Location: On the pristine sands of Paje beach, on the idyllic east coast of Zanzibar.
Rooms: 11 delightful and very private sea-facing villas split into two areas: a main lounge & dining area, and a bedroom; both are spacious and simply furnished in light Scandinavian-style wood, with woven fabric rugs and eco-lamps. In the en suite open-plan bathroom are his and hers basins and an impressive rain shower, while outside is a second shower and a bathtub. Up a flight of stairs is a shaded roof terrace with a day bed. Each villa also has its own private entrance to the beach.
Facilities: The lounge bar and dining area are decorated in the same fresh modern style as the villas, with driftwood sculptures and light wood pannelling on the walls. Upstairs, the rooftop champagne bar serves a selection of wines and champagnes and provides a great location for watching the sunset. Below the main bar and restaurant is a large swimming pool surrounded by areas of wooden decking with shaded sun loungers.
The property also has a beautiful spa located beside a waterfall with lush vegetation and tropical flowers that give it the feeling of a hidden oasis. Along with a sauna and steam room, there is a range of treatments available using locally sourced products based on seaweed, coconut and spices. The adjacent open air gym offers a selection of exercise equipment and weights.
Activities: With their own kitesurf club, Zanzibar Kite Paradise, this is an ideal location for kitesurfing and the club caters for surfers of all abilities. Kitesurfing is best from June to September and December to January. The hotel also offers bicycles for exploring the local area, as well as kayaks and paddleboards. Scuba diving can also be arranged through the nearby Rising Sun Dive Center.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Our Opinion: White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is a privately owned boutique resort situated on the stunning Paje beach on the south-east coast of Zanzibar. Set in almost 4 hectares of lush tropical gardens with a 200 metres’ stretch of beachfront, the resort offers excellent service and facilities with a focus on luxury, comfort and private space.