An absolute favourite of ours, White Sand Villas near Page has set a new standard on Zanzuibar. The beach here is very, very good and the luxuruios and spacious private villas are perfect for families and honeymooners alike. If it can be afforded, it should absolutely be top of your list on Zanzibar.
White Sand Villas. Paje, the detail
The newcomer on the island, White Sand Villas is much what we have dreamed of for Zanzibar
, putting it in first place as our favourite choice for top end accommodation on the island. Private, quiet and lovely, it is an ideal Tanzania honeymoon
hideaway, but also, oddly, it is superbly appointed for families, extending so far as to accommodate a huge party group of up to twelve in the five bed presidential villa.
White Sand has just 12 villas with a range of room options, but it sprawls through gardens and pathways along a vast 2km beach on the east coast. The gardens are gorgeous, each villa, whether a one room, two room or the monumental five room presidential villa, has its own sandy ‘garden’, with plunge pool and comfortable chilling areas with beds and hammocks. They are all vast. Each double or twin room is huge, with grand billowing nets and blackout blinds over the floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors. The air conditioning is contained within the bed and net, alongside a heavy, nearly silent modern fan. These are the details that count for so much!
Smart, slick bathrooms have generous ‘rainwater’ showers inside, and glorious outdoor baths and showers amid private palms and frangipani flowers. Rooms are smart, simple, authentic and extremely well designed, possibly a little excessive even, with their additional huge sitting room with tv. The wifi, showers, coffee machines, air-conditioning, fans are all tip-top,
It is expensive, but if you can afford it, choose it. In comparison with similarly priced East coast hotels, it has the charm and privacy and much better sea swimming, although being small and quiet there are less activities – almost none, bar a game of table tennis or trip to the spa. The coral sands are unspoilt at this point, a little messed with seaweed which the hotel tries to clear, and at least twice a day, at high tide, the swimming is excellent, a great Tanzania beach