Thanda Island, Mafia, Tanzania, East Africa
Thanda Island is a new stunningly, beautiful, secluded private retreat in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Tanzania, near Mafia Island. Thanda Island gives you the impression of being a castaway, cut off from the rest of the world. This private island villa is owned by a Swedish couple Christin and Dan Olofsson and they have built a luxury beach vacation hideaway on its eight hectares offering you the finest of services, facilities and amenities designed to make your time truly unforgettable. Thanda Island invites you to enjoy simple, exquisite private island pleasures… strolling along your own private 1,1 km beach or exploring the 8 ha Island where the only sign of human habitation is the occasional, traditional fishing dhow in the distance. The island is located within the Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve, Thanda Island offers 8 hectares of exquisite tropical privacy. It is about 30 km away from the mainland and is accessed by boat or helicopter.
The luxury private villa is off-grid and solar-powered and features a glass rim-flow swimming pool and an impressive indoor aquarium, spa treatments can be arranged as well as off-shore excursions to locate islands. A dedicated team looks after guests which include a private Executive Chef, a Hostess, a Housekeeper as well as a Boatman.
Guests have exclusive use of the Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve surrounding Thanda Island and a superb choice of water and marine activities. A boathouse full of equipment is reddy to enjoy, and a boatman is dedicated as your personal guide. Activities like water ski, sailing, jetski, snorkelling, diving, fishing, tennis, are available. Guests can enjoy scuba diving at any level. Mafia Island Marine Park, which is widely regarded as having the most spectacular reefs for diving and snorkelling in East Africa. Explore the reefs around the Thanda Island in a kayak, sailboat or on your stand-up paddle board. The resort can also organise a sailing trip on a traditional Arabian fishing dhow. Tours and Safaris can be arranged, e.g. Safaris in the Selous Game Reserve, Explore the legendary spice island of Zanzibar, Mafia Island Tour. (Mafia Island is the closest island to Thanda Island). The massage specialists have created a suite of special Thanda Island massages, facials and body treatments that can be booked according to your needs. Further more the villa offers a tennis court, a air-conditioned gym including table tennis.
The Thanda Retreat featured five deluxe air-conditioned bedroom suites with comfortable king-sized beds lead directly onto the beach with its silken white sands, further beds for additional children can be set up in the bedroom suites. In addition, Thanda Island has two charming ‘Bandas’ built in traditional Tanzanian style. Each of them has a master king-sized bedroom on the first floor and a king-sized bedroom on the ground floor with the possibility of adding two extra single beds. Thanda Island 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.
Thanda Island’s cuisine is fresh, delicious and customised to your palate. The chef will contact you ahead of your visit to discuss the menu of your choice. It can include ocean-fresh fish and seafood, vegetarian dishes, beef, game and poultry; crisp seasonal vegetables and tropical fruits, and a choice of divine desserts. An offering of delicious local dishes is available if you would like to experience Tanzanian cuisine. From breakfasts on the beach to romantic dinners and bonfires to picnics on a sandbank in the ocean – whatever you desire, the Thanda Staff will deliver.
Villa Rating: ******
Thanda Island Website
Address: Thanda Island Estate, Shungi Mbili Island, District of Mafia Island, Tanzania
Rates: There is a flat rate being offered for the exclusive use of Thanda Island and the five-bed Villa of US$ 9’500 per night for a minimum of 3-7 nights depending on the season. This is an all-inclusive rate that includes the team of dedicated staff, transfers from Mafia Island and all the activities offered on the island, along with all meals and drinks including Thanda’s handpicked selection of wines and champagnes.