Thursday, March 10, 2016

THANDA ISLAND - TANZANIA

Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive tropical islands located in the District of Mafia Island, Tanzania. The Thanda Island Villa features five bedrooms and an expansive living area featuring everything you would want from an extravagant beach house, including an indoor aquarium. On Thanda Island you can rest, rejuvenate, enjoy adventure sports and explore this pristine playground.

Thanda Island is so remote and so well-assembled that it’s practically its own vacation nation. It is, first, an Indian Ocean island off the coast of Tanzania, about a forty-minute helicopter flight southeast of Dar es Salaam. At low tide it measures about twenty acres of forest and beach, and further insulates its guests in a cocoon of privacy by being in an aquatic Tanzanian game reserve.

The island is the matching super-luxe offshore retreat, bookable year-round at $10,000 per night, with a minimum stay of a week.

Step onto the Island
Nestled within Tanzania’s Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve, Thanda Island is 8ha in size, 1,1km in circumference and 350m wide, and surrounded by coral reefs, which protect it from stormy seas. This adds to the Island’s suitability for families. All you need to do is fly to the international airport at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital city, and we’ll either fly you directly to the Island by helicopter or arrange a charter flight for you to nearby Mafia Island, where we’ll meet you by boat.

Glittering Turquoise Waters
Once you step onto the silken white beaches of your own private island, surrounded by glittering turquoise waters, you’ll experience a complete sense of freedom. It’s how we should feel.

Adventure, Relaxation and Total Privacy 
Everything on the Island has been created for adventure, relaxation and total privacy. There’s no driving to the Villa, as you step off the boat or helicopter, it is right there and yours alone to enjoy. It’s your home, with a paradise-inspired living area featuring everything you could want in this beautiful beach house, and five exquisite, air-conditioned bedroom suites leading directly onto the beach. The Island is totally safe for you to explore and enjoy.

Your Every Need and Desire 
Looking after your every need on Thanda Island is a select team dedicated entirely to you, including your own Executive Chef, Hostess, Housekeeper and Boatman.

Massages and Dining on the Beach 
Dine on the beach or on an Arab dhow, have a massage on the beach or take a sunset cruise around your own private island; head out on a big game fishing adventure or bathe in the warm tropical waters where we will serve you a delectable picnic on a sandbank in the sea.
  
Off The Grid 
Experience an off-the-grid lifestyle on the Island, which is powered by solar energy. For those who need to remain connected, the Island has full wifi Internet and mobile phone reception.

Thanda Island Relaxes You And Restores Your Vital Force 
You have exclusive use of the Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve surrounding Thanda Island. A boathouse full of equipment is yours to enjoy, and a Boatman is dedicated to you as your personal guide.

Big Game Fishing 
We have a fully equipped 28-foot reef runner cat, deep-sea boat if you would like to do some big game fishing nearby Mafia Island. Catch and release iconic species or bring home the catch of the day for the Chef to prepare for your lunch or dinner.

Scuba Diving
We’ll take you to Chole Bay for an incredible diving experience in the Mafia Island Marine Park. The largest marine protected area in the Indian Ocean, it offers some of the most spectacular diving off the East African Coast, including an intriguing diversity of coral reefs, five species of turtles and 400 species of enchanting reef fish. Because Chole Bay is well protected, you can dive here all year round.

Swimming And Snorkelling
Swim and snorkel in the translucent, tropical waters. Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of an up-close encounter with the gentlest giants of the ocean, the whale sharks, when they congregate just south of Thanda Island from October to February.

Sailing, Paddling And Kayaking 
Ride the trade winds in paradise on your very own sailboat, or explore the coral reef in a kayak or canoe. We can also organise a sailing trip on a traditional Arab fishing dhow.

Tanzanian Adventure 
We can arrange a visit to Zanzibar Island with its spice fields and incredible blend of modern and ancient Tanzanian culture; or a visit to Africa’s largest game reserve, the World Heritage Site-listed Selous Game Park. Both are an hour’s flight away.

Conservation Commitment 
Thanda Island is situated within the Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve, and is partnering with the Tanzanian Marine Parks and a leading NGO called Sea Sense, on a range of marine conservation and education programmes in the region. 

These include research and conservation projects on the sea turtles, dugongs, dolphins, whale sharks, coral reefs and marine reserves. Five species of marine turtles occur in Tanzania’s waters. The largest fish in the world – the gentle, human-friendly whale shark - breeds just south of the Island.

Community Commitment 
Thanda Island has a far-reaching commitment to the Tanzanian people, and is participating in a range of social upliftment programmes on neighbouring Mafia Island, which has approximately 60 000 people. We are committed to the education of young people in sustainable fish harvesting, marine conservation, and in the development of healthy, sporting activities, such as football.

Monday, February 29, 2016

RED CARPET COUPLES - OSCARS 88TH ACADEMY AWARDS 2016

Chrissy Teigen, wearing a red lace gown by Marchesa, and John Legend, wearing a Paul Smith tuxedo.

Sylvester Stallone and wife Jennifer Flavin.

Eniko Parrish and Kevin Hart.

Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic.

Charlotte Riley and Tom Hardy

Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh

OSCARS 88TH ACADEMY AWARDS 2016 - "LIVE ON E"

The complete list of 2016 Oscar Winners  from OSCAR SUNDAY as well as the complete list of 2016 Oscar nominees ARE HERE.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant - WINNER
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room - WINNER
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies  - WINNER
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl  - WINNER
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out - WINNER
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant  - WINNER
Sicario

COSTUME DESIGN
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road  - WINNER
The Revenant

DIRECTING
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant  - WINNER
Room
Spotlight

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
Amy  - WINNER
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
Body Team 12
Chau, beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness  - WINNER
Last Day of Freedom

FILM EDITING
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road  - WINNER
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Son of Saul  - WINNER
Theeb
A War

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Mad Max: Fury Road  - WINNER
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out
the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight  - WINNER
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre  - WINNER

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road  - WINNER
The Martian
The Revenant

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
Bear Story - WINNER
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Shok
Stutterer  - WINNER

SOUND EDITING
Mad Max: Fury Road  - WINNER
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SOUND MIXING
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road  - WINNER
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina  - WINNER
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
The Big Short - WINNER
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight - WINNER
Straight Outta Compton