Thanda Island

Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive island getaways, a paradise  to enjoy in complete privacy with family and friends.

Thanda is a beautiful tropical island situated in its own marine reserve,  a blue heaven which is home to the gentlest giant of the ocean, the whale shark, and where you can watch turtles nesting.

Why visit Thanda Island ?

Beach house romance, nostalgia and East African elegance personify the villa on Thanda Island. The owners, Christin and Dan Olofsson of Sweden, built the villa as their own discreet, sumptuous retreat and private getaway. It offers an expansive living area featuring everything you would want from an extravagant beach house, including an indoor aquarium, Steinway grand piano, wine collection, cigar humidor, glass rim-flow swimming pool and wrap-around dining area with its 180 degree view of the ocean. The Olofssons have also included personal touches such as romantic copper beach baths as well as an al fresco/outdoor BBQ area, cocktail bar and pizza oven.

Whilst off-grid and 100% self-sufficient, the island has wifi internet access and mobile phone reception.

Five air-conditioned bedroom suites with comfortable king-sized beds lead directly onto the beach with its silken white sands. If required, further beds for an additional 9 children, can be set up in the bedroom suites.

The traditional Tanzanian bandas each have a king-sized bedroom and en suite bathroom on the first floor and two single beds and en suite bathroom on the ground floor. The furnishings include beautiful, locally hand-carved furniture and fabrics from Mafia Island, in soft, natural colours.

Looking after your every need on Thanda Island is a select team  including your own Executive Head Chef, Butlers, Hostess, Housekeepers, Cocktail Barman, Boatmen, Snorkelling Guide, Dive Instructor, Fishing Guide and Spa Therapist.

The beauty of Thanda Island is that it relaxes you! You’ll find yourself spontaneously relaxing in a serene but adventure-filled environment where time dissolves. The island invites you to enjoy simple, exquisite pleasures: strolling along your own private 1 km beach or exploring the 8 hectares’ island.

Other activities include tennis on the artificial lawn court, gym, bird watching, treatment spa beds, snorkelling equipment (scuba diving on request), sailing boats, deep sea fishing boat, reef/snorkelling boat, jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, wakeboarding, water skiing.




A Visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever vaccination required if arriving from an endemic area.

Time Difference

GMT + 3 Hours

Flight Time

11.5 Hours Indirect


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