30 kilometres off Mozambique’s coast, the Bazaruto Archipelago of protected national park islands scatter across the turquoise Indian Ocean. On the largest of these islands, far removed from modern distractions, is Anantara Bazaruto. We took a look to see how this resort is making the most of its spectacular location and giving their guests a dream holiday through cuisine, adventure and relaxation.

Six culinary experiences offer signature tastes and unique views. Golfinho serves breakfast and themed dinner buffets in a dining room, and on the outdoor terrace with a pool and bay vista. By the pool and beach, Clube Naval’s à la carte lunch and dinner menus showcase European and African flavours, with sundowner cocktails enjoyed in between. At the Beach Deck, grilled meats and seafood can be savoured on the shore. In-Villa Dining lets guests enjoy snacks, meals and drinks on their private veranda. Dining by Design tailors romance with dream settings, fine dining menus, a private chef and butler service. Spice Spoons cooking classes reveal the secrets of African culinary culture, after a tour of the resort’s vegetable garden and orchard.

Youngsters splash out at the family pool and engage in interactive fun at the children’s entertainment room. Couples can relax in peace at the adults-only pool and indulge in award-winning pampering at Anantara Spa, which boasts signature treatments, specialist hydro facilities and was named Mozambique’s Best Resort Spa 2016 in the World Spa Awards. A fitness centre, tennis, volleyball and golf course extend the leisure possibilities.

Discovery is a must, with adventures at every pace. 4×4 island tours uncover more pristine bays, rich flora and fauna, laid-back local life and a 19th century lighthouse. Soft powdery white sands are cantered along on horseback and riders can take their steed for a swim in the sea. Towering dunes offer dramatic boarding slopes, and a unique spot for sunset drinks. Ornithologist guides lead bird watchers to flocks of pelicans and flamingos at coastal lakes.

Renowned as one of the world’s top snorkelling, diving and fishing destinations, the Bazaruto Archipelago boasts year round warm waters, dazzling soft coral ridges and thousands of tropical fish species. Water sports in a pristine ocean playground include water skiing, knee and wake boarding, donut and banana boat rides, or the serener pace of exploring by kayaks and stand up paddle boards. Traditional dhow boats sail into sunset, with a glass of champagne in hand. Cruises set out in search of dolphins, whales, turtles and the largest population of the rare dugong on the African east coast.

Naturally exclusive, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort inspires love stories with exotic backdrops. The crest of a dune and a deserted sand bank out at sea provide unique proposal and wedding scenarios. Vows can also be exchanged on the deck of a gorgeous villa, and a horseback arrival gives a beach wedding a gallant beginning.