One of the luxury pioneers on Mozambique’s beautifully evocative coastline was Vamizi, a private island in the far north of the Quirimbas archipelago. In recent years, as competition proliferated, its star waned somewhat. Step up&Beyond, the top-notch safari operator that, under the aegis of inspired CEO Joss Kent, quietly but purposefully assumed management of things earlier this year.
Now&Beyond Vamizi Island (www.andbeyond.com; from $1,970 per night) is back at the top of east Africa’s best-of lists. The service has undergone an overhaul, with various subtle tweaks made to the half-dozen massive villas (all between five and six bedrooms) sprawling along the powdery beach. But it still has the turtles who nest at the casuarinas’ edge; still arguably the best diving on the east African coast; still the pristine peacefulness of trade winds and deserted horizons. In short, still what you come for – just gratifyingly elevated.