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Sultan Sands Island Resort

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Kiwengwa, Tanzania
1 room 1 adult
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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This year we went for the second time to Sultan Sands. Again we had a fantastic time! We noticed that several things had improved. Furniture was upgraded, paintwork/maintenance of the rooms and restaurants was in better shape. Also WiFi in more places and not only in the Casablanca coffeecorner like last year. Employees/staff was very friendly and the food was... More 

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1 Thank Robert L
Gail A, Manager at Sultan Sands Island Resort, responded to this review

With the best wishes for a peaceful, happy and healthy New Years greetings from One very Happy Island We are pleased to read the review and thank you most sincerely for taking your time to write about us. It is always a delight to see our guests appreciating, the ambiance of our accommodation, the beautiful gardens and the tranquil ambiance... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family holiday to Sultan Sands was just the right mix of fun for the kids and relaxation for the parents! The spa treatment was exceptional, breakfasts by the poolside made to order and beach BBQ in the evening with excellent and talented entertainment! The hotel staff were eager, attentive and able to meet all our requests. The excursions the... More 

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Gail A, Manager at Sultan Sands Island Resort, responded to this review

With the best wishes for a peaceful, happy and healthy New Years greetings from One very Happy Island We are pleased to read the review and thank you most sincerely for taking your time to write about us. It is always a delight to see our guests appreciating, the ambiance of our accommodation, the beautiful gardens and the tranquil ambiance... More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

After enjoying our stay in this small cosy beach hotel in African style last year, we decided to come back again this year. We immediately noticed several changes and improvements! Such a beautiful place and well taken care of into each detail. The restaurant is nicely decorated with new pillows, fabrics, original Zanzibar paintings and decorations all in the African... More 

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1 Thank rafiki_12
Gail A, Manager at Sultan Sands Island Resort, responded to this review

With the best wishes for a peaceful, happy and healthy New Years greetings from One very Happy Island We are pleased to read the review and thank you most sincerely for taking your time to write about us. It is always a delight to see our guests appreciating, the ambiance of our accommodation, the beautiful gardens and the tranquil ambiance... More 

Lisboa
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We stayed in the Sultan Sands from 9/10 to 1/10. This is a beautiful small hotel, with lovely round shaped bungalows. The beach is beautiful, the scenery is always changing and the water is clear and worm. The problem with beach boys is not really a problem, by the second day they didn’t even approached us anymore, you just have... More 

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Thank Henrique S
Gail A, Manager at Sultan Sands Island Resort, responded to this review

Dear Henrique S, thank you for your excellent review. As you say you expect great food, delicious cocktails, beautiful surroundings and comfortable rooms are expected when you book a holiday. But our team really do make our guests feel very special, their warmth and hospitality is genuine. However, what really makes them shine is a kind word and a smile... More 

Warsaw, Poland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

It was so, so. The location is pretty poor. There are two hotels right next to each other and they are huge. It is not real Zazibar atmosphere, but it depends on what are you looking for: it is typical tourist all incl resort, where you can find a lot of fun. However it is not a 5* as it... More 

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Thank Iwona_Maria
Gail A, Manager at Sultan Sands Island Resort, responded to this review

Dear Iwona_Maria, thank you for taking the time to write a review. Nowhere, do we claim or advertise Sultan Sands as 5 Star. Both Sultan Sands and Bluebay Beach Resort are located on what is widely considered to be the most beautiful beach in Zanzibar. The colours of the lagoon are at their most bright and intense in our particular... More 

Gothenburg, Sweden
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39 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I went here alone and i will never do that again. Its all romantic and not a place where you go alone. Beach boys all around the beach and you cant even go out in the water alone, they will follow you. All day long. And when you just wants to relax in the sunbed they will scream after you... More 

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1 Thank Lisette_karlsson
Gail A, Manager at Sultan Sands Island Resort, responded to this review

Dear Ms Karlsson, we are all very distressed to read your review and wished you had come to us to express some of your concerns. At all time management is clearly evident and we have a great guest relations team to look after our guests and address any concerns they may have. Sultan Sands is a popular resort – full... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This is wonderful resort in a perfect location, with delightful staff, delicious food and excellent facilities. Sultan Sands is not meant to be a modern, city-style or big-chain hotel which is what some reviewers seem to miss. What makes it perfect is the blend of modern amenities with traditional style: Zanzibari architecture; beach restaurants; open air bars and social areas;... More 

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Gail A, Manager at Sultan Sands Island Resort, responded to this review

Dear Bwana Tusker, thank you for your honest review. We agree Sultan Sands is authentically Zanzibarian in its warm atmosphere and open and kind staff. There is nothing corporate or impersonal about us from the family who own the resort to the chefs, gardeners and room attendants and everyone else. We all care and love “our” spot in paradise and... More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Friendly staff, great food and beautiful views. I loved it there. The beer is excellent in Tanzania my favorite being safari. The rooms are all air conditioned and set to about 18 degrees which is fantastic as the ambient is around 38 degrees c and 80 percent humidity making the rooms an oasis away from the heat.

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Thank chriscT1217GB
Gail A, Manager at Sultan Sands Island Resort, responded to this review

Dear ChriscT1217GB, thank you for your review. At Sultan Sands we appreciate that our guests like things cool and well chilled – from the rooms, to the beers to our excellent selection of white wines everything is served up at the perfect temperature. And the atmosphere of Sultan Sands is equally well chilled. Guests relax, kick back and leave the... More 

Katowice, Poland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

When you arrived so well rated resort you expect a lot, but in this case you should expect little above standard. Nowadays in high rate hotelsm you have wifi in your room, here only in one place near the beach, TV is in the room but you could see almost nothing. Room design is also important, room is small, could... More 

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Gail A, Manager at Sultan Sands Island Resort, responded to this review

Dear AndrzejKatowice, thank you for your review. We agree you do expect a great deal when arriving at a place like Sultan Sands, you expect a high level of comfort, you expect the food to be good and the environment condusive to relaxation and rest. You expect that the service will be prompt and efficient and the environment beautiful well... More 

Captiva Island, Florida
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Wonderful place, we had a sea view room, with direct access to the beach, 30 meters from the sea and fantastic views on the Indian Ocean at all tides. Rooms comfortable, kept very clean. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at good quality and a lot of variation. Staff friendly and truly making you feel welcome. Non intrusive animation for the kids... More 

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3 Thank Robbert F
Gail A, Manager at Sultan Sands Island Resort, responded to this review

Dear Robbert, thank you for your review. Our Bahari rooms are very special, like all our rooms they are light and bright with huge windows offering a lovely view. But the location right on the beach is very special. Nothing like being able to open your doors and within a few steps curling your toes in the white sand while... More 

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