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Xanadu Villas Zanzibar
Private Villa at Xanadu Retreat, Zanzibar

Xanadu Villas Zanzibar features eight unique and individually designed villas on one of the finest beaches on Zanzibar’s South East coast, Dongwe.

Dongwe features endless white-sand beaches meeting crystal-clear azure waters.

Xanadu Villas Zanzibar is an experience, a lifestyle, an awakening of what life can be, what it should be. It exceeds tranquillity, luxury and expectation. Six uncompromising villas surrounding a pool area so magical it excites images of African and Arabian folklore and a private beach with the warm Indian Ocean a few short steps from each villa. Unmatched in Zanzibar, Xanadu Villas offer a retreat conceived and crafted by her owners Eileen and Marcus out of a desire to breathe.

Travellers from around the globe flock to this little corner of paradise - the quintessential island getaway.

Dongwe is encircled by lush tropical vegetation, with an offshore coral reef teeming with colourful tropical fish and an array of other marine life. There are various activities on offer at Dongwe, including swimming with wild dolphins, forest excursions, and plenty of fresh local cuisine.

The villas surround a central pool and dining area, set within a tropical garden and palm trees. Safari Guru travellers can rent Xanadu's villas individually, or the entire retreat is on offer exclusively for up to 22 guests. As the villas sleep 2-4 guests, Xanadu is an ideal setting for family groups, honeymooners or beach lovers searching for privacy, high-quality service and fine dining.

Each villa has a private plunge pool, beach access, a lounge and kitchen, and an assigned butler. Xanadu is known for its top-class cuisine, and the food is considered some of the best on the island. Chefs are often sourced from leading restaurants in Cape Town, ensuring the days' fresh catches from the Indian Ocean are prepared just to your liking.


Xanadu offers snorkelling, paddle boarding, sunset dhow cruises and a spa. Additional activities such as diving and kite surfing are outsourced, yet quickly and efficiently organised by the ever-helpful Xanadu personnel.

Xanadu is approximately an hour road transfer from Zanzibar airport and the historic Stone Town, a central hub of culture, trade and vibrance; a must-visit for first-timers to this unique part of the world.

Xanadu Villas Zanzibar

Property Details

Dongwe, the South East beach of Zanzibar just south of Baraza and The Palms
Eight uniquely designed private villas. Five villas have one bedroom and three villas have two bedrooms.
Guest Room Facilities
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Cooking Equipment, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Facilities, Laundry Service (Available), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Outside Shower, Plunge Pool, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Resort Facilities
24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Eco Friendly, Gym (nearby), Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa
Family Policy
No children under five please unless in an exclusive use booking
snorkelling, paddle boarding, sunset dhow cruises and a spa inhouse, and diving or kite surfing off-site
Available Services
Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Chauffeur Service, Credit Card, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours)
Afternoon tea, water, soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea, house wine, beer and a selection of in-house spirits. Guided activities including sea kayaking, snorkelling from Xanadu’s beach, and stand up paddle boarding.
Not Included
Champagne and premium wines. Laundry and room service. Deep sea fishing, spearfishing, scuba diving, snorkelling from a motor boat & PADI courses, surfing, kite boarding, sunset dhow cruise, and any excursions such as Stone Town, Jozani forest and spice tours. Spa & beauty treatments, massages & yoga.
Why Xanadu Villas and Retreat
Privacy and exclusivity, and a very high standard of butler service and cuisine

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