andBeyond’s Benguerra Lodge on Benguerra Island, the second largest in Mozambique’s Bazaruto archipelago, completed a renovation by London-based architecture firm Michaelis Boyd Associates. The redesign merges contemporary details with traditional local construction elements, such as thatched roofs, reed walls and timber.
The design firm collaborated with South Africa-based interior designer Marguerite Louw to establish a sense of place across the lodge’s 15 guestrooms. These guestrooms can be accessed through a path that cuts through the bush. The property’s interiors were infused with regionally sourced crafts and materials, as well as fabrics and handmade terracotta tiles to reflect Portuguese colonial design tradition.
The guestrooms, including 10 casitas, have outdoor showers, beach-facing timber decks, infinity edge pools and majeka thatched roofs. Also available are the family villa and two cabanas.
To highlight the natural setting of the property, there are timber decks with openings that allow lala palm trees to grow through. Waste water is reused to irrigate the property.