beach to the lodge for dinner. Vamizi is a conservationist project - with no pools or baths, it's charmingly less polished than other Indian Ocean islands. An unspoilt piece of paradise. Wow Factor: The back-to-nature vibe, far away from the rest of the world. Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or visit for more details or email