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1 room, 2 adults

Sultan Sands

5-star5 stars
Great for families

Good to know

  • Children's club
  • Children's pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
PO BOX 3276,KIWENGWA, NORTH EAST COAST, Kiwengwa, Unguja North Region, Tanzania

5-star beachfront resort with restaurant, near Kiwengwa Beach
  • Free WiFi and free parking
  • Great for families

    Good to know

    • Children's club
    • Children's pool
    • Free WiFi
    • Dry cleaning/laundry service
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Restrictions related to your trip

COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.  Check restrictions for your trip.

  • Property and location are both great. Really enjoyed our stay. All staff and bar tenders…Oct 8, 2019
  • Great hotel, in a very beautiful location and lovely staff. We stayed there for six days…Sep 30, 2019

Sultan Sands

from NZ$307
  • Junior Suite, Sea Facing
  • Standard Room, Garden View (Pwani)
  • Superior Room, Sea Facing (Bahari)

What’s around Sultan Sands


  • On the beach
  • Kiwengwa Beach - 1 min walk
  • Mapenzi Beach - 45 min walk
  • Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest - 7 min walk
  • Muyuni Beach - 5.4 mi / 8.7 km
  • Pwani Mchangani Beach - 4.2 mi / 6.8 km
  • Pongwe Beach - 5.4 mi / 8.7 km
  • Kigomani Beach - 9 mi / 14.5 km

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 46 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts

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

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.
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

Travelling with others


  • 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

Payment types at the property

*See small print 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.

Sultan Sands’s small print

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


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.

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).

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

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Mandatory fees

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

Pets are allowed for an extra charge

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 50 per vehicle (one-way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Sultan Sands

  • Does Sultan Sands offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Sultan Sands does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • 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 gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Sultan Sands?
    Yes, there's free self parking.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Sultan Sands?
    Yes, Mwambao offers ocean views. Nearby restaurants include Local (8-min walk), La Villa (9-min walk), and Coral Reefs Restaurant (2.7 mi).
  • Is airport shuttle service offered by Sultan Sands?
    Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 50 per vehicle one-way.
  • What is there to do at Sultan Sands and nearby?
    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.

Recent reviews

Superb 9.0 From 19 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Very nice rooms, food and nice staffs Nice beach we enjoyed,a lot
gb2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
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, za4 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
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, gb5 night family trip
Very good 8.0
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, us3 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
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, gb12 night romance trip
Fair 4.0
Unpleasant experience
After the whole day of travelling we have finely arrived to the hotel, we had to wait for a long time to get the room and when we did they came knocking after half an hour telling us we have to change the room and they took us to the smaller room which is next to the bar with a loud music. Even though we booked and payed a larger room they insisted we stay in the smaller one, after a lot of argument they gave us another room saying we cant stay in the first one due to booking of another guest which made no sense since we booked that room. We also booked all inclusive, when we arrived they didnt inform us about what is included in the price so until last day we didnt know what we actually payed for. Some of the staff were really amazing but some of them very rude we felt uncomfortable asking for anything. We transfered to another resort which is truly a paradise and continued our trip. Overall experience i wouldnt recommend this resort .
Katarina, gb3 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
La gentillesse et le sourire du personnel. L'excellente et succulente cuisine qui variait sensiblement chaque jour, sa propreté. L'entretien parfait du lieu, du sable sur la plage de l'hôtel, du gazon, des arbres et arbustes du site. Orchestres et groupes de danses, chaque soir. Il y manquait un service de shuttle à la demande de l'hôtel vers le village, un bancomat pour y retirer de l'argent….
ch13 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Sultan sands! Fantastisk!
Fantastisk upplevelse! God mat , underbar service!
se5 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10.0
a recomander
tres bon aceuil buffet diversifie et copieux plage de reve sous les cocotier lagon protegant des courants de ocean personnel souriant
richard, fr3 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
Schönes Hotel direkt am Strand, abhängig von Gezeiten, schöner weißer Sanstrand, schönes türkisfarbenes Meer jedoch mit Seegras und Seeigeln
Verena, de7 night trip

Sultan Sands