Tourism: Thanda Luxury Island in Tanzania keeps Exciting Africa and the World at the Awards


Tanzania’s Thanda Island has continued to shine globally as an exclusive travel destination after it was named Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2018, at the Global Travel Awards.

This is a tropical island with a single luxurious villa and two traditional Tanzanian Bandas in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Tanzania at the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve.

It took the hotel owners ten years to discover and develop this remarkably uncommon destination as a very special, totally private island getaway.

In 2016, Forbes Magazine detailed the island as a $10,000-A-Night Private Island and this has been followed by various awards. In this years awards, the award won the Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2018 and has been nominated as World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island 2018.

Previously, the Island won the World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island 2017, Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2017, and the World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island 2016.
World Travel Awards is the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought after awards programme in the global travel and tourism industry.

World Travel Awards (WTA) nominees are offered the first opportunity to promote their nominations to showcase their product, generate exposure and revenue as well as to encourage more votes.

Thanda Island was among the finest travel brands in Africa and the Indian Ocean which were unveiled at a star-studded gala ceremony in Durban, South Africa. The elite of the travel industry assembled for the World Travel Awards (WTA) Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2018 at the Durban International Convention Centre to find out who amongst them would be crowned best of the best.

Thanda Island beat other fellow African dream island destinations like Beyond Mnemba Island, in Zanzibar, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort in Mozambique and the Azura Quilalea Private Island in Mozambique.

However, Thanda faces a tough competition for the global gong with leading private islands in Sychelles, Philipines, Maldives, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Tasmania, French Polynesia, and Fiji with the voting still open. It has been nominated for the World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island 2018 honour.

by Kimani Chege

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