Xanadu Luxury Villas and Retreat
Xanadu Luxury Villas and Retreat is a fabulous addition to the hotels of Zanzibar, and a very welcome one – there is nothing else like it in terms of size, elegance and overall offering on the island.
For a group booking this cannot be beaten, but likewise if booking villa by villa, the lush gardens and huge trees ensure privacy and quiet throughout. The pristine and relatively deserted beach is fringed by plentiful palm trees rustling in the breeze, and at low tide, the distant sound of waves breaking on the reef provides a rhythmic and soothing background soundtrack to each day.
The staff at Xanadu have been drawn from some of Zanzibar’s most established hospitality institutions, and as such the service here is thoughtful, discreet, bespoke and intuitive. The cuisine is easily some of the best on the island, and their Kiota spa is a little jewel (‘kiota’ in Swahili means a small star).
The team can organise any of the activities Zanzibar has to offer. So whether you’re looking for SCUBA diving, deep sea fishing, historical and cultural tours, or simply relaxing, you’ll be made to feel at home.
Coral Tree luxury rating
Number of rooms
8 villas of varying sizes
No children under 5 unless in an exclusive use booking. Xanadu is most suited to older families, being small, sophisticated and peaceful
Why we love it
“Each villa is beautifully designed and very different from the others - the sense of place here is phenomenal, and that’s before all the amenities, fantastic food and peace.”
Tess, Coral Tree founder
Key Highlights & Amenities
- Can be booked for 22 people on an exclusive use basis, or villa by villa
- Fantastic cuisine directed by some of Cape Town’s finest chefs
- Beautiful boutique spa right on the beach
- A sophisticated and elegant retreat
- Plenty of activities available locally from scuba diving to fishing to spice tours