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 took ten years to discover and develop this remarkably uncommon destination as a very special, totally private island getaway.
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 and enjoy adventure sports, where shades of turquoise infuse your days and tropical spices your nights.
Set in Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve and surrounded by its own coral reef, Thanda Island is one of the truly exclusive tropical islands in the world. Eight hectares in size, one kilometer in circumference and 350 meters wide, the Island features only one private villa with five suites and two rustic Tanzanian Bandas and is a sanctuary to enjoy in complete seclusion with family and friends. Depending on the season, guests can swim with the gentlest giant of the ocean, the whale shark, and may watch turtles nesting and their eggs hatching. Marine conservation is at the core of the Island’s offering and guests are encouraged to get involved in a range of projects, such as marine wildlife monitoring or awareness workshops with villagers on neighboring Mafia Island.
Thanda Island’s cuisine is fresh, delicious and customised to your palate. Head Chef Melissa McDonald will contact you ahead of your visit to discuss the menu of your choice and to find out if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies.
The Thanda Island menu includes ocean-fresh fish and seafood, vegan and vegetarian dishes, beef, game and poultry; crisp seasonal vegetables and tropical fruits, and a choice of divine desserts. From breakfasts on the beach to romantic dinners and bonfires to picnics on a sandbank in the ocean or on a neighbouring island and spicy Tanzanian cuisine – whatever you desire, we’ll deliver.
Depending on the weather, you can choose to have your meals and teas indoors or al fresco. At night, because there is no light pollution on Thanda Island, you’ll be dining under a canopy of stars.
Chef Melissa works alongside Sous Chef Damoder ‘D’ Juma from Mafia Island to delight guests with their menus. Everything is fresh, from herbs freshly picked from the Island herb garden to papayas, coconuts, watermelons and pineapples. They make their own coconut milk for the curries, and they handmake the ice cream, sorbet, yoghurt and muesli.
WELLNESS & SPA
The therapists are brought in from nearby Mafia Island or from Dar es Salaam. They use an exquisite range of non-allergic products to pamper your body to the full. Bearing in mind the absolute privacy you enjoy on the Island, your treatments can be done on the beach, in the privacy of your suite, wherever you choose. The Island’s amenities are provided by Healing Earth, market leaders in holistic African beauty and wellness care.
EXPERIENCES: WATER ADVENTURES
On the Island, guests can rejuvenate and enjoy a variety of water sports or island activities as they explore this remarkable destination, where shades of turquoise infuse the days and tropical spices the nights.
You have exclusive use of the Shungimbili 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.
Swimming with Whale Sharks