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Thanda Island: Heaven on Earth exists and it will cost visitors $10,000 a night

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17 February 2016

Former deputy editor

Heaven on Earth will open to visitors in April 2016 and it can be found on Thanda Island – a private East African paradise that will cost high net worth tourists $10,000 a night.

In January, Land Rover set out on a mission to introduce a “the most luxurious road trip on Earth”. Spread across 21 days, the travel experience will cost buyers £100,000 as they travel across five continents and eight countries.

However, Swedish entrepreneur Dan Olofsson and wife Christin have developed a less mobile luxury experience with Thanda Island, a tropical paradise located in Tanzania.

The pair are already accomplished with African tourism ventures, having previously launched Thanda Safari, a private game reserve in South Africa.

Thanda Island, which has been a decade in the making, will offer a different experience entirely, however.

Surrounded by coral reef that protect the location from stormy seas, the island is just 350m wide and comes equipped with turquoise waters and white beaches that are set to provide visitors with blissful freedom like never before.

Given the nature of the island, Thanda can only be accessed by boat or helicopter from Tanzania’s capital city of Dar es Salaam.

Unlike Center Parcs, which is often slammed for fluctuating prices, Thanda Island charges a flat rate – one that will set visitors back $10,000 a night for the slice of utopia.

The venture has been designed for complete “adventure, relaxation and total privacy” and guests will stay in a villa on the beach that comes complete with five bedroom suites, all of which provide direct access for visitors to jump out and stroll across the sand.

“Ten years ago it started with a dream, a fanciful ambition to find a small, remote, uninhabited Tropical Island off the coast of East Africa with exquisite white beaches and turquoise seas. We wanted to find something utterly private and natural, where sea turtles nest and where you can bathe safely in blue heaven,” said Pierre Delvaux, MD, Thanda Tanzania.

“That dream, that fanciful ambition is Thanda Island. We found it, and we can hardly believe that such a place still exists: a perfect Indian Ocean island within a protected marine reserve, where the only trace of human beings is the occasional Arab fishing dhow passing by.”

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Keeping the natural feel intact, everything is solar powered – but those business travellers desperate to remain connected will be pleased to know that Thanda comes equipped with WiFi and mobile signal.

A small Thanda Island team – including chef, hostess, housekeeper and boatman – will tend to guests during their stay, while activities comprise sunset cruises, fishing trips, picnics, scuba diving and more.

With support of conservation projects to preserve local species that include sea turtles, dolphins and whale sharks, Thanda has also committed to support the 60,000 people who reside on neighbouring Mafia Island by delivering education and healthy activities to youngsters.

Delvaux continued: “We set about creating the most exclusive, unique and luxurious villa on the Island where our guests can enjoy the freedom, pleasure and excitement of an utterly private escape. 

“Our ideal, which is steered by the owners of Thanda Tanzania, Christin and Dan Olofsson of Sweden, is one where discreet, unrivalled simplicity meets effortless service brilliance.

“After so many years of searching, planning and creating, we are thrilled and very excited to invite you to experience the magic and freedom of Thanda Island.”

Planning a visit to Thanda Island? Well, once you’ve booked your trip, you should put an order in for the £1,400 underwater jet pack from marine tech enterprise Supermarinovation, which is designed to “unleash your inner superhero”.