Situated in its’ own marine reserve off the coast of Tanzania, Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive island getaways and I was lucky enough to experience the pure beauty over one of the most memorable New Year Eve’s I have had to date. Arriving by boat as the sun set over the magical island, greeted by music, dancing and ice-cold Pina Colada’s – I knew this would be a trip to remember.



I find it incredibly difficult to relax, but Pierre and Adrian from Thanda assured me that the moment I stepped onto the island I would forget about the extremely busy year and overly indulgent Christmas and just switch off. They wanted to ensure, in the short time we were there, that we really experienced the Thanda way of living: relaxing at this private, adventure-filled environment where time dissolves.


Flying over this remote and completely beautiful island, I realised that we really were about to experience true privacy in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Upon sailing onto the beach, the true beauty of this Kennedy inspired 10-bedroom villa surrounded by sand became obvious. You simply could never be bored on the island, whether enjoying the snorkelling, diving and water sports or indulging in the 5 course menus in the many different areas possible (even a sand bar which appears for 8 hours a day!).



I have travelled to some of the most exclusive places in the world, including a number of properties in the Maldives, and thought I had experienced the highest of standards and level of service possible; but Thanda Island is redefining luxury. Anything is possible – all you have to do is ask. I felt rested, rejuvenated and enlightened to a whole new class of effortlessly elegant hospitality. Thank you to the entire team for the best trip of my life.


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