A new private island escape off the coast of Tanzania

A 20-acre estate with a five-bedroom villa and solar power

Thanda private island, off the coast of Tanzania
Thanda private island, off the coast of Tanzania

Private islands are something of an escape theme in 2016, and off the coast of Tanzania a new entry looks set to make a real mark. Thanda (www.thandaisland.com; from $10,000 per night), a 20-acre island estate owned by a Swedish technology investor and philanthropist, about 100km south of Dar es Salaam – from which it’s accessible by private helicopter or boat – is now quietly available for weekly buyouts. Beyond the whitewashed five-bedroom villa, whose cool palette brings something of a Gustavian sensibility to proceedings, are a few bandas and beach tents for kids and additional guests. The owners offset the indulgence factor with real sustainability efforts; the entire island is solar-powered, and a percentage of lettings proceeds goes into education and health initiatives for the 60,000-strong local population of nearby Mafia Island.

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