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Sultan Sands

Kiwengwa beachfront resort with 3 outdoor pools and restaurant

  • Free WiFi and free parking

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PO BOX 3276,KIWENGWA, NORTH EAST COAST, Kiwengwa, Unguja North Region, Tanzania
  • Fantastic Stay!, comfortable, polite staff, Spa was amazing , Food was excellent and…

    Jul 19, 2021

  • We had a fun stay at Sultan Sands. It was very beautiful and the service was good. The…

    Jul 14, 2021

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global) and Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 76 guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurant and 2 beach bars
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Health club

Feel at home

  • Children's pool
  • Children's club
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate sitting area
  • Television
  • Garden

What’s around

  • On the beach
  • Kiwengwa Beach - 1 min walk
  • Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest - 7 min walk
  • Mapenzi Beach - 45 min walk
  • Pwani Mchangani Beach - 4.2 mi / 6.8 km
  • Muyuni Beach - 5.4 mi / 8.7 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Junior Suite, Sea Facing
  • Standard Room, Garden View (Pwani)
  • Superior Room, Sea Facing (Bahari)

What’s around


  • On the beach
  • Kiwengwa Beach - 1 min walk
  • Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest - 7 min walk
  • Mapenzi Beach - 45 min walk
  • Pwani Mchangani Beach - 4.2 mi / 6.8 km
  • Muyuni Beach - 5.4 mi / 8.7 km
  • Pongwe Beach - 6 mi / 9.6 km
  • Kigomani Beach - 9 mi / 14.5 km
  • Uroa Beach - 9.4 mi / 15.2 km
  • Mnemba Island - 12 mi / 19.3 km
  • Marumbi Beach - 12.4 mi / 20 km

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 46 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
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PO BOX 3276,KIWENGWA, NORTH EAST COAST, Kiwengwa, Unguja North Region, Tanzania

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 76 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 0 floor


  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

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


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Free onsite self parking
*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Taking the kids?

  • Children's club

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • 2 beach bars
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Poolside bar

Things to do

  • Number of outdoor pools - 3
  • Children's pool
  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Spa services on site
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Kayaking on site
  • Parasailing on site
  • Snorkeling on site
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Health club
  • Tennis on site
  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount)

Working away

  • Business center
  • Conference space
  • Conference center


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services


  • Number of buildings/towers - 38
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas


  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible

Languages Spoken

  • English

In the room

Home comforts

  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Slippers

Sleep well

  • Turndown service
  • Memory foam mattress

Things to enjoy

  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

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

Be entertained

  • 32-inch TV

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features

All inclusive

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).


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 feesPay at property

You'll be asked to pay the following charges 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 50 per vehicle (one-way)

PetsPay at property

  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

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

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; the property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray.

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 Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global) and Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

  • Sultan Sands
  • Sultan Sands Resort
  • Sultan Sands Kiwengwa
  • Sultan Sands Resort
  • Sultan Sands Kiwengwa
  • Sultan Sands Resort Kiwengwa
  • 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

*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges


  • Yes, Sultan Sands does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • 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.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Yes, there are 3 outdoor pools and a children's pool.
  • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 2:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes, Mwambao offers ocean views. Nearby restaurants include Local (8-min walk), La Villa (9-min walk), and Coral Reefs Restaurant (2.7 mi).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 50 per vehicle one-way.
  • Have fun with onsite activities like kayaking, parasailing, and snorkeling and improve your game at the onsite tennis courts. Enjoy a swim in one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools or use the resort's other amenities, which include 2 beach bars and a health club. Sultan Sands also has spa services and a garden.
  • 6.0.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, Dec 27, 2020

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  • 10.0.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, Oct 8, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great hotel, in a very beautiful location and lovely staff. We stayed there for six days and didn't want to leave! From the check in to check out, everyone was there to make sure we had a fantastic holiday and they always had a smile for us. Fantastic beach and really good evenings shows. Would definitely go back to Sultan Sands in Zanzibar. Thank you very much everyone and Special thanks to Dass!

    Pradeep, 5 night romance trip, Sep 30, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Very nice rooms, food and nice staffs Nice beach we enjoyed,a lot

    2 night family trip, Sep 5, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Sultan Sands Stay

    Our stay at Sultan Sands was nothing short of amazing. The service was exceptional. Dass, went over and above to ensure we had a good stay. We travelled with elderly people and the rooms provided were perfect for them to walk to and from the beach and/pool area. On an all inclusive package, the food was good and a huge variety of food everyday. The beach area is beautiful and sitting on the pool loungers on the beach was ideal to unwind. The location is also very good. Not too many tourists but at the same time it's not in the middle of no where. The snorkeling Centre on the resort makes it so convenient to travel out. We were particularly impressed with the service and value for money. Only suggestion would be is to have a kettle in the room for those who would like to have tea in the confort of there room. On the whole, a really nice place to stay at where you will get exceptional service and value for your money.

    Sameera, 4 night family trip, Sep 1, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    We chose Sultan Sands for a 6 day family trip to Zanzibar. It did not disappoint! The hotel itself was amazing, beach was pristine but most of all the service was exceptional. All the staff were amazing but Dass Bangar (Resort Manager) truly went above and beyond. He was kind enough to provide a room closer to the beach for my elderly parents and happily catered for a vegetarian and a vegan in the group. That was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to exceptional service. Our family holiday would not have been the same without his constant care and attention. From all the Surani/Shah family... Thank you for a holiday experience we will never forget.

    Jilna, 5 night family trip, Apr 18, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Good property with Amazing staff. The breakfast and dinner buffet was good and for the three nights I stayed in Sultan Sands, the food never felt repeated. The beach is neat and clean. Recommended.

    Fahad, 3 night family trip, Dec 16, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Perfect for a week relaxing in Zanzibar

    We stayed all-inclusive (good choice given the drinks prices) All the staff were really laid back – sometimes maybe a little too much but just go with it and chill – after all it’s what you are there for. We had a lovely garden room. They are semi’s. Ours was quiet but I guess it depends on who’s next door. The TV had lots of channels including 3 film channels in English. The shower leaked & the bathroom floor got quite wet. There was a fridge in the room & we were left a large bottle of water each day in the room. The room had both two pin and English plug sockets. Generally the food was pretty good – plenty of choice even for me as a vegetarian. Except Saturday night pool side buffet night was bad. It was all outside and cold. The entertainment was pretty low key which was great for us. Mostly just a band playing by the pool and some background music. The second week they did aqua aerobics in the pool which was loud & slightly annoying – we’d gone there to relax. The resort is pretty small & if full would be a bit cramped. Sunbeds are close together and the bars can get busy. The beach boys can get a bit tiresome. But if you just say hi & sorry you are not interested they are not too bad. Do take beach shoes – The beach is lovely – soft white sands but there are spikey urchins etc that could cause injury! When we arrived we were the only Brits – it was mostly German. Everyone was friendly but the Manager was English & all the staff spoke English so I don't know why?

    Heather, 12 night romance trip, Sep 25, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Merveilleux séjour, personnel aux petits soins et bienveillants. ABSOLUMENT rien à redire, tout était parfait!

    LUCIE, 3 night family trip, Aug 25, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Top rapport qualité prix

    Personnel extrêmement accueillant et à l'écoute. Nous avons passé un excellent séjour :)

    Lasana, 7 night family trip, Aug 6, 2021

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