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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Floor

Paradise found for parents seeking a stylish yet family-friendly beach retreat

Two bedroom villa at Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

If you’re a parent who goes cold at the thought of holidaying at a hulking hotel with a kids club, you’re not alone. Fortunately, opting for a property that’s family-friendly doesn’t necessarily mean you have to compromise on all the 5-star bells and whistles you might have become accustomed to before there were little ones to consider. Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is one such place. Here, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds: relaxed, quality time with the kids in a beautiful location packed with things to please guests both big and small. Located on the beachfront of Paje, this exclusive boutique resort overlooks the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the pristine white sands of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Comprising of only 11 villas in total, five of these have two-bedrooms. Dotted amongst the 4 hectares of lush tropical gardens, the two-bed villas are ideal for families who want to sleep under the same roof but have the space and privacy of separate rooms (an appealing thought for bleary-eyed parents in desperate need of R&R). Designed by renowned architect Neil Rocher, each luxury villa has two units: one housing the bedrooms and bathroom, the other includes the kitchen, dining room and lounge. An exotic garden with a terrace and swimming pool connects them. With your very own butler at your beck and call, you can enjoy a break from your regular domestic routine and focus on the important stuff: precious time with the family without the distractions of everyday life. The biggest choices you’ll have to make will revolve around whether to have a delicious supper of freshly caught fish served in your villa or dine in the intimate surroundings of the restaurant. Should you while away an afternoon swimming with dolphins, hop on a paddleboard and explore the shoreline or watch your toddler while they paddle in the crystal clear shallows? Decisions, decisions. Another option you might want to consider is marveling at your teen zoom across the water while they kitesurf. Steady year-round winds and flat shallow waters protected by a coral reef and the sandy beach make Paje one of the top kitesurfing destinations in the world. The neighbouring high-end kitesurf club is also owned by Zanzibar White Sand which has all the equipment and tuition you could need whether you are a novice or a pro. They also have other water sports equipment available for hire.Switching off is a crucial part of any holiday. If your idea of recharging the batteries involves some kid-free me-time, then the property also has a babysitting service. Grown-ups can enjoy a session in the spa, a sundowner on the rooftop bar or a delicious dinner à deux while the kids drift off dreaming of their day’s adventures. Villas from $700 per night

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