Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa
Joining the array of privately owned and resort-affiliated luxury villas in East Africa’s Zanzibar, Tanzania, the Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is always ready to welcome in guests in its exclusive and eco-friendly vision of one of east Africa’s most renowned architects, with stunning facilities designed to blend with the natural environment. Since its opening, Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa has become synonymous with luxury on Zanzibar’s eastern coast.
Following a climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010, French-Polish entrepreneur Andre Niznik arrived in Paje Beach, Zanzibar, seeking rest and relaxation. Instead, he found some of the best kitseurfing conditions in the world, as well as the site of his future hotel property, Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa, which opened on July 2014.
As we’re seeing with many new properties popping up around the globe, Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa has joined the sustainable-resort movement and has taken major precautions to preserve its natural landscapes through architecture designed around the existing fauna. Heading up the project was architect Neil Rocher who is known for his eco-friendly designs and offers a wealth of knowledge of African culture. His designs paired with founder and owner Andre Niznik’s vision to create a sanctuary of uncompromising luxury. The hotel is also committed to giving back to the local community.
The all-villa property has 11 villas and 3 Cinnamon Rooms and each of them was designed by renowned architect Neil Rocher to fit in with the natural garden surroundings and all face the seafront. Among the villas, guests can choose between three different villa categories spread over nine acres of gardens: five beachfront one-bedroom villas, five two-bedroom villas and one Presidential five-bedroom villa. The central section of each villa is a lounge with stunning high ceilings and a dining area. The bedroom(s) feature king-size beds, a dressing closet, a bathroom with a rain shower, and an outdoor bathtub. First-line villas located closest to the ocean. The Presidential Villa also has a Jacuzzi tub. Each villa is comprised of two units: the first includes bedroom(s), bathrooms and a walk-in closet; while the second holds the living areas, kitchen, dining room and lounge. Which is a nice addition for those visiting with family and needing separate sleeping and activity areas. Making sure you get the best views throughout your stay, both units face the sea, no matter which room category you choose. Also, the surrounding vegetation provides a layer of natural privacy as it carefully interweaves itself through the property.
The building that houses Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa’s restaurant also has a bar, a fine-dining restaurant, a rooftop lounge and a large swimming pool, with air conditioning and Wi-Fi available throughout. The stylish restaurant overlooks the main pool and serves up an international menu with Zanzibar flavours. To give you an idea of Zanzibari fare, it’s a combination of flavors and traditions from African, Indian, British, Arab, Portuguese and Chinese cuisines. Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa also focuses on local vegetables and fruits that are quality-controlled in eco-friendly conditions. At the indoor bar, guests are invited to enjoy signature cocktails and freshly squeezed juices in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere where you can pull up a stool and sit at the bar, unwind in the lounge or relax poolside. The rooftop lounge is the perfect place to relax and take in the sunset, preferably with a drink in hand. There’s also a Beach Bar for you to enjoy when you’re on the sand. For extra privacy, you can dine in your villa.
There’s a tropical spa in a tranquil area with waterfalls, a steam room and sauna, where therapists use local products from coconut to spices in the wide range of treatments. Treatments are designed to revitalize and relax guests using locally sourced ingredients such as seaweed, cloves, and other signature spices.
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas and Spa is located on Paje Beach, in Zanzibar, Tanzania, approximately 40 km from airport in Zanzibar. The calm waters of Paje beach provide one of the world’s best kitesurfing spots and the resort has its own high-end watersports centre. In addition to kitesurfing, guests can also go snorkeling, fishing, swimming with dolphins in open waters, go one a spice tour, visit Stone Town, or go island hopping in a traditional boat. The coral reef located near Paje Beach some 2 km from the coastline is accessible via boat for snorkeling.
Beachfront One Bedroom Villa
Directly placed on the beachfront, this villa hosts comfortably 2 adults and is a perfect retreat for a peaceful and romantic holiday. The unique architecture of each villa has been specially designed to blend in with the natural beauty of the setting and is uncompromising when it comes to meeting the highest standards of luxury. The villas face the seafront and consist of two units connected by a garden with a terrace and private pool. The main part of the villa is a day area with a stunning high-ceiling lounge and dining section. The second part is a resting area including bedroom(s) with a king-size bed, a dressing closet, a bathroom with rain shower as well as an outdoor bathtub.
Family Two Bedrooms Villa
The Two-bedroom villa is ideal for families or groups: with its private swimming pool and recreational area, two en-suite bedrooms, it ensures a maximum privacy and space. The unique architecture of each villa has been specially designed to blend in with the natural beauty of the setting and is uncompromising when it comes to meeting the highest standards of luxury. The villas face the seafront and consist of two units connected by a garden with a terrace and private pool. The main part of the villa is a day area with a stunning high-ceiling lounge and dining section. The second part is a resting area including bedrooms with a king-size bed, a dressing closet, a bathroom with rain shower as well as an outdoor bathtub.
Presidential Five Bedrooms Villa
The Presidential Five-bedroom villa includes three en-suite bedrooms and two bedrooms sharing a bathroom, 730 sqm of recreational area and comfortably hosts 10 persons (possibility of an extra bedding). The unique architecture of villa has been specially designed to blend in with the natural beauty of the setting and is uncompromising when it comes to meeting the highest standards of luxury. This villa has a private pool, a kitchen, a large living room with projector facilities, a hot tub on the rooftop terrace and a washing machine.
The Cinnamon rooms are the perfect option for travelers seeking for a compromise between comfort and budget. Located just 150 mt from the beach, each room is garden-view and includes: TV, Fridge, Safe, Tea/coffee amenities, A/C, Wi-Fi, Housekeeping daily. Note that the cinnamon rooms are located in one building. There is no private swimming pool for these rooms but Guests have access to the main swimming pool by the restaurant. There are 3 different size of Cinnamon Rooms: per 2, 4 or up 6 adults.
The Spa is nestled in the island’s natural landscape and includes a tropical seating area with waterfall. Indulge in a wide range of treatments or relax in the steam room or sauna: the Spa offering is crafted with your total comfort in mind and the treatments may be offered in a individual or a couple setting. Their therapists use locally sourced products produced by local communities and are based on seaweed, coconut and spices found in Zanzibar. The Spa has two treatment rooms, a steam room and sauna and a relaxation area.
Ideal for swimming and sunbathing and with breathtaking views of the ocean.
Outdoor Fitness Area
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa provides opportunities for exercise using fitness equipment in the outdoor.
The kitchen garden is where the aromatic herbs and organic vegetables used in their chef’s delicious dishes are grown.
Zanzibar Kite Paradise
Few places in the world are as ideal for kitesurfing as Paje Beach, where you’ll find Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa. The hotel is home to the Zanzibar Kite Paradise kitesurfing school and watersports center and many kitesurfers flock there each year to surf the calm waves and steady breezes that are found here. Ideal kitesurfing conditions can be found year-round, except during the months of May and November.
“Tanzania’s Leading Resort 2016” – nominated by World Travel Awards
“Tanzania’s Leading Spa Resort 2016” – nominated by World Travel Awards
“Zanzibar’s Leading Resort 2016” – nominated by World Travel Awards
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Andre Niznik is a French entrepreneur with a long-lasting passion for sports. A successful CEO and investor in multiple companies, he settled down for 20 years in Grenoble, France in order to satisfy his love of winter sports, before falling in love with Zanzibar after a Kilimanjaro climb in 2010. Today, Andre is the founder and owner of Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas in Paje, Zanzibar. An avid Kite Surfer for 7 years, he also founded Zanzibar Kite Paradise, a kitesurfing centre, part of the resort.
This privately owned resort is a project based on the personal pursuit of sustainable luxury in the paradise that is Paje, Zanzibar. Three years after the start of the project, it exceeds every objective that was set when their vision was first conceived. Luxury, comfort and private space have been their guiding values in the creation of this exclusive 5-star resort but not at the expense of the local environment: they pay special attention to the preservation of the island’s rich culture. The naturally rich and unforgettable landscape of Zanzibar is preserved and enhanced by an architecture designed around existing fauna.
The Sustainability mission of Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa:
“We believe that high standards should be met while preserving the environment. Luxury shouldn’t cost the earth, and as such we strive to preserve and enhance the naturally rich landscape of Zanzibar with unobtrusive architecture designed around existing fauna. Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is powered by wind and solar energy thanks to solar panels and a state-of-the-art wind turbine.Additionally, the resort relies on its own water source and desalination plant. Each villa is equipped with photovoltaic solar water heating system. We apply sustainable policies within the resort including recycling and growing organic fruits and vegetables in our plantation, which are used in our restaurant for a controlled quality.”
When to go:
Because Tanzania (and hence Zanzibar) lies below the equator, the coolest months occur during the northern hemisphere’s summer, and all year round the weather remains pleasant and comfortable. Tanzania itself is known for having four distinctive weather seasons. Thus there are two distinct rainy periods – the long rains and the short rains – separated by mainly dry periods. However the best time to visit Zanzibar is from June to October during the cool, dry months of spring. Another popular time to visit this tropical island is from December to February when it’s hot and dry. An African beach holiday means sundrenched shores, palm fringed beaches and glorious sunsets – expect all this and more on a Zanzibar beach escape. There are two best times to scuba dive off the coast of Zanzibar, in July and August and in February and March. Diving off the north coast is particularly good from June to October and off the south coast between November and March. We don’t recommend visiting Zanzibar during the two rainy seasons, from mid-March to late May and again in November.
Doors to Zanzibar
With its stylish interior and stunning setting overlooking the large central pool, this restaurant serves up a first-class cuisine that blends local Zanzibar inspired dishes with International accents and flavours. This signature restaurant offers mouthwatering dishes based from organic fruits and vegetables from their garden and the freshest local ingredients. Enjoy freshly caught fish, tropical juices and a fine cuisine mixing zanzibari flavours with refined classics, in a stylish setting overlooking the large central pool.
Bar & Lounge
Cocktails, fresh juices and a quiet, relaxed atmosphere: you can pull up a stool and enjoy the bar, laze in the lounge or by the large swimming pool. The Restaurant building includes 3 bars (rooftop champagne bar, lounge bar and beach bar). The Lounge bar, by the Restaurant, with it’s stylish decor (Open from morning until Restaurant closing); The Rooftop Champagne bar, with its unbeatable view over the resort is open in the evenings and is the perfect place to look at the sun setting over Zanzibar; The Beach bar, open in the afternoons in season serves refreshing cocktails and finger food.
The island of Zanzibar, known locally as Ugunja, is a beautiful and historically rich destination at the crossroads of African and Arabic cultures. It offers many attractions as well as a colorful island adventures. Paje on the East coast of Zanzibar is a beach of clear white sand, facing the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The luxury resort of Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is perfectly positioned on its beachfront. Thanks to calm, shallow waters and the premium destination protected by the reef, Paje is also a world-class spot for both advanced and beginner kite surfers. An experience at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is all about being outdoors: enjoy an intimate dinner on the beach, relax by the pool or stroll in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean….Feeling active? Their Fitness area and bikes are available to you and they provide a large range of tours and excursions: from short safaris and island-hopping to sunset cruises, diving or swimming with dolphins, there is an activity for everyone, even the youngest.
Enjoy Kitesurf – With its year-round winds, calm shallow waters and idyllic sandy beach, Paje is well-known as one of the top kitesurfing spots in the world. This is why they opened their high-end Kitesurf club: Zanzibar Kite Paradise, focused on providing quality service, high-end equipment and an unrivaled experience. The kite centre’s placement is the finest on the coast for beginners and the flat waters will impress advanced riders. Situated on the border of the resort, it is accessible yet unobtrusive for the guests. Kitesurfing is a seasonal activity. The kite school is open yearly from June to September and from December to March. It is still possible to rent and kitesurf in the low seasons, lessons are available subject to instructor availability and weather conditions.
Visit Stone Town – Stone Town is the iconic capital of Zanzibar. It is in Stone Town that myriad narrow streets wind their way through craft shops, art galleries, fabric stalls and quaint coffee shops. It is also the perfect place to explore on foot and getting lost within this maze of ancient streets will give rise to a number of cultural experiences that can appear much more local and authentic than the beach life up north.
Discover the Northern Beaches – There are many superb white beaches and picturesque villages around Zanzibar ideal for those wanting to get away from the bustling town life, particularly along the northeast coast. Modestly veiled women make bright splashes of colour along white sandy stretches of beach, dhows with curved sails drift along close to shore and fishermen offer their fresh catches of the day to the simple seaside restaurants. Miles of pristine beaches are dotted with pockets of guesthouses, particularly around Kendwa and the fishing village of Nungwi, renowned for its tradition of boat building and one of the most popular locations, particularly with the younger crowd. There is excellent diving and deep-sea fishing off this coast. One of the most beautiful and isolated beaches is at Matemwe and the small offshore island of Mnemba has a fine coral reef offering some of Zanzibar’s best diving.
Say hello to Giant Turtles – Also known as Changuu, Prison Island is an island found about 6 kilometres north-west of South Town. Although there are wonderful coral areas to snorkel around Prison Island and you will have plenty of time to do so, the real attractions are the huge turtles and a highly engrossing Slave Trade Museum. The waters are some of the clearest anywhere in the Spice Islands and, once more, there is every chance you will catch a glimpse of the many pods of dolphins which inhabit this part of the Indian Ocean. Once on the island itself, you will have the unique and incredible opportunity to visit the giant turtles and, most often, this invitation is extended assist with feeding time in the afternoon. Provided you are gentle and respectful, it is perfectly fine to touch the turtles and interact with these gentle giants, some of which are more than 180 years old.
Explore the Jozani Forest – The Jozani Forest offers a walk among lush tropical vegetation, the last home to the famous Red Colobus monkey, a symbol of Zanzibar’s fauna. Accompanied by an experienced guide you will explore the Jozani Forest and head into the maze of mangroves populated by friendly and tiny single-claw crabs. Enjoy the nature, relaxation and exploration that are typical of Jozani Forest.
If you really want to get away from it all, look towards Tanzania and then cast your eyes into the ocean off the coast. There lies the island of Zanzibar, one of the original Spice Islands, far away from all’s thoughts, and a real get away from it all island. And here you really can get away from all. If you don’t believe us, please watch the video below by Tomasz Gonda which permits us to feel the colourful soul of this island. But before we want to introduce Zanzibar, an original trading island. Amongst the first visitors to Zanzibar were Arab traders who arrived in the 8th Century to trade gold, silks, ivory, spices, animal skins and slaves. A whole array of other nationalities arrived later, and many stayed and intermarried with the locals to form a culture that is uniquely diverse, and producing a race of people who regard hospitality to strangers as a sacred duty.
Zanzibar is known mostly for pristine beaches but has a rich cultural history as a trading hub. The main island, Unguja, is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town. An almost entirely Muslim city, Stone Town also has influences from Portuguese, Persian and Indian cultures. Stone Town is the old part of the capital, Zanzibar City and is a very small town that basically consists of beach front hotels and restaurants and an intricate network of alleyways within the interior.
Zanzibar has lots of activities associated with its waters. Swimming, snorkeling and diving are all part of the norm. There is also deep sea fishing, windsurfing and sailing in the traditional Arab dhows. Food is of the highest standard with seafood being amongst the best in Africa. The Indian Ocean has plentiful populations of fish, all of which are served up fresh, in various mixtures and combinations. The infiltrations of so many different cultures mean that food is exotic and delicious.
If you have the chance to spend your holiday in Zanzibar, you need to know that although Zanzibar is a popular destination, there really is a Zanzibar less traveled: its less-developed southeastern shore, to be specific, some distance from Stone Town and the more established tourist industry. Paje (picture above), on the East coast of Zanzibar, is a beach of clear white sand facing the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the luxury resort of Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is strategically placed on its beachfront. This is a boutique luxury resort opened in July 2014 and set up and privately owned by a passionate family.
The Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa subscribes to the barefoot luxury trend of holidays with an promise of high standard amenities, excellent services and captivating rooms and villas. The luxury villas are located on 4 hectares of lush gardens and along 200 mt of beachfront and are specifically designed to preserve the intimacy of the Guests: each villa boasts a private plot of up to 1500 sqm and a private pool. A stay at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is all about being outdoors and they offer many excursions as well as options for dining, relaxing by the beach or watching a sunset on the rooftop bar.