Thanda Private Island – From USD 33 300 per night

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Thanda Island

Upon arrival, Thanda Island instantly becomes your Indian Ocean home. This storied place is located on an uninhabited, 5-hectare tropical island in the turquoise waters of a marine protected reserve off the coast of Tanzania, East Africa.

A magical luxury private island experience.


A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Thanda Island opened in 2016 as a luxury private island, and has repeatedly been voted by the World Travel Awards as the World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island. Offering an exclusive, single-key Villa for you, your family and friends to enjoy completely for yourselves, it has five romantic, air-conditioned suites that open directly onto the beach, accommodating ten adults with additional beds available for children. On the island are also two traditional, open-air Tanzanian bandas (beach chalets) for your exclusive use. This unique luxury getaway has been created for adventure, relaxation and total privacy. It offers spectacular snorkelling, diving, big game fishing and many other aquatic activities in this place of absolute natural beauty in the protected Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve.

Step into Thanda Island.


  • 1 Villa - 5 Suites
  • 2 Bandas - 2 Suites Each
  • Children of all ages welcome

Water Adventures

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.


Explore Tanzania and its islands, which speak of the region’s rich history, including the legendary Spice Island of Zanzibar. From the early 18th century, Zanzibar was the centre of trade on the East African coast as well as the Sultan of Oman’s Court and Capital. Discover marine turtles in the protected marine park of Chole Bay near Mafia Island, along with whale sharks. Explore eleventh-century ruins on Mafia and experience its traditional boat-building and clay pot craftsmen.

Island Activities

You’ll never find yourself wondering what to do on and around Thanda Island. Quite the opposite, we have made sure that all our guests – those who want to relax and those who want to be on the go all day – have everything they could wish for on a perfect private island.

Exotic Dining

Dining on Thanda Island Luxury Island is a taste adventure of the region’s delectable cuisine. Enjoy lunch al fresco on the beach or on a traditional Arab dhow. Indulge in ocean-fresh seafood and experience a Swahili feast dedicated to the flavours, spices and aromas of Tanzania. Join our Chefs in making your own Italian pizza, cooked in our hand-built pizza oven. Travel by boat for an adventure feast on neighbouring Mbarakuni Island, or gather around the Villa’s magnificent dining table for a royal feast.


Wellness and happiness is the Thanda Island ethos and we go out of our way to ensure our guests experience a profound sense of wellbeing on Thanda Island. From our delicious, healthy dining to relaxing yoga sessions to our spa treatments, you’ll feel refreshed and revived here. Given the absolute privacy you enjoy on the Island, all treatments can be done on the beach, in the privacy of your suite or wherever you choose.

Rates & Packages.

Exclusive use of Thanda Island and the surrounding marine reserve is offered for a minimum of five nights. The Villa accommodates ten adults in five suites, with additional accommodation available for up to eight guests in two traditional Tanzanian Bandas (double-storey beach chalets) and a further six guests on the catamaran Umoja.

From USD 33 300 per night.

Find us.


Before settling in to your Bandas Bungalow or Villa you need to get to Thanda Island. To get to the island you fly directly to Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. On landing at Dar es Salaam the Thanda Island team will meet you and accompany you through customs, ensuring a smooth, quick entry into this beautiful country. From here, there are several options for the transfer to Thanda Island. One is a helicopter transfer directly to the Island which takes approximately 45 minutes. The other one is a 30-minute fixed-wing transfer in an 8 or 12 seat plane to Mafia Island and then a short boat ride of approximately 30-minutes to the island.

Nestled within Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, opposite the Rufiji River Delta and the Selous National Park, Thanda Island is 5 hectares in size, 1,100 metres in circumference and 350 metres wide. It is 16 nautical miles or 30 kilometres east of the mainland of Tanzania, opposite the Rufiji River Delta, and located between the mainland and Mafia Island. (The name ‘Mafia’ is derived from the Arabic morfiyeh, meaning group or archipelago, and from the Swahili mahali pa afya, meaning a healthy dwelling-place.) Thanda Island is 7 degrees south of the equator and in the East African Time Zone, one to two hours ahead of the Central European Time Zone. It is surrounded by coral reefs, which protect the Island from massive waves and heavy seas.