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Thanda Island, Zanzibar

A stunning tropical island just off the coast of Tanzania, with one luxury villa for families and friends to enjoy in total seclusion.

Surrounded by spectacular coral reefs, this is one of the world’s most exclusive private island getaways. Arriving by helicopter or boat, you’ll be welcomed by a team of staff that includes private butlers, a boat crew, dive instructor and chef. Accommodation comprises one airy villa on the beach, with two banda-style beach huts for larger parties.

The island itself lies within Tanzania’s Shungimbili Marine Reserve, the waters of which with whale sharks, sea turtles, dolphins and dugongs. Snorkelling and scuba diving is therefore a highlight, but you can also try your hand at kayaking, deep sea fishing, paddleboarding and jet skiing. Visits to neighbouring islands are also available, as well as the chance to witness the magic of hatching marine turtles.

Otherwise, the island promises you relaxing spa treatments, an air-conditioned gym and beautiful glass rim-flow pool, plus flood-lit tennis courts. You’ll also find bonfire pits, an alfresco BBQ area, a cocktail bar and an Arabian-style Bedouin tent. From breakfasts on the beach to remote sandbank picnics, dining on Thanda Island is always personalised experience.

Thanda Island, at a glance

  • Breathtaking private island located between the mainland of Tanzania and Mafia Island in the Zanzibar Archipelago
  • Surrounded by a network of unspoilt coral reefs
  • One private villa comprising five suites, plus two two-storey bandas
  • Light, fresh interiors decorated with natural woods
  • Cuisine on the island is fresh and customised to your palette
  • Fully staffed
  • Member of the Leading Hotels of the World
  • Accessible by 45-minute boat transfer from Mafia Island, or via helicopter from Dar es Salaam International Airport

For leisure and pleasure

  • Sandbank picnics and breakfasts on the beach
  • Witness turtle nestings and hatchings in season
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym and spa facilities, flood-lit tennis courts and a yoga sala
  • Incredible stargazing
  • Birdwatching
  • Boats for sailing and deep sea fishing
  • Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, water skiing and snorkelling equipment
  • Alfresco BBQ area and Arabian-style Bedouin tent

  • A company that lives up to its name. Their level of service, professionalism and attention to detail is second to none!

    GC, December 2020