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Sultan Sands

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Memory foam beds, minibar, in-room safe, free WiFi
On the beach, white sand, snorkeling, 2 beach bars

Overview of Sultan Sands

Sultan Sands

4.0 star property
Kiwengwa beachfront hotel with 3 outdoor pools and restaurant

8.4/10 Very good

41 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air conditioning
  • Lounge area
PO BOX 3276,KIWENGWA, NORTH EAST COAST, Kiwengwa, Unguja North Region

Guests rated this location 6.8/10

Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurant and 2 beach bars
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Children's pool
  • Bar/lounge
  • Spa services
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Children's club
  • Conference center
  • Business center
For families
  • Children's pool
  • Children's club
  • Playground on site
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate sitting area
  • Television

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach
  • Mnemba Island - 35 min drive
  • Nungwi Beach - 59 min drive

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 46 min drive
  • Airport pick-up service


  • Andiamo - 8 min drive
  • Narai Thai Resaurant - 9 min drive
  • HUG IV SOUL - 20 min walk
  • The Jetty - 6 min drive
  • Pool Bar Nzuri - 9 min drive

About this property

Sultan Sands

At Sultan Sands, you'll have access to onsite snorkeling and kayaking. 3 outdoor pools provide a splash of fun, while guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in massages, facials, and body treatments. The restaurant is a great spot for a bite to eat and cold drinks are served at the pub. Other highlights at this upscale hotel include 2 beach bars, an outdoor tennis court, and a children's pool. The pool and nice bathrooms get good marks from fellow travelers.


All-inclusive room rates at Sultan Sands are available. These rates are higher because they include onsite food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Property is disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest accommodations are accessible via mobile device
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast and lunch
Reservations are required for the use of certain onsite facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 76 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - midnight
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age: 16
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 16


  • Children's club


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport pickup on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • 2 beach bars
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Snack bar/deli

Traveling with children

  • Children's club
  • Children's pool
  • Playground

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Tennis
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Shopping

Working away

  • Business center
  • Conference center


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 38 buildings/towers
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Spa services
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 32-inch TV

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Slippers
  • Window screens

Sleep well

  • Turndown service
  • Memory foam mattress

What to enjoy

  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Mobile key entry

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. There are massage/treatment rooms available. Services include facials and body treatments.


Mwambao - Onsite restaurant.
Kivuli Bar N Restaurant - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.
Mawimbi bar / Lounge - This pub overlooks the pool. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 1.00 per person, per night
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per adult: USD 90
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per child: USD 45 (from 2 to 12 years old)

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 70 per vehicle. Maximum occupancy 5


  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; guests can access their rooms with a mobile device; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast and lunch.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings, and can be accessed from outside the building via exterior corridors.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).


<p>This property does not have elevators. </p><p>Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit on site. </p><p>This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.</p>

Also known as

Sultan Sands
Sultan Sands Island Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Island Resort
Sultan Sands Island Resort Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Island Hotel Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Island Resort Zanzibar/Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Island
Sultan Sands Island Resort Zanzibar Island/Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Resort Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Resort
Sultan Sands Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Hotel
Sultan Sands Kiwengwa
Sultan Sands Hotel Kiwengwa

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Sultan Sands?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Sultan Sands?
Yes, there are 3 outdoor pools and a children's pool.
Are pets allowed at Sultan Sands?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Sultan Sands?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Sultan Sands?
Yes, a shuttle from the airport to the hotel is available. The charge is USD 70 per vehicle.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Sultan Sands?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Sultan Sands and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like kayaking and snorkeling, and practice your swing on the tennis courts. Enjoy a swim in one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools or use the hotel's other amenities, which include 2 beach bars and spa services. Sultan Sands also has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Sultan Sands?
Yes, Mwambao offers ocean views.
What's the area around Sultan Sands like?
Sultan Sands is located a short 7-minute walk from Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest. The local area is walkable and popular for its beaches.



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8/10 Very good

It is amazing hotel, cosy and sweet…
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing, lovely place to stay.
David, 4-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Everything was really nice.
Jakub, 8-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

We had a fun stay at Sultan Sands. It was very beautiful and the service was good. The location does feel a bit way from things and locals on the beach prevent any swimming or relaxation because of the constant selling.
5-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Great Stay, looking forward to return one day
Fantastic Stay!, comfortable, polite staff, Spa was amazing , Food was excellent and accommodating for Food Intolerances. Some of the Sunbeds could do with being improved, Cider, Rose and Procecco on the AI menu would be be a great Addition :)
Michelle, 6-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Samir Samsuddin, 1-night trip with friends
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6/10 Good

Not a 5* hotel, but nice location and beach
Hotel is NOT a 5* as shown on Hotel is 4* so check again before book I paid for 5* but I realized soon that its not the case. Dinner mediocre boring food buffet, some fish and some beef cooked for guests but nothing special. I ended up eating pasta 3 days in a row. No wine list, only one available lager beer. Breakfast had limited options, Juices not fresh, some deserts were ok. Pool service not available. When asked for some food at the pool around 15-15:30 bcz our kids were starving they sent us to go to next hotel. When we asked for advertised kids room they sent us to next hotel. Even spa massage etc are done in next hotel (Blue bay). Only option at pool was to stand in line with all the ALL inclusive guests to order something. Asked for baby crib twice, reception said they had no cribs available (too many families) but later a cleaning lady saw my wife with babyand offered to bring a crib Expect some locals to try sell trips/coconuts/souvenirs on the beach, but for me its part of the experience, so nothing to worry, just smile and avoid them. Security always around so not worries. Wifi was not good in room, but worst was that our room was connected with next room by a locked door, so we could hear almost all noise from next door guests. Live music everynight and good atmosphere in general ! Personal was happy to help and with smile. When asked at receptiona at checkout about not being a 5* as advertised, they ignored me unfortunately...
Emmanouil, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Zaytuny, 2-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Property and location are both great. Really enjoyed our stay. All staff and bar tenders was amazing. Dass really went out of his way to ensure our stay was extra amazing.
4-night romance trip
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