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Xanadu Villas & Retreat

A sumptuous Zanzibarian oasis amidst palm trees and pristine beach

Xanadu Villas & Retreat

Don't let the bumpy dirt road scare you off. Behind thick, wooden doors lies the ultimate island escape. You have exclusive use of a private house with six exquisite luxury villas that lead down onto arguably one of the best beaches along Zanzibar's south coast in Bwejuu. The organic architecture of the individually designed spaces blends and accentuates the island life with the distinct mosaic of arabic, Indian and African style that is unique to Zanzibar. The service is stellar, so sit back, relax and let yourself be spoiled in magnificent surrounds.

At the lodge

The hotel

Exposed thatch roofing reaches into the sky, silhouetted with draped white cotton and surrounded in a jungle of lush, leafy palms and colourful vegetation. Light and easy flowing Xanadu holds privacy and exclusivity close to heart, a central welcoming area leading off into the gardens and the private villas. A central pool encompasses the main dining area around flowing drapery and oh-so-romantic night lighting while the resident chef serves up fine local and international cuisine.

The rooms

A delightfully clean colour palette is used throughout; rich locally crafted artefacts, tables and chairs peppered with bursts of island colour and patterned textures. Villa Alfajiri is the ultimate honeymoon hideaway and Kimwondo has the intimate rooftop pool. Korongo and Mlima are prefect for groups or families with stylish, large living areas and luscious garden surrounds. Mbingo is the presidential suite, with two bedrooms, balconies, rooftop pools and direct beach access.

On safari

Experiences

The onsite spa is perfect for unwinding from it all. But with the Indian ocean on your doorstep, quite literally, bring lots of resort and beach ware because you will not be able to tear yourself from all you can do in the ocean. Supping, Kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling keeps you busy on water while on land you can explore Zanzibar island ice and village tours organised through the concierge.

When to go

Zanzibar by month

January

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

February

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

March

Season: Wet
  • The weather is not good over this period with high temperatures and plenty of rain, often in the form of storms.
  • Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period.
  • Diving is not idea during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

May

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period.
  • Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

June

Season: Dry
  • At the end of the wet season, temperatures are cooler, wind can still be strong with sporadic rainfall across the month.
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.

July

Season: Dry
  • Diving is is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.

August

Season: Dry
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.

September

Season: Dry
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.

October

Season: Dry
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind.
  • If you are a keen fisherman, billfish fishing season kicks off.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

December

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • Diving is not at its best but decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.

Wildlife


In the gin-clear ocean around Zanzibar, marvel at bright corals with over 450 species of tropical fish, octopus, stingrays, moray eels, green turtles, hawksbill turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, and if you are very lucky: whales sharks and manta rays. In the coastal forests, spot the colobus and Sykes monkeys, bush babies, more than 50 species of butterfly, as well as brilliant bird species.

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