Thanda Island
Tanzania, Africa

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

It has been voted the World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island by the 2016 World Travel Awards.

It has taken us ten years to discover and develop this remarkably uncommon destination as a very special, totally private island getaway that we now invite you to experience. Thanda Island is a tropical island with a single luxurious villa and two rustic Tanzanian Bandas in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Tanzania.

Situated in its own marine reserve, you can bathe in blue heaven with the gentlest giant of the ocean, the whale shark, and watch sea turtles nesting. Here, you can rest, rejuvenate, enjoy adventure sports and explore your pristine playground, where shades of turquoise infuse your days and tropical spices your nights.


Beach house romance, nostalgia and East African elegance personify the villa on Thanda Island, designed for a perfect summer in coastal whites, greens and blues. The owners of Thanda Island, Christin and Dan Olofsson of Sweden, built the villa as their own discreet, sumptuous retreat and private playground. 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 included personal touches such as romantic copper beach baths as well as an al fresco/outdoor BBQ, 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 additional children can be set up in the bedroom suites.

In addition, Thanda Island has two traditional Tanzanian Bandas, making the Island a nine-bedroom destination. They each have a king-sized bedroom and en-suite bathroom on the ground floor and first floor, with each floor being 72 square meters big. Beautiful, locally hand-carved furniture and fabrics from Mafia Island, in soft, natural colours were selected. The Bandas offer a wonderful feeling of Island living with exquisite views.

If required, further beds for additional children can be set up in all the bedroom suites. For a bigger family, a suite in the Bandas can be divided into two bedrooms, divided by textile curtains.


Thanda Island’s cuisine is fresh, delicious and customized to your palate. Prior to their visit, guests will be personally contacted by the chef to find out their culinary preferences. From ocean-fresh fish and seafood, to vegetarian dishes or beef, game and poultry; from crisp seasonal vegetables to tropical fruits, and on to a choice of divine desserts – whatever you desire, Thanda’s talented cuisine team will deliver.

Wellness & Beauty

Many of us find it difficult to relax, but the beauty of Thanda Island is that it relaxes you. You’ll find yourself spontaneously relaxing while you restore your vital force in a serene but adventure-filled environment where time dissolves. The Island invites you to enjoy simple, exquisite pleasures… strolling along your own private 1,1km beach or exploring the 8ha Island where the only sign of human habitation is the occasional, traditional fishing dhow in the distance.


You 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 yours to enjoy, and a boatman is dedicated to you as your personal guide.

We have a fully equipped 28-foot reef runner cat, deep-sea boat if you would like to do some big game fishing nearby Mafia Island. Catch and release iconic species or bring home the catch of the day for the chef to prepare for your lunch or dinner.

Cruise around Thanda Island and the surrounding islands in the 15m(49ft) Mv Mkora, hand-built in mahogany for Thanda Island and beautifully appointed with a luxurious cabin, cocktail bar, dedicated waiter and a music system with a wide range of song choice. Mv Mkora cruises at 18 knots and has two F250 Yamaha outboard motors and all the required technology, including Ray Marine GPS and VHF radio. Sip on champagne and enjoy Island delicacies as you explore the magnificent marine reserves.


After flying in to Dar es Salaam International Airport (Tanzania), guests will be greeted by a member of the Thanda Island Private Marine Reserve team before flying directly to the island via chartered helicopter (45 minutes). Alternatively, guests also have the option of flying on to Mafia Island (30 minutes), from where guests can make the leisurely crossing to their final destination by boat.

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