Zanzibar Coast, Tanzania
At a Glance
Just six villas ensure a private, peaceful stay
All six villas can be hired exclusively, making for the perfect family getaway
Each villa has its own private plunge pool, living area and kitchen
On Zanzibar's east coast, surrounded by beautiful white sands and the tranquil waters of the Indian Ocean
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Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal holiday weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day. There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”. Xanadu Villas is open year round except the end of April and May.
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Xanadu Villas is a luxury collection of six villas nestled on Zanzibar's east coast. Surrounded by verdant tropical gardens, white sands and the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, Xanadu makes for the ideal hideaway.
Set on the white sand beach of Zanzibar's east coast is Xanadu Villas. An assortment of one and two-bedroom villas, Xanadu is an idyllic retreat offering plenty of privacy for both couples and families. Thanks to its enviable location, Xanadu is perfect for those looking to combine activity, culture, and of course relaxation on the beach, which is just metres away.
Six villas make up the accommodation at Xanadu, each individually designed and decorated. All six can be hired exclusively for larger groups of family or friends, accommodating a maximum of 18 guests, or on an individual basis. Villas vary in size and feature a unique blend of architectural styles, some offering secluded rooftop plunge pools, while others display tall, traditional cathedral windows. Natural tones are interspersed with pops of colour, ensuring rooms are bright and welcoming, and the surrounding tropical gardens offer guests the utmost privacy. Each villa offers a kitchen, lounge and dining area, and guests are able to dine here thanks to the resident chef who can cook in-villa dishes, made to order.
Although each villa has its own living area, Xanadu provides a charming central dining area located around the main pool. Here traditional Tanzanian dishes are served, using local ingredients inspired by Swahili cuisine. Of course no stay in Zanzibar would be complete without sampling some delicious locally-caught seafood - it doesn't get any fresher than this!
Known as the Spice Islands, the Zanzibar archipelago is rich with history, and contains a unique blend of cultures within its islands. This makes for a wide variety of fascinating cultural sights nearby, and there is a lot on offer for those looking to explore the islands. From kayaking, diving and stand up paddleboard, to tours of Stone Town and spice farms, there truly is something for everyone on this vibrant island.
Xanadu has six individual villas, each with either one or two bedrooms. The villas are all uniquely designed, and each contains a living area, kitchen and private plunge pool. Bathrooms contain double basins, as well as providing an outdoor shower. Rooms are decorated with light colours and a muted palette, ensuring each feels bright and airy.
|Umande - Dewdrop||
Umande is a cosy one-bedroom villa surrounded by a luscious tropical garden. Secluded and hidden away, this villa is ideal for couples.
|Alfajiri - The Dawn||
Alfajiri is a two-storey, one-bedroom villa with views over the Indian Ocean. The ground floor features the living and dining area, which leads out to the plunge pool, while the first floor contains the bedroom, en-suite bathroom and private balcony.
|Kimwondo - Shooting Star||
A two-storey, one-bedroom villa, Kimwondo displays some of Xanadu's most unique architecture. The ground floor contains the bedroom and en-suite bathroom, and upstairs, the terraced lounge and rooftop plunge pool await. Private rooftop dining is available.
|Korongo & Mlima||
These two-bedroom sister villas are the perfect hideaway for families. Each has a spacious living and dining area, and each master bedroom has a large en-suite and its own private entrance.
|Mbingu - Heavenly Sky||
Mbingu is the two-bedroom presidential suite, occupying four storeys. The first bedroom is found on the first floor, along with its own private sea-view balcony. On the next floor, the master suite takes pride of place. Finally, the top floor contains a secluded rooftop pool offering beautiful ocean views.
Children aged 5 and over are welcome at Xanadu Villas, however there are no dedicated child care facilities. Best suited for families with teenagers, there is a variety of activities such as watersports available to keep older children entertained.
Each villa at Xanadu is serviced by a private butler. A resident chef is also available to prepare in-villa meals made to order according to guests' tastes. Meals can be taken in villa or on private rooftop terraces.
All six villas surround the central pool at Xanadu, which provides a larger alternative to the individual plunge pools. The main dining area is also located by the pool, and delicious meals are served in this relaxing environment. Dishes are inspired by traditional Swahili cuisine, and brought to life with locally-grown vegetables and freshly-caught seafood.
Kiota Spa at Xanadu offers a variety of treatments which can be taken in-room or in the beachfront spa. The products used at Kiota are either provided by Africology, or are locally-sourced products. Around the villas there is a range of activities available, such as snorkelling, kitesurfing and diving. Further afield, trips to Stone Town, Jozani Forest or Prison Island are also on offer for those looking to explore all that Zanzibar has to offer.
A dhow trip on the coast of Zanzibar
Sailing in a dhow, the traditional sailing boat used in Zanzibar, is the best way to view the island's coastline. Sailing in the late evening to watch the sun set is the best time of day and is wonderfully romantic.
A historic walk through Stone Town
Visit Zanzibar Towns old quarter, Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar. Here you will find beautiful architecture and historic buildings dating back to the 19th century, revealing the complex history of Zanzibar and its links with the slave trade.
Blue safari around Zanzibar
Feel like Robinson Crusoe as you spend the day exploring the small islands and sandbanks surrounding Zanzibar's main island on this blue safari. Remote and secluded, enjoy a day on desert islands, complete with seafood picnic!
Diving in Zanzibar
Located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the warm and clear Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is home to some great diving locations. Head to the tiny atolls off the north coast of Zanzibar, or take a trip to its neighbouring island of Pemba.
Free Spirit sunset dhow cruise
Sail off into the sunset with a cruise around Zanzibar's eastern coast in a traditional Tanzanian dhow boat. Explore the island's pristine coastline and unwind with a drink as you watch the sun dip below the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean.
Kitesurfing in Zanzibar
Zanzibar offers an abundance of Kitesurfing opportunities across its clear and warm waters. Visit the east coast of Zanzibar for a range of Kitesurfing centres and seek-out a new adrenaline rush.
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Virunga Volcanoes, Serengeti and Zanzibar
from £10500 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights
- Ultimate wildlife experiences including gorilla tracking, watching big cats in the Serengeti, and during some months even seeing the Great Migration
- Unwind after your safari adventures on the soft sandy beaches of Zanzibar
- A truly special trip – ideal for celebrating a honeymoon, special birthday or anniversary
Location & directions
Zanzibar Coast, Tanzania
Just a one-hour drive from Stone Town, Xanadu Villas is located near Dongwe on Zanzibar's east coast.
How to get there
8.5 hour international flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and then a short flight to Zanzibar. Xanadu Villas is a one-hour drive from Zanzibar Airport.