Xanadu is something out of a movie set. The name itself inspires ideas of grandeur and blissed-out luxury, and this outpost on the white sand beach of Zanzibar embodies just that.
Xanadu: Coastal Zanzibar's African-Arabian Paradise
Escape to the southeastern shores of this Tanzanian island, but not to just any property and not just any location: this oasis of comfort features a just a half-dozen private villas, each with its own plunge pool, and is fronted by the soft white sands and calm azure waters of the Indian Ocean, making it a peaceful retreat for couples and families alike.
A dream come true for Eileen and Durban Marcus, the idea for Xanadu was born during the couple's vacation in Zanzibar. These world travelers were so taken by this area that they stayed to turn Xanadu into what we see today. Every detail was crafted by the pair in unison with nature. The walls are built from pink coral, and the window frames and decking were constructed with wood from a sunken old trading dhow. African and Arabian accents are evident throughout, and thoughtful amenities are part of the package.
With six villas tucked into a tropical garden just out of reach of the gentle waves of the Indian Ocean, Xanadu is perfect for honeymooners and families looking for a private piece of African paradise. Have a few more people joining you? Don’t worry, it’s possible to book out the entire outpost for the get-together of a lifetime.
The ethos of the Xanadu team is to celebrate life, and that’s exactly what you’ll be doing during your stay. Choose from a curated list of wines from around the world, enjoy exceptional cuisine prepared by the resident chef, and pretend you’re in an exotic fairy tale while taking a dip in the picturesque pool. For those seeking a bit more Outside-style adventure, fear not. There are plenty of ways to get your adrenaline fix, too. Surf both gentle and challenging waves, hike the Jozani Forest in search of red colobus monkeys, and sail in a traditional Arab dhow at sunset. For those seeking a truly authentic Zanzibari experience, try your hand at spearfishing, kitesurfing, and scuba diving—the visibility in these crystal-blue waters only enhances the activity. Whatever you fill your days with, you’ll be ready to relax in your sumptuous suite with a hand-crafted cocktail come dusk, before doing it all over again tomorrow.
6 super-plush beachside villas tucked away into a tropical garden
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Xanadu is the perfect blend of ultimate barefoot romance and adrenaline-filled adventure
WHEN TO GO
"Xanadu is an experience, a lifestyle, an awakening of what life can be, what it should be. [It] has been crafted holistically out of a desire to breathe."
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