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Located on the east coast of Zanzibar, White Sands Luxury Villas & Spa is a luxury beach resort on the Paje beachfront and currently the only resort in Tanzania to be hailed as a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux family.
There are just 11 private villas with either one, two or three bedrooms, and all of them have private pools, outdoor bath and roof terraces with views out to sea.
The in-house restaurant overlooks the communal pool and serves international dishes given a Zanzibari twist. This central building is also home to the bar and a rooftop lounge where guests can enjoy sundowners or fresh juices.
The spa has a sauna, a steam room and a calming waterfall and also offers a wide range of treatments, many of which use products made by the local community from seaweed, coconut and local spices in keeping with the hotel's admirable policy of sustainability and that sees the entire place powered by a wind turbine and solar panels. The restaurant also uses a good deal of home grown produce.
Paje beach itself is blessed with year-round winds and shallow waters, making it the perfect kitesurfing spot and the in-house kitesurf club can arrange equipment hire and lessons for beginners.