Sneak Peek: Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas, Zanzibar, Tanzania

  • Jennifer Ashton Ryan

Kiteboarding conditions are near perfect in front of the new Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas, as are the Indian Ocean views from the resort’s massive accommodations.

Why Go: After climbing Kilimanjaro in 2010, the French-Polish entrepreneur Andre Niznik visited Zanzibar to decompress. In Paje, a village on the east coast of the main island, he found some of the best conditions for kitesurfing he has known. The following season, he opened a thatched A-frame kitesurfing school on the beach. His latest project, Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas, stretches out across 9 beachfront acres adjacent to the school.

What to Expect: Eleven villas (from $490) tucked among baobab trees and Paje’s white sands are the newest accommodations on the resort-lined Paje beach. Safari-goers familiar with Shompole in Kenya will recognize architect Neil Rocher’s use of sustainable materials and undulating lines. Layouts range from one to three bedrooms, fitted with furnishings made on-site, that open onto wooden decks with private swimming pools. Services are casual and somewhat basic, with butlers being guests’ main point of contact to facilitate in-room check-in, arrange meals, and book spa treatments. There is a restaurant on the property for fresh fish and local Zanzibari cuisine. Kitesurfing in the shallow, flat waters in front of the resort is ideal 10 months of the year (avoid May and November).

How to Get There: The resort is 25 miles from Zanzibar’s main airport. (+255.776.263.451, www.whitesandvillas.com)

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